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So Del.icio.us! Intelligent Tagging for the Mac User
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One feature that really stands out, though, is Delibar's export of all your bookmarks to HTML. The code is clean and the embedded CSS makes everything look nice and neat.



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Figure 5. Delibar's HTML export (Click for full-size image)

Kevin Wojniak's Menulicious is a very similar application and performs almost identically. It lacks the swish HTML export but in all other respects does what Delibar does. Menulicious is freeware and a Universal Binary.

Ian Henderson's delimport offers something a little different. Quite simply, it sucks your del.icio.us account into something Spotlight can index and search. All of the data you'd expect (URL, description, tags, title) gets imported and Spotlight will find it all (as will Spotlight-powered third-party apps like Spotlaser and MoRU).

This is particularly nice if you've got files on your hard disk stored with similar metadata (perhaps Spotlight comment tags) to that in your del.icio.us account. Spotlight will find them all and keep them grouped; you could even have del.icio.us links turning up in appropriate Smart Folders. This is potentially a very useful trick, merging your online bookmarks repository with your local filesystem.

Sync with Your Browser

Despite the obvious benefit of having your bookmarks stored for you online, some people find it useful to have them locally in their browser's bookmarks file as well. Perhaps just for backup, perhaps for convenience; whatever the reason, there's no need to fret about getting everything synchronized. There are apps out there that offer easy transfer of large numbers of URLs, in both directions.

Christina Zeeh's delicious2safari does what it says it will; extracts your del.icio.us links and inserts them into your bookmarks at a location of your choice. The as-yet-unreleased version 2.0 looks like it will include all sorts of extras, including an option to import to Camino.

Safarilicious works in the opposite direction. Give it a bunch of Safari bookmarks and it will upload all of them to a del.icio.us account. What's nice is the smart way it helps out--for example, it'll tag all the new del.icio.us entries with tags made from your bookmarks folders. If you have a folder called "funny," then everything in it will be tagged "funny;" bookmarks in a sub-folder called "dilbert" will also be tagged appropriately.

Safarilicious offers a great deal to people who have not yet caught the del.icio.us bug yet, to newbies starting out with fresh accounts. Newcomers often don't get the value of del.icio.us (or similar services) because they haven't built up a body of links with which they can start "playing," and in which they can see the value of the tagging, searching, and sharing. Safarilicious offers a great way for newcomers to leapfrog this step and start seeing the cool stuff sooner. Be warned, though; in my test run it performed fine, but I had only a handful of bookmarks to upload. Judging by the comments on the Safarilicious home page, it can get slow with large numbers of links, and crashes are possible. Back things up before use!

Firefox users needn't feel left out. As you'd expect, there are extensions that make del.icio.us a much more integrated experience. Foxylicious syncs your Firefox bookmarks and a del.icio.us account. It asks you to specify a folder into which it can save stuff from del.icio.us, and will delete anything and everything that's already in that folder. This could, of course, wipe all your existing Firefox bookmarks, so make sure you pick the destination folder carefully. Foxylicious is pretty good at throwing up plenty of warnings, so you should be OK.

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Figure 6. Foxylicious bookmarks (Click for full-size image)

Once everything's synched, Foxylicious can update itself daily, and there's an option to do a fresh full sync--in which case the del.icio.us side is considered the most up-to-date and will be downloaded in full. Once again, everything stored on your hard disk will be deleted and replaced. One nice touch in Foxylicious is the option to have all the local bookmark folders labeled in lower case; won't matter to many people, but for those of us who care about these things it's very welcome.

This isn't the only del.icio.us-related extension by any means. There are several sidebars available (VeryDelicious, for example); have a search through Firefox Add-ons for more.

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Giles Turnbull is a freelance writer and editor. He has been writing on and about the Internet since 1997. He has a web site at http://gilest.org.


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