PithHelmet
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PithHelmet... Problem: I hate ads. Solution: Kill my television. Better Solution: Content-filter my Web pages...

The PithHelmet adds some basic but powerful content filtering to Apple's Safari browser. The basic purpose is to filter advertisements, but there are other potential uses as well (blocking Flash, Shockwave or horrible midi loops). This is just a quick hack on top of Apple's basic framework, but it seems to work rather effectively.
What's New
Version 3.0b6: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Safari 3.2, SIMBL.








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Harv commented on 20 Jul 2011
Might someone know if PH will be updated for Lion compatibility? And with AdBlock and the like, is it even necessary?
[Version 3.0b6]

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Cowicide replied on 06 Oct 2012
This appears to be abandonware @ this point.
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Cowicide replied on 06 Oct 2012
And, on that note, one should use Extensions with Safari nowadays like the wonderful donationware, Safari AdBlock:

http://macupdate.com/app/mac/26171/safari-adblock
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Smactron commented on 22 Nov 2010
Is this compatible with the newly-released Safari 5.0.3?
[Version 3.0b6]


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John-Sawyer-CJS tipped on 02 Nov 2010
PithHelmet 3.0b6 does NOT run on Leopard (OS 10.4). When you run its installer, or the installer for SIMBL 0.9.8, an alert appears saying these can be installed only under OS 10.5. I wonder where the developer got the idea it worked under Leopard.
[Version 3.0b6]


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Smactron commented on 19 Sep 2010
Is PithHelmet 3.0b6 fully compatible with Safari 5.0.2? If so, I hope the developer releases another beta update soon with updated version compatibility strings so that end users can just run the updated installer instead of needing to mess around with plist files.
[Version 3.0b6]


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Jambaman commented on 12 Sep 2010
I went thru the installation process MANY TIMES!

Each time, installation was 'successful', for both SIMBL, and Pithhelmet.

Neither SIMBL or Pithhelmet can be found!!
Can't be opened either of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am using snow leopard mac os x.

Anyone know why this is.
[Version 3.0b6]


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Smactron commented on 01 Aug 2010
The developer doesn't have a comprehensive or frequently-updated blog so I was wondering if anyone know if he had plans to make this into a Safari Extension now that Safari 5.0.1 is out.
[Version 3.0b6]

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Smactron replied on 19 Sep 2010
I emailed the developer asking him this question and he said no.
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Cowicide replied on 26 Oct 2010
I guess this is dead then?

Would the developer care to confirm or counter this and give us all who donated money some info please?
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Harv commented on 29 Jun 2010
While the above indicates the latest Beta is 3.0b3, a visit to the developer's site indicates it is 3.0b6 (as of 23 June 10).

FWIW: On my C2D Intel iMac, OS 10.6.4, I have found the DL and install without issue, though Safari must still be run in 32-bit mode.

Aside from that, no problems yet detected.
[Version 3.0b3]


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sjk commented on 26 Jun 2010
http://www.culater.net/software/PithHelmet/PithHelmet.php says:

PithHelmet 3 now works with both Safari 4 and 5 running on both Leopard and Snow Leopard.

• SIMBL-0.9.x (install first)
• PithHelmet-3.0b6.pkg (released 2010-06-23)

But if SIMBL-0.9.x (0.9.7a) still requires Snow Leopard then how can PH now work on Leopard?
[Version 3.0b3]

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sjk commented on 05 Jul 2010
Developer (Mike) says PH 3.0b6 works for Safari 5 with either SIMBL 0.8.x or 0.9.8 on Leopard. Got it working fine with 0.9.8 on my iMac G5. Might eventually switch to the AdBlock extension but I'm satisfied with this for now. Thanks, Mike!
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Cowicide replied on 04 Aug 2010
It's frustrating stuff like this that's making me desperately try to find another ad blocker. I don't understand how you can say it works with 10.5 when the simbl installer says it's on 10.6 compatible.

This makes NO SENSE.
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sjk replied on 05 Aug 2010
Stating it's *compatible* with 10.6 isn't the same as stating it *requires* 10.6.
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Smactron commented on 20 Jun 2010
For what it's worth, when you install PithHelmet 3.0b4 and go to the "About PithHelmet…" menu bar item, it reports its version as 3.0b3.
[Version 3.0b3]


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sjk commented on 18 Jun 2010
Reposting a variation of the question I've recently asked the developer:

Anyone know if it's currently possible to use PithHelmet with Safari 5 on Leopard (PPC) systems?

Seems that's (still) an unsupported combination but maybe I've overlooked something.
[Version 3.0b3]


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Cowicide had trouble on 30 Nov 2009
Does anyone have PithHelmet 2.8.5 (85) working ok with the new Safari 4.0.4 update? I'm running OS 10.5.8

Or does anyone have newer versions of PithHelmet (I guess the betas?) working ok with Safari 4.0.4?
[Version 3.0b2]

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Harv replied on 08 Dec 2009
I have had no problem. In my case, I had to change Safari from 64 bit to 32 bit (a non-issue since I have less that 4 MB RAM) and then restart. Since then PH has worked as designed (though I have not tested all functions).

So I say give it a try, can't hurt and only takes a minute or two.
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Pissnaround had trouble on 05 Oct 2009
the preferences are dimmed. SL 10.6.1, SIMBL 0.9.7
[Version 3.0b1]


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Septimus had trouble on 14 Aug 2009
I have installed PithHelmet using Pacifist but now Safari sometimes downloads a file called "blocked" and when I try to trash this I get "The operation cannot be completed because the item "SIMBL" is in use. What's that all about?!
[Version 2.8.5]


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Anonymous-----------------------------. had trouble on 22 Nov 2008
safari 3.2 was driving me insane with constant crashes until i realized (by elimination) that pith helmet wasn't compatible. watch out.
[Version 2.8.3a]


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mopperman had trouble on 21 Nov 2008
Yeah, broken when installed with Safari 3.2. Safari crashes repeatedly.

Please fix! I keep patiently checking your website.
[Version 2.8.3a]


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Alexiusca had trouble on 21 Jul 2008
Any idea how to get this working with NetNewsWire?

I -loved- that feature!!
[Version 2.8.3a]


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syharris had trouble on 01 Jul 2008
While PithHelmet 2.8.3a won't install on its own with the latest safari(3.1.2) I can't even get it to install using Pacifist.I was able to install it on Safari 3.1.1 using Pacifist.
[Version 2.8.3a]


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Saintfu had trouble on 26 May 2008
Does anyone else find that Pithhelmet deactivates Safari's "fit image to window/click to zoom" feature? Images don't scale when I load them anymore.
[Version 2.8.3a]


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weedkila had trouble on 28 Feb 2008
Hi,
Am not able to get Pithhelmet preferences to stick. For example, 'Animate images' is set on 'never' in the preferences window but I'm still continuing to see the blinking ads on various websites. Have also tried blocking those ads in the Rule Editor but nothing changed. Any ideas would appreciated as blinking text is a PITA.

PithHelmet 2.8.2 (v81)
Safari 3.0.4
Mac 10.4.11 (Intel)
[Version 2.8.2]

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sjk replied on 18 Mar 2008
The "Animate images" option and machete scripts are two PH features that don't work with Safari 3.
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Vitalis had trouble on 03 Dec 2007
Much better error message, I moved safari from it's 'default' folder.
However, I would want to sub-sort my apps in folders and still keep pithhelmet active, is there a way to do that?
[Version 2.8.2]

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sjk replied on 03 Dec 2007
Certain apps still want to be left where they're originally installed and moving them can cause trouble. That's easily avoided by (for example) creating aliases to desired apps in some other folder and organizing those instead.

Years ago I considered organizing /Applications into subfolders, then quickly realized I didn't have any *good* reasons for doing that and am relieved I didn't/don't waste time with it.
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Vitalis replied on 03 Dec 2007
I find it looks much neater to sub-organise my apps, even though i hardly use the finder, and making aliases all around just makes a whole new mess.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 03 Dec 2007
"Years ago I considered organizing /Applications into subfolders, then quickly realized I didn't have any *good* reasons for doing that and am relieved I didn't/don't waste time with it."

Amen to that. Years ago in Classic Mac OS I used to do just that and disabused myself of the habit circa OS X 10.1.
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Mibrilane replied on 03 Dec 2007
Still, is there a good reason why PithHelmet doesn't work unless Safari is in Applications and not a subfolder?
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sjk replied on 03 Dec 2007
I have an idea why PH doesn't work if Safari's been moved but instead of speculating here (since I'm not going to test my theory) I'll suggest you ask the developer for a definitive reason).
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jslmg commented on 31 Jan 2008
You can use Classic Menu, a $10 shareware, to make aliases for your apps then organize the aliases into aliased folders that would then appear in the Apple Menu. That way, you can leave your apps in their default folder while still having your personal organization. Both you and your computer will be happy.
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Date:30 Jun 2010
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PithHelmet... Problem: I hate ads. Solution: Kill my television. Better Solution: Content-filter my Web pages...

The PithHelmet adds some basic but powerful content filtering to Apple's Safari browser. The basic purpose is to filter advertisements, but there are other potential uses as well (blocking Flash, Shockwave or horrible midi loops). This is just a quick hack on top of Apple's basic framework, but it seems to work rather effectively.


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