I realize there is already this good question How to sync bookmarks between Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on multiple computers? about bookmark sync, but I am looking for a different solution.
It is somehow sad, that after like 10 years, since i first stumbled about bookmark-sync-problems, this still is somewhat a basic problem - at least if you don't want to rely on servers of third parties. An easy solution with an app or two and a basic ftp or sftp-server - it should not be more complicated than that.
And this is my main reason for this question and my idea for any developers out there who have some spare-time or are looking for a useful community-product-idea.
XMarks and Weave are the only ways which tended to be a solution for my problem:
To sync bookmarks - at least for FireFox - using my own server.
However, I would very much like to use the build-in FTP-Server of my Router (AVM 7390 FritzBox). This would be a really great application for it and neither xmarks nor weave are suited for this. I would need a WebDav server or an even more advanced setup of a weave-server.
What am I looking for exactly?
- I use mainly FireFox, but also Opera or Chrome and would like to access a central bookmark-collection
- It should be hostet by my own ftp-server, another server type might be a solution, but is not my favorite
- it would be great, if something like sync-profiles would be possible
- it has to be possible to automate it as far as possible, although it would be nice to always get a preview of the changes to be made - before they would be made, like with the syncToy of MS
Currently I think I have a better chance using Code-Merging tools and Bookmark-Auto-Backup-Plugins. It just seems to be the easier way, dealing with the syncing outside of the browser.
I want to use my own server due to privacy reasons and because i really do not see the point of using a third-party for this, which may or may not be available in some years.
I tested using xmarks, because of its own-server feature - only to realize after some time, that it does not work with an ftp-server and that others have encountered this problem too.
Transmute is promising. -However it seems that you would have to execute the sync-task yourself - at least i could not find any settings for "auto update when xxx". -Pay 20-30$ for one of the advanced versions. +You can setup FTP-Directories. +The free tool is a great portable converter for many formats.