As for the issues:
1. On importing my old IE favourites, Chrome wants to place these in a separate “Other Bookmarks” folder over to the right of the window. These aren’t other bookmarks – they are my main bookmarks and I want them to be recorded and usable as such in Chrome. It seems I have to manually drag each of the folders and top level URLs in to the main bookmarks area. This immediately leads on to the second issue.
2. If one creates a series of folders / URLs immediately in the Bookmarks bar, these appear across the Bookmarks bar and rapidly fill this up, requiring one to shuffle (not scroll), using the displayed double chevrons, back and forth across the bar (just like one has to generally on overloaded toolbars in various apps) to see the folders. This is incredibly painful.
The alternative to this (I hesitate to call it a solution) is to create one main folder (say “Bookmarks” at the top level and then put all of the real folders below this. This then, at least provides a single expandable / collapsible hierarchy.
3. But unfortunately the use of the hierarchy is not sticky. So when one navigates to a particular sub-folder and opens a URL and then want to open another URL from the same folder one has to navigate all the way back down again. This sub-folder access is very much akin to the Windows Start Menu navigation (in fact it looks and performs exactly like it).
The lack of stickiness can be circumvented to some extent by opening up the Bookmark Manager (which occupies a tab, ideally this is best done as the first tab so you know which tab to jump back to). One in the Bookmark Manager the whole hierarchy is opened up in a single sticky view.
4. There is currently no ability to create a tab group as one can in IE.
5. Similarly there does not appear to a way to open a tab group as such. One can open all URLs in a folder and ALL subordinate folders (“Open All Bookmarks”) I tried this and stopped when it asked “Are you sure you want to open 1003 tabs?”
Again a sort of work around is to organise bookmarks such that any such groups that one may wish to open do not have subordinate folders. But this is far from ideal.
6. In any event, to open such a group one has to right click the group folder and select Open All Bookmarks – there does not appear to be a single click method to Open All Bookmarks.
7.Chrome stores bookmarks in a single structured text file (BTW, why not an XML file?). This certainly must help speed of accessing / processing when compared with IE’s use of a file for each favourite (although on a subjective user test there was no perceivable performance impact in IE, even with 1000+ URLs). One drawback is not being able to list bookmarks by creation date (and to see the date, which is stored). One can sort by URL title – but that has a permanent effect – it isn’t just a view. This needs to be contrasted with IE’s favourites which can be viewed (in whatever order) merely by opening in Windows Explorer (I have a Quick Launch link to open Windows Explorer on the Favorites folder. Using Windows Explorer gives one a semblance of a detached floating window of bookmarks (I’ll return to this later).
8. The bookmarks are very much non-transient user data (just as much as Word documents etc.) but are stored with program settings / transient information. This does not facilitate ease of backing up.