Safari pinned websites

myname70

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What is the sense to have such pinned site? What is the difference between pinned and just favorite / bookmark sites?
 

BasicGreatGuy

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In the middle of several books.
It saves one step, as far as I can see. Not much of a difference. I like the idea in that if you are working heavily with a site and won't readily access it again, pinning it is a much better idea than saving it as a bookmark, and then having to edit bookmarks to remove it.
 

MikhailT

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What is the sense to have such pinned site? What is the difference between pinned and just favorite / bookmark sites?

Pinned Tabs are long-living tabs that do not close. If you use a web service like email or chat, you can pin them and it'll stay open all the time until you unpin them, more useful with push notification.

You don't pin favorites, you pin the tabs you need opened all the time and it takes less space on the tab bar.

In addition, you can have multiple Safari windows while the same pinned tab is available in all of them. It does not duplicate the same site, it actually uses the same content in the memory. If you view the pinned tab in Window 2, the same pinned tab in window 1 will appear grayed out because Window 2 has the focus first.
 

myname70

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Thanks Guys. What about the pinned site refresh/update ? I see it does not refresh instantly and I have to refresh it manually.
 

Shirasaki

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Thanks Guys. What about the pinned site refresh/update ? I see it does not refresh instantly and I have to refresh it manually.
In my case, pinned sites won't update unless you bring it to the front.
However, if that site does not require strong credential usage policy, which means you don't really need to enter password everytime you enter that site, you can probably reuse the credential.
Anyway, pinned site is an old function existed in chrome long time ago, too. And internet Explorer also can pin sites to, yes, start menu, in Windows 7.
 
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adrianlondon

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One issue with pinned sites (well, it annoys me) is that if a pinned site opens a new tab, it appears as the right-most tab. Close it, and it goes to the next right-most open tab not the pinned site you came from.
 
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Shirasaki

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One issue with pinned sites (well, it annoys me) is that if a pinned site opens a new tab, it appears as the right-most tab. Close it, and it goes to the next right-most open tab not the pinned site you came from.
I didn't notice that much. Yeah.
Maybe you can send a bug report, if you have time?
 

Shirasaki

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I have the time but I'm not a registered developer!
Without email notification I may never see your reply....

Well, bug report does not need you to have a purchased developer account. All you need to do is opt in developer program. It's free.

And then, you can use bug reporter to report bugs found on any integrated programs. However, this account may not be eligible to ask for technical support.
 

MikhailT

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Thanks Guys. What about the pinned site refresh/update ? I see it does not refresh instantly and I have to refresh it manually.
Nope, that's why it is more useful with real-time push notifications. I use Slack in a pinned tab (faster and more responsive than their wrapper app at MAS) and while it is not focused, I do get push notification and it takes me back to the message pretty quick.
 

mustgroove

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How does the new option to allow ⌘-1 thru ⌘-9 to switch tabs work with pinned sites?

So for example, if you have 3 pinned sites and then 2 regular tabs, will ⌘-1 open the 1st pinned site, or the 1st regular tab?
 
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MikhailT

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How does the new option to allow ⌘-1 thru ⌘-9 to switch tabs work with pinned sites?

So for example, if you have 3 pinned sites and then 2 regular tabs, will ⌘-1 open the 1st pinned site, or the 1st regular tab?
For all intents and purposes, these are just regular tabs that happens to be flagged as pinned. It does not change its behavior from regular tabs.

In your case, CMD+1 opens the first tab in the window, regardless of the pin.
 
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TheBuffather

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One issue with pinned sites (well, it annoys me) is that if a pinned site opens a new tab, it appears as the right-most tab. Close it, and it goes to the next right-most open tab not the pinned site you came from.
Odd. For me, when a pinned site opens a new tab, it's the left-most tab.

Also, just an FYI: if you're in a pinned tab and click on a link, and as you know it opens in a new tab, to close the tab and go back to the pinned tab, simply use the back gesture on the trackpad. It will automatically close the tab it opened and go back to your pinned tab.
 
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mattopotamus

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I think pinned is useful. For example, I always have a macrumors tab so I would pin this site. I have 20 favorites, but 3 of them are always in tabs. I guess pinned is just a cleaner look that keeps them there no matter my work space.
 

myname70

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The problem is that it does not refresh itself. I pinned a news website and when open it it shows me the last opened news, but not the latest. I have to refresh it in order to see the latest news.....
 

myname70

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What's the URL and does that page normally refresh automatically?
So, i realised the news side I pinned doe snot refresh itself. But if I pin CNN for example, it refreshes automatically and always when i open it from trepanned bar - it is up-to-date
 
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KALLT

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Would be nice if they synced via iCloud, so if I pin something on my Macbook it would show on my iMac.
Maybe they will? Have you checked whether pinned tabs are added to a bookmark folder like Favourites are?
 

joeykork

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Jul 17, 2012
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OT, but might be of interest to people that use pinned sites:

I wrote a mini-browser for my go-to webapps so they can all have their own Dock icons and spaces:
http://github.com/kfix/MacPin

I'd like some broader testing. I already know it looks like crap on Retina, because I don't have a Retina Mac.
Also, there is no GUI to make new MacPin apps, something to implement for V2.0.
But there's quite a few apps already included: Trello, Digg, Hangouts, Vine, Facebook, Google Photos.
Some of them also have unique URLs for cross-app dispatch. Most defer to Safari to open external pages, except Digg (personal preference).
 

TwoBytes

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What could be the downfall of pinned sites is a big crash to safari and you open safari to find all your pinned sites gone. I hope Apple have thought about this?
 

Zorn

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For me this is a very awaited feature. I keep Facebook, Wikipedia, Reddit & Macrumors open at all times. I also have a great deal of other sites always open I refer to. This keeps me from filling the tab bar and having everything become unreadable. Very useful feature, and the pinned tabs I always want to have open anyway.
 

KALLT

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What could be the downfall of pinned sites is a big crash to safari and you open safari to find all your pinned sites gone. I hope Apple have thought about this?
My tabs are always restored even when Safari crashes. It's part of the resume feature introduced in Lion. I doubt that this doesn't apply to pinned tabs.
 

TwoBytes

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When I get a crash on 10.10, sometimes there will be the case when Safari doesn't reopen with all my previous tabs. This sort of crash worries me with pinned tabs. It's some of the time.. Unfortunately, unpredictable depending on the nature of the crash
 
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