Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

Summary: For a while I used Firefox, then Chrome. Now I've come full circle and use Safari as my full-time browser and the free Glims add-on is essential.

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For a while I was a die hard Firefox user. Then it was Chrome. But now I've come full circle and switched backed to Apple's Safari 5 as my full-time desktop browser of choice. Other features being equal, Safari has one major feature that its competitors will probably never have: bookmark syncing with the iPhone and iPad. It's a major feature and benefit, so Safari gets the nod on my primary Mac.

One of the things that immediately annoyed me however when switching from Chrome to Safari was the loss of favicons in tabs. It sounds silly but the little thumbnails make navigating between open tabs much easier in Chrome, and surprisingly Safari doesn't have this feature. As with most software problems, this little oversight is fixed with another piece of software.

Glims for Safari (free) adds a cocktail of features to Safari, including three big features that I missed from Chrome:

  1. favicons in tabs
  2. undo close tab (cmd-z)
  3. position new tab at the right of the current tab (among other options)

But that's not all, Glims adds dozens of new features to Safari that controls tabs, thumbnails, full screen, search engines, suggestions, forms autocomplete, dated download folders, type ahead, etc.

If you're a Safari user it's a must download. If you're using another browser, tell me why in the TalkBack.

Glims v1 build 26 features list:

  • Adds thumbnails to Google.com search results
  • Adds thumbnails to Yahoo.com search results
  • Adds search engines to the default Google search tab
  • Adds full-screen browsing capability
  • Adds Favicons to tab labels
  • Adds keyword search from address bar
  • Undo "Close Tab" (cmd-z)
  • Re-opens last session when Safari starts
  • Auto-Closes download window
  • Adds new tab position option (right/left/leftmost/rightmost)
  • Adds tab closing using middle mouse button
  • Focus last selected tab
  • Always open links in a new tab
  • Type-ahead support (auto cmd-f)
  • Sets the focus on the search field when opening a new window
  • Adds Amazon's information banner on Google.com search results
  • Adds Amazon's information banner on Yahoo.com search results
  • Adds a "Max Window Size" menu item to resize the Safari window
  • Forms autocomplete always on
  • Autocomplete search phrase
  • Adds bookmark separator
  • Adds bookmark actions
  • Dated download folders
  • Localized to Japanese, French, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, and Korean

Topics: Browser, Apple, Operating Systems

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  • RE: Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

    Never heard of XMarks which syncs to the iPhone and iPad?

    Safari is a Chrome wanna be
    mb01915@...
    • Wasn't Safari around before Chrome?

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      James Quinn
      • RE: Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

        @James Quinn

        Don't let facts cloud your arguments. You know that's rule #1 if you're going to be a blind fanboy of Google/Apple/MS. Your silly logic about Webkit and Safari existing long before Chrome is useless here. Obviously Safari is a copy, they already have Chrome 27.3.
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    • RE: Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

      @mb01915@... While the tone of your post screams trolling Google fanboi (you DO know that Safari was released quite some time prior to Chrome... so I'm not quite sure how Safari is a "Chrome wanna be") I do have to agree - I've used XMarks (formerly known as Foxmarks) for years and I like the ability to sync bookmarks between devices... including my iPhone via a link to the website on my homescreen.<br><br>I do like Safari but until the makers of XMarks got off of their duffs and make a version for Safari I'll use Firefox or Chrome as my main browser.
      athynz
      • RE: Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

        @athynz
        And it's now an app on iOS devices.
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      @mb01915@... My major fustration with safari was not being able to use google.co.uk but this lets me use it along with wikipedia, amazon etc. Plus, the cmd-z feature is really handy.
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    Glims is a nice addition, in recent years, I have kept my workflow simple, back to the basics and this add-on is a nice addition to Safari.
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  • RE: Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

    Need a version for Safari on Windows.
    tpiselli
    • RE: Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

      @tpiselli Uh, like this? Mac + PC Safari... http://www.apple.com/safari/
      Carrie Johnson
      • RE: Glims brings some of the best Chrome features to Safari

        @Carrie Johnson
        He means Glims, not Safari. They need to port a version that will work with the windows version of Safari.
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    Quite nice. The installation instructions are incomplete. It suggests Glims should work after quitting and restarting Safari. I had to do a reboot 1st (Safari 5, OSX 10.6.4)
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