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Jerry Krinock
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Re: Sync everything everywhere?
Reply #1 - Jun 16th, 2018 at 11:11pm
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Hello, sporkman.

Thank you for contacting us.  BookMacster is our more advanced app which allows you to customize syncing, have multiple collections, and land bookmarks directly from browsers.  But, as always, more features means more cognitive overhead – more stuff to think about during configuration

To replace Xmarks, you should use our app Synkmark instead.  Synkmark is focused on just syncing.  I'd recommend you do this:

• Run BookMacster.
• If a .bmco document does not open automatically, click in the menu: File > Open Recent.
• Opening each .bmco document in turn, click in the menu: File > Close and Delete, and OK to trash it.
• Quit BookMacster.
• Trash the BookMacster application package, which you probably put in /Applications.
• Download and install Synkmark.
• Run Synkmark.
• When you get to the part in the setup where the Help Book opens in Apple Help Viewer, that is the guide you need, except I'm not sure it says this…
• Because you have used Xmarks for Safari, before doing the initial export to Safari, you should remove all bookmarks in Safari's menu Bookmarks > Edit Bookmarks and wait 20 minutes to ensure that no bookmarks return, then export from Synkmark onto the clean slate.  This will ensure that Xmarks has not left any loose ends (unregistered iCloud transactions) which will cause trouble later.  I don't think Xmarks ever figured out the iCloud thing.

Regarding those three Macs, our recommendation is to install Synkmark on only one Mac, using Alternative 1 in our example multi-Mac configurations.  This has the disadvantage of only syncing between Safari and Chrome when you are logged in to that one Mac, but has the advantage of fewer moving parts and makes it much more difficult to accidentally create a sync loop.  To sync Chrome among your multiple Macs, you should Sign in to Chrome.

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If you don't like the idea of signing your data over to Google, you can sync via iCloud only and put Synkmark on each Mac.  If you are careful to use iCloud only, you will not have a sync loop.

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Sync everything everywhere?
Jun 16th, 2018 at 10:42pm
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I have 3 Macs, 2 that I use regularly as well as an iPhone.  For various reasons, I want all my bookmarks everywhere in at least Safari (primary browser on two laptops) and Chrome (primary browser on desktop).  I had mostly achieved this with iCloud bookmark syncing plus xmarks.

xmarks could be "quirky" - I'd generally find myself starting over once or twice a year, but setup was pretty simple - sign in to your account and that was that.

I'm not too concerned about paying for a replacement, but I grabbed BookMacster and I'm just not getting it. Is there a basic "I want to sync everything everywhere and I have iCloud" guide somewhere?
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