Remember RSS? Apple put a decent RSS reader right into Safari a few years in an attempt to bring RSS to the great unwashed masses of Mac users. Then they took it away and gave us Safari Reader instead. Here’s how to make Safari Reader better.
Customize The Reader
Don’t misunderstand my grumbling. I love Apple, my Macs, my iPhone, my iPads, but there are times when Apple does something that looks like going backwards.
Safari Reader is prettier than the old RSS in Safari, but not as useful. Alright, if pretty is the name of the game, here’s how to make Safari Reader pretty.
Install CustomReader on your Mac. It’s a free Safari 6 extension that gives you custom controls over Safari Reader.
You know how Safari Reader works, right? Open a website in a Safari tab. Click on the Reader button (or, select Show Reader from Safari’s View menu).
Safari Reader cleans up the web page, gets rid of the annoying ads and menus, and even drops in a one-click way to change font size. It’s an easier, faster, less distracting way to read web pages.
CustomReader’s popup gives you a few extra tools. Click the magnifying glass to zoom in or out. Click the email icon to send the link via email. Click the printer icon to print.
Big whoop, right? Wait! There’s more!
Click the toolset icon and you get CustomReader’s customizable settings.
This is where the fun begins. CustomReader gives you quick controls over background color, fonts, font size, page width, zoom factor and much more.
The Advanced tab is for your hidden geek gene and lets you control CustomReader’s stylesheet. The Auto-Read tab is interesting. It lets you identify pages that will automatically open Safari Reader.
All of this is free. So, if you use Safari to do much of your online non-RSS website reading, CustomReader gives you a little more control over Safari Reader’s visual esthetics.