Dozens of Safari 5 Extensions already available

“Apple has yet to launch its Extensions Gallery for the newly released Safari 5, but dozens of the mini-apps are already being distributed online for the Web browser,” Antone Gonsalves reports for InformationWeek.

“Safari 5 offers users better performance and a new Reader mode for reading long articles on the Web,” Gonsalves reports. “The browser also has a number of features for developers, including improved developer tools and support for more than a dozen new HTML5 technologies. But among the major developer-targeted enhancements is the ability to create extensions to customize and enhance the browser’s capabilities.”

Gonsalves reports, “Apple is asking developers to start building extensions now, and submit them for the company’s Extension Gallery, which is set to open this summer. In the meantime, Jonas Wisser, a self-described geek and staff member at Oberlin College, has launched a site [safariextensions.tumblr.com/] listing a few dozen extensions submitted by developers unwilling to wait for Apple… Safari 5 does not have extensions enabled by default. To turn on extensions, the user must first go to the Advanced section of the Preferences pane and click on ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar.'” The user must then go to the Develop drop-down list that appears on the browser’s toolbar and click on ‘Enable Extensions.'”

Full article here.

27 Comments

  1. It really says something about how easy Apple’s made development that there’s so many extensions available mere days after Apple revealed the SDK.

    It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes to catch up to Firefox in the number and variety of extensions.

    ——RM

  2. I don’t like how you need to do two steps to turn on extensions. They should be on by default or at least be a default menu item or in preferences. They are sandboxed so no security issues. Apple is treating extensions like an advanced feature for power users.

  3. “I don’t like how you need to do two steps to turn on extensions. They should be on by default or at least be a default menu item or in preferences. They are sandboxed so no security issues. Apple is treating extensions like an advanced feature for power users.”

    That’s because extensions aren’t yet supported by Apple. You have to enable extensions via the developer menu (i.e. if you’re a developer who wants to create one and test it). Be patient, Apple will release an update to turn it on in Safari by default.

  4. Any reports of major issues or problems installing and using Safari 5?

    I’m not one to immediately jump into new software until it’s been “tested” in the field and the bugs and annoyances have been worked out so I’m holding back and let the brave and daring ones go first ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  5. No problems with S5 here. Looking forward to some seriously good extensions. That’s the only way you’ll move me from Firefox.

    And hopefully one of those extensions will give me more control over the look of my ToolBar.

    I’d like to move to Safari, and it’s getting closer, but the only way I see moving is if the extensions give me some of the features of Firefox that I like and am used to.

  6. @Poli Poli Slow Safari and MacCanuck
    I updated to Safari 5 right away. It’s awesome. Very fast rendering. I’m using a MBP from late 2006 and it’s faster than a speeding bullet.

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