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SIMBL is plugin enabler used by many popular modules (most notably PithHelmet) to modify and extend various applications. The source and basic tutorials are available for developers.

What's New

Version 0.9.9:
  • fix exceedingly rare bug causing the installer to erroneously report failure
  • fix rare bug causing the agent to fail ungracefully on malformed bundles

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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F451 Member IconComment+393
F451
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If you want to use SIMBL in Lion you can use EasySIMBL:

https://github.com/norio-nomura/EasySIMBL/downloads

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Version 0.9.9
Tipp-Flo
+1

Great! Looks like this is the solution for some problems I had with SIMBL. No more crash-on-startup log files in console.

Simply drag the app into the Applications Folder, move your SIMBL folder from within »/Library/Application Support« to the one in your user account, start the app.
You can then delete SIMBL.osax in »/Library/ScriptingAdditions«.

It does not work though here, if you log-out and in again. You have to erstarrt. - EasySIMBL 1.1.1

You get the read-me file only if you download the source if you press the button »Download as zip«.

sjk
+3

Removing the original SIMBL with its uninstaller app is more thorough, handling the LaunchAgent that might be overlooked doing a manual uninstall.

BigJohnson
+0

I was using SIMBL with SL, and continued using it when I upgraded to Lion 1½ years ago, and am unaware of any problems related to SIMBL on my computer. I just upgraded to 0.9.9 from 0.9.7.

Don't remember which app I installed it for, and not sure if I still need it, but pretty sure I don't. I may have used it for TotalFinder, which no longer requires SIMBL.

Gex2501 Member IconReview+8
Gex2501
+0

It's sad to see such a great program/utility die. Been hoping for Lion support forever. I'd pick it up if I was any good with programming. Someone should re-invigorate it.

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Version 0.9.9
Neil_m
+0

http://www.osx86.net/view/2372-simbl-0.9.9b-lionpatched.zip.html

Seems to be patched for Lion.

GeoProf Member IconReview+880
GeoProf
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SIMBL is not compatible with Lion, no matter what anyone says. It was installed on 7 of my family's and 11 of my colleagues' Lion Macs plus mine, and all 19 suffered multiple SIMBL crashes every single day until we were forced to trash it in the last couple of weeks.

Since he hasn't updated it in nearly a year nor responded to ANY of the panicked queries here or anywhere else, clearly Mike Solomon has abandoned SIMBL — and his implicit promise to all the developers whose apps rely on it. Oh, and millions of us users, too.

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Version 0.9.9
WordWeaver
+1

I can confirm that SIMBL does not appear to be working with Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2. I just updated to the latest version -- 0.9.9 -- and installed the ColorfulSidebar plugin. Even though I logged out, and back in again several times, my sidebar has not changed in appearance. I imagine that it could be the ColorfulSidebar plugin, and not SIMBL itself. Not being a developer, I honestly don't know for certain. However, given the number of other reports regarding incompatibility with Lion, I suspect that it is SIMBL itself. Can anyone else comment regarding this? Thanks!

sjk
+1

SafariStand and Keystone plugins work fine with SIMBL 0.9.9 on my MBA running 10.7.2. Just spits out a nuisance console message like this whenever it's accessed:

Performance: Please update this scripting addition to supply a value for ThreadSafe for each event handler: "/Library/ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax"

WordWeaver
+0

Just a quick update. I actually got the ColorfulSidebar plugin to work by going to someone's WP blog and downloading a special plist file to place in my LaunchAgents folder. I now have colored icons in my sidebar. Go to the ColorfulSidebar plugin page here on MU to get the link, if interested.

sjk
+1

And I got rid of the console noise using the tip here:

http://superuser.com/questions/328719/what-does-this-mean-osascript-please-update-this-scripting-addition-to-supply

Grouver
+0

Absolutely agree! DO NOT use on Lion. It will not crash straight away and the crashes are actually caused by memory leaks and the fact that SIMBL has no proper threading implemented.
What you will see from the user perspective is after a day or so of usage (heavy usage or if light then it might happen later) you get random behaviour of the OS. Things like Finder and Dock start freezing up. Sometimes you get various programs loosing UI responsiveness, the keyboard visual indicators like volume up and down, brightness up and down don't always show up, etc. You get the picture it's all random. I though I was going crazy until I took a look at the logs. SIMBL is actually working as an exploit to the OS (i.e. a rootkit of sorts. The OS can recover most of the time from the problems that SIMBL causes but the problem is that once you terminate a faulty process and reload it SIMBL comes back online and sooner or later you are back where you started.

Save yourselves the trouble and wait until a lion compatible version is released. And yes the main problem is with the code not being thread safe!

PorkPieHat Member IconComment+0
PorkPieHat
+1

I've been using SIMBL on my Lion (10.7.2) iMac and MacBook since June and in Snow Leopard for a long time before that, and it was stable at first. But now SIMBL crashes several times every day, and I can't figure out what the trigger is — sometimes it crashes when a SIMBL-reliant app is running, but more often it happens when I startup a nonSIMBL-reliant app or use one that's been running for a while. I don't think the cause is a conflict with other software because my Macs are set up very differently, are used for different purposes, and have very different apps installed.

I hope the dev figures it out and releases a fix soon because I'm on the verge of dumping SIMBL and all the lovely apps that rely on it, which would be a shame.

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Version 0.9.9
Macmuffin Member IconReview+6
Macmuffin
+0

I'm thinking of sending the developer money for a down load if that is the problem as he earlier stated.

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Version 0.9.9
Steven Goodheart Member IconComment+442
Steven Goodheart
+1

Does anyone know if SIMBL will be compatible with the upcoming Lion OS?

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Version 0.9.9
Hauntingthebetter
+2

I was wondering the same; so I emailed the developer. He responded within an hour or so, but simply with "I don't know. I don't have lion".

So perhaps once OS 10.7 is officiously released we'll eventually see an update. As of now it appears SIMBL does not work with Lion and/or Safari 5.1. However, I'm not an experienced dev and very well could be mistaken.

Steven Goodheart
+2

Hauntingthebetter -- thank you! Even that information, in itself, is helpful! The idea of using Safari without the verticle/side tabs of SafariStand, which uses SIMBL, is practically a deal killer, but maybe the new Lion version of Safari, with the gestures, will make navigating tabs easier in some ways.

Still, since I typically have two or three windows open with 30 or 40 tabs in a window, the idea of losing SafariStand and using the standard horizontal tabs is a bummer. Again thanks for taking the initiative on this. Since Lion is only $30, and it comes out this July, maybe it won't be a long wait -- IF SIMBL will in fact work with Lion.

Steven Goodheart
+0

The upgrade of OmniWeb (5.11) to the same Webkit as Safari 5.0 makes my question about SIMBL far less urgent, since the main reason I use SIMBL is so I can run SafariStand and get vertical tabs. OmniWeb 5.11, with the Webkit upgrade, seems much snappier than Safari 5, and of course, there are those amazing Omniweb Workspaces....

Myka
+2

There's a discussion that might be relevant at the simbl project home. Link to issue:
http://code.google.com/p/simbl/issues/detail?id=53&colspec=Status%20Summary
I don't have Lion installed, so I can't testify whether simbl works or not.

Mitch_de
+1

For me it seem NOT to work - my AdBlocker stopped working which uses SIMBL. I don't think its an problem of the App Blocker itself.
Hope they can do an LION SIMBL.

Holypoly
+2

Here's a thread on SIMBL running under Lion that may be interesting to follow:

http://code.google.com/p/simbl/issues/list?can=1&q=lion&colspec=Status+Summary&cells=tiles

Moocan Member IconComment+11
Moocan
+0

Why I never can't access developer site ?
Is there any mirror ?

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Version 0.9.9
Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130
Libertyforall1776
+3

For those wondering, SIMBL stands for: SIMple Bundle Loader

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Version 0.9.9
Thyx
+1

Btw, is it 128-bit already?

Grayson Manley Member IconReview+5
Grayson Manley
+1

Although a "hack" its still quite stable. If you have instability issues then talk to the developer of the extensions you are using not complain about this. Without this I wouldn't have things like GreaseKit and Totalfinder, key parts of my daily use of my mac.

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Version 0.9.8
Smactron Member IconComment+76
Smactron
+1

Has anyone noticed that with this SIMBL update, PithHelmet (3.0b6) seems to interfere with The Daily Show and The Colbert Report's streaming episodes? I have to "Reload Unfiltered" to get the videos to load/play. With SIMBL 0.9.7a this wasn't the case.

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Version 0.9.8
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GiaMarletta
Version 0.9.9
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Macmade
Version 0.9.9
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Whiterock
Version 0.9.9
user icon+5
SteveGosselin
Version 0.9.9
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Grayson Manley
Version 0.9.8
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Date 29 Jan 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
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