Unfortunately, the title isn’t leading to what you think it might. Just as quickly as the 4chan X for Safari extension was created, it was also snuffed. The extension was a labor of love, an attempt to bring the power of 4chan X to the once-glorious Safari. Everything in version 2 worked just as you might expect, just like in the other officially supported browsers. 4chan X for Safari was, at best, a set of hacks, the digital equivalent of some string, a roll of duct tape and a little WD-40 all rolled together to allow the user script to work inside of Safari. I’m sure that in the back of my mind somewhere, perhaps I had thought about when (or, more optimistically, if) such a day would ever come when an update would render the user script, and thus the extension, partially, or even wholly incompatible with Safari.
Today is that day.
I asked about Safari compatibility:
@soldiare Safari is too outdated. I wouldn’t bother trying to port 4chan X v3 to support Safari.
— Mayhem (@MayhemYDG) April 17, 2013
As it turns out, “Safari is too outdated.”
As for the future of the extension, I’ll still host it and maintain it. Of course, auto-updates really aren’t much to tout anymore, seeing as version 2 is now outdated and superseded. So, goodnight sweet prince, we barely knew ye.
Maybe it’s time to jump ship over to Firefox or Chrome. One of the main reasons that I held onto Safari for so long, fueling my desire to create the extension, was because it was the first browser to fully support HiDPI on my Retina MacBook Pro. That, and the little features, like iCloud tabs, reading list, and the integrated sharing features made it easy keep everything in sync with Safari on my iPhone.
The website is still very much under construction, so in the meantime, here are the download links for 4chan X and Appchan X:
So, this is it. Thanks for playing along. Rest assured that there will be more coming in the future.
R.I.P. 4chan X for Safari