I keep my browser bookmarks in Safari because it’s a teeny tiny, itty bitty easier to manage that Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. But what if you want the same bookmarks in all the browsers on all your Macs?
Xmarks The Spot
Way back in the day there was no easy way to manage the same bookmark list across multiple browsers, Mac and Windows.
Apple makes it easier on Apple devices in OS X Mavericks and that seems to be one of a few cloud services the Mac maker gets right.
Xmarks became the de facto standard way to sync up bookmarks between browsers and between Macs and PCs.
Alas, the folks who created Xmarks couldn’t figure out a way to make money with a bookmark sync service and it was taken over by LastPass which manages passwords.
Alright, history aside, Xmarks is still around and still works. Mostly. Sometimes. Apparently synchronizing data between devices on multiple platforms is hard work.
Xmarks syncs bookmarks between Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, and Safari. When it works, it just works. Add a bookmark to Safari on your Mac and it shows up later on other browsers with Xmarks.
Xmarks Premium brings a few extra features for $1 a month which gives you sync service extended to iPhone, Android devices, BlackBerry and a few other browsers. There’s also a bundled option for Xmarks and LastPass password manager. And, of course, you can login online to manage bookmarks.
As noted, cross platform data synchronization must be difficult to accomplish. Xmarks works fine for me on multiple Macs and an office desktop Windows PC. Every couple of months something goes wonky and it will quit synchronizing bookmarks on one or two devices so a fresh installation is required.
Otherwise, I don’t know of a better way to manage web browser bookmarks between Macs, or Macs and PCs. Even Google doesn’t bother to try it.