Tiger is a browser extension that lets you tag items (movies, questions, discussions, etc.) on the following sites:
The tags are stored on your own computer: nobody but you sees them. You don't have to be registered, or loggen in, at those sites to tag items.
The tags are displayed alongside almost every link to the item (e.g., in "Related" blocks, in the site's search pages, etc.) and are thus far superior to your browser's bookmarks.
Tiger grew out of my frustration at not being able to keep track of information on sites that provide a wealth of it.
Click on your browser's icon to install (or upgrade) the extension:
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Microsoft Internet Explorer isn't supported.
Tiger's features, and the way to use it, are best explained by narrating some screenshots.
When you visit an "item" (e.g., a movie, a forum post, somebody's bookmarks), you'll find a tags bar near the top of the page. You may tag (or untag) this item by clicking on the desired tag(s), and you can freely create as many tags as you wish (using the "New tag:" entry box).
Tagging is a matter of personal taste: how you name your tags and which items deserve a certain tag that's completely up to you. You make the rules.
For example, I tag every movie I watched with the watched tag. But those movies that I liked I also tag with watched, notable. Movies with an old spooky mystery house I tag with mystery house, and those also having a wacky maid that steals the show I tag under maid.
When you use Archive.Org's search facility (this happens virtually every time Archive.Org shows you a list of items), or when you view somebody's bookmarks, Tiger displays beneath each item its tags. This is a major feature of Tiger which greatly enhances your productivity.
As the screenshot demonstrates, I was looking for Sherlock Holmes films, and in the resulting list I instantly see which I've seen already and which have caught my eye before.
How do you browse all the items you've tagged under, say, sherlock holmes?
One way is to wait till you see this tag (e.g., in search results) an click it. But this isn't very practical.
The easiest way is to bring up Tiger's window. Click the Tiger button you see on the bottom left corner of the screen. A window showing a menu of the tags will open:
Clicking on a tag leads you to a listing:
You may click the headers to sort the list by that column. For example, if you have a 15 minutes break, you can sort the table by "Run time" to make it easy for you to locate the short films.
If you're looking for a movie you've tagged before, and you know part of the name of this movie, then the quickest method to locate it is to use Tiger's own "Search" tab:
Gems are colorful stones you may place beside files.
Gems are similar in function to tags. Except they have color instead of textual label.
This is especially useful with radio programs that are composed of numerous episodes (as each episode is a distinct file).
You can place up to 4 gems near each file.
The meaning of the gems is up to you. I, for example, use:
Tiger enhances the pages a bit:
Most of the mentioned above is also applicable to YouTube. Here are a few screenshots special to YouTube.
As can be seen above, tags are also displayed beneath their items in all listings (search results, users' pages, front page, etc.).
Here a neat feature is seen: when you hover with your mouse on a thumbnail, a little red box appears in the top-left corner. Hovering on this red box opens up a preview with larger thumbnails (from the beginning, middle, and end of the clip).
An extra field, "HQ", is shown in Tiger's listing window. It stands for "High Quality." If the clip's resolution is at least 480 scan lines, it's marked with "HQ". If it's at least 720 scan lines, it's marked "HQ++".
Most of the explained above is also applicable to Yahoo Answers (with obvious adjustments).
A screenshot showing my Tiger window (click to enlarge; the fig leaf is "censorship"):
As you see in this screenshot, I have lots of tags. There's nothing wrong in that (their buttons do consume space on the page, but that's how I like it).
I'll seize this opportunity to give some tips about using a large number of tags:
Tiger also enhances Yahoo Answers with two little features:
You can tag not only questions but search pages and tag pages as well.
Each site on the StackExchange network is a distinct site: tags aren't shared among them.
Tagging in meta sites (e.g., meta.stackoveflow.com) isn't supported, and this to prevent confusion in case the user expects the tags to be shared with the main site (something which is not possible).
Modern browsers allow websites to store data locally, on the user's computer. This ability is the basis for Tiger. All the taggings and the information about the movies (their title, running time, etc.) is stored on your computer.
Tiger currently makes use of the not-so-efficient LocalStorage technology because it's the only one available on all (modern) browsers. Subsequent versions of Tiger will likely support WebSQL (Opera, Chrome) and IndexedDB (Firefox).
The Export/Import screens let you interact with Tiger's stored data. It is advised that you export your data once in a while and save it in a file as backup in case for some reason the browser's storage gets wiped out (this hadn't happened to me yet; but this could happen, for example, if you accidentally ask the browser to erase this data.)
You can rename or delete a tag by clicking on it (in the tag bar displayed near the top of the page) with the right mouse button. A dialog will pop up letting you type the new tag name. You may also merge tags.
Alternatively, you can rename/delete/merge tags easily enough using the Export/Import feature: paste the "Export" output into the "Import" screen, but before clicking the "Import" button edit the text: rename, or delete, or merge tags. Make sure to turn on the "Clear database before importing" checkbox.
If you have gazillions of bookmarks already on Archive.Org, you may use this tool to mass-import them into Tiger.
In March 2012, Archive.Org started serving its pages from "archive.org" instead of "www.archive.org". The browser thinks this is a different server, so your old tags aren't accessible.
Don't panic: your tags weren't deleted. To migrate your old tags -- if you have any -- back into Tiger, please follow these steps.
Stumbled upon a bug? Let me know.
The source code can be found at https://gitorious.org/tiger.
The name "Tiger" is derived from the word "tagger". It's not that I like ferocious animals.