6 Comments

Summary:

One of the reasons I can’t completely cross over to using Safari 4 as my full-time browser, aside from its dangerous (considering my line of work) incompatibility with some WordPress features, is its lack of add-on support. Firefox’s rich user community and extensibility makes sure that […]

picture-19 One of the reasons I can’t completely cross over to using Safari 4 as my full-time browser, aside from its dangerous (considering my line of work) incompatibility with some WordPress features, is its lack of add-on support. Firefox’s rich user community and extensibility makes sure that if there’s an add-on I need or find useful, it’s probably out there and available for download. Because the vast majority of my time on the computer is spent in a browser, the more that browser can do, the better.

There are ways to get around the lack of extensive add-on support in Safari, and one is Input Managers. A new one designed for those who like to tweet is making the rounds, and as long as you’re more into the saying than the listening side of Twitter, it could suit your needs. Personally, it’s exactly the sort of thing I need, since it removes the distraction of the tweet stream while still allowing me to post links of interest or comments while working.

The extension, called Safari140, features automatic URL shortening support and character limiting, to make sure you stay under the Twitter limit (hence the “140” in the name). While browsing, you can access Safari140’s post window at any time either by going to File > Post to Twitter (which is added when you install the extension) or by pressing “Ctrl+T”. The post dialog box will immediately appear, with the web address of the site you’re currently browsing already entered in the text box by default.

Safari140 works with both Safari 3 and Safari 4 Beta, and it’s a free download. Some people are apparently skittish when it comes to Input Managers, but I’m loving the beta, and I just want a way to tweet, so it works for me.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. Incompatibility with WordPress?

    Certain you haven’t some 3rd Party crappola that’s giving you that effect.

    I’ve been using S4 since the beta went into general release and have no problems with it at my personal blog or dvorak.org/blog – both of which use WP.

    Other than the aforementioned absence of plug-ins – which I agree with – and the need for a workaround to save files from Quicktime Pro, I’m happy with the critter – seeing that it’s a beta.

  2. @Eideard: The main issue Darrell is referring to is that when using the Visual editor in WordPress and selecting text and clicking the “Insert Link” button, you get a grayed out screen and the inability to click anything on the page…thus losing anything you were working on. It only happens in Safari 4 and when using the visual editor.

  3. For those of us to use PCs (when we HAVE to at work), you can make a bookmark by using this javascript code for your mark’s URL:

    javascript:void(open(‘http://www.myopiclunacy.com/twitit.php?title=’+escape(document.title)+’&text=’+escape(document.selection?document.selection.createRange().text:(window.getSelection?window.getSelection():(document.getSelection?document.getSelection:”)))+’&url=’+escape(location.href),’twitIt’,’scrollbars=no,width=550,height=250,top=175,left=75,status=yes,resizable=yes’))

  4. Sorry, it didn’t paste the entire code. Here’s the TinyUrl version: http://tinyurl.com/cop966. Be sure to paste the real url into your bookmark!

  5. Hah! The Visual Editor sucks with everything IMHO.

    So, I never use it.

    Thanks.

  6. Charlotte SEO Guy Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Firefox is still the best IMO. I’d like Chrome to have the type of addons firefox can have but its a wait and see game.

Comments have been disabled for this post