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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari Pick of the Week
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This week's pick is a bit odd in that ... I'm not even sure I can tell you everything it does. The developer is Japanese, and the product is "mostly" translated into English. What that means is that the documentation is somewhat sparse, and some features may be hard to understand. With that said, however, SafariStand is an amazingly useful plug-in. SafariStand adds a Stand menu to Safari, and through that, you have access to a ton of interesting features, including:
  • Separators (both lines and labels) in the Bookmarks menu, as seen in this screenshot.
  • Add a sidebar showing icon views of presently-opened sites, ala OmniWeb.
  • Add a New Tab button to the Bookmarks bar.
  • Display a floating window with bookmarks, history, and even a page viewer and RSS reader.
  • Use a 'shelf' to store collections of tabs in an easy-to-access manner. This is tricky to describe, but basically, you open a bunch of sites in tabs, then use the 'Create Shelf from Current Workspace' menu item to put those tabs into a shelf entry. From now on, you can open all those sites via the shelf. This is a great way to temporarily store visited sites, and to re-open them in tabs in a hurry.
  • Use keywords in the URL bar to do quick searches -- typing mu screenshot into the URL area, for instance, will search MacUpdate for entries that match "screenshot." You can add your own search shortcuts as well.
  • Let ordinary keystrokes do useful things. If you're not in the URL bar or the search field, Safari ignores your typing. SafariStand lets you assign a few useful keys to often-used tasks: the +, - and = keys on the 10-key, for instance, can be used to increase, decrease, and reset the text size and/or image scaling for a web page. And (very useful), you can use , and . to select the previous or next tab.
  • Supports 'site alteration,' which is a way of customizing what happens when you visit certain sites. For instance, for cnn.com, you can disable plug-ins, meaning those annoying flash ads won't be displayed. In addition, you have control over images, JavaScript, pop-up windows, Java, page encoding, default and minimum font sizes, and user agent. You can even specify your own style sheet to be used, on a site by site basis.
  • Auto-close the Safari Downloads window automatically, after a user-settable period of time. Hooray! I hate the fact that that window opens every time I start a download!
  • Colorize HTML in the View Source mode.
There's more, but those are the main things I found interesting. As noted, the interface and documentation can be a bit daunting, but I found it well worth the learning curve. I especially appreciate the control over individual sites. My bank's site, for instance, requires pop-up windows to be active, so I had been manually enabling and disabling the pop-up blocker in Safari. Now I have a custom setting for their page that allows the pop-ups. Very nice.

So far, I haven't had any crashes or other issues, but note that this is (a) technically beta software, and (b) something that extensively modifies Safari's behavior. As with most things in this category, having a current backup is a Very Good Idea.
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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: fonnesbeck on Jan 04, '06 08:19:00AM

A couple of issues:

- the RSS functionality in the stand does not work for many sites (e.g. del.icio.us)
- when you use the thumbnail bookmark sidebar, it does not remove the standard sidebar. Why you would ever want both is unclear to me.

I caution Safari users to minimize the number of add-ons, so as not to slow their browsing experience. I only have Saft and Inquisitor installed, for example. Saft does much of what PithHelmet and SafariStand do, anyhow (e.g. ad blocking).



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: rameeti on Jan 06, '06 12:28:57AM

"it does not remove the standard sidebar"

What 'standard sidebar'? I don't have a sidebar and the Safari help makes no mention of one. What am I missing or am I reading this wrong?



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: Zo-1 on May 21, '06 04:29:53PM

There is no "standard sidebar" in Safari. Not to worry.



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: JKT on Jan 04, '06 08:35:13AM

As a long-time OmniWeb user, this makes using Safari (when I have to) that little bit more bearable. IMO, the Bookmark Shelf is a (very) pale shadow of OmniWeb's Workspaces feature; the thumbnail tabs are better in some respects but much worse in others. However, having something that at least partially replicates these features in Safari is a good thing.

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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: metrodus on Jan 04, '06 08:37:44AM

I find this app usefull simply for the option to auto-close the downloads window! The lack of this option in Safari has been one of my longest-standing annoyances about Safari.



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: gedalin on Jan 04, '06 08:45:34AM

I had to remove SafariStand after I lost the ability to change text encoding.



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Other features
Authored by: pulcinella on Jan 04, '06 08:57:05AM

The feature I find most useful is the automatic categorizing of downloaded files into folders (within the normal "downloads" folder) according to date. If it weren't for this feature, my downloads folder would be so long that I'd never be through scrolling through it....

Another feature worth mentioning is the search. I know there are other plugins/softwares that do the same, but you can search from bookmarks and history, or do a Spotlight search on ONLY webarchives and html files.

I've been using SafariStand for almost 2 years, and never had a problem that I could pin down as coming from SafariStand. There must have been bugs along the way, but fortunately I wasn't the one to find them.
It's forever in beta, but it's great software. (Most updates are to keep up with each Safari update.)



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: Shiver758 on Jan 04, '06 09:02:05AM
GREAT to see this handy little beast get a write-up on here.

I've been using SS for a few months now, and it's added pure JOY to my browsing experience. As a techie, who spends an inordinate amount of time on the web looking for solutions and reading/posting to forums and using other web app's I find this software totally invaluable. I've never used OmniWeb (as if you'd pay for a browser), so for me the thumbnails are just BRILLIANT. My favorite features, however, are:

  1. Using your mouse wheel to scroll between tabs. Took me a while to work out exactly how to do this. Finally figured out that once the feature is turned on, it only works when you hold the pointer over the tabs bar. Like, duh. Great feature for those times when you've got tons of tabs open (results from a Google search, perhaps).
  2. The fact that it not only closes the download window for you, but that it also automagically sorts your downloaded files into a new folder per day. What an amazing idea. I don't know if it's an original idea, and I don't care, because SS made it happen for me. This feature alone has probably single-handedly saved my sanity.
  3. Being able to re-organize tabs using the sidebar. OM*G. LOVE this. Again, quite useful if you have a patently stupid number of tabs open at once, as I so often seem to do (it's just so EASY when you have a mighty mouse with a scroller and you set middle button to open in a new tab!!).
I RAVE about this little gem all the time. I want Apple to hire this developer, so we don't have to put in add-ons to have some of the, IMHO, need functionality provided by this app.

Well done for bringing SS to light for those who languish in the dark..

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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: styrafome on Jan 04, '06 02:51:05PM

I never noticed the "Switch Tab with Wheel" option before. Thank you for pointing it out!



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: Shiver758 on Jan 04, '06 07:51:10PM

No problem! SafariStand is like that! Always finding some hidden goodness. :)

Enjoy!



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: styrafome on Jan 04, '06 09:42:34AM

Nice "pick of the week" selection!
I use it for:
- Opening "new window" links in a new tab instead
- Auto-closing the Downloads window
- Colorizing the HTML source window



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Even more features
Authored by: davidm on Jan 04, '06 09:49:24AM

I can point out a couple more great features that I've been using, relating to the toolbar and the sidebar.

Toobar: You can add a "print" button, which is sorely lacking from the unadulterated Safari. You can also add an action button that lets you perform these actions: instantly copy the URL, the title, or the URL's html tag; show related cookies and/or subresources (like images) for the current page; other stuff.

Sidebar: If you don't have so many tabs open that you can't see some whitespace in the sidebar, you can just double-click anywhere in the whitespace to open a new tab. This obviates the need for a "new tab" button in the toolbar. By right- or control-clicking on a tab, you can do a few things including "mark" it with a checkmark; you can then choose to close all marked or unmarked tabs (and do other things I haven't tried yet) from the same contextual menu.

The URL-field searches are nice, as Rob mentioned, but I've found it hard to add new ones. I succeeded in creating one for VersionTracker but not for 43Folders, for instance; not sure why.

--davidm



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Even more features
Authored by: davidm on Jan 04, '06 09:53:51AM

Almost forgot! You can also DRAG LINKS to an empty part of the sidebar and it will open in a new tab BEHIND the current tab(s). I use this ALL the time, especially when reading an RSS-feed list in Safari: I drag the posts I want to read to the sidebar, then they're all set up to look at when I'm finished looking through everything in the feed list.

Very nice.

--davidm



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SafariStand - Does have one bug in my set-up
Authored by: rmcmahan on Jan 04, '06 10:01:59AM

I have found one problem/bug (at least for me). When I had the sidebar open, I had a lot of Safari crashes (several times a day). It did not seem to be any particular site but I did not research it much. Now I leave the sidebar closed and only open it when I want to move to a particular tab or if I want to change tab order for some reason. I don't have crashes any more in Safari.



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A question AND a hint!
Authored by: noren on Jan 04, '06 12:11:37PM

How do you get the bookmark separators to work? I can't find this function.

The hint: You can right-click an an image, you have to view the image in a separate window and not on a html page, and chose "Show Exif Info"
And you get options to "Scale image to fit" to browser window and "Actual size".
/Andreas



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A question AND a hint!
Authored by: robg on Jan 04, '06 01:22:24PM

There's a brief explanation on how to create the separators on the SafariStand website -- down near the bottom. Basically create a bookmark with a special URL and name.

-rob.



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: djhayn on Jan 04, '06 12:19:57PM

Wow, I've been using this for so long it's really surprising how many of these features I took for granted and assumed were built into Safari. I was almost going to delete it because I no longer needed the history search (since that is built in now, I think).

I also don't remember where I found this but you can add the addresses below as bookmarks to load the "stand bar" pages in the main window:

safaristand://jp.hetima.bookmark/
safaristand://jp.hetima.history/



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: Zo-1 on May 21, '06 04:42:54PM
There they are! I had lost these, and couldn't recall how to recreate.

Use these like favelets, on your Bookmarks Bar, and you get a new and Searchable bookmarks! Searchable History!

Add these as bookmarks to your Bookmarks Menu - now we're cookin'! Bookmarks and History at one click, instead of being forced to leave your toolbar open ... (or call up SafariStand's window.)

Hell-o, Apple?

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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: n8gray on Jan 04, '06 01:03:46PM

Sounds great! Does it add the "don't leak massive amounts of memory" feature as well? I had been hoping that 2.0.2 would solve that problem, but although it helped, Safari still has a boundless appetite for memory. So I'm still using Firefox, at least until Safari 2.0.3.



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: Elmion on Jan 04, '06 06:12:27PM

Well i use Firefox on my Alu PB 2005 1Gb of RAM and Firefox hogs the system really badly eats at least 2-300Mb. So does Safari. Only bad things with my mac actually. And im still a happy switcher since June 2005



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: n8gray on Jan 05, '06 01:57:45PM

I'm not saying Firefox is slim, but it's nowhere near Safari's level and its footprint doesn't get larger as time goes on like Safari does.



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: roncross@cox.net on Jan 04, '06 01:56:10PM

Can you use this with Saft also or is there a conflict between the two program?

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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: lampiaio on Jan 04, '06 02:21:22PM

I have both Saft and SafariStand installed and it seems to be working fine.



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saft
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 04, '06 05:36:43PM

I had problems with both, but I think that is just because Saft is so buggy. They both do similar things, so there is a potential conflict.



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 04, '06 05:44:20PM

It seems to me that the sole purpose of this app is to make Safari like OmniWeb. The similarities are uncanny. Unfortunately, it won't auto-save work spaces like OmniWeb. If it did this, than it would easily replace Saft, because the workspace reloading for many (over 100 websites I usually have open between three windows) tabs after a relaunch of Safari is much more stable than Saft's, especially after a crash.



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: weini on Jan 05, '06 07:25:52AM

I just translated it in French, for those who would like !

download here

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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: jehrler on Jan 06, '06 10:24:57AM

Hmmm, I just tried installing SafariStand and the +-= resizing of images doesn't work. Works fine for text.

Anyone else have this issue?



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SafariStand - Add many useful features to Safari
Authored by: sinebubble on Jan 06, '06 11:51:14AM

This provides some great features, particularly the side-bar. However, it's unstable. I'm getting several crashes a day. Still, I like it and the price enough that I'm going to keep using it. Note that I do use this with PithHelmet, but that's the only other add-on I have for Safari.

For those of you that use Firefox, there is an extension that provides similar side-bar functionality. It's called TabSidebar. Not as pretty as SafariStand, but it's interesting how it live updates the thumbnail as you scroll through a page. You can find it here: TabSidebar

Brian

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doesn't work on PB 15inch
Authored by: jason mark on Jan 10, '06 06:09:59AM

I tried installing this, but it doesn't appear to work. I don't even have a menu item to set it's preferences.

At first I thought it conflicted with Sogundi (which has some overlapping features), but I removed Sogundi and even restarted my machine, and it's still not showing up. Any ideas?



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