Firefox is the king of add-ons and it’s proven to be popular and successful, helping users customize and enhance their browser and browsing experience. Chrome followed in Firefox’s steps, offering a growing selection of fantastic extensions. Safari may be late to the show, but better late than never!
Though Safari has a very limited selection of extensions available, a decent starting gallery launched with the release of Safari 5.0.1. Here are the top 15 new Safari 5 extensions.
First thing’s first; you’ll need to upgrade to Safari 5.0.1 to begin installing extensions. Unfortunately it required a full system restart (I hate that!) but installing extensions is a snap and doesn’t require a browser restart to begin using them.
Once you’ve decided on an extension you want to install, just hit the Install Now button in Apple’s Safari 5 extension gallery (follow the links via extensions below) and you’ll be ready to go in a second or two, no browser restart required.
After an extension has been installed, you may have to do a little additional setup in Safari’s preferences pane, though it’s quick and simple.
Note: To install Safari extensions you’ll have to visit http://extensions.apple.com. We unfortunately aren’t able to link directly to them.
Although I check the weather via my iPhone and OS X dashboard quite frequently, I still find myself visiting Weather.com all the time for more details. I’m very glad to see a snappy way to jump straight there with a quick button click. The button also includes a bit of today’s current weather info., which is nice to see while I’m browsing the web.
I’m a sucker for staying up to date on news so this one is appreciated. It adds a bar to the top of the page, though it doesn’t seem to do so except for on NYTimes.com. I have yet to see a breaking news update as I’m browsing other sites, as I assume it will.
I really love this one! It’s great being able to browse through my Facebook news feed and easily hover over posted images to see the larger version.
If you’re a user of bookmarking sites such as Instapaper, Read it Later, Pinboard, or Delicious, Procrastinate provides an easy toolbar to integrate these services with Safari.
The official Twitter extension for Safari brings the fun and power of Twitter to your browser with real-time trends and other tools you’d expect from a Twitter browser extension. There’s also extensions for Echofon and Nambu if one of those are what you’re looking for.
TrueNew takes a different approach to message counters and shows you the number of new emails you have since the last time you checked your inbox. With this I can leave messages unread that I intend on getting to later and see the number of new emails I’ve received since then. TrueNew is also available for Chrome.
I’ve been using the Rapportive extension for Chrome for awhile now and really love it. It’s a great way to get a little more insight on the person at the other end of an email. You can see info. such as a photo, occupation, social networks and more.
As an Amazon.com shopper, I’m frequently adding things to wish list(s) and this extension makes it super easy (perhaps too easy?) as I’m browsing the web. There are also extensions for eBay if that’s more your style though.
If you follow Woot! deals then you’ll like the Woot Checker, which gives you nearly instant updating during a Woot-off and helps you keep an eye on the deal of the day.
I didn’t mind YouTube’s interface to begin with but I tried this extension anyway and was very happy I did. I love how much clutter it gets rid of, especially when viewing videos.
When watching YouTube videos I prefer HD and widescreen. This is a simple extension but one I appreciate none-the-less, making videos widescreen by default. This works nicely in combination with the above extension.
Exposer is a fun extension to easily view a preview of your open tabs and switch between them. Unfortunately the extension didn’t work as well as I’d hoped for and seemed too slow. I hope an update will correct those issues though.
From Panic Inc. comes Coda Notes, a nifty little extension to add notes to a web page and quickly send them via email. It needs a better selection of tools and a few improvements but it’s a great start for an extension.
As a web developer I work with HTML and CSS validation all the time so I was very happy to see the Validator extension, which makes it a snap to validate HTML, CSS or RSS feeds using W3C. The extension automatically validates pages as you visit them too, showing the number of validation errors on the buttons.
There’s many other extensions you may find useful in Apple’s Safari extension gallery so be sure to check them out and let us know what your favorites are!