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  1. grahamperrin, Jul 3, 2015
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    grahamperrin

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    Focusing solely on Xmarks

    http://xmarks.com


    From the iPad Apps area …

    I see Mozilla Firefox for Android but not for iOS.


    In the OS X Mavericks (10.9) area …

    Xmarks Safari sync


    From the OS X Yosemite (10.10) area …

    Under Features Mac OS X should have:

    Under What browser are you currently using?:

    @Freyqq was the problem limited to Safari 8.x, or was that half missing from all synchronised areas?

    If not missing from all areas, then was the missing half present at https://my.xmarks.com ?


    I use OS X Mavericks, I'm gradually switching to PC-BSD and I'll almost certainly use Android

    Whenever Safari 7.x appears to have trouble with bookmarks, https://my.xmarks.com appears OK.

    In my case the trouble affecting Safari 7.x may be something that's peculiar (and confidential) to my use of Mavericks.
     
  2. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I had to periodically restore from a backup on the xmarks site, as bookmarks would just disappear. I was trying it with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. This was about a year ago though; maybe it is better now.
     
  3. grahamperrin, Jul 3, 2015
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    OK, so here's a screen shot of apparent duplication:

    apparent duplication.png

    I'll use the Xmarks de-duplication routines then edit this post.


    Postscripts

    Firefox has trouble showing the web interface to my bookmarks. Weird.
     
  4. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601

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    Recently I had something like the opposite. Some tidying, previously done by me, was apparently undone. I can't guess how it occurred but it was first noticed in the bookmarks bar of Safari on Mavericks. I used the web interface to Xmarks to restore from a day earlier.
     
  5. PaperQueen macrumors 6502

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    Time to breathe a little life back into this thread---I'm sooooooo done with Xmarks. For the upteenth time, loads of bookmarks and missing, but more annoying than that, about 1,000 bookmarks are duplications, making my bookmarks completely unusable.

    Any alternatives out there? I bounce back and forth between Chrome and Safari (the latter of which has become a pain to use, riddled with problems, horribly slow, etc.). There must be something that actually works.

    Fingers crossed!
     
  6. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    I stopped using Xmarks a few years ago because the extension would crap out on me. I simply backup my bookmarks once every other week. I should do some spring cleaning on my bookmarks but I've been putting that off for about 17 years now and simply don't care to do it. Coincidentally, I ran a bookmark checker last summer and managed to only find that only about 80 bookmarks were dead, out of many thousands.
     
  7. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601

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    Did you ever sign in and allow Google to attempt synchronisation?

    Do you ever enable Safari in the iCloud pane of System Preferences?
     
  8. PaperQueen macrumors 6502

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    I'm curious---bookmark checker? Had no clue such a thing existed. Any chance you have a link to share (sounds like a GREAT idea).

    No, they've always been toggled off, since Xmarks warned turning them on could corrupt the Xmarks sync. Sadly, Xmarks is fully capable of sync corruption on its own.... :::sigh:::
     
  9. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bookmark-deduplicator/?src=search

    Seems the extension I used is no longer available, but you can install a Chrome derivative and import your bookmarks there, run it through a Chrome based extension, export and import it into Firefox.
     
  10. PaperQueen macrumors 6502

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    Holy moly.

    Found the "Fast Bookmark Scanner" extension for Chrome. Disabled Xmarks, then ran the extension. The heaping pile of messed up folders it discovered was mind blowing---one particular folder had been duplicated 26 times, each duplicate holding 1,300+ links.

    That's nearly 44,000 links that, based on the folder name, began as about a half dozen original links.

    Pretty sure I'm not going to be reactivating Xmarks once this is cleaned up.
     
  11. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    If that's the one I'm thinking of, be careful using it because it interprets different sub links within a domain as a duplicate.
     
  12. PaperQueen macrumors 6502

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    Things looked pretty good as I went through to manually select which version of a duplicate stayed put. :::whew!:::
     
  13. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    Great. Good to know I'm not the only one who keeps bookmarks around. Unfortunately, bookmarks severely affect browser performance.
     
  14. PaperQueen macrumors 6502

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    Huh. Didn't know that. Now I feel even better about the radical approach I just took:
    1. Slimmed down my bookmark mountain using "Fast Bookmark Scanner"
    2. Exported backup copy of remaining bookmarks
    3. Deleted all bookmarks from Chrome (yup---that's the radical part)
    4. Rebuilt only the 25-30 bookmarks I use regularly
    5. Turned Xmarks back on, to overwrite the server copy
    6. Launched Safari, dumped all bookmarks, and let Xmarks overwrite that with my pristine little group of bookmarks
    If I need anything in the backup, well...I'll deal with it then. For now, I'm testing the waters to see just how much is truly necessary and how much was stuff that used to be.

    Both browsers' toolbars look very zen all of a sudden. :)
     
  15. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, I've got around 7K myself and after loading the bookmarks into a new profile, browsers feel slower. I really should go through them but with 7K of them why bother?
     
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    Safari still runs slow and laggy, but Chrome definitely sped up.
     
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