The release of Safari 5 brought about a new extension system that allows developers to create and distribute helpful and fun tools similar to those found in Firefox.
Since Apple’s own Safari extension list hasn’t yet gone public, we’ve compiled a list of 30 of our favorite extensions for you to download and try. We’ll also walk you through the process of how to install extensions in Safari, so everything is clear and simple!
To install an extension after you download it, simply double click it. Next go under “Develop” in the Safari menu bar and select “Enable Extensions.”
After doing this, you should have an extensions tab in under Preferences in Safari.
“Resizer adds a single button to your Safari toolbar that will resize the current browser window. The extension has 10 user configurable window settings (that can be named and enabled/disabled) and clicking the toolbar button will cycle through them in order. You can also select any of your enabled settings directly from the contextual menu.”
“This extension adds a button into the toolbar that you can click to bring up a list of usernames and passwords for the current page, provided by BugMeNot.com. This is great for bypassing free but compulsory registration on sites like The New York Times and The Washington Post.”
“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.”
“NoMoreiTunes is an extension for Safari 5 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.”
“This extension fills a gaping hole in Safari’s functionality—it saves all open tabs in the current browser window and allows you to reopen them whenever you want, even across restarts of the browser.”
“On the Ars Technica forums someone mentioned that they’d like to be able to switch between tabs using command + numbers to choose tabs. I took a look at the Safari extension system, and while you can’t override the shortcuts bound to cmd 1-91 due to security restrictions, control is available. An hour or so later and ctrlSwitcher was born.”
“Middle-Click AutoScroll adds support for middle clicking and automatically scrolling a page simply by moving your mouse. This functionality has been available in Firefox and IE for ages – but sadly, Safari doesn’t have it. This extension is especially useful when your Mighty Mouse’s scroll nipple is all bung’d up and you can’t use it to scroll anymore.”