TabLinks Safari Extension

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TabLinks is a quick experiment, designed to meet my own needs. It needs some work, but it does the trick: it copies the link information for every tab open in Safari, and outputs them as a list, based on a user-defined template. You set up your template in the Extension settings, and use the following variables to define your link style:

  • %u = URL
  • %t = title
  • %w = window index
  • %n = tab index (within window)

That’s all there is for now. The default link format is a Markdown reference list, with the references being window#-tab#, so they come out as [0-12]: yourlink.com "and its title". If you dig Markdown, you can easily modify this to make a list of titles linked to their respective pages by changing the template to * [%t](%u). If you’d rather get plain HTML, try <a href="%u">%t</a>. Maybe you just want a list of URLs, in which case your template would just be %u.

Like I said, it’s pretty simple right now, and may stay that way while I go back to tidy up and improve on InstapaperBeyond. I do plan to add a checkbox to the settings that lets you decide whether clicking the toolbar button copies just the current window’s tabs, or all tabs as it does now. I would have liked to add a “copy to clipboard” button, but (as far as I know), Safari doesn’t allow access to the clipboard in any fashion, even with something like ZeroClipboard.

The popup window could use some classing up, too… a little CSS3 animation/transition and some more consistent styling that isn’t constantly being overridden by site styles. However, it’s quite useful to me as is, so I’m sharing it in the hopes that others will find it as helpful as I do. Personally, I use it when I write posts, especially on TUAW, where there are a lot of links to deal with. I pop open the links I know, run searches in new tabs for the ones I need, then copy the whole bunch as references to paste into the top of my post.

TabLinks Safari Extension v2.0

TabLinks gathers all of the link information from every open tab and presents them for copying based on a user-defined template.

Updated Fri Jun 18 2010.

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