Apple releases Safari 5.0.1, debuts Extensions Gallery

By on July 28, 2010, 11:05 AM
Apple has just released the latest version of its Safari web browser, version 5.0.1, officially enabling third-party extension support and marking the debut of the Safari Extensions Gallery. The feature actually surfaced early June with the release of Safari 5, but was only partially activated for developers to begin coding their stuff. Based on web technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, extensions allow developers to bring new features and functionality to Apple's browser.

Competing browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have been supporting extensions for some time now, so Safari is comparatively late to the party. But that doesn't mean Apple isn't planning on giving them a run for their money. The company began soliciting submissions for the Extensions Gallery earlier this month, and already there are a large number of extensions from the likes of Twitter, Amazon, eBay, and a host of smaller developers.

Besides enabling Extensions, Safari 5.0.1 also fixes several stability and security flaws, including one where AutoFill could be called without user interaction giving an attacker your personal information, and another issue where a maliciously-crafted RSS feed could let an attacker copy files from your computer.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Its about time! =)

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Switched back to Safari from FF4. FF4 was using too much CPU with several tabs open, going to monitor this and see if its less. They don't have many extensions right now, at least not many that interest me.

raybay said:

Safari has disappointed us too many times to cause any enthusiasm for this release. It is time for Show Me!

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

They can't show you if you don't give it an honest shot. I've never been a big fan of Safari, but on this old laptop FF eats too much processor and Opera has been unstable since 10.0x. Now that Safari has extensions it has me trying it out again. It doesn't crash, and it doesn't eat processor like FF, so its about my only remaining choice.

Guest said:

Nice try Apple, nice try. Google did the same thing with Chrome, but you simply can't defeat Firefox's extensions, you can't.

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