Safari 5 extensions begin appearing

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Safari 5 delivers many new features to Apple’s Web browser, but few are more prominent than the arrival of an extensions system,” Marco Tabini reports for Macworld.com. “With an extension system in place, developers are in position to augment the functionality provided by the browser itself.”

Tabini reports, “While the framework itself is primary of interest to developers, the extensions that have already started to surface will let users add to Safari all sorts of capabilities that had previously been the domain of hacks and workarounds.”

“Even though extensions have barely been available for a day, several developers have jumped into the fray and either demoed or published some initial add-ons,” Tabini reports.

“Even though extensions have barely been available for a day, several developers have jumped into the fray and either demoed or published some initial add-ons,” Tabini reports. “For example, yesterday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Mac developer Panic showed Coda Notes, an extension that can be used to add annotations to a Website.”

Tabini reports, “Although Panic has, so far, elected not to publish its extension, claiming that it’s still too rough around the edges, others have been more adventurous. An enterprising user has even started a Website that collects and links to extensions as they become available—at the time of this writing, the ten or so downloads available covered functionality from making it easier to watch YouTube videos in fullscreen mode to managing tasks and projects.”

Read more in the full article, how to enable extensions, here.

28 Comments

  1. Glad the Safari Team has finally relented. This can only enhance Safari’s appeal to those who use Firefox, Opera etc.

    One good place to start is improving Safari’s Icons and Tabs appearance – last done in Safari 2 and prior via Safaricon.

    I’m curious too whether existing add-ons such as ClickToFlash, Safari Cookies, Safari Ad Blocker, CosmoPod etc. will change the way they access Safari’s code.

  2. Safari AdBlocker 1.9.8.3 works.
    The latest ClickToFlash works.
    The latest Glims seems to work.

    Command-Clicking links has opened links in new tabs since there were tabs.

    The Reader thing is cool. If only I could change the font.

    Now if only someone would resurrect Concierge for bookmark management, access and use.

  3. Oh, 1Password works, too!

    Funny, but there’s no Extensions tab in my Safari 5 prefs!
    I wonder if my SIMBL extensions are doing something strange?

    I checked those extensions site links listed above and saw nothing of interest. Maybe after a few days something will appear.

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