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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Synching bookmarks without .Mac!

If there is one thing that dotMac does well, it is the synching of Calendars and Bookmarks. When you have multiple Macs, it is great not having to worry where you bookmarked a specific website. dotMac is not for everyone though and it is somewhat expensive for what it offers. If you already have a web server with FTP access, you can sync your bookmarks through this FTP using an application called SafariDepot. It definitely isn't as seamless as dotMac is. You have to choose whether you want to download the bookmarks from the server or upload them to the server. There is also a procedure on the developer's website that lets you automate the process. The disadvantages compared to dotMac is that if you modify the bookmarks on both computers, the application won't merge them, you have to choose which file to overwrite. You can learn more about SafariDepot or download it here from the developer's website.

4 Comments:

Blogger scooteray said...

if one is using Firefox, Foxmarks (http://www.foxmarks.com/) does an excellent job of crossing platforms - windows, mac, or linux

i've used it successfully with both mac and windows

March 5, 2008 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

google browser sync anyone? its for firefox. its a bit more heavyweight, as it also stores your browser session when you shut down firefox, so that you can go to a different computer with your account, start firefox, and launch the exact same windows and tabs you had open before.

as for calendars, i just use google calendar + google notifier, and there is no syncing required.

March 6, 2008 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger a¿ex said...

I use the application Bookit to synch and manage bookmarks. It works quite well.

March 6, 2008 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger T said...

onlinebookmarksmanager works great for syncing your firefox bookmarks. you can get the add-on off the FF site or off the dot com for the actual site. it doesn't sync safari but you could export them from the site and import them into safari, only problem is dividers. but you can create a blank bookmark with the symbol | and a value of javascript:0 so when you click it by accident doesn't do anything.

also, i use google calendar and have it synced to my iCal so i never have to visit the google calendar site. ben, if you like google calendar you may find that quite nice as iCal is nicer to work with than the web interface of google calendar. you can use plaxo.com to sync your calendar by creating your endpoints as google calendar and your mac. check it out everyone, i recommend it. syncing your calendar using a free service would alleviate any issues with paying for dot mac.

t

March 6, 2008 at 10:32 AM  

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