“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.'”
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