For a long time, Firefox and Chrome users enjoyed their various add-ons whilst Safari users suffered quietly in the dark with no add-ons in sight. Users of Apple’s browser had to wait until the latest update to Safari 5 before they could use ‘extensions’ to enhance their browsing experience, but there are already lots of downloads available on the Apple website for users to enjoy.
If you’re a Safari user and haven’t dipped your toes in the extensions gallery yet, then check out my 5 top extensions for the browser!
Exposer adds a bit of eye candy to your browser by allowing you to visually view all of your tabs which are currently open. You can choose to keep a button by your address bar or use the keyboard shortcut to activate the feature. It certainly isn’t a productivity improver, as it will undoubtedly be quicker to simply click on a tab, but if you prefer to visually view your open tabs then you may like this extension.
AdBlock does what it says on the tin: removes all of those irritating adverts from the web pages which you visit. It comes in really useful if you visit a lot of web sites with interactive adverts that force audio and video clips on to your page with no clear way to stop it from playing.
When you install the extension, you won’t be able to see it in the foreground at all, it does everything in the background without being seen so that you can browse without being bothered!
Flash kills processors around the world on a regular basis, so if you want to save your CPU a few cycles, then you’ll want to check out YouTube5. It allows you to play YouTube videos without any Flash, first converting the content in to HTML5. When using the extension, my CPU usage plummets from around 90% to 10%, so it’s well worth taking a look at.
We covered YouTube 5 in more depth last year; you can take a look at our full review here.
4. Facebook Cleaner
Facebook’s great. All of its ads? Not so much. Facebook Cleaner takes all of those distractions away from the web page, leaving you just with the content that you want to see, such as status updates and pictures. If you’re a fan of ye olde poke, I’d steer clear of this one though, the extension gets rid of all poke notifications too!
In the continuing battle of Flash vs the rest of the world, Flash haters may just have another tool to help them get the upper hand. ClickToFlash disables all (and I mean all) Flash content on the page you’re currently on. Wherever content would be on the page, you’ll see a placeholder instead. To view the content, simply click on the placeholder and the original content will become available.
With Flash taking its toll on my processor, ClickToFlash is invaluable to me, and keeps my CPU usage nice and low whilst I’m browsing the web.
All of the extensions that have been mentioned in the post can be downloaded from Apple’s extension gallery. Do you use any extensions that haven’t been mentioned here? Feel free to add to the list by commenting below!