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Import OmniWeb and Chimera bookmarks to Safari Web Browsers
Safari has a great built-in and "almost hidden" feature: At the first launch, it imports your Internet Explorer favorites into its own Favorites library. Unfortunately, other browsers like OmniWeb or Chimera are not (yet) supported. But with this little trick, you can use this feature to import bookmarks from other browsers too.
  1. Export your bookmarks from Chimera. It outputs an HTML file, which is fine. For OmniWeb, no export is necessery since the bookmarks are already stored as an HTML file.
  2. Launch Explorer, select "Organise Favorites" in the Favorites menu, then select "Import Favorites..." in the File menu.
  3. Select your HTML bookmark file (OmniWeb bookmarks are stored in Library -> Application Support -> OmniWeb -> Bookmarks.html).
  4. All bookmarks have been added to Explorer's favorites in a new folder.
If Safari has already been launched on your machine, it won't import your favorites again. If so, then:
  1. Quit Safari.
  2. Open the Preferences file for Safari in a text editor (it is located at Library -> Preferences -> com.apple.Safari.plist).
  3. Find the key labeled "IEFavoritesWereImported" and change the value from TRUE to FALSE.
  4. Relaunch Safari.
Your bookmarks have been transfered in the "Imported IE Favorites" collection of Safari's bookmark library!
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Simpler Solution
Authored by: Alpha Centauri on Jan 08, '03 10:35:08AM

There's an even simpler way to import bookmarks from Chimera (tested with the latest version available on Versiontracker).

Open both Safari and Chimera. In Chimera open the bookmarks Sidebar, in Safari click on the book symbol in the toolbar. Then select all of the Chimera bookmarks you want to transfer to Safari. Drag them into the Safari bookmark window and you're done!



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Simpler Solution
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 08, '03 10:56:16AM

Whaat? wow! that's nice there ;-)



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Simpler Solution
Authored by: dshoskes on Jan 08, '03 11:31:10AM

Didn't work for me. I could drag the URL's one at a time but not 2 or more. In addition, the title of the bookmark would be replaced by the URL.

Silly question, but I can't find how to export the html bookmarks from Chimera.



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Simpler Solution
Authored by: kyrrigle on Jan 08, '03 12:09:25PM

I had the same experience (only could drag one url at a time)

exporting bookmarks is:

Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks -> Export Bookmarks...



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Simpler Solution - What's Different?
Authored by: marcpage on Jan 08, '03 12:50:13PM

I have Chimera 0.6. I do not have an Export menu item. In Bookmarks->Manage Bookmarks-> I have:

Show Bookmarks..., Create New Folder, Create New Separator, Import Bookmarks

I also cannot drag more than one bookmark at a time



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Simpler Solution - What's Different?
Authored by: dshoskes on Jan 08, '03 01:14:26PM

Exactly my situation. Did they have export bookmarks in an earlier build (or was it added in the last few days)?



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Simpler Solution - What's Different?
Authored by: kyrrigle on Jan 08, '03 01:17:41PM

Hmpf... I've have 0.6 build id 2002123004... which _i think_ was a nightly build from a couple days _before_ the offical 0.6...

sorry for any confusion!



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OmniWeb
Authored by: bbrown on Jan 08, '03 10:54:18AM

I tried to import into IE and it created a bookmark called "Bookmarks.html" and didn't import any of the folders or bookmarks.

Any ideas?



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OmniWeb
Authored by: evildrbob on Jan 08, '03 11:46:13AM

Yup, same problem here. I can drag individual bookmarks from my Omniweb bookmark pane to the IE bookmark organizer, but not folders - what a pain!



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OmniWeb
Authored by: CorningMUG on Jan 08, '03 06:45:19PM
Importing OmniWeb Bookmarks to Safari.

Follow this path to Bookmarks.html

Your Home Folder > Application Support > OmniWeb > Bookmarks.html

Copy Bookmarks.html to your desktop.

Open Safari and select Show All Bookmarks.

Create a new folder or use the Other... folder.

Drag and Drop Bookmarks.html file into folder.

Double clicking Bookmarks.html will list your Favorites in HTML format.

You still have to click and save each one.

I hope this helps.


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OmniWeb
Authored by: CorningMUG on Jan 08, '03 07:05:11PM

If you open 2 windows you can drag and drop each link.
Kinda neat if you ask me.



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OmniWeb
Authored by: hombre on Jan 08, '03 08:01:59PM

This worked for me: I copied my OmniWeb Bookmarks.html to ~/Library/Preferences/Explorer/Favorites.html, delete IE's Favorites.html, renamed Bookmarks.html to Favorites.html, changed Safari's plist, then opened Safari.



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OmniWeb
Authored by: Michael Graubart on Jul 13, '05 09:50:32AM

I agree; and it's very annoying. This seems to be an OS X situation; importing used to work in OS 9.x.

But if you double-click on the imported HTML file in the Favorites list, it will open and display all your bookmarks (favorites). If you double-click on any bookmark or favorite, you will be connected to the relevant site as usual. The trouble, of course, is that (though all your folder headings will be preserved), all the entries are displayed separately and not in folders, so it's not so easy to find what you want.

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Michael Graubart



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No multi-level folders
Authored by: sn00py on Jan 08, '03 03:02:49PM

Can't create multiple levels of folders, as far as I can tell. So I don't see how you can import other browsers' bookmarks. If that's so I'm filing a bug.



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No multi-level folders
Authored by: lstewart on Jan 08, '03 03:19:34PM

Yes, you can. Suppose you want to put folder B inside top-level folder A. Create a new folder, and name it "folder B". It's top-level. Now click folder A, so its contents are on the right. Now drag folder B into the right pane, and it will be moved inside folder A.

The same thing works to nest multiple levels deep. I'm sure Apple will make an easier way to do this, as it is hardly intuitive. But it works.

By the way: I wish I had read this hint sooner. I manually copied all my Chimera bookmarks over to Safari last night by doing the following (tedious, but effective):

1. Export Chimera bookmarks as outlined in this hint.
2. Open two Safari windows, one with the HTML Chimera bookmark file, and the other with Safari's bookmarks window.
3. One at a time, click the links in the Chimera bookmark file and drag them to Safari's bookmarks. This way the titles are retained, as well as the URLs.

This tip applies to any link in Safari... if you drag a hyperlink from a web page into the bookmarks, the target URL of the hyperlink becomes the bookmark's URL, and the text of the link becomes the bookmark title.



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No multi-level folders
Authored by: sn00py on Jan 08, '03 08:58:16PM

Well I'll be damned!
Thanks



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New Version of Chimera w/ Bookmark Export
Authored by: richardjpratt on Jan 08, '03 05:41:18PM

If you go to Chimera's homepage (www.mozilla.org/projects/chimera/) they have put up a new build (Build ID: 2002122004) that is still 6.0 but has some new improvements/enhancements—including exporting bookmarks which my release didn't have. This new build is already to install you don't need to compile it or anything like that. It's very nice and raises the bar for Safari.

I'm glad there is some competition, since I like both these browsers, and they should make each other better.

Rich




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New Version of Chimera w/ Bookmark Export
Authored by: bluehz on Jan 08, '03 06:25:50PM

That is not a new version - you can look at the build number and tell the date Dec 20, 2002.

I have last nights build Build ID: 2003010706 and it does have export - but you still have to drag and drop one at a time if going that method.



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1 less step (maybe more)
Authored by: playdrums on Jan 08, '03 07:36:06PM

I would skip the "import" into IE. This is because it will add all your chimera bookmarks to the bottom of IE's favorites and may cause additional cleanup. Instead, simply name your export from Chimera (one of the latest builds) as "Favorites.html" and save it into~/Library/Preferences/Explorer." Then continue with the previous directions.



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Ch2Sf - Takes Chimera bookmarks and puts them into Safari
Authored by: codepope on Jan 09, '03 12:02:38PM
I've just done Ch2Fs which you'll find at this site which takes care of importing bookmarks into Safari. You need to stop Safari when you run it and manually copy in the Bookmarks.plist.new file it generates, but it should save folks some time.

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Ch2Sf - Takes Chimera bookmarks and puts them into Safari
Authored by: bluehz on Jan 09, '03 12:48:46PM

Case closed - enough with teh tips, hints, secrets, and voodoo for importing Chimera bookmarks into Safari. THIS IS THE METHOD! Ch2Sf works as advertised, quick painless export then import into Safari. Great tip thx!



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Ch2Sf - Takes Chimera bookmarks and puts them into Safari
Authored by: whoadoggy on Jan 09, '03 03:30:10PM

Agreed, this worked great. Since Safari makes it so easy to finally organize your bookmarks, but since it isn't really ready for prime time, is there a way to get them back into chimera once they are nicely organized? Sf2Ch perhaps?



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A Perl conversion script...
Authored by: stuartbryson on Jan 23, '03 08:41:57AM
Hey all, Just written a quick PERL script to convert Omniweb Bookmarks into Safari Bookmarks. I know that some have had success importing into IE first and then starting Safari with the Prefs indicating to import IE favourites but I only got the one HTML file. Anyway. There is a bit more info on this page. Stuart

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Import OmniWeb and Chimera bookmarks to Safari
Authored by: san fran leo on Mar 04, '04 01:58:05PM

attn: "JackSim"
just a quick note... worked great for me! I do not run chimera but needed a quick fix for (re) importing safari bookmarks from IE favorites (or html) so the later half was the simple answer I needed..
in turn I was able to forward your post to the apple forums at:
http://discussions.info.apple.com/webx?13@240.0DiYaTW3dMx.14752@.688fc4d9
THANK YOU!



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Import OmniWeb and Chimera bookmarks to Safari
Authored by: riko on Apr 17, '05 05:53:50AM

I imported bookmarks from ~/Library/Application Support/Omniweb5 with Safari directly, using "Import Bookmarks" from the Debug menu.

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Import OmniWeb and Chimera bookmarks to Safari
Authored by: Michael Graubart on Jul 13, '05 12:55:10PM

This doesn't seem to work, at least when using OS X 10.3.9 and importing bookmarks as a HTML file from Mozilla. In IE, one can't select 'Organize favorites' as such: one gets a drop-down menu. The IE Help files tell one to click Window -> Favorites, then File -> Import. But (as someone else in this discussion has said) that just imports the HTML file (which can be opened and has all the Favorites or Bookmarks in it, but not organized into the original folders. Clicking or double-clicking on the entries in the opened HTML file will connect one to the websites).

In Safari, using 'Debug' works perfectly. The method advocated above doesn't seem to: it also just imports the HTML file, which can be done more easily by dragging it into the Favorites window.

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Michael Graubart



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