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Google Gears is a plug-in that extends your browser to create a richer platform for Web applications.

Gears was designed to be used on both Google and non-Google sites. A number of Web applications currently make use of Gears, including two Google products: Google Reader and Google Docs. Additionally, Zoho and Remember the Milk have been using Gears since its original launch. If you're running Windows Mobile on your cellphone, Picasa Web Albums also makes use of Gears.

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Version 0.5.32: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • Safari 3.1.1 or later

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Cowicide Member IconComment+1134
Cowicide
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Pretty sure this is now abandonware at least for Mac Safari. Should probably just uninstall it. Google Maps triangulates your wiki position without it now and that's the only reason I had this creepy app updating itself on my machine anyway.

You can uninstall it by finding it in your Internet plug-ins folder in your Library, then right-click on it to open it's package contents and double-click the uninstall.command and Terminal will run, ask for your password, and rid you of this crap.

Library/Internet Plug-Ins/Gears.plugin/Contents/Resources/uninstall.command

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Version 0.5.32
Cowicide Member IconReview+1134
Cowicide
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Can't control how and when it updates. Google thinks they know what's better for you, apparently. Just for this alone it's enough to give them the lowest rating possible.

Google being control freaks might fly with Windows users, but this is Mac users, !@#$%^holes.

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Version 0.5.32
Nicolasd Member IconComment+120
Nicolasd
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still troublesome and not up to date. i hope google doesn't expect us all to move to their lame chrome browser.

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Version 0.5.32
Mahojas Member IconComment+54
Mahojas
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My Safari4 hasn't been running well in Snow Leopard. I uninstalled this program and, wow, what a difference in speed... my personal opinion - useless baggage.

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Version 0.5.32
Mtcobra
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How did you uninstall this program? I've trashed my user>library>application support>Google folder which contained Google Gears for Safari>localserver.db and permissions.db twice now, but when Safari is relaunched, they mysteriously reappear.

I'd like to experience life without this, but can't seem to get rid of it.

Cowicide
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I agree Google Gears has been a disaster where they update without your consent or knowledge and give you no way to shut the down autoupdate off, so if you have problems and need to troubleshoot, it's hard to determine if it's from a Gears update you never even authorized. I'm disgusted with Google.

Hmfwic Member IconComment+17
Hmfwic
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This can't be installed on a Mar 09 iMac running 10.6.1.

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Version 0.5.32
Zo219 Member IconComment+506
Zo219
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Both the Develop Menu and Debug Menu (handy for emptying cache, if you keep one) are easily available in Safari.

Any number of newer version utility-tweakers such as MacPilot (recommended) ... Secrets (free) ... and more ... will enable one or both. I'm sure there's a command line way, as well.

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Version 0.5.4.2
Web-Jive Member IconComment+50
Web-Jive
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My question is would it allow something like a port of Firebug to Safari?

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Version 0.4.22
Mark Everitt
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Have you tried the new webkit nightly builds? The firebug equivalent (right-click then inspect element) is really good! I use it all the time now and I strongly recommend it.

Orion-Mk.-V
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It's not nearly as useful, but X-ray help using Safari:

http://www.westciv.com/xray/

Mark Everitt
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It doesn't seem to be present in my Safari. I'm running a completely up to date 10.5.5. Is it in some other place than right-click?

I know that they've done a lot of work on it anyway. The webkit blog has details.

JazzAddict Member IconComment+66
JazzAddict
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I heard there's a beta for Safari. Would love to know if anyone has tried it out. Sounds interesting. I've never tried this extension because I'm a Safari user.

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Version 0.3.24.3
bousozoku
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Version 0.4.22 shows up in Safari but apparently does not affect Firefox for some reason as it shows 0.4.15 that I already had loaded as a Firefox extension.

MacUpdate-Lon
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System requirements:

Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.3+ or Tiger 10.4.11+

Safari 3.1.1+

http://gears.google.com/?platform=mac

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