Safari 5 has finally opened its door for extensions offering Safari lovers to modify the browser to enhance their browsing experience. An Official Gallery for Plugins is yet to come from Apple but if you want to start tweaking your Safari right now without waiting for Apple to open it then here are some of the best extensions for Safari 5 available now, collected from different sites:
( But first, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to enable the extensions feature. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to know how to do it )
The extensions themselves are easy to install. Just download, double-click the file (maybe unzip it first), and Safari will ask if you want to really install it. Say yes, and Jobs’s your uncle.
1. NoMoreiTunes Safari Extension
NoMoreiTunes is an extension which disables the script that tries to start iTunes when you visit a link to the iTunes Store. It’s annoying and redundant as there is iTunes Preview for Music and Apps now.
The pages will show a big button which loads iTunes once (and only if) you click it.
Until the Rapportive guys start working for their official extension for Safari, just like in Chrome, Davide Di Cillo decided to make his own Rapportive plugin for Safar 5.
It’s a super simple CRM for Gmail, that replace the ads with the personal information about the sender based on their email address, pulling data from Twitter, Crunchbase, Linkedin and many other sources.
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3. Short ‘N Little bit.lie
This plugin is an All in one URL Shortening with more 150 active services like bit.ly, tinyurl.com, su.pr, goo.gl etc. It has an attractive bar (can be toggled ON/OFF) with URL address and GO button, URL checker, etc with Handy Snap and Go (just like Google Chrome ‘Paste and Go) features.
This is a great plugin specially for tweeps who like to tweet stuffs they like. Just paste the link and click on GO and you will get a shortened URL. OR just right click on the link and shorten it!
So there’s no need to visit different sites like bit.ly or any other shortening site to shorten the URL 😀
Moreover, it has lots of customizable options too:
4. Google-Reader Checker
GReader-Checker plugin Adds a nice icon to the toolbar to show you unread google reader messages. It Updates the toolbar icon when there is a new feed item in Google Reader showing your total unread count.
If a Google Reader tab is already open, it Switches to it or creates a new one if there is not one open.
According to the author of the plugin, Custom update time will be added to its features list along with option to pick which feeds you want to be updated in the future.
The Gmail checker extension for Safari 5 works very similar to the Gmail checker extension in Chrome. It puts a Gmail button in the toolbar. This button show the number of unread mails in the Gmail account that you are currently logged in with.
This is a basic Safari extension which snaps the current page as a PNG. You can then drag and drop the image to the desktop.
With this extension installed, clicking on Google Image Search results brings up a lightbox viewer rather than taking you to the page. Really useful if you don’t want to leave your search page.
7. Imgur Upload
This extension adds “Upload Image to Imgur” in the contextual menu. Simply right-click on an image in a web page, choose upload and the Imgur image will open in a new tab. Settings item allows you to choose whether you want to edit the image before uploading.
For those who don’t know what is Imgur:
Imgur makes sharing images with the Internet easy. It can be used to share pictures with friends, as well as post images on message boards and blogs. You can manipulate the image a number of ways and automatically submit it to popular sites such as reddit or digg. You can also view popular user-submitted images in the gallery. Best of all, Imgur is completely free.
8. Drag Drop link to Tab
This plugin enables a Just-drag-a-link-anywhere on page to open the link in a new tab. Quite helpful if instead of right clicking on the link and then clicking on the Open it in a new tab option
9. BreadCrumb Urls
When you are on a very long URL and want to move up one or more levels you need to manually edit the url on address bar. BreadcrumbUrls adds a bar to Safari showing all sub urls, click on sub url to immediately change location.
FBPhotoZoom is a Safari Extension that zooms photo thumbnails on hover. Although it is based on the Chrome extension, FBPhotoZoom is a complete rewrite.
11. YouTube5 – HTML5 Converter for YouTube videos
This extension removes the need to use flash on YouTube by converting all videos to their HTML5 video tag equivalents. It also has the added benefits of decreased CPU usage compared to flash, and the removal of in-video ads.
12. YouTube video downloader for Safari 5
As the name suggests, it lets you download YouTube videos. Just click the convenient “Download Video” button:
And then download the video in any of the formats the script finds:
Lastly, How to: Enable Extensions
Enabling extensions in Safari 5 is very easy. Just follow these steps:
- Go to Preferences -> Advanced and enable the develop menu.
- Close preferences and then click on Develop -> Enable Extensions
If you get any problem regarding the download, installation of any plugin or you can’t enable Extensions in your Safari 5, do tell me by leaving a comment here 🙂
Thanks to PimpMySafari where I found some of these cool extensions.
By the way, Do you use Safari? What’s your favorite extension?