Apple has released Safari 5.0.1, which now fully supports browser extensions, a feature that was present in Safari 5, but only in developer mode. Apple today released Safari® 5.0.1, turning on Safari Extensions and introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery. Apple introduced extensions support in Safari 5 in June so developers could begin creating extensions with […]
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Apple Releases Safari 5.0.1, Now Officially Supports Extensions

Apple has released Safari 5.0.1, which now fully supports browser extensions, a feature that was present in Safari 5, but only in developer mode.

Apple today released Safari® 5.0.1, turning on Safari Extensions and introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery. Apple introduced extensions support in Safari 5 in June so developers could begin creating extensions with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript web standards. With Safari Extensions Gallery, users can quickly find extensions that add powerful new features to Safari, from toolbars that display live web feeds to sophisticated programs that filter web content. Safari 5.0.1 allows users to download and install extensions either from the Safari Extensions Gallery or directly from a developer’s site.

“Safari 5 has been a big hit, and user response to the innovative new Safari Reader has been fantastic,” said Brian Croll, Apple’s vice president of OS X Product Marketing. “We’re thrilled to see so many leading developers creating great extensions and think our users are going to love being able to customize Safari.”

Developers have had a month to whip up some extensions for Safari, and Apple has launched a Safari Extensions Gallery to showcase the best of breed. Many large companies like Twitter, Amazon, eBay, The Weather Channel (along with smaller developers as well) have used this opportunity to make extensions.

From what I’ve seen, some of the extensions are junky, but the overwhelming majority look useful. My favorite is Ostrich (I’ve been using it for a while now), a Twitter extension.

To be honest, it’s kind of amazing it’s taken Apple this long to bring extensions to Safari. Firefox has been doing it for years now.

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