Who doesn’t like using Safari on the Mac? Alright, a nod to Firefox and Chrome users, because each browser does more of what Safari doesn’t do, including customization. If you’re a die hard Safari user, you can still add some custom features to improve your browsing experience.
Just add Glims.
The free add-on gives Safari a number of user requested functions which Apple considers to pedestrian or design challenged to include in Safari.
Even some of Apple’s changes in Safari 6 leave me with a little bewilderment. For example, why have one large wide tab when only on page is displayed in Safari?
Glims brings search suggestions, thumbnails, tab position options, adds Amazon to the search list, and many other options well worth the price tag (did I mention that Glims is free?).
Here’s the official list.
- Adds thumbnails to Google/Yahoo/Bing search results
- Adds search engines to the default Safari’s search tab
- Adds Favicons to tab labels
- Adds keyword search from address bar
- Adds new tab position option (right/left/leftmost/rightmost)
- Adds tab closing using middle mouse button (or CMD-Click)
- Focus last selected tab
- Type-ahead support (auto cmd-f)
- Sets the focus on the search field when opening a new window
- Adds Amazon’s information banner on Google/Yahoo/Bing search results
- Adds a “Max Window Size” menu item to resize the Safari window
- Autocomplete search phrase
- Adds bookmark separator
- Adds bookmark actions
- Dated download folders
- Auto-Closes download window
- Undo “Close Tab” (cmd-z)
The dated download folders are reminiscent of the MacUpdate Desktop app. I really like moving tabs around and the keyboard shortcuts are a plus.
If you like Safari but want more control, Glims is where to go.