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 ====== Why can't I install the Zotero Connector in Safari 12? ====== ====== Why can't I install the Zotero Connector in Safari 12? ======
  
-Apple has discontinued support for full-featured Safari extensions in Safari 12, which is the default browser in macOS 10.14 Mojave ​and also available for Sierra ​and High Sierra.+Apple has discontinued support for full-featured Safari extensions in Safari 12. Safari 11 and earlier no longer receive security updates ​and are no longer safe to use.
  
-Safari 12 can only run Safari App Extensions((Technically,​ Safari 12 will support the older form of extension ​for a while longer ​when distributed through the Safari Extensions Gallery, but approvals can take months, and Apple won't be accepting new versions after December 2018. We don't want to put Safari users in a position where they'​re stuck running old versions of the extension that we're not able to update.))a much more limited type of extension that must be distributed as part of a Mac app in the Mac App Store, which for technical reasons isn't currently a possibility for ZoteroAdditionally,​ whereas ​the previous Zotero Connector for Safari shared a large amount of code with the Zotero Connectors for Chrome and Firefox, creating a Safari App Extension would require a near-complete rewrite of the extension, all to produce a much less featureful extension.+Safari 12 can only run Safari App Extensions,((Technically,​ Safari 12 will continue to support the older form of extension when distributed through the Safari Extensions Gallery, but approvals can take months, and Apple won't be accepting new versions after December 2018. We don't want to put Safari users in a position where they'​re stuck running old versions of the extension that we're not able to update. However, since the underlying functionality is still present, advanced users can continue to run the Zotero Connector by [[https://​forums.zotero.org/​discussion/​comment/​316638/#​Comment_316638|using the Safari developer tools]] to install it on each startup.)) a much more limited type of extension that must be distributed as part of a Mac app in the Mac App Store. ​Whereas ​the previous Zotero Connector for Safari shared a large amount of code with the Zotero Connectors for Chrome and Firefox, creating a Safari App Extension would require a near-complete rewrite of the extension, all to produce a much less featureful extension.
  
-(Note that while Safari 12 describes all extensions using the previous framework as "​unsafe"​ if you try to install them, this is simply a product decision on Apple'​s part. These legacy Safari extensions used an Apple-provided framework and worked ​essentially the same as extensions for Chrome and Firefox.)+(Note that while Safari 12 describes all extensions using the previous framework as "​unsafe"​ if you try to install them, this is simply a product decision on Apple'​s part. These legacy Safari extensions used an Apple-provided framework and worked ​similarly to extensions for Chrome and Firefox.)
  
-For now, we recommend ​using the Zotero ​Connector for Firefox or Chrome instead. You can also use the [[/​downloadbookmarklet|Zotero Bookmarklet]] ​for basic saving from Safari. We hope to offer a better solution for Safari users in the future.+To continue ​using Zotero ​with Safari 12, install ​the [[/​downloadbookmarklet|Zotero Bookmarklet]]. The bookmarklet will allow you to save items to your online library, and Zotero will then [[:sync]] those items down to your computer. We'll soon be releasing an updated version of the Zotero Bookmarklet that will save all webpages and that will allow you to save directly to Zotero on your computer without relying on syncing, along with other improvements. With this updated bookmarklet,​ we hope to offer most of the functionality that was available ​in the previous Safari extension and that would be possible in a Safari App Extension.
  
-See [[https://​forums.zotero.org/​discussion/​72255/​zotero-safari-extension-not-working-with-new-os-beta-10-14|this forum thread]] for further discussion ​on this issue.+Alternatively,​ for the best Zotero experience, we recommend using the Zotero Connector for Firefox or Chrome. Firefox and Chrome provide powerful extension frameworks that allow us to offer advanced functionality such as automatic proxy redirection and automatic RIS/BibTeX interception,​ features that weren'​t possible in Safari even before Apple further restricted what Safari extensions can do. 
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 +See [[https://​forums.zotero.org/​discussion/​72255/​zotero-safari-extension-not-working-with-new-os-beta-10-14|this forum thread]] for further discussion ​of this issue.
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