Safari 6.0 is amazing. It's super fast, the new omnibar is clean, and it brings us a ton of great new features like instant sharing and offline reading. But, there are a few features power users of Safari 5.0 might miss. For instance, fonts can't be changed as easily, and users can't readily subscribe to RSS feeds. And, there are a few features Apple has implemented specifically for extension makers. Here are five useful Safari extensions that bring those old features back and make Safari better than ever.
Social networks are great for keeping up with friends and colleagues, but for heavy users, their clunky web interfaces can be a pain in the mouse. You might think dedicated desktop apps can streamline your socializing, but sometimes, the clients themselves can make things more complex than they ought to be -- especially when all you’re really trying to do is post pictures of your hamster riding a skateboard. Tab for Google+ aims for the sweet spot between “limited” and “overly complex” by bringing a slimmed-down web interface to your desktop with a click or keystroke. It’s all the Circling and Googley social networking you need without having to open your browser -- at least, in theory.
It's 2011 and there is a certain concession a lot of us have to make: social networking sites and platforms dominate a fair part of our computing existence. That being said, why not find a Mac OS X app that allows you to update multiple social networking sites at once. Notify all of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other microcosms of your present awesomeness, all with the touch of one button from one desktop application. Here are five Mac OS X apps that pull this feat off in fine style.
Free news aggregator Taptu isn’t just universal in the sense that it comes with native versions for iPad and iPhone. It also aims to be a truly universal aggregator, letting you read your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn streams, plus RSS feeds from Google Reader, Bing RSS, or any thousands of sites around the web.
If you want to share your photos but find services like Instagram or yfrog too limiting, why don't you just make your own photo website -- right from your phone? Zapd is easy to use and lets you roll your own site in seconds...for free.
ReaddleDocs gives your phone a robust Documents folder that lets you do everything you need to do with important files, including edit and save, rename, move, copy, archive, mail and store -- and it supports everything from PDF to image files and web pages, as well as all your word processing documents.
It’s the new old news: phone calls are being replaced by text messages, and for a lot of business and personal matters, instant messages have taken over from the more cumbersome emails of yesteryear. Rather than trading individual messages back and forth (which then must be filed or deleted in your mailbox), many things can be handled more quickly in a brief chat conversation. But unfortunately, chat networks are (mostly) walled gardens, meaning you can only chat with people on the same network. Which means we all have a handful of chat accounts on different networks to cover all the bases. Rather than running four or five different applications, Trillian for Mac promises to simplify your chatting by consolidating all your networks into a single app.
Portal is a $1.99 full-screen browser for iOS devices that shows the many features possible in a mobile browser while at the same time highlighting the absolute sufficiency of Apple's built-in Safari app.
The very first time we laid hands on a Verizon iPhone 4, it took us about 0.00000004 seconds to fire up the Settings app and dig into the Personal Hotspot feature. How's that for speed? Can you hear me now, and so on?
The good news: Personal Hotspot works really well, and a monkey with an ice-cream headache could have it set up in seconds.
The bad news: It requires an extra $20/month charge, on top of your (required) voice and data plans, and (optional) texting. And AT&T users don't have it yet.