Apple today announced the release of Safari 5.0.1. What’s significant in this point release is that Apple has turned on support for the Extensions Gallery. When Safari 5 was released in June, it included support for extensions so that developers could start building them, but without access to the Extensions Gallery, users had no easy way to find and install those extensions.
The Safari Extensions Gallery is accessible from the Safari menu or via extensions.apple.com. Users can download and install extensions from the gallery with a single click, with no need for a browser restart. Extensions can be automatically updated and are managed within Safari.
While the Safari Extension Gallery is launching with a range of extensions from the likes of Bing, the New York Times, Twitter and eBay, it’s nowhere near to matching the usefulness of Chrome’s extensions, let alone Firefox’s gigantic range of add-ons. Apple’s decision to include extension support in Safari is a smart one, but until developers start porting the most useful extensions to Safari, I’ll find it tough to switch from my favorite browsers.
You can download Safari 5.0.1 for both Mac and PC for free from Apple.
Roku and MP3tunes have formed a rather interesting partnership, which will allow users to upload their iTunes music to an MP3tunes locker, and you’ll be able to play your entire library, including the playlists, on your TV via Roku player. This was achieved by using Roku’s open SDK to create a channel that will in turn make good use of the MP3tunes API. A limited time offer is currently available which allows you to get $20 off a Roku HD or Roku HD-XR, along with a free, premium 50GB MP3tunes locker.
Today note-taking application and service Evernote rolled out the latest addition of its platform, Evernote Trunk. Think of it as an app store for Evernote users.
Evernote Trunk features nearly 100 add-ons for the Evernote service, including mobile and desktop apps and plugins, all built to support the underlying service. It’s clear that with Evernote Trunk, the company wants to turn the service into a larger platform for developers and end users.
Evernote recently passed the three million user mark and has apps available for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, BlackBerry and Android devices. It also has extensions for Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome browsers.
The real point of Evernote Trunk, however, is to draw attention to the many other apps that can connect with the service. For instance, Canon and Lexmark both have scanners that can integrate directly with Evernote, and an increasing number of mobile apps support sending links or clippings to the service.
You can access Evernote Trunk via the web or from within the desktop application. In addition to apps and plugins, Evernote also has some special Notebooks created by some of its partners with content that users can import directly into their accounts. Cool Hunting and Make: Projects both have notebooks available for users that provide access to special clippings and information, for instance.
The Notebook feature is actually pretty cool and we would like the see the ability to syndicate or create group-curated notebooks built into Evernote’s core product.
What do you think of Evernote Trunk?