After hearing lots of good things about Firefox, a new open source web browser from the Mozilla developers, I’ve decided to try it for a few weeks instead of Apple’s Safari browser. The only problem is that the current version of Firefox doesn’t have the ability to import the XML-based bookmarks file that Safari keeps.
But it’s not a problem thanks to a few minutes with Google.
I started out by reading through the Firefox forums, without any luck. Then I just switched to Google and searched for +safari +bookmarks +file +html and within the first half-dozen results found a link to the free application Safari Bookmarks Extractor. 30 seconds of download and this free application sucked out the 480 bookmarks and 48 folders in my Safari Bookmarks list and turned them into a flat HTML file on my desktop.
Then, in Firefox, I choose Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks, then File -> Import, and selected the new html file. No more than a second or two later they were all imported, and a little drag-and-drop action later (putting things where I wanted them) I have a completely identical bookmark bar and set of bookmarks off the Bookmark menu.
Quickly and easily done! And now I can try another browser and see how it works compared to Safari, which I’ve used as my main browser for at least a year. Want to take the Firefox challenge with me? Write about it here…