Google Gears
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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.
What's New
Version 0.5.32: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • Safari 3.1.1 or later








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Cowicide commented on 07 Oct 2011
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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Cowicide reviewed on 13 Feb 2011
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.
[Version 0.5.32]


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Nicolasd commented on 24 Nov 2009
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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Mahojas commented on 03 Oct 2009
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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Mtcobra replied on 18 May 2010
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.
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Cowicide replied on 13 Feb 2011
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.
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Hmfwic commented on 28 Sep 2009
This can't be installed on a Mar 09 iMac running 10.6.1.
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Zo219 commented on 07 Dec 2008
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.
[Version 0.5.4.2]


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Web-Jive commented on 16 Sep 2008
My question is would it allow something like a port of Firebug to Safari?
[Version 0.4.22]

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Mark Everitt replied on 22 Oct 2008
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.
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Orion-Mk.-V replied on 21 Nov 2008
It's not nearly as useful, but X-ray help using Safari:

http://www.westciv.com/xray/
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Mark Everitt replied on 23 Nov 2008
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.
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JazzAddict commented on 27 Aug 2008
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.
[Version 0.3.24.3]

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bousozoku replied on 16 Sep 2008
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.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 16 Sep 2008
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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Uncle Foobar tipped on 02 Jun 2007
the EASY way to get this plugin for FireFox:

Click on the "More Information" button while in Firefox; enable the google site after agreeing to terms as a source of plug ins.

download and reboot firefox.

Share and Enjoy.

Foob
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Version Downloads:2,606
Type:Internet : Plug-ins
License:Free
Date:04 Dec 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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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