We’ve recently started integrating MongoDB more extensively into our systems at work and found ourselves wanting some basic monitoring during dev to see what the DB was doing. A friend suggested Mongo Live, which fit the bill but was only compatible with Chrome. Since I switch frequently between Safari and Chrome I decided to port it.
Fortunately the extension for Chrome required only minimal changes to get it working in Safari. The most significant change is that the Safari extension uses a toolbar button to activate. The fork is available on Github and supports Chrome and Safari. Hopefully someone finds it helpful!
Update: If you’re a registered developer you can check this thread for more information. The gist is that settings strings are not localizable at this time. I’ve filed a bug 8105949 against it (I recommend everyone report one as well if they want this fixed).
I’ve gotten a great deal of requests to localize my Safari extensions into various languages. Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t released any documentation on whether or not the Info.plist data can be localized.
In normal Mac OS X applications you can define key/value pairs using a Language.lproj directory with an InfoPlist.strings file. OS X then automatically uses the translated strings based on the primary language. As this seemed a likely candidate for i18n support, I’ve been experimenting with this for the past day or two…without success. So now I’m pleading with you, the internet! Is there a way to do i18n in extensions? Or will we need to wait for Safari 5.x to add this (critical) feature?
Tab Duplicator adds a contextual menu item as well as a toolbar icon1 that will duplicate your active tab. By default it creates a new tab in the background, but it can be configured to make them foreground as well. You can also select tab positioning (first, last, before active tab, after active tab).
Changes in 1.2
Thanks to Brian Kim for the icon!
People keep asking me how to install extensions in Safari 5, so here’s a quick visual primer.
7/20/2010 Update – Google has released a significant images update that breaks lightboxer. I’ll look into this and fix it within the next week or so.
Google Lightboxer1 is a Safari 5 extension that creates a Lightbox2 slideshow on Google Images. Click any image and a slideshow will appear loading the full resolution images. If you don’t want to have the lightbox appear, hold command and it will be disabled temporarily.
Latest Release – v1.3
On the Ars Technica forums someone mentioned that they’d like to be able to switch between tabs using command + numbers to choose tabs. I took a look at the Safari extension system, and while you can’t override the shortcuts bound to cmd 1-91 for some reason, control is available. An hour or so later and ctrlSwitcher was born.
- Use a modifier (ctrl by default) + the number keys to instantly jump to a tab. Keys 1 through 0 will go to tabs 1-10, and keys q through p will go to tabs 11-19.
- Configurable modifier key
- Configurable “go to last tab” key
Download and Use
- Download the signed extension and double click to install
- Pick if you want to use ctrl, opt, or ctrl+opt as your meta keys (default ctrl) in the prefs
- Now close all tabs or restart your browser. ctrlSwitcher has to load a small script in each loaded tab (empty tabs cannot be switched to/from due to limitations on extensions)
- Note for Windows users: You will need to switch your default modifier key from ctrl to alt or ctrl+alt to have this tool work.
- Adds cmd+opt as a choice for key combo (see the commit)
- cmd-1 through 9 are assigned to bookmarks on your bookmarks bar in Safari ↩