Time for some Safari 5 extensions

The last few days I’ve been playing around with Safari 5’s extensions features, which are incredibly cool and surprisingly flexible. The following are the results:

Google Reader Tools 1.0

GR Tools is a toolkit with lots of neat tricks for integrating Google Reader into your browser. There’s a toolbar icon which checks for new items at regular (configurable) intervals; it’s also possible to automatically view any feed you load in Google Reader instead of Safari. You can even change the appearance of Reader — because, frankly, it’s really ugly — using some built in styles (including the beautiful Helvetireader by Jon Hicks) or your own custom stylesheet.

Qwantz Secrets 1.0

Qwantz Secrets reveals the secret texts on Dinosaur Comics when you mouseover the image — or optionally click it, or press “s”. There’s also a bookmarklet for iOS devices which can’t run extensions (and can’t see the hidden text in any of the usual ways).

Both of these automatically update, and can be downloaded from my new extensions page. Bug reports and suggestions are extremely welcome.

2 Responses to “Time for some Safari 5 extensions”

  • Just came across Google Reader Tools via Pimpmysafari. Have now binned my other two Reader extensions in favour of this. Nice idea to include Helvetireader – great job, thanks a lot.

    One remark (I know, I know, there’s always one): I was thinking the badge icon is a little busy. Would it be cleaner with just the front layer of the image without the copies / reflections behind it?

    Anyway, love it, thanks again.

  • The reader extension is easily the most polished safari extension so far. The different behaviors for opening in a new tab/same tab depending on the current tab content is fantastic. The error/service unavailable icon on the button is also a very subtle nice touch. The options are complete and cohesive. All in all, thank you Andy!

    Currently I’m using your extension and the google reader snow leopard theme by Vidal van Bergen, available as a extension here: http://mariusth.channelwood.org/SafariExtensions/
    It works great. Just letting you know since your extension support themes too, you may feel like including this one.

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