Apple releases Safari Extensions Gallery

The company updates its Safari Web browser, offering users a gallery with extensions from the likes of Amazon, Bing,, and Twitter.

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Apple on Wednesday updated its Safari Web browser, turning on extensions and introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery.

Safari 5 was introduced in June, but the extension functionality was designed for developers, not the general public. This gave developers a chance to create extensions for the browser before Apple officially launched the feature.

Extensions are created using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3, a few of Apple's favorite technologies for building Web apps.

The Safari Extensions Gallery in Safari 5.0.1 is a repository in which users can quickly find and add extensions to the Safari browser. According to Apple, users can "add powerful new features to Safari, from toolbars that display live web feeds to sophisticated programs that filter web content."

Apple says that all Safari Extensions are sandboxed, which means they can't access information on a user's system or communicate with other unintended Web sites.

The Safari Extensions Gallery has extensions from Amazon, Bing,, The New York Times, and Twitter, among others.

Safari 5.0.1 is available as a free download from Apple's Web site.

About the author

Jim Dalrymple has followed Apple and the Mac industry for the last 15 years, first as part of MacCentral and then in various positions at Macworld. Jim also writes about the professional audio market, examining the best ways to record music using a Macintosh. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. He currently runs The Loop.


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