If you’re like most Mac users, Safari is your browser of choice. Why? Safari is fast, stable, and, unlike Firefox, it’s clean and uncluttered.
But Firefox users get all those wonderful add ons. Safari users rejoice. I found one Safari add on that may be all you need to spruce up your favorite browser. This utility adds a couple of dozen handy functions and features and it’s today’s Friday Freebie.
Safari’s Good And Bad
Make no mistake. Safari is well liked among Mac users. Most of us are not the geeky types who love all the add ons of Mozilla’s Firefox. Safari is pure, smooth, unblemished.
When loaded down with utilities Firefox looks more like a Microsoft Office app menu.
Wouldn’t it be great to add a few nifty neato utilities to Safari, not spoil the fast, clean, and uncluttered browsing experience, and not have to fork over extra cash?
Here’s a good example. Safari’s default toolbar search is Google. Sure, Google is the most used search engine on the planet, but there are plenty of other places to search. Why add a bunch of extra clicks and bookmarks just to search through Bing, or Amazon, or Yahoo!?
Enter The Glamorous Glims
Glims bills itself as a mixed cocktail utility of cool, usable, and free features for Safari on your Mac. To find Glims, I had to go looking for it.
Why? I think the world has enough Google. They’re almost as bad as Microsoft (except the price). So, if you don’t want to use Google as your main search engine in Safari, what can you do? Add Glims.
This is where your browsing life gets really interesting, not to mention faster and more efficient. Glims is an easy install. Double click, walk through the steps, restart Safari. Check the Safari Preferences and click the Glims tab.
First off is the list of search engines. Google is still there, but added to the Safari toolbar is Ask.com, Bing, About, Amazon, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, and many others. No more going to a search engine site first, then doing a search. Search right from Safari’s toolbar—without using Google as the default.
The search suggestions drop down can be customized, too, including the source, auto complete, the number of suggestions, and the results. That alone is worth the price of admission (uh, my bad—Glims is free).
Wait. There’s more.
Glims also lets you enable the Search Suggestions plugin (in the first image above) which searches while you type. You get options for Safari’s tabs, too. Open links in a new tab, complete with the ability to make exceptions.
I particularly like the option to Re-open the last session when Safari starts up.
All total there’s a few dozen different functions available to Safari when you install Glims. Select which search engines you want displayed in Safari’s toolbar search field. Even add a different search engine.
Define specific keywords or shortcuts to invoke the search, and manage the search and link suggestions. Glims adds the site icon in a tab function, similar to the one in Firefox. Mouse over the icon and the traditional Safari close box button appears.
There’s even features for expanding Safari’s screen to full size, add dates to downloaded file folders, and add thumbnail screen shots to Google searches. Glims can also force forms autocomplete on sites which prevent it.
What’s also nice about Glims, besides the price tag (there isn’t one), is, unlike Firefox, it doesn’t clutter up the browser’s toolbar with twenty seven eleven extras that cause eye strain. Safari stays clean and pure—but is more useful.
Glims is a Friday Freebie that every Mac Safari user will love, good for Leopard and Snow Leopard, may bang into other Safari add ons, but seems to work fine with my favorite, 1Password.