Safari gets used the most because it’s the default browser on OS X and it’s fast, secure, renders pages well, and not cluttered up with a long list of nominal features. But there are some features I’d like to see in Safari that Apple does not deem important enough for the masses, hence the growing library of Safari browser extensions. Here’s an example.
Not Bookmarks, Tabs
Safari’s bookmarks system makes it easy to open a website page with a click. Add multiple bookmarks to a bookmark folder and you can open multiple websites in multiple tabs. You can do the same thing without creating bookmarks using a few Safari utilities on your Mac.
First is TabSnap. It takes a snapshot of a Safari window’s tabs so they can all be reopened later with a click. It’s like capturing websites as bookmarks and being able to open them all at the same time, each in a different tab.
And, no, Apple’s SavedState setting only lets you open the last session of opened tabs. TabSnap lets you collect and open multiple sets of browser tabs.
Not bad, right? And worth a couple of bucks. What if you’re on a budget? There are options.
If you can handle the extended geek factor, the Sessions extension for Safari might be your ticket. It’s free, but offers more options including saving many sessions, though it’s a bit more difficult to manage.
Also free and relatively simple to setup and use is one of the first extensions to provide multiple tab functions. It’s called SessionRestore (formerly SafariRestore). It, too, is a Safari extension which lets you save, restore, archive, and share Safari browser sessions– multiple tabs with multiple website pages.
As a Mac user I’m somewhat partial to SessionRestore as it comes from the same developer that publishes Cookie, the Mac app I use to erase my browser history and cookies automatically.