The release of Safari 5.01introduced a long-awaited functionality to Apple's browser; extensions.
Some extensions add a toolbar to Safari and function the way toolbars do in Internet Explorer. Others may add an a single icon for on the fly actions, like taking a screen shot of a page you are viewing. By adding various extensions you add quick access to the things you use the most.
The fact that you don't need to restart Safari is huge in our book. It takes care of a minor annoyance of some other browsers.
The installation is simple from the Apple site: HERE. In Safari simply click on the install button. For off-site extensions, you may have to download the file then click on it to install. All ver easy.
The library is not vast as yet but the big players are amply represented; Facebook, Twitter and Google. The problem is that extensions have come so late to the game that much of their functionality may already been covered by other programs.
Do you really need another GMail notifier?
Deleting extensions is very easy, as well. Just go to Safari/Preferences/Extensions there you can disable or uninstall to your hearts content.
Now our Top Ten Safari Extensions! There are our very biased favorites, YMMV.
Twitter for Safari
The official Twitter extension for Safari brings real-time trends and information to every web page. Show related tweets and Twitter users. Keep track of what‚Äôs trending at the moment, including any mention of the web page you‚Äôre on. You can also tweet about the web page you‚Äôre viewing ‚Äî complete with a link that‚Äôs already shortened for you.
The AdBlock extension is a great way to remove unwanted content from your browsing experience. Download the extension and load your web pages without as many intrusive ads. There‚Äôs even beta options to remove Google ads and YouTube ads.
It lets you to snap, comment, and rate the web page you're on.
Not on the Apple site, this neat little extension blocks all of the annoying ads on Facebook, even removing the sidebar ads on the Facebook homepage, as well as the ads on user profiles.
Based on the shutup.css custom user stylesheet by Steven Frank, Shut Up lets you hide and show the comments section on websites.
Send links to articles to your Instapaper account, in one of two ways, by clicking a link while holding down a mod key or select from the context menu.
For World of Warcraft, for the two of you who may not have heard of it. This extension gives you the status for any U.S. World of Warcraft realm and a search bar for finding popular World of Warcraft reference sites. The realm status lookup includes options for how often the realm is checked for downtime and population density. Search bar is customizable with one of many warcraft reference sites.
Adds a context menu item that lets you quickly view a photo in its original size by right-clicking the photo thumbnail.
Adds a collection of links to the Flickr photo page sidebar, providing quick access to Flickr actions like viewing an image on a black background, obtaining its short URL, seeing all sizes of the image, and more.
A nifty little URL shortener that sits on your Safari toolbar, supports native shorteners from YouTube and Flickr, or you can choose goo.gl or bit.ly.
Add to Google Reader
Adds your favorite RSS feeds to Google Reader or iGoogle with a click of the RSS button in the Smart Address Field.
…and one to grow on!
Comic Sans Be Gone
Bwa-Hah-Ha! We love it, this extension replaces all occurrences of that scourge of the modern world Comic Sans, with the Helvetica font on any web page. Pure weapons grade awesome!
Those are our favorites, share yours in the comments, cheers!