Safari 5.0.1 released, now supports extensions

Apple released an update to Safari today, upgrading to version 5.0.1, that introduces extensions to the Safari user base. Extension tools were available in the original 5.0.0 release, but for developer use only. Since then, developers have been working to prepare their extensions for today's release date. Some of the extensions highlighted by Apple in their press release are the Amazon Wish List extension, the Bing extension, the NyTimes.com extension, and more. The extensions gallery can be accessed at extensions.apple.com. Extensions can be set to auto-update and don't require a browser reboot when installed or updated. 

Safari 5 introduced features like Safari Reader, a way to pop out online article for seamless and scrollable reading, a faster Nitro Engine that makes it four times faster than Safari 4, and increased support for HTML 5 standards. Other features include hardware acceleration for Windows and Web Inspector, a web page debugging tool.

Firefox was the first browser to proliferate large amounts of third-party browser extensions, which they called plug-ins, to their users. Extensions offer a multitude of ways to make your browser your own, customizing and tweaking its functionality to where it does exactly what you want it to do. It also provides a robust platform for third-party websites to create a presence on the browser itself, creating a great incentive for companies to develop popular extensions. Google Chrome recently implemented extensions as well, and it is quickly becoming the de facto way to manage a browser.

Users of Safari can either run the Apple Software Update tool, or visit Safari's download page to acquire the latest version.

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Shadrack said,
Hmmm. Me thinks you haven't even tried safari as it is quite fast and responsive. The interface is decent and it is a ton better than IE.(snipped)

Matter of opinion. Personally I find Safari's UI to be horrible on Windows, it just doesn't fit due to Apple's stubborn refusal to use native menus.

Ci7 said,
when webkit 2 would be out?

I'm wondering about that too. I kind of expected Safari 5 to ship with that...

.Neo said,

I'm wondering about that too. I kind of expected Safari 5 to ship with that...

Then you were overly optimistic as the beginning of the Webkit2 development was announced just a few months before the release of Safari 5.

Jan said,
I really want an official Twitter app for Chrome The current ones SUCK.

Chromed Bird is great, don't know what you could ask for more.

P1R4T3 said,
Opera & IE, what are you guys waiting for?

Opera and IE both have plugin support already, just not a lot of plugins in the wild for them yet

P1R4T3 said,
Opera & IE, what are you guys waiting for?

Waiting for Apple to get a clue about security. Safari is by far the most insecure and buggy browser on Windows. Look up 'protected mode' and check with any security tracking site if you think I'm blowing smoke.

Subject Delta said,

Opera and IE both have plugin support already, just not a lot of plugins in the wild for them yet

IE has had add-ons since the 90s, and there are tons of them. The Netscape/Firefox plug-ins were a response to IEs add ons.

Im keeping Safari 5 just for the reader option, still FF and IE way too heavy for my personal taste, so for everyday web surfing Opera rules and from time to time I go for Chrome, the simpler the better for me...I know people would say opera isn't simple but it gives me mouse gestures, turbo, tab preview, mail and torrents and opera sync so I just run it without having to restart it every time an addon is installed or updated....to each to its own.

It's great and all that, considering I can give it a try.. for some reasons, Safari will not open on my XP no matter what I do when I open the safari.exe (reinstall, repair, delete application data/apple/safari, etc) *sigh*

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