5 ways to start using Safari extensions
Extensions have been around for awhile in other browsers like Firefox and Chrome, so I’m glad to see that Apple has brought Safari up to speed. After you’ve downloaded Safari 5 (go to the Software Update control panel), you’ll need to follow a couple of steps to get extensions set up–see Mashable’s instructions on getting them up and running on your computer. Once you’ve done that, here are five extensions to show off the kinds of things you can do with this new functionality.
1. Shut Up
On many newspaper and blog sites, the rants, raves, and opinions of uninformed anonymous commenters can take over an article quickly and easily. As I’ve said from the early days, the best thing about the Internet is it gives everyone a voice. The worst thing about the Internet is it gives everyone a voice. If you’d prefer to not get everybody’s respective two cents, check out the Shut Up extension. It does a great job of hiding the comments sections on many web pages (including this one). You can toggle Shut Up off and on if you do want to read a conversation or add your thoughts.
If RSS readers like NetNewsWire or Google Reader aren’t your thing, check out Feedly. Feedly takes your feeds from a Google Reader account and displays them in a friendly, magazine-style format. This extension gives you one-click access to your Feedly page, and more convenient access to RSS content.
Do you use Google Image Search to find images? The GoMBoX extension modifies the behavior of the search results, so instead of having to click through each image to view it, you can view images in a nice slideshow format. Find the one you like, then click it to save it to your computer.
This is a simple extension, but a useful one: Weather displays the temperature and weather of a location of your choice in a Safari toolbar.
5. Gmail Checker
Last but not least: If you’re a Gmail user, the Gmail Checker extension keeps you from having to compulsively load up your inbox. A small button will notify you of new, unread messages waiting for you. Click the button to get to your inbox.
Looking for more extensions?
Check out the Safari Extensions Tumble Blog for announcements of newly available or updated extensions for Safari 5.
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