URL transfer from mac to iPhone?

ISKOTB

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I been using emails to do this is there is a easy way to transfer a url/link while I'm on the mac to my iphone over wifi?

Thanks
 
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BaldiMac

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Also, once iOS 6 is released, iCloud Tabs will allow you to see on your iPhone any tabs that are open in Safari on your Mountain Lion Mac.
 

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yes...I have the mac and iphone on the same network both has safari icloud sync on whatever link I have open in the mac it isn't open in the iPhone? am I missing something?

Thx
You would have to save the site as a bookmark in Safari on the Mac, then that would get synced to the iPhone as a bookmark in Safari on the iPhone. I don't that is what you after from the sound of your question.
 

BaldiMac

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yes...I have the mac and iphone on the same network both has safari icloud sync on whatever link I have open in the mac it isn't open in the iPhone? am I missing something?

Thx
If you bookmark the link in Safari on the Mac, it will appear in your bookmarks in Safari on your iPhone as long as they are both signed in to the same iCloud account. You don't need to be on the same network.

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Cool because I see this...nothing shows on the iphone and they both on wifi same network
Again, iCloud Tabs won't be available on the iPhone until iOS 6 is released next month.

Bookmark sync is a different feature that is currently available.
 

ISKOTB

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Thx guys!!!
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You would have to save the site as a bookmark in Safari on the Mac, then that would get synced to the iPhone as a bookmark in Safari on the iPhone. I don't that is what you after from the sound of your question.
 

GGJstudios

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I been using emails to so tis...anyway to transfer a url/link while I'm on the mac to my iphone over wifi?

Thanks
You could paste the link in a TextEdit document and sync it via Dropbox with the free Nocs iPhone app. Just open the document in Nocs and tap the link to open the page. No need to bookmark.

Also, you may have better success in attracting responses to your thread, and you'll make your thread easier to find for those browsing the forum for the same answers, if you change your thread title to something more descriptive. To do so, click the "Edit" button on your original post, then click "Go Advanced" and you will see where to edit the thread title.
 

ISKOTB

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I did Thx

You could paste the link in a TextEdit document and sync it via Dropbox with the free [URL="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nocs-text-editor-dropbox-markdown/id396073482?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4[/URL] iPhone app. Just open the document in Nocs and tap the link to open the page. No need to bookmark.

Also, you may have better success in attracting responses to your thread, and you'll make your thread easier to find for those browsing the forum for the same answers, if you change your thread title to something more descriptive. To do so, click the "Edit" button on your original post, then click "Go Advanced" and you will see where to edit the thread title.
 

reubs

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Why can't you just use Reading List? Is that not an option you want to take?
 

GGJstudios

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Add an item to OS X Safari Reading List and iCloud syncs it to the iOS device. Read here.
Ahh. iCloud syncing. That's no different than syncing bookmarks, right? While that may work well for some, I prefer being able to transfer items like URLs or notes without having to do a full sync or change sync settings.
 

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Ahh. iCloud syncing. That's no different than syncing bookmarks, right?
Although it does get synced through iCloud with bookmarks it is much easier to manage. More of a temporary bookmark if you will. If you are on a page you want saved to Reading list just do shift-command-r and it is added to your reading list and will be available in the iOS Safari reading list. Just do shift-command-l to see the Safari reading list and you can add and remove items from the list. Kind of like Instapaper built into Safari.

You don't have to do any sync. iCloud will do it automatically in the background.
 

GGJstudios

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Although it does get synced through iCloud with bookmarks it is much easier to manage. More of a temporary bookmark if you will. If you are on a page you want saved to Reading list just do shift-command-r and it is added to your reading list and will be available in the iOS Safari reading list. Just do shift-command-l to see the Safari reading list and you can add and remove items from the list. Kind of like Instapaper built into Safari.
OK. Unless I'm missing something, it seems more cumbersome if you visit a site and want to transfer the URL to your iPhone, but it's not a site you want to keep on the Mac. That means you'd have to add it to bookmarks or the reading list, then do a full sync with the iPhone, then remove it from bookmarks or the reading list.

With Airlink, you just send the link and neither the Mac or iPhone has to add it to any list or sync. With Nocs, you can send one or many links in a document, then trash the document after you're done, without syncing anything but Dropbox. This appeals to me, as I don't want to use iCloud because I want to have more control over what gets synced between Macs and iPhones.

However, I'm sure all the methods have a place and will work for various needs and preferences.
 

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OK. Unless I'm missing something, it seems more cumbersome if you visit a site and want to transfer the URL to your iPhone, but it's not a site you want to keep on the Mac. That means you'd have to add it to bookmarks or the reading list, then do a full sync with the iPhone, then remove it from bookmarks or the reading list.

With Airlink, you just send the link and neither the Mac or iPhone has to add it to any list or sync. With Nocs, you can send one or many links in a document, then trash the document after you're done, without syncing anything but Dropbox. This appeals to me, as I don't want to use iCloud because I want to have more control over what gets synced between Macs and iPhones.

However, I'm sure all the methods have a place and will work for various needs and preferences.
I think the part you are missing is with Safari Reading List there is no manual sync with the iPhone required at all. It gets done in the background automatically all on its own. There is nothing to "sync" in the sense of the user taking any action. Just shift-command-r while on a site and when you go to your iPhone the URL is there in the Reading List. That's it.

I have not used Nocs so can't comment on it. The chief limitation I see with Airlink is it only sends one link at a time. So if I have three sites I want to keep to read on my iPhone later, it is not going to work.

I personally use Instapaper with their iOS app for this, but for a Mac/iOS device user Reading List will get the job done nicely with existing built in tools and no fuss.
 

GGJstudios

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I think the part you are missing is with Safari Reading List there is no manual sync with the iPhone required at all. It gets done in the background automatically all on its own. There is nothing to "sync" in the sense of the user taking any action. Just shift-command-r while on a site and when you go to your iPhone the URL is there in the Reading List. That's it.
But that functionality requires that the user is already set up to allow syncing bookmarks/reading list via iCloud, right? I don't want my hundreds of bookmarks on my Mac to appear on my iPhone. I find iCloud is a good tool for an individual who wants to keep their own Macs/iPhones/iPads in sync, but it's not good for families who want to be able to selectively sync yours/mine/ours. I may be missing something, but I find no use for iCloud other than Find My iPhone.
I have not used Nocs so can't comment on it. The chief limitation I see with Airlink is it only sends one link at a time. So if I have three sites I want to keep to read on my iPhone later, it is not going to work.

I personally use Instapaper with their iOS app for this, but for a Mac/iOS device user Reading List will get the job done nicely with existing built in tools and no fuss.
Airlink definitely has the one-link limitation, but it's very quick and easy for that purpose. I'll check out Instapaper. Thanks.
 

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If your Mac is running Mountain Lion, you could simply use the Notes app.

I do this for simple things like saving URLs for one-time use, as well as the typical shopping lists, etc.
 

GGJstudios

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If your Mac is running Mountain Lion, you could simply use the Notes app.

I do this for simple things like saving URLs for one-time use, as well as the typical shopping lists, etc.
That requires syncing via iCloud, or via iTunes on the local WiFi network, right? And don't you have to compose/edit notes in Mail, as opposed to using any text file, such as with TextEdit?

I tried Notes, then went to Notebox, but it only supported plain text, which doesn't work well for URLs, but it did sync with Dropbox.

So far, Nocs seems to have all the features I was looking for. I can compose/edit in TextEdit, save as .txt or .rtf and read/edit/compose the same on the iPhone. I can choose which notes stay local to the Mac or iPhone, and which are shared via Dropbox with other selected computers or phones, even non-Apple products. Notes can move between the Mac and iPhone from anywhere on the web, without being on the same Wi-Fi network. iTunes or Mail doesn't have to be running and there's more flexibility than iCloud offers.

For specifically grocery shopping, I find AnyList to be useful. It's easy for multiple people sharing a list to add or remove or mark off items, which works well if they're not in the same location. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a Mac app.