Whatever bookmarks I have in Safari on my Mac shows up in Safari on my iPad which shows up in Safari on my iPhone. So far, it all just works and I haven’t run into any glitches, either with iCloud or the bookmark synchronization process.
Here’s the problem. I use Google’s Chrome for sites with Flash content, and I use Mozilla’s Firefox for the extensions not available on Chrome or Safari. And I want my Safari bookmarks to be available in both Chrome and Firefox.
What to do?
In a word, Xmarks. This free and somewhat odd little Preference Pane keeps Chrome and Firefox bookmarks in sync with Safari’s bookmarks. When it works.
There’s not much to Xmarks. Download and install it on your Mac. Create an account. Select which browsers to sync bookmarks with Safari. Voila! Bookmarks show up on each Mac browser. Not bad for free, right?
There’s an Xmarks Premium version with a remarkably nominal price tag which provides bookmark synchronization between other devices– iPhone, Android smartphones, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and it comes with priority support, complete with trouble tickets and email support.
I don’t feel an overwhelming need to use non-Safari browsers on iPhone or iPad, but there’s been a need for support as sometimes Xmarks forgets to sync bookmarks for a few days; sometimes requiring a new reinstallation.
Otherwise, free is good, and Safari’s bookmarks show up elsewhere. Mostly.