Friday, March 02, 2012

Dear Safari Team....

Safari used to be a great browser for my work at MacSurfer.

Once upon a time I was able to have a page open, hop up to my bookmark bar, click on a folder, run the mouse over to the contents of that folder, hold down the Apple/Splat key and click "Open In Tabs" and those bookmarks would open in new tabs WITHOUT REPLACING the existing tab(s) I had open.

In fact, I can't remember when that stopped working now it's been so long.

There was an add-on, Saft, that kind of enabled that. Every time I'd open new tabs, every single tab would reload. A pain, but it worked.

Question Safari team: WHY did you remove that feature? Can you PLEASE give it back? I've looked high and wide for an extension (if anyone knows of one, let me know in the comments), or anyway to get that functionality back.

But it doesn't exist...that I know of.

Why not? Chrome does this, Firefox does this. Without extensions. It's just part of the browsing experience.

I'd also like the ability to freeze tabs, change the size of tabs (like Tab Mix + in Firefox, or built-in "Pin Tab" in Chrome).

Even if you don't give me that, how about letting me open tabs w/o replacing existing tabs?

Or maybe you've given up on Safari as a power-browser, leaving that up to Chrome and Firefox?

But then there's Firefox. I've not ranted on Mozilla's flagship for a long time now because they just won't give it proper AppleScript support for some bizarre reason that completely escapes the realm of sensibility.

Guess Google is the savior here. Awesome AppleScript support, great extensions. (Not bringing up Camino here. Good browser, but not keeping up with everything like Chrome).

Rant over. For now.


Anonymous said...

I think you are mistaken. Safari has always replaced all tabs when Open in Tabs is invoked (via menu item or cmd-click).

Darren Mahaffy said...

You sure it's "always" been that way? I can't 100% say it was that way or the other. I seem to remember having it long ago before I ever tried Saft...

Either way, IMO, should be at least an option.

Stephen Magladry said...

The first tabbed version on Safari ran that way. The feature got "killed" in the next version. I just open a new window before "opening a tab".

Anonymous said...

This coming from someone that hasn't changed his site since the mid-90's, still has 'Sherlock Plug-in' as a link from the site, and hasn't even attempted to re-format the site for easier reading on a mobile device? How about you improve your site, then ask other teams to do some work?

Anonymous said...

This is one of the most problematic features, actually!

Novice users, or infrequent tab users, will inadvertently hit that final option and the browser goes wild--taking over everything.

As the others have reported, I've always seen this destroy the current tab.

Of course, over time, Safari did add reopen all windows from last session, so sometimes that helps (quitting and relaunching).