These 5 useful Safari plugins would certainly enhance your browsing experience using Apple Safari.
Firefox is the king when it comes to browser extensibility, no doubt about that. But the bloated feel of Firefox always make me stay away from it as much as I can. And I’m sure people have preference for other browsers too. My next best browser is Apple Safari. Even though it is not the most extendable browser out there it is certainly slick and quick enough to get me the page.
I was on the lookout to find some plugins that could enhance the browsing experience with Safari. And I did find these 5 plugins really help enhance the experience.
Glims is a very powerful plugin that does quite a lot of interesting things in one package. Instead of me going over each one here is a list of features that Glims support (from the plugin site),
- Adds thumbnails to Google.com search results
- Adds thumbnails to Yahoo.com search results
- Adds search engines to the default Google search tab
- Adds full-screen browsing capability
- Adds Favicons to tab labels
- Adds keyword search from address bar
- Undo “Close Tab” (cmd-z)
- Re-opens last session when Safari starts
- Auto-Closes download window
- Adds new tab position option (right/left/leftmost/rightmost)
- Adds tab closing using middle mouse button
- Focus last selected tab
- Always open links in a new tab
- Type-ahead support (auto cmd-f)
- Sets the focus on the search field when opening a new window
- Adds Amazon’s information banner on Google.com search results
- Adds Amazon’s information banner on Yahoo.com search results
- Adds a “Max Window Size” menu item to resize the Safari window
- Forms autocomplete always on
- Autocomplete search phrase
- Adds bookmark separator
- Adds bookmark actions
- Dated download folders
- Localized to Japanese, French, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, and Korean
Cooliris is a plugin that brings a whole different experience when it comes to browsing photos and videos from the web or your desktop. Instead of navigating photos page by page Cooliris makes it a seamless experience scrolling through the stream of photos from Facebook, Google Images, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Kodak Gallery, or any supported site. It’s a gorgeous plugin to slideshow the pictures from your desktop or the web.
One of the beloved Firefox extension was the ability to extend custom page behaviors using custom scripts (mostly from GreaseMonkey). If you dearly miss the capability in Safari Greasekit is for you. It fills the user scripting hole in Safari.
We all know by now that iPad was not well received because of its lack of support for Adobe Flash. That’s at least one of the reasons. Even though Flash is useful in many instances it ruins the browsing experience many times and it’s a resource hog. I dread watching YouTube videos these days as I get scared of seeing the CPU usage graph shoot up and my remaining physical memory goes down to the lower 3 digits. Many people agree to the reason given my one of the iPad engineer for not supporting Flash technology in iPad. If you are one of those who would love to have a way Flash can be disabled on Apple Safari ClickToFlash is for you.
Dealing with many tabs on the browser is always a nightmare. Many times we have to take a guess to look around for the correct tab we wanted to navigate to. At the same time we all love the handiness of Mac’s Exposé feature which displays a great thumbnail preview collage of all open windows. TabExposé does the same for all the open tabs in your Safari browser. If you can’t get rid of the habit of keeping at least 20 tabs open then TabExposé is your best rescue.
I hope these 5 plugins help you have a better browsing experience using Apple Safari browser.
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