Got bookmarks? If you use a browser as much as most it’s likely you have bookmarks stored somewhere; either in Safari’s bookmark system or as an item in the Reading List. Safari’s toolbar has a nice Show-Hide Sidebar to reveal both.
What you get in Safari isn’t easily transferred to other browsers. For Mac, iPhone, and iPad users, Bookmarks and Reading List items have legs and sync well via iCloud. What if you use Firefox? Or, Google’s Chrome browser? Keeping browser bookmarks in synchronization can be painful.
App For That?
Whenever we Mac, iPhone, or iPad users run into an issue not instantly solved with what we know, we often cry out, “Is there an app for that?” In the case of bookmarks that sync cross platform and across multiple browsers, the answers are, Yes. Sometimes. No.
Some experienced Mac users, those of us with a gazillion bookmarks that we’re afraid to delete but don’t want to prune, there are options. One of them is Markster from Sheep Systems, a maker of a number of bookmark applications. My favorite is called Synkmark, a utility which keeps bookmarks synchronized between Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, but has iCloud, Dropbox, and other sync options.
BookMacster is mostly self explanatory though you’ll need to think about where your bookmarks should originate because any bookmark collection between multiple browsers on multiple devices needs a place to start. This is an app you can grow to like if you’re a heavy browser user who needs to keep bookmarks in sync.
What if you’re only using Safari Mac, iPhone, and iPad? iCloud is your friend and both bookmarks and Reading Lists are easily synchronized between devices.
What if you’re using Chrome? Or, Firefox? Or, other popular browsers, including Opera and Vivaldi? You’re kinda sorta mostly in luck because each has their own bookmark sync capability with the same browser on other devices.
There was a time in the not-too-distant past where I thought bookmarks and RSS readers were a dying breed. Apple dropped RSS from Safari, though bookmarks remain, but it’s the Reading List which gets more attention and even the Reader View has gained popularity because it excises advertisements and clutter in favor of just the text you want to read.
For Safari users, I recommend Mac Bookmarks (easier to organize), Reading List, and iCloud sync to get everything synchronized to iPhone and iPad. For those who insist on using multiple browsers, BookMacster is a good solution. If you don’t use Safari often and not the built-in bookmark system, other major browsers have their own cross-device and cross-platform sync options.