Migrating and Propagating Bookmarks

I recently got a second laptop (a ThinkPad) which I will be using on a day-to-day basis in conjunction with my Mac, so naturally I wanted to have it equipped with the hundreds of bookmarks I’ve accumulated inside of Safari. I also decided that it was time to solve the problem of bookmark synchronization once and for all. Firefox, an extension called “Bookmark Backup,” and a handy little program called Safari Bookmark Exporter solved all my problems.

The first thing I did was download Firefox 0.8, then I used the Safari Bookmark Exporter utility to export all my hundreds of bookmarks from Safari to Firefox. I then installed the Bookmark Backup extension which automatically FTPed an XML file containing all my bookmarks to a central server where any number of other Firefox instances could, and soon did, import them. Now all my machines have the exact same bookmark configuration.

I like Safari, and I really liked MyIE2 when I tested it out the other day, but the ability to synchronize bookmarks across machines and platforms has made me a devoted Firefox user.

3 Responses to Migrating and Propagating Bookmarks

  1. David says:

    I use a great little tool called FavoriteSync 1.1 its for PC/IE users. what it does is make a xml file of all your favorites and uploads that xml to a ftp location of your choice, then you can set up the program on as many PCs as you would like and as long as you use the same ftp information it will keep all you PC-IE favorites in sync all the time, and another great feature is that it has a stylesheet for the XML so that even if you are at another computer at some other location you can always access your favorites from that location (www.myserver.com/myfavorites/) truely a great tool. the greates part of all is that it is FREE!! and has NO spy ware.anyone can download it at http://download.com.com/3000-2370-10139197.html?tag=lst-0-1– David

  2. Jason says:

    This is fantastic. I have been looking for something like this for ages. I use XP at work OSX at home and I have a Linux laptop. Now I should be able to keep all my book marks in sync. Thanks for the great post.

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