Exporting Bookmarks from Safari 1.0
By seapegasus on Feb 19, 2006
Safari 1.0?? Yep, this is a low-end Mac tip for those of you who are still using an old iMac that was delivered with MacOS 8.6 and that (for some weird reason) let itself be updated up to MacOS 10.2.8 over time. (Forward compatibility will be the death of Apple once -- why should we buy new machines if the old ones run nicely for 7 years?)
Anyway, Safari 1.0 doesn't cut it anymore in 10.2.8 after a while. You can't update it to Safari 2.0 unless you upgrade to MacOS 10.3, though. Which I won't do, because honestly, 10.2.8 is the highest you ever want to go with a G3/333Mhz/288MB RAM machine that was built in a time where you could send a whole Mac usergroup laughing themselves to bits with just considering the idea that MacOS might be based on UNIX once, or -- even more hilarious-- run on Intel chips!
So I had installed Firefox 1.0 and wanted to export my bookmarks from Safari 1.0, or, have Firefox import them for me — an option which alas it didn't support. So, if any of you low-end Mac users are in the same situation, here's the solution: Install Camino >1.0 or Firefox >1.5. For, even if Firefox 1.5 may be a bit slow on a low-end Mac for everyday use, or, even if you are missing your favorite extensions in Camino, you can at least use those browsers now to convert old Safari 1.0 bookmarks from .plist format to more general-purpose HTML, and even export them back to .plist!