NightShift
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NightShift automatically downloads and updates WebKit, the Safari HTML rendering engine, to the latest nightly version. No user intervention is required, everything is fully automated.
  • Downloads WebKit nightly build from Web server
  • Mounts the disk image
  • Creates a backup of the previous version on disk
  • Copies the new nightly build to its default location
  • Launches the new version of WebKit
  • Option to undo latest install and revert to last version
  • Option to show the change log for past week
What's New
Version 1.6:
  • Downloads the new numbered nightlies
  • Removed the change log option (use the RSS feed instead)
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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ver. 1.x:
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thajeztah reviewed on 04 Feb 2009
Now that recent webkit builds have an update-feature built-in, I will no longer be using Nightshift.

However, having used this program for the last couple of years I decided to post a 5 star rating to thank the developer of this small, handy application.

Much appreciated!
[Version 1.6]


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brentrn commented on 22 Apr 2008
The Webkit URL preference within NightShift needs to be changed to: http://nightly.webkit.org/builds/latest/mac

It works great after making this change
[Version 1.6]


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Satcomer commented on 18 Mar 2008
Application works great at getting the latest WebKit.
[Version 1.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 31 Oct 2005
Installed and works without a problem even though it's stated that it requires OS 10.4 or greater and my OS is 10.3.9
[Version 1.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Oct 2005
Tried to run 1.2.1, but it stalled on the last step (installing the nightly build) with an applescript error "Volumes://.app not found."

Located a copy of 1.2.0 on the dev's website, and it seems to run fine. I'll stick with that till the problem's resolved. I'm using latest everything (OS, equipment, etc).

As for the product itself, I can't really tell that much difference from the stock Safari but the pages do seem to load a bit speedier, which is nice. For those who don't mind being on the bleeding edge (and taking a chance that a bad nightly could cause browsing issues), this is really quite handy.
[Version 1.2.1]

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Anonymous commented on 18 Oct 2005
This error pops up if the text fields for disk and application names in the preferences panel are empty. Click on Get URL and select the WebKit version you want. This will also fill in the proper disk and app names.
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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Oct 2005
webkit won't launch for me. it bounces in the dock and never gets launched. Anybody know why???
[Version 1.2.1]

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Anonymous commented on 17 Oct 2005
I've had the same problem for a while now - I have some 'extras' on my Safari like Saft and SafariStand which *may* be the problem, if WebKit is trying to load them - haven't disabed them to test that theory yet though. Please post if you figure something out on your end.
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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Sep 2005
So far, so good. These nightly builds actually render pages better and seem to make Safari run better. Kudos to the Nightshift team.
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Sep 2005
er...what changes does this make then?

i mean, does it alter safari or will i only see changes if i use the webkit browser as that just seems to crash when opened.

and are widgets affected?
[Version 1.1]

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Anonymous commented on 03 Sep 2005
The answers to your questions are in the ReadMe. In a nutshell, your Safari application remains completely untouched. When you launch WebKit, you are actually just launching a little script that tells your original Safari to use the new WebKit rendering engine rather than the default one that is located in your system frameworks.
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Anonymous commented on 03 Sep 2005
i read the readme a few times over but i must have missed something.

if i launch webkit it bounces for a bit then dissapears without the arrow in the dock being shown. then it tells me that safari has crashed. is this normal behaviour?

thanks for the help
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Anonymous commented on 03 Sep 2005
No, that is not normal. It indicates that you might have a conflict with either some of the Safari add-ons (maybe saft or PithHelmet, etc.) or a conflict with Unsanity haxies...
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Anonymous commented on 06 Sep 2005
yeah that could be it. im running saft at the moment with the windowshade, slider and fruitmenu haxies.

shame they all can't be used at the same time :(
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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jul 2005
Whenever NightShift downloads a new version of WebKit.app the icon is missing (it's the default app icon)!

I have to get info on the app, click the icon and then cut, past and cut again to get the proper gold rimmed icon.

Weird.
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Jul 2005
no funktion.

if I start Nightshift, nothing happens. I can see the Icon of the application also I can see the menu, but they don't have any funktion. I can't change the settings because the settings window is invisible.

what's wrong? do somebody have any idea???
[Version 1.1]

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Anonymous commented on 15 Jul 2005
This sounds very much like the dreaded Quark Express Scripting Additions problem. Remove that scripting addition and you should see the window again.
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DesterWallaboo had trouble on 31 Aug 2009
There is a an issue with 10.6 Snow Leopard and NightShift.... it will download Webkit builds fine, but it is unable to overwrite the old version of Webkit. It keeps getting Applescript errors.
[Version 1.6]


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lactoso had trouble on 12 Jun 2007
Anyone know where I can get a copy of this? The developer's website has exceeded their alloted bandwidth. :-(
[Version 1.5]


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koodough had trouble on 08 Jan 2007
Umm? Is NightShift not suppose to have any windows at all. On start up the application doesn't do anything. I don't get a window and the read me from the help menu won't work. I download another NightShift 1.5 and I still get the same results.
I'm running a Powerbook Ti 1 Ghz OS X 10.4.8
I went though the read me that was with the app and I still can't get the window I see from the screenshots.
NOTE: I can get the window File>About NightShift to work.
[Version 1.5]


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Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
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Date:30 Jun 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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NightShift automatically downloads and updates WebKit, the Safari HTML rendering engine, to the latest nightly version. No user intervention is required, everything is fully automated.
  • Downloads WebKit nightly build from Web server
  • Mounts the disk image
  • Creates a backup of the previous version on disk
  • Copies the new nightly build to its default location
  • Launches the new version of WebKit
  • Option to undo latest install and revert to last version
  • Option to show the change log for past week


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