This article outlines the procedures for importing and exporting session data into and out of Session Buddy and provides details about the various formats that can be imported and exported.
While importing a simple list of URLs is a common scenario, Session Buddy can also recognize additional types of data in import text such as sessions, windows, and tab titles.
Specifying Import Text
Click Import in the application menu to open the Import dialog. This dialog allows you to specify the text to import in any of the following ways:
- Type or paste text (eg, a list of URLs) into the text box.
- Click Select file, then select a file containing the text you want to import.
- Drag and drop a text file into the text box.
Simple text that is suitable for import follows these rules:
- Newline-separated list of session names, window names, and tabs, where session name and window name line items are optional.
- Indentation is used to denote the level (ie, session, window, or tab) of the hierarchy. Eg, if a window name is indented once, the tabs in that window are indented twice.
- A tab can be represented as either a URL or a title/URL pair. All tabs in the import text must be consistently of either the first or the second form. A newline separates the title from the URL in a tab pair. Tab pairs are separated from each other with at least one blank line.
- Indents may be any combination of space and tab characters, but must be consistent throughout the import text.
The following links provide samples of various forms of simple text suitable for import:
- URLs with titles
- URLs, grouped by window
- URLs with titles, grouped by window
- URLs, grouped by session and window
- URLs with titles, grouped by session and window
CSV text that is suitable for import follows these rules:
- Fields must be double-quoted and comma-delimited.
- Fields recognized: session name, window name, tab title, tab URL. Session name, window name, and tab title are optional. URL is required.
- A header corresponding to the included fields must be present as the first line. The header names for session name, window name, tab title, and tab URL are Session, Window, Title, and URL, respectively. Eg, if all four fields are included, the header should read: Session,Window,Title,URL
The following links provide samples of various forms of CSV text suitable for import:
JSON text that is suitable for import follows these rules:
- Top-level object must have a single array property with a name of either “sessions”, “windows”, or “tabs”.
- The sample links below outline which properties of a session, window, or tab are recognized. All properties are optional except for “url” on a tab object.
The following links provide samples of various forms of JSON text suitable for import:
Session Buddy allows for the export of one or more selected sessions.
To export selected sessions, click Export in the application menu to bring up the Export dialog.
The Export Dialog
In the Export dialog, select the tab for the desired output format. Check/uncheck the appropriate checkboxes to include or exclude session and window-level data as well as tab titles and URLs.
The exported text can be obtained in one of two ways:
- Copy to Clipboard: copies the export text to your system clipboard.
- Save to File: saves a file containing the export text to your browser’s downloads folder.
Supported Export Formats
- Simple Text: Ideal for including a set of links in an email message or document.
- CSV: Well-suited for import into spreadsheet applications.
- JSON: Great for feeding session data into custom applications.
- HTML: Outputs code for a web page that can be further customized or published directly to the web.
- Markdown: Well-suited for pasting a set of links into an online post or comment.