SIMBL
SIMBL 0.9.9
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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
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later








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F451 commented on 13 Jul 2012
If you want to use SIMBL in Lion you can use EasySIMBL:

https://github.com/norio-nomura/EasySIMBL/downloads
[Version 0.9.9]

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Tipp-Flo replied on 16 Jul 2012
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«.
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sjk replied on 01 Aug 2012
Removing the original SIMBL with its uninstaller app is more thorough, handling the LaunchAgent that might be overlooked doing a manual uninstall.
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BigJohnson replied on 03 May 2013
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.
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Gex2501 reviewed on 11 May 2012
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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Neil_m replied on 15 May 2012
http://www.osx86.net/view/2372-simbl-0.9.9b-lionpatched.zip.html

Seems to be patched for Lion.
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GeoProf reviewed on 26 Nov 2011
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.
[Version 0.9.9]

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WordWeaver replied on 30 Nov 2011
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!
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sjk replied on 01 Dec 2011
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"
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WordWeaver replied on 01 Dec 2011
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.
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sjk replied on 01 Dec 2011
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
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Grouver replied on 27 Jan 2012
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!
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PorkPieHat commented on 15 Nov 2011
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.
[Version 0.9.9]


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Macmuffin reviewed on 16 Aug 2011
I'm thinking of sending the developer money for a down load if that is the problem as he earlier stated.
[Version 0.9.9]


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Steven Goodheart commented on 06 Jun 2011
Does anyone know if SIMBL will be compatible with the upcoming Lion OS?
[Version 0.9.9]

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Hauntingthebetter replied on 10 Jun 2011
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.
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Steven Goodheart replied on 10 Jun 2011
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.
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Steven Goodheart replied on 07 Jul 2011
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....
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Myka replied on 21 Jul 2011
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.
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Mitch_de replied on 21 Jul 2011
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.
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Holypoly replied on 21 Aug 2011
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
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Moocan commented on 02 Feb 2011
Why I never can't access developer site ?
Is there any mirror ?
[Version 0.9.9]


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Libertyforall1776 commented on 29 Jan 2011
For those wondering, SIMBL stands for: SIMple Bundle Loader
[Version 0.9.9]

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Thyx replied on 01 Mar 2011
Btw, is it 128-bit already?
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Grayson Manley reviewed on 04 Jan 2011
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.
[Version 0.9.8]


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F451 tipped on 08 Nov 2010
Heads-up: Although Mike Solomon's website clearly shows version SIMBL 0.9.8c.zip (as of the date of this post), if you download the .zip and expand you will be treated to version 0.9.8.d.
[Version 0.9.8]


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Smactron had trouble on 13 Oct 2010
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.
[Version 0.9.8]


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Ronl had trouble on 23 Jun 2010
WARNING: MacFixIt has an article on this today (6-23-10) that this can cause Safari 5 to crash.
[Version 0.9.7a]

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Negritude replied on 30 Jun 2010
Duh. SIMBL can cause anything to crash.
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Gagarin101 had trouble on 19 Nov 2009
I installed 0.9.7 and the installer said it was successful. But there is no SIMBL folder in Library/Application Support. I am running OSX 10.6.2
I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, restarting the macbook with no help.
[Version 0.9.7a]

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Steven Wong commented on 01 Dec 2009
Just create the folder yourself and copy the bundle into it.

I did that and it worked just fine with Booglemarks
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Jc had trouble on 15 Oct 2009
Hi, I have launching upper right menubar in OS 10.6.1 w/ SIMBL 0.9.7a.

1.) Booting in 64-bit Kernel mode. Open fast user switching menu.
2.) Do not logout current account but switching to another account immediately via fast use switching menu.

While OS X loading the upper right menubar at the beginning, it takes serious delay and results in a blank upper right menubar. Only spotlight icon shows up w/o response. Any idea? Thanks.
[Version 0.9.7a]


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Programhappy had trouble on 19 Sep 2009
To get it to work, I have to reinstall from SIMBL-0.9.6b.pkg every time my computer restarts. Why is SIMBL not starting-up with my machine?

Leopard 10.6.1 on a 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (6 GB memory)
[Version 0.9.6b]

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Programhappy commented on 19 Sep 2009
Problem solved; it was a permissions issue.

Run "Disk Utility" to automatically repair the permissions of /library/LaunchAgents. The permissions will be changed to 755.
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grdloizaga had trouble on 08 Sep 2009
Many users have reported that installing this in Snow Leopard causes a buggy window to appear every time you open an application.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2148682&tstart=0
[Version 0.9.3b]



Abba Shapiro rated on 27 Mar 2013

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GiaMarletta rated on 29 Sep 2011

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Macmade rated on 30 Jan 2011

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Whiterock rated on 29 Jan 2011

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SteveGosselin rated on 29 Jan 2011

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Grayson Manley rated on 04 Jan 2011

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Date:29 Jan 2011
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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.


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