Monday, January 19, 2009

Features Safari should steal from Firefox

A companion piece to "Features Firefox should steal from Safari." (Follow link for the backstory.)

  • Remember last tab(s) closed (Safari only remembers last window closed)
  • A tab menu, listing all tabs (Safari will list tabs that don't fit into the window, but it's better to have something that lists all tabs, since tab titles are usually truncated)
  • The Awesome Bar
  • Search within form textareas
  • Scrolling tab bar that animates when you pick a distant tab out of the tab menu
  • A clear target on which to drag URLs to make a new tab when a window's tab strip is full of tabs (in Firefox you can drag onto the New Tab button or the tab menu; in Safari you have to divine the location of a tiny strip at the end of the tab bar, immediately to the right of the last tab, and invisible when the rightmost tab is not active)
  • Option to drag bookmark into bookmarks bar folder without fussing with the title of the bookmark -- much faster.
  • Quick Search shortcuts to search alternate/custom sites via URL bar (or build in something like Inquisitor)

2 comments:

rajington said...

Firefox was acting up for me and I'm sick of it. I'm using WebKit nightly builds until Chrome comes out. I agree that Safari should have all this but until then here are some hacks, all found on pimpmysafari.com:

- Remember last tab(s) closed (Safari only remembers last window closed)

http://kisonecat.com/software/forget-me-not/

- The Awesome Bar

Quicksilver + Safari Search Module + History (Search Contents) hotkey'd. OS X's search is better and faster than FF3's... at the moment.

- Search within form textareas

Worked for me? I just did a "find" for something included in this comment box, and it worked. I'm not sure if I'm reading the comment right.

- Quick Search shortcuts to search alternate/custom sites via URL bar (or build in something like Inquisitor)

I liked http://purefiction.net/keywurl/ better.

Ryan said...

Thanks rajington, if.when they fix the Safari cookie bug I'll check those things out. I prefer Safari to FF except for the cookie bug which is a showstopper.

Not sure why search within form didn't work for me -- maybe it was something about the particular Web app I was using -- but that doesnt seem right. I'll double check that one.