Thursday, August 12, 2010

Safari Extensions

For all of you Mac users out there, have a look at Safari Extensions.  I initially thought that these would be akin to Firefox Add-Ons.  However, they are a lot less and more at the same time.  Translation: they add bits & pieces of functionality that make your browsing experience better.

I started with the Google Reader extension.  Google does a lot of things well - UI, however, has not traditionally been one of them.  Apple is great at UI, but has no RSS reader aside from Mail - which doesn't sync with Google Reader.  The Google Reader extension marries the best of both worlds and provides an Apple-like UI right on top of Google Reader.

What was confusing to me at first was how to use this extension.  I struggled to look for a toolbar or menu entry.  Finally, I just navigated to reader.google.com, and there it was - a stunning new interface on top of Google's excellent RSS reader site.

Here's the before image:



And the after:


It's not a dramatic difference, but enough to add some style to an otherwise excellent RSS reader.

Anyone else have any must-have Safari extensions?  Please share them in the comments!

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