Here are some screenshots of Safari HD sent in by our reader Victor S.
Our other reader, Nick D. , went even further and sent us a video of it running on his Apple TV.
We’d like to thank both readers for going out of their way to respond to our request. If you would like to share screen shots or video with other readers, please do not hesitate to send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org .
3 cheers for Brandon Holland! Safari HD is officially released. Now you can browse the web right on your big screen TV from the comfort of your couch.
Safari HD is available for both Apple TV 1.1 and 2.0. All you need is an ssh-enabled Apple TV. The installer script should take care of installing all the components for you. It’s pretty straight-forward, really!
To use the 2.0 version, you first need to do a safe update from version 1.1 of the Apple TV software to 2.0. Currently, there is no way to directly patch the Apple TV via the PatchStick method once you have updated to 2.0. The instructions on how to do a safe update is available on AwkwardTV.org here.
The plugin also comes with a Bookmark file called Bookmarks.plist so you can add bookmarks for use with Safari HD.
For those that downloaded the files from our site before they were available officially (you know who you are), please download and install again. Brandon has since fixed the problems found in the 1.1 version of the software.
By the way, Brandon has put in a lot of time into this plugin. We encourage that if you find his software useful, please make donations to Brandon. It will only keep good quality software like this one coming.
Safari HD Installer for version 1.1
Safari HD Installer for version 2.0
Safari HD 1.1 core files
Let us know of your experience. We can’t wait to hear from you.
A note to Brandon. Hey, maybe you can work on a visualizer next.
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Thanks in advance.
[Update 2] All links removed to comply with Apple’s lawyers requests.
UPnP Media Servers have been around for awhile now. You can store all kinds of media like photos, music and video files on them. It is just a convenient way to store all your media files and have them accessible from anywhere on your network. Of course, you do need a UPnP client to access these servers. These clients are available on many hardware and software platforms but so far none for the Apple TV. Well, thanks to Bruno Keymolen, the Apple TV is no longer left out.
Introducing Home MediaCloud, a UPnP Client for the Apple TV. Now, not only can you access those media files from your PS3, Xbox 360, Macs and other devices, you can do it via the Apple TV too.
Like most hacks available here, you do need an ssh-enabled Apple TV (with software version 1.1). You also need to install a few libraries in order to get it to work. And, lastly, to support a wide range of video formats, it is advised that you also install Perian and Flip4Mac on your Apple TV.
Any questions or suggestions, you can contact Bruno directly.
In an interview with Skype’s Halina Mugame, Brandon Holland, the developer of the upcoming Skype plugin for the Apple TV, mentioned that he will release his long-awaited plugin to the public today (February 1st, 2008).
Some of us have already caught a glimpse of the upcoming plugin in action when he published a video of it on his web site.Â We just can’t wait.
One minor complaint about Brandon’s interview with Skype.Â At the end of the interview, he thanked Awkward TV, Alan Quatermain and God, which we are all in favor.Â But what about us, Brandon?Â We’re the one promoting your work everywhere for you.
Just kidding, Brandon.Â Anyway, all of us are looking forward to your plugin.