These are good days for browser users, Mac or Windows. Firefox has come of age, and matured with a bucket of excellent add-ons.
What of Safari? Is the standard browser in Mac OS X getting long in the tooth?
Not with all the freebies and excellent utilities available.
Let’s start with expensive and work down. Do you let the Mac’s Keychain run automatic logins in Safari?
Try 1PassWd instead. It’s auto login on steroids for Safari and gives you similar control in Firefox.
Got Bookmarks? Bookmark management can be painful. Try URLCache to add keywords to your bookmarked links. Free, but PPC only.
Got del.icio.us? Use the free delicious2safari to import del.icio.us bookmarks.
Got money? If it’s burning a hole in your pocket, opt for LiveDictionary to help you find dead words.
Got no money? But you want and need the latest Safari versions?
Try NightShift and learn to live on the bleeding edge of browser development.
All of us at Mac360 are big fans of RSS. It’s an excellent way to get the latest headlines from a web site without actually being there.
Safari’s implementation of RSS is decent, if simple is all your care about. Spending nothing will get you RSS Menu.
No, it doesn’t have anything to do with Safari, but RSS is good, and I’m just checking to make sure you’re still with me.
After all, use of too many free applications can dull the senses. Or, so I’m told.
One of my favorite freebies for Safari is Safari Enhancer. It opens up a few little goodies in Safari that you didn’t know were there.
On the other hand, Safari Extender adds a context menu utility. For free? Not quite.
Managing Cookies is no fun, but cleaning them out from time to time is a good thing. You’d be surprised at what lurks in your Safari’s cookie jar.
So, add a little SafariCookieCutter and manage all your cookies. You can even dump your cookies if so needed.
SurfRabbit lets you customize the web site pages you visit; even deleting annoying ads.
Safari has a similarly annoying habit of crashing when I’ve opened a few pages of four or five tabs each. Firefox remembers where you were and takes you back after a crash, or if you’ve closed down.
Safari will do the same with Saf-T Dance. Did I mention that it’s free?
While Safari doesn’t enjoy the population of extensions you’ll find for Firefox, there are plenty of reasons to like free on Safari.
I’m leaning more toward Firefox these days. That list of extensions is great. What are your favorite Safari add-ons, free or otherwise?
How would you compare Safari’s utilities with the extensions and add-ons for Firefox?