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Top 10 Safari extensions [and their friends]

30 July 2010 7,682 views 7 Comments

There are already more than 100 items in Apple’s new Extensions Gallery, as well as scores more scattered around the web. Which are cool and which ones not so much? Come inside for a 10 + 5 snapshot.

You can easily access Extensions Gallery from within Safari (Safari menu > Extensions Gallary) where you will find 100-plus extensions. Here’s a super distilled list, 10 best of class and five related extensions, to help you make sense of this cacophony of code:

SafariRestore — Automatically restore your previous or saved browsing session. This feature should be a part of Safari, but this extension gets the job done well.
– See also: Tabs 1.0, a simple utility that records addresses in opened windows and tabs, and, in case of crash, it is able to reopen them.

1-Click Weather for Safari — Lets you view the current temperature and weather conditions right in your Safari toolbar.

Safari AdBlock — Personally, I don’t use a straight ad blocker. Still, I get it and think that if want purer web experience, that functionality should be readily available — here it is.
– See also: ClickToFlash, a must-have Flash blocker extension that provides highly granular, site-by-site white list control.

New York Times Updates — The official New York Times extension provides updates (headlines and thumbnails) based on New York Times RSS feeds.

Google Reader for Snow Leopard — Makes Google Reader look and feel more like a native Mac application.
– See also: TickerBar, adds a new toolbar with a scrolling ticker of your favourite RSS feeds.

Fox News Ticker — The official Fox News extension lets you stay on top of the day’s leading stories with a scrolling ticker of up-to-the-minute headlines.

Better Facebook — For tens of millions of folks, like it or not, Facebook is a necessity. Here’s a really powerful extension that automates a lot of boring, click-intensive tasks.
– See also: FaceBlock is an extension that blocks advertising on Facebook.

InvisibleHand — Shows a discreet notification when the product you’re browsing can be bought for a lower price elsewhere. It gives you a link directly to the product page at the competing retailer.

A Cleaner YouTube — Watch YouTube videos without all the visual distractions by making YouTube a clean and tranquil place. Sweet.
– See also: YouTube5, removes the need to use flash on YouTube by converting all videos to their HTML5 video tag equivalents.

LastPass — An online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure. And, yes, it’s free.

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