Adblock Plus works out kinks in Safari extension

The browser extension is mostly on par with ones for Chrome and Opera

Adblock Plus, a widely used browser extension that blocks many types of Web advertising, has released a more polished version for Apple's Safari.

Safari presented a few problems for Adblock Plus, which is developed by the company Eyeo in Germany, wrote Sebastian Noack, a developer.

The lack of a request blocking API (application programming interface) made it impossible to block requests that were initiated by Adobe Systems' Flash player, he wrote.

"We finally found a solution to block all ads, including pre-rolls and overlay ads, in all YouTube videos," Noack wrote.

Also fixed was a problem that caused the extension's settings to be reset when browsing data was cleared. Another involved an issue with Safari's JavaScript engine, which caused the extension to block the content of every website.

"We managed to work around this issue just yesterday," he wrote.

The Safari release comes after a three and a half month beta period. The company also released updated extensions for Chrome and Opera.

The latest tweaks to Safari's version now put it "mostly on par with Adblock Plus for Chrome and Opera," Noack wrote.

There are some limitations when it comes to blocking popups and requests initiated by Flash, but "most of these are limitations in Safari that will hopefully be addressed in future Safari versions," Noack wrote.

The Safari extension's user interface has also been fixed and optimized for Retina displays and supports 48 languages.

"Ultimately, we now have a fully functional and smooth UI that indicates how many ads you're blocking on each site you visit, tallies the amount you've blocked all time and gives you easy control over what you want to block," he wrote.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags advertisingEyeosoftwareinternet

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?