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Is it possible anyhow to have a bookmarks sidebar (like the one in Firefox) in Safari in OSX Lion? The way bookmarks work now in Safari is very clumsy when you have thousands of bookmarks.

If not sidebar, any other system that would do the trick much better than the current one

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You're among many people who want this. So far my research has been quite extensive and not yet delivered any promising results. There is no Safari extension or SIMBL plugin that even claims to do this. –  slhck Oct 2 '11 at 20:00
    
ok, then I am considering to go back to firefox, that's life ... –  flow Oct 2 '11 at 20:11
    
Does Firefox in OS X even have that? Chrome doesn't either, and it's one of the most famous feature requests for Chromium, I guess. –  slhck Oct 2 '11 at 20:30
    
yes, firefox in osx does the trick very neatly –  flow Oct 2 '11 at 20:49
    
but also overhauls memory –  flow Oct 2 '11 at 20:49

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The Saft free plugin can supposedly do that (last download is up to Snow Leopard only).

From the article safari sidebar :

The plug-in goes into the Library>InputMangers folder replacing the previous version. Once launched, Safari then has the ‘Show Sidebar’ command in the Safari menu (this is a temporary position).

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According to your remark that Saft doesn't work on 10.7, here is an extract from the article
Make SAFT work with newer versions of Safari Web Browsers :

First, quit out Safari and then open the top-level Library -> InputManagers -> Saft folder. Control-click on Saft.bundle and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Within the Contents folder, open info.plist, either in Property List Editor or your favorite text editor. There is an option for SaftSupportedSafariBuild within which you can re-enter the version number from Safari's About Box. Change that, save, and relaunch Safari to enjoy Saft goodness.

[robg adds: Depending on how much Safari has changed, you may find that Saft still won't work, or won't work properly. The Saft author is usually quite good about keeping up with Safari updates, so this hint should only be needed if that ever changes.]

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Saft doesn't seem to work at all on 10.7. –  ؘؘؘؘ Oct 23 '11 at 22:48
    
See my edit above. –  harrymc Oct 24 '11 at 6:23
    
That quoted hint (from 2006) doesn't apply for "Saft for 10.6". (Which doesn't even install anything at /Library/InputManagers/.) I did look inside /Applications/Saft.app/Contents/Info.plist but didn't find any corresponding key for a minimum supported version. –  ؘؘؘؘ Oct 24 '11 at 19:20
    
It seems then that Saft is dead. One suggestion is maybe to get in touch with the developers of Glims and convince them of the idea. –  harrymc Oct 24 '11 at 20:28
    
Safari plugins (including Glims) are pretty dead in general. –  ؘؘؘؘ Oct 24 '11 at 20:52

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