Safari Sidebars? January 2, 2004 8:58 PM   Subscribe

I'm a big fan of Safari. Any chance of Matt, or any other programmers here, creating a MeFi sidebar for this browser?
posted by BlueTrain to Feature Requests at 8:58 PM (20 comments total)

there's a sidebar in safari? i thought at was a mozilla thing.
posted by birdherder at 9:11 PM on January 2, 2004


I didn't even realize that there might not be a sidebar in Safari.
posted by BlueTrain at 9:18 PM on January 2, 2004

there is no html sidebar that I know of. If anyone can prove me wrong, I'd be elated to know how to do it, as I myself use safari a great deal and could use sidebars for all sorts of sites.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:23 PM on January 2, 2004

Speaking of Safari, though, (and to salvage this thread slightly) does anyone know the difference between Safari 1.0.1 and Safari 1.1? I've read that 1.1 exists, on the link down below and on the Apple website, but I run Jaguar and can only update to 1.0.1.

By the way, I just read this.
posted by BlueTrain at 9:42 PM on January 2, 2004

Safari 1.1 is included in Panther. For the life of me I can't think of any new features but I had only used 1.0.1 for a month before going to Panther. If anything, it seems to crash more often than before.

I don't think Apple is planning to release it for Jaguar. Perhaps the 1.2 version might be available for Jaguar as part of Apple's realization that not everyone has upgraded to Panther yet.

[and maybe 1.2 will have the sidebar!]
posted by birdherder at 10:01 PM on January 2, 2004

I bet it wouldn't be too hard to make an applescript thingy to read mozilla side bar definitions and control safari remotely when you click on something... it could float next to the safari window in a very mac-like way ...
posted by Space Coyote at 10:12 PM on January 2, 2004

I think the primary difference in 1.1 is the stuff in preferences that used to be in System Preferences: Default Browser, Home Page, etc.
I love Firebird on Windows and have used Chimera and OmniWeb on Mac, but Safari is all I ever use anymore. It just works so well.
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 10:43 PM on January 2, 2004

God! What a fawning Mac Fan Boy I became there for a sec. Must go to bed!!
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 10:44 PM on January 2, 2004

Btw, wouldn't it be great if we Safari-users could get the link, bold and italic buttons below our posting boxes?
posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:38 PM on January 2, 2004

wouldn't it be great if we Safari-users could get the link, bold and italic buttons below our posting boxes?

Sure would be, if Dave Hyatt and team could up the dhtml/js support in Safari (which I hear they are working on)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:51 PM on January 2, 2004

Useful Bookmarklets/favelets that work in Safari (found via this evening).

No MeFi stuff in there, but some useful links i've added to my Safari bookmarks bar.
posted by mrbill at 1:49 AM on January 3, 2004

I don't understand... isn't the sidebar the, um, bar on the side on the blue below the text ads? If so, there already is one in Safari. I just double checked.

*guessing by "sidebar" you mean something else*
posted by dobbs at 7:36 AM on January 3, 2004

FWIW, I've been following the rumor sites w/r/t Safari 1.2 and so far, the big change everybody seems to agree on is the "select page objects with the keyboard" (suspect the tab key will now select not only form fields but links, form buttons, etc.). I'm not saying definitively that support for Mozilla-style sidebars isn't in there, if it is it's escaped the notice of a bunch of obsessed people who have nothing better to do than track the minutae of every change to Safari... (Yes, I'm semi-obssesed, but only to the extent that I want Safari to stop showing these goddamned animated ads!)(But I digress...)

(This "sidebar" thing of which you speak - is this like the view in MacMSIE that listed just the links in a separate pane and that opened selected links in the main pane? Like dobbs, I thought the MeFi sidebar was the "stuff along the left"...)
posted by JollyWanker at 9:31 AM on January 3, 2004

Wanker, if you haven't tried it already you'll find that PithHelmet does a great job blocking ads in general.
posted by nicwolff at 9:36 AM on January 3, 2004

Jollywanker, for me it's down the right, not the left. Right now the top item is:

Dec 21
MetaFilter in Iraq.
Thanks Jeremy!

I'm on Safari 1.1.1 on Panther.
posted by dobbs at 10:10 AM on January 3, 2004

that's just a blog along the side, which should work fine in all CSS aware browsers. We're talking about side panels within the browser that essentially let you introduce a semi-permanent frame on the left that loads an arbitrary page, and any links clicked open in the main browser window (which also shows the URL in the address bar).

I had a few screenshots of it in action here.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:05 AM on January 3, 2004

mat, oh. Thanks for the clarification.
posted by dobbs at 11:07 AM on January 3, 2004

Changes in 1.1 from Dave Hyatt's blog.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 11:19 AM on January 3, 2004

nicwolf -- I've been looking for a banner killer. Just intalled PithHelmet and love it so far. Thanks!
posted by birdherder at 1:45 PM on January 3, 2004

I second that emotion. And thanks to mrbill as well. This thread has made my browsing more enjoyable and efficient. Thanks to BlueTrain for asking Matt to knock out a sidebar for Safari.
posted by sp dinsmoor at 4:08 AM on January 4, 2004

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