My Safari Configuration - Can you improve it?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Cattywampus_, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Cattywampus_ macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006
    Hi there,

    Right I'm trying to make the move to Safari from Firefox. Simply put - Safari is a sleeker and faster. Main gripes are the plugins system isn't as a sleek as Firefox.

    Anyway - after coming from Firefox for many years, I have got into many habits and gotten used to ways of doing things. I have tried emulating most of them on Safari using Plugins. I have listed them below - can you offer any better solutions? Also have listed some features I would like to try and implement.

    1. CMD+1/2/3 etc for Tab Selection.
    Solved this using Safari Commander - nice app. Only $5 CAD.

    2. Undo Tabs
    Solved by using Glims

    3. CMD+K to jump to Google Search field
    Added "Google Search..." to Keyboard Shortcuts for Safari in Sys Prefs.

    4. Trackpad Gestures
    I wanted to make the rotate gesture move back and forth between tabs. I solved this using MultiClutch. Not updated for 10.5.6/Safari 4.0 but does work.


    Unresolved Issues

    Address Bar - find URLs from History/Bookmarks - not just from the start of the URL
    Firefox 3.0's AwesomeBar is, well.... Awesome. If I were to visit the websites and - if I wanted to visit the Forums site by typing in Safaris address bar, I would have to start with "foru...". On Firefox's AwesomeBar, I could simply type "macrumors" and it would display both the Forums URL and MacRumors URL. This is a major drag. To date, I have not found a solution to this. Anyone know a way to enhance Safari's address bar?

    Flash Block for Safari 4.0
    I found a plugin called ClickforFlash - which wouldn't load flash movies without me first clicking on it. This had draw backs. First of all - there was no Global On/Off function. I sometimes like to have Flash files load all the time. Furthermore, adding sites to the whitelist - if you open a webpage in a tab and that tab isn't focused immediately - the flash video still doesn't load until you focus that whitelisted tab. An annoyance for me. Does anyone know a good Flashblocking plugin for Safari 4.0?

    Edit : It actually appears that this is a default behaviour of Safari. Even with Click4Flash removed. If someone could replicate this I'd be greatful :-

    Go to and CMD+Click on a video. Do not switch to the tab with the video for a few seconds. Then click the tab. When You click the tab, it should show it loading - the video does not load in the background (until you actually focus that tab). Thanks.

    Duplicate Tab with Keyboard Shortcut
    I like to have the function to be able to duplicate the current tab. In Firefox I could do this by CMD+SHIFT+T. I have not found any way of doing this on Safari 4.0. Anyone?

    Bookmarks Bar - poor performance
    A strange one: I have folders on my Bookmarks Bar (i.e. General, News, Tech, Forums etc). Each folder has several sites in it. I click the folder on the bar and a list drops down. Now - if I click one folder, I cannot move my mouse over to the next folder on the bar and that list drop down. I have to click off that folder drop down, and then click again to open the next folder. Very annoying. Anyone else have this problem? Anyone know a way around it?

    I think that covers it now. Many thanks to those who can help.
  2. lostinmysphere macrumors member

    May 2, 2008
    I think general consensus is that this is the best add blocker:

    Also, although you didn't mention it, there is this fantastic plugin (though if you have glims you might not need it):
  3. Cattywampus_ thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006

    I have just installed Safari AdBlock. Its nice that it blocks ads but its not blocking all flash movies unless I click on them to load them. Any other options?

    Many thanks.
  4. Cattywampus_ thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006

    Just made a discovery regarding Flash Blocking. Not exactly regarding blocking but he behaviour of how flash items work in Safari. I have noted my findings in the original post in red.

    Many thanks.
  5. Cattywampus_ thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006
    Well after a couple of days I just couldn't get used to it.

    Firefox might take a few extra seconds to load but my god its features far out weigh those of Safari.

    My only MAJORLY annoying gripe with Firefox is if you click on a flash movie, you lose access to keyboard shortcuts. Like, after clicking on a YouTube video you that flash movie hogs the keyboard until you click out of it with your mouse. Very annoying. A 'bug' that has been reported by many people.

    Hope it is something fixed in near future releases.
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    I can't reproduce that, you sure about the problem? which version of flash do you have?
  7. Cattywampus_ thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006
    Latest Flash and latest Firefox.

    Click inside the movie (i.e. Click the pause/play button etc) then try and then try and change to another tab using CMD+1/2/3

    Doesn't work. Flash movies steal keyboard commands until you click outside the flash video.
  8. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    indeed, I see what you mean, both on mac and windows.

    Im not sure which way I prefer it, since keyboard is effectively controlling the video. you can certainly file a bug report to mozilla.

    If I were to find any solution or work around for this, I will sure to reply again.

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