The browser formerly known as Safari HD is now “Couch Surfer”

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 22, 2008

After a little run in with the lawyers from Apple concerning the the name and the logo of “Safari HD”, Brandon has decided to change the name of his immensely popular browser plugin to “Couch Surfer” along with a new logo.

The files are listed below.  Download away!

URGENT! No more Safari HD

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 21, 2008

Brandon informed me to take down the Safari HD files from our server.  Apple’s lawyers have contacted him and expressed their concerns about the name and the logo of the plugin.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Site reorganization

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 21, 2008

I’ve been putting this off for too long.   The complaints have been mounting about how hard it is to find the information you need.   And the absent of forums is also forcing our readers to communicate via comments instead.

So I am now in the process of reorganizing the content of the site to make it easier to find what you need.  I will also be installing a bulletin board software so our readers can finally communicated more effectively.  If I have time, I might even start a video  podcast explaining all the different hacks available on the site.

The goal here is make things easier on you, the readers.  Hacking the Apple TV should be fun and not something to lose sleep about.

Just be patient.

Safari HD Updates

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 19, 2008

safari hd updated Safari HD Updates

Even more love from Brandon.

He has just updated Safari HD with the ability to access http password protected sites. So for those of you that have already downloaded the previous version, try again.

The URLs are still the same:

  • Safari HD Installer for version 1.1
  • Safari HD Installer for version 2.0
  • Safari HD 1.1 core files

Now go and get some sleep, Brandon. Don’t tire yourself out.

[Update] All links removed to comply with Apple’s lawyers requests.

Safari HD screen shots and video

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 19, 2008

We asked and you delivered.

Here are some screenshots of Safari HD sent in by our reader Victor S.

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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 submission@appletvhacks.net .

Safari HD is now available

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 17, 2008

safari hd available Safari HD is now available

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.

[Update] For those who have already installed Safari HD, send us some screen shots of it running on your Apple TV. We would like to share them with the other readers of the site. Send them to submission@appletvhacks.net .

Thanks in advance.

[Update 2] All links removed to comply with Apple’s lawyers requests.

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