People seem pretty opinionated these days about which web browser is best, with the opinions sometimes resulting in heated dialogue about speed, stability, plug-ins, or “sticking it to the man” arguments. I don’t hold any such strong opinions – I would like to just get online, do what I need to do, and not have to worry about compatibility, crashes, or wait time. And since I have simple needs in a browser, they seem to all be met perfectly whether I use Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.
My browser of choice has been Safari for two main reasons:
- Speed – it’s always been smooth and fluid for me.
- Syncing – my MobileMe subscription keeps my bookmarks consistent on all my iDevices.
One of the features of Safari that has made it much more functional in the last few months has been the addition of Safari Extensions – third party plug-ins that offer additional tools, features, or efficiency workflows as you peruse the world wide web. The best thing about Safari Extensions is that they all work! They follow similar guidelines as the iOS App Store, which effectively guarantees that they will be safe, stable, and secure.
Here is a brief list of some Safari Extensions that I find to be very helpful. You can find all of these and more from the Safari < Safari Extensions Gallery menu.
Safari Extensions (Titles link to actual extension – download begins immediately)
Excellent screenshot tool that allows you to capture either a selection or an entire website and annotate it right within the browser with shapes, text, arrows and more – and you download it when you’re done!
Great extension that adds a toolbar button to immediately add the item you’re looking at to your Amazon Wish List – perfect for shoppers of Amazon.com.
There are certainly plenty more. Feel free to add others you might like in the comments!