What’s the most popular web browser among Mac users? Despite the popularity of Google’s new Chrome browser, or the extended capability of Mozilla’s high touted Firefox browser, on the Mac it’s Apple’s own WebKit-based Safari.
The latest version of Safari supports a few new features (iCloud) and kills a few older beloved features (Goodbye, RSS). What if you want to customize Safari beyond the few scraps of personalization that Apple gives you? For that you don’t need to cough up a penny of cash. Just download and install Glims, the premier Safari optimizer addon.
Wait a minute. I’m sure you’ve heard me rail on about the need to keep your Mac browsing experience lean and mean. Yes, but not lean and mean and stupid.
Apple is taking away features from Safari at a time when Mac users hunger for more functionality. That’s Glims. It’s a Safari add on package with more than a dozen useful functions that Apple could include, should include, but in their effort to dumb down the browsing experience, choose not to provide.
The bullet points are self explanatory.
- 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)
Glims is full of little touches, such as adding favicons to each browser tab, adding a bookmark separator in bookmarks, and making search a pleasant, useful, enlightening experience.
I’d give Glims more stars just for disabling the new wide tabs feature in Safari 6 and giving you more options for tabs (please, Apple, bring back an option to put tabs on top, where God intended them to be).
These are the little features you wished Safari had, and they’re available for free.