A unique take on Bookmarks, Tags and Notes

Install from the Chrome Web Store!

BrainTool is a Chrome extension that can be used as a unique bookmarks/tabs manager but which also synchronizes with a plain text file on your Google Drive to become a more all encompassing personal knowledge management tool. More details below.

The BrainTool side panel shows your nested tags hierarchy. A tag is a topic or category that groups web pages you want to organize and remember. Each tag is mapped to a dedicated Chrome window where the tabs on that window contain a tagged web page. On the screenshot right you can see open tabs and Chrome windows are shown highlighted and TODO items are indicated in bold. BrainTool sidepanel
Here's a couple of videos showing more details:
Autocomplete tags To tag and save a page just takes three or four keystrokes with built-in auto-complete. Click the BrainTool icon, or use Option-b, and just start typing.
Optionally add short or detailed notes to give context, aid recall or capture why the page is of interest; or just hit Enter to tear off the tab and save it with its tag-mates.

Pop (pull torn-off tab and its tag window to the top), Hide (don't pop) and Close, support different organizational workflows.
Notes Entry

Open, Close and Control all pages by tag with a single click in the side panel. Great for switching between tasks and projects and keeping your work-space clean!

Drag and drop to reorder the hierarchy at will. Mark pages as TODO/DONE, ToRead or create your own tags and process.

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All your data is stored on your Google Drive in a plain text file that can be separately edited, backed-up or shared. Everything is kept securely within your Google ecosystem and nowhere else. Your BrainTool file is structured as an org-mode file. If you are an orgmode user, or just a plain text note taker, the file is fully editable and can be synced with the extension. The BrainTool panel in Chrome uses the org-mode tree structure but concentrates on the links within your notes thus unifying two primary ways to capture information.


emacs org-mode

Check it out on the Chrome Web Store or ping me at braintool.extension@gmail.com .

There’s more info in the Overview and the required official privacy policy is here. Let me know if you have any thoughts, comments, or feedback: braintool.extension@gmail.com.

Tony