Safari allows you to specify a news aggregator app of your choice to which it pipes RSS subscriptions, but not an online service like Google Reader. Rob Wilkerson has written an extension for Safari 5.0 that plugs the gap.
Using his AddToGoogle extension, users can click on Safari’s RSS button and find that the feed is sent straight to Google Reader. Sweet!
Installation is a little more tricky than one might think. Two things to watch:
- Make sure that you have the Develop menu enabled in Safari 5.0. You will find the option to turn it on in the Advanced tab of Safari’s Preferences.
- Make sure that Safari is listed as the default RSS reader in Safari’s Preferences. If you have mail.app or some other aggregator selected as the default application, that choice will override the extension.
Download the extension and click on it to install it. You will see this slightly alarming warning:
Check that it is installed by opening the Extension tab of Safari’s Preferences:
The latest revision of the extension, released today, provides the option to subscribe to feeds in either Google Reader or directly as a widget on your iGoogle page.
Checking this option offers a choice every time you subscribe to a feed:
AddToGoogle is freeware and available from Rob’s wiki page at Codaset.
Tags: Google, newsfeeds, not apple mail, plugins, Productivity, RSS, Safari