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Apple today announced the release of Safari 5.0.1. When Safari 5 was released in June, it included support for extensions so that developers could start building them, but without access to the Extensions Gallery, users had no easy way to find and install those extensions.

Apple today announced the release of Safari 5.0.1. What’s significant in this point release is that Apple has turned on support for the Extensions Gallery. When Safari 5 was released in June, it included support for extensions so that developers could start building them, but without access to the Extensions Gallery, users had no easy way to find and install those extensions.

The Safari Extensions Gallery is accessible from the Safari menu or via extensions.apple.com. Users can download and install extensions from the gallery with a single click, with no need for a browser restart. Extensions can be automatically updated and are managed within Safari.

Safari Extensions are built with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript web standards. Every Safari Extension is signed with a digital certificate from Apple to prevent tampering and to verify that updates to the extension are from the original developer. Safari Extensions work in a sandbox, so they can’t access information on a user’s system or communicate with websites aside from those specified by the developer.

While the Safari Extension Gallery is launching with a range of extensions from the likes of Bing, the New York Times, Twitter and eBay, it’s nowhere near to matching the usefulness of Chrome’s extensions, let alone Firefox’s gigantic range of add-ons. Apple’s decision to include extension support in Safari is a smart one, but until developers start porting the most useful extensions to Safari, I’ll find it tough to switch from my favorite browsers.

You can download Safari 5.0.1 for both Mac and PC for free from Apple.

What Chrome or Firefox extensions would you like to see ported to Safari?

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  1. It also seems to fix a nasty problem with DNS overload with some routers. Since 5.0 came out, I’ve been unable to get Open in Tabs to work with more than about four websites at a time. More than that gave DNS error messages. With this update, that seems to have gone away.

    1. That’s good to know, Mike. I have to say that as only an occasional Safari user I hadn’t come across that problem.

    2. I suffered with this DNS prefetching issue introduced with Safari 5.0. Ended up abandoning Safari for Firefox (where at least I can disable DNS prefetch). I was all excited to see the update, but after a bit of testing of 5.01 I am sorry to report it does not fix the problem for me. If I were to jump to cable from DSL my problem would probably go away, but why??? After several weeks of talking to my ISP I gave up.

      I am a hardware engineer and I call this DNS prefetch feature “excess cleverness” and there should be a “user” switch for us to turn the so called improvement OFF!!!

      j

  2. Philip Downer Wednesday, July 28, 2010

    I would love to see a full port of the Firebug plugin…

    1. Me too, Philip.

  3. It’s about time…

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  5. Safari 5.01 still feels sluggish. Just selecting a new tab takes longer than it should. It doesn’t have the snap of Chrome, my browser of choice.

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  9. I would also like to see the Web Developer Extension and NoScripts ported.

  10. NoScript I mean.

    Also would like to see FlashBlock, PDF Download, TinyURL Generator, ColorZilla.

    And some toolbars for sites like StumbleUpon, Digg, etc.

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