I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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Beyond Safari


I was going to apol­o­gise for this post being a bit off top­ic, but then I decid­ed it was­n’t! Main­ly because my blog is for me and is meant to reflect me, so this post is reflect­ing the geeky/tech side of me, hehe! Any­way, I had a cou­ple of friends who recent­ly switched to OS X ask me for a few tips with Safari, so I set out to find the free answers I had dis­cov­ered for myself and make note of the solu­tions for my friends(and any­one else who needs them). As I’m a stu­dent and funds are sparse, these solu­tions are free, and unlike oth­er Safari enhance­ment posts, this one does­n’t cov­er the reg­u­lar exten­sions like Saft, Pith­Hel­met and Safari­S­tand which I found to either cost me mon­ey or be very con­fus­ing! Either way I hope you find this help­ful, if some­thing isn’t clear or if you think I missed some­thing, drop a com­ment.
These first two items start­ed off with a cou­ple of pet peeves I had about the brows­er. The main one was tack­led with a well known plu­g­in called Inquisi­tor.

My peeve was that the search box used Google.com and there was no pref­er­ence to switch it to Google.co.uk. I had seen Inquisi­tor around while it was Share­ware, but with the release of the beta ver­sion for Inquisi­tor 3 it was made free, of course I jumped on the band­wag­on but had I realised how much I would use it the chances are I would pay for it. As well as giv­ing me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cus­tomise where I search, Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Ama­zon, Flickr among oth­ers, it gives me the chance to livesearch the inter­web. As a result it has kind of changed the way I use the search func­tion. I now tend to use it to launch sites I just dis­cov­ered but am unsure whether they are wor­thy of a book­mark. It’s lit­tle counter that tells me how many times I have used that search and cho­sen the site, let me judge just how much I’m using it. It’s kind of like a Quick­Sil­ver or Spot­light for the web and has the eye­can­dy to match!
The sec­ond issue I had invovled tabs, win­dows and acci­den­tal apple-w’s (thats close tab/window) or apple-q’s (which quits Safari). I was for­ev­er acci­dent­ly clos­ing win­dows or tabs, so I hunt­ed out a lit­tle exte­niosn called For­get­MeNot which gave me the option to restore tabs and win­dows. It even remem­bers what tabs were open when I quit Safari, so long as there is no re-boot inbe­tween! It’s very use­ful and effec­tive in what it aims to do. It adds an undo-tab func­tion under the edit menu and an UnClose Win­dow option under the file menu.
The third issue that I want­ed to solve was the lack of an Ad-Block fea­ture, specif­i­cal­ly for flash/animated adverts. The first exten­sion I tried was Safari­Block, which had a decent go at things, grad­u­al­ly it built up a list to block, but it was man­u­al input and I had to right click on an advert and tell it to be blocked. The draw­back was when it came to flash adverts, right click­ing these only brought up the flash con­tex­tu­al menu, which meant I was unable to block the ad’s, so I had to seek out an alter­na­tive. This led me to SafariPlus. As an ad-block­er it is extreme­ly effec­tive. It blocks flash con­tent on the site under the set­tings I have, which can be a draw­back when it comes to watch­ing YOUtube video’s, it also blocks mov­ing images and freezes them, they still dis­play, but in a com­bi­na­tion with Safari­Block it can grad­u­al­ly remove adverts from web­sites. SafariPlus also does a lot more, but this is main­ly what I use it for.
So that’s the main issues I had with Safari that devel­oped from gen­er­al brows­ing, and ones which I hope will be tack­led in the next ver­sion of Safari, along with the option to re-arrange tabs from drag ‘n’ drop (if any­one knows of an exten­sion for this that is effec­tive and free, drop a com­ment).
These next two exten­sions came about through a lat­er issue I had when want­i­ng to syn­cro­nise my Safari book­marks between iMac and iBook. The first one, which the sec­ond derives from, is meant to to tack­le this. The first of these exten­sions, SafariDe­pot gives .Mac style sync­ing to Safari. You need your own piece of web­space to upload your book­marks too, but it’s not a very big file so can eas­i­ly be achieved with free host­ing (like orgfree).

If you cou­ple this with the SafariScripts enhance­ment, it gives you easy sync options for Safari. SafariScript adds a small Apple­Script icon to the menu bar of Safari, and lets you store var­i­ous scripts with­in it. Adding the two default scripts that come with SafariDe­pot means that you can eas­i­ly sync the book­marks of the browsers on lap­tops and work/home com­put­ers.

Note: At present, there appears to be an error with SafariDe­pot if your ftp user­name con­tains an @ sign. I con­tact­ed the devel­op­er for help as the small app was­n’t work­ing for me, con­tin­u­al­ly giv­ing the same error, he respond­ed ask­ing if my user­name had an @sign. but has­n’t replied since. It’s fixed and works very well. Big thanks to the devel­op­er Karl­Heinz for the quick work!

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