There’s just no way in this day and age that I can be an all-or-nothing Mac browser user. There’s Safari, Firefox, and Google’s Chrome, all nestled in perfect harmony on my Mac.
Safari is my browser of choice, sans the Adobe Flash plugin. Seriously. No Flash in Safari. Chrome has Flash built in, so if I need Flash, it’s there. Firefox is where browser extensions breed, but I have a few favorites for Safari.
Safari Extensions For Fun And Productivity
Browser extensions are those little add on apps that give your browser some kind of additional functionality. Most are free. Installing is easy. But first, let me say that there’s really no comparison between Firefox extensions and Safari.
Firefox has been doing extensions since before Republicans conveniently forgot about jobs to focus on the national debt.
Safari just got extensions a year or so ago, and there’s not many from which to choose, so, choose wisely.
My choice of extensions, anemic by some standards (my husband has almost two dozen on his Mac’s Firefox and needs to throw extra coal into the steam engine to get Firefox to launch), is simple.
For example, as much as I love Safari’s new Reader functionality (one click on the Reader button and all the ads disappear and you’re left with just an article), it’s not so hot shot on web sites with multiple page articles.
Page One – If you despise multiple page articles as much as Tea Partiers despise paying new taxes, Page One is for you. It’s a simple extension that tries to find the extra pages and puts them altogether.
Shortly – You like shortened URLs, right? Shortly is the easiest, funnest to use. It sits in the Safari Toolbar. Visit a site and click Shortly. What you get is a shortened URL, using bit.ly or goo.gl with some native shorteners thrown in free.
Little Snapper – If you love LittleSnapper then you’ll love the LittleSnapper Safari extension. Snap, comment, and rate web pages accordingly.
Better Facebook – This social networking fad just won’t go away, and it has already infected Safari extensions. Better Facebook simply improves your Facebook experience, including the all important notification that you’ve been—gasp!—unfriended.
The Moscow Times – Alright, I’m busted. This one is definitely a niche extension with the latest English-language news from Russia. It’s either this extension, or I wait around for someone to create a Coronado Island Daily News extension. It’s good for laughs. Unless you’re a commie.
LastPass – If you take online security seriously, then LastPass can give you an extra ounce of worthless feel good. It’s an online password manager and form filler for Safari users. You know, so you can feel more secure even when you’re probably not.
MLB Toolbar – This is installed on my Mac so I can see how bad the San Diego Padres are getting crushed tonight.
Add To Amazon Wish List – I’m not sure why I have this on Safari. It absolutely so doesn’t work. Maybe prayer would be better. I wish, but nobody sends me what I want.
All these Safari extensions, and many hundreds more, are available at Apple’s Safari Extensions Gallery. Installation is usually a click away. Be forewarned, though. Too many extensions in Safari will turn it into Firefox. Except faster. And prettier.