Wasn’t it Google that started it all with the what they called the omnibar in the Google Chrome web browser? Basically, instead of separate fields for the web address bar and the search bar, Google Chrome only had its omnibar. In the omnibar, you can either enter the URL of the website you want to go to or use it to search for whatever it is you’re looking for.
In Firefox, it was easy enough to add plugins to install an omnibar plugin. I had the Omnibar plugin for Firefox installed on my old iBook G4 and I find it immensely convenient to use. For Safari users, how do you install an Omnibar?
If you’re a fan of the Omnibar, the good news is that Apple’s next release of its OS X will feature an updated Safari browser with an omnibar.
We don’t know if there will be a Safari release with omnibar for OS X Lion and older versions of OS X. What we do know is that you can have an omnibar installed now using Safari Omnibar, developed by Oliviier Poitrey.
Download the Safari Omnibar
- You can download the installer here.
- You can find more information from the developer on the FAQ page here.
The good news is that the Safari Omnibar is free and open-source. Note that you’ll need to install the SIMBL framework for the plugin to work.
Unfortunately, following the announcement of OS X Mountain Lion, the developer decided to end development of the plugin. Here’s the note Poitrey posted on his website:
I’m glad that Apple has finally implemented an omnibar in the version 5.2 of Safari. I will then stop the developement of this plugin.
Thanks for you great support.
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