Bookmarks play an important role in a well-styled workspace for a number of reasons, including:

  • Design: As a way to subdivide a workspace and manage those sections
  • Access: As a marker for quick access to a certain section of the workspace
  • Editing: As a means to move groups of transformers at a time
  • Performance: As a means to improve workspace performance when caching data


Bookmarks are a great way to plan and design your workspace. Using bookmarks to create a wireframe mockup before adding transformer:


Bookmarks can be navigated through, which creates a presentation type form that zooms in on your bookmark of interest. This is also incredibly useful once your workspace extends beyond the view of your screen:

To set up bookmark navigation, open up the properties of the bookmark and then select Include for Bookmark Navigator:


Bookmarks can be used to move a group of transformers at a time. This is useful for organizing and cleaning up a workspace.

Deleting Bookmarks

To delete all of the contents of a bookmark, including the bookmark itself, collapse the bookmark then delete it. This is useful for removing entire sections of your workspace:

To remove only the bookmark, leave the bookmark expanded and then delete it:

Collapsible bookmarks are an entirely new feature for FME2018.

Performance and Bookmarks

When using Feature Caching, performance is adversely affected, especially when working with large workspaces. Caching all of the data can be prevented by using bookmarks. When a bookmark is collapsed, only the output features are cached when the workspace runs:

This means that data is cached only for the final transformer in the bookmark, saving considerable time and resources.

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