One of the great new features in Safari 5 is that Apple has at last given developers the tools to create extensions, and they’ve wasted no time getting their hands dirty and have already churned out some notable add-ons worth mentioning.
Gmail Checker – Don’t bother surfing over to Gmail every 5 minutes with this add-on that lets you check how many new emails you have with a nifty notification visible from the toolbar.
Coda Notes – This one is especially cool and lets you make annotations on top of a website and subsequently email a snapshot of those changes. Great for “communicating changes, ideas, concepts, or problems” and a godsend for web designers.
Invisible Status Bar – Save some screen real estate with this nifty extension that eradicates the bottom browser toolbar unless you hover over a link, in which case it’s overlayed across the bottom of the screen.
Type-To-Navigate – From the same developer as above, this extension lets you keep your hands on the keyboard for potentially quicker browsing. “Type any text that occurs inside a link, and hit return to follow it.”
Share with Facebook – Another time saver. Forget copying and pasting URL’s into Facebook with this extension that enables one-click sharing to Facebook right from Safari’s toolbar.
Safari140 – Formerly a utility and now an extension. Use this add-on to send tweets from within the Safari browser. Tweeting URLs on the fly just got a whole a lot easier. Just press “Ctrl +T” and a pop-up window will appear with the page title and shortened URL already entered in for your convenience.
Amazon Search Bar – As the name implies, add an Amazon search bar to your Safari toolbar. Comes with support for all international Amazon stores.
InvisibleHand – “It’s an add-on which discreetly notifies you if the product you’re browsing is available more cheaply from another retailer. The notification provides a convenient button which links you straight through to the relevant product page on the competing retailer’s website.”
Search Preview – View thumbnails of websites within search results. Works for Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
FaceBlock – Removes the sidebar ads on Facebook. Hallelujah!