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kb:safari_compatibility [2019/09/21 14:35]
dstillman [Additional Details]
kb:safari_compatibility [2020/06/06 12:58]
dstillman [Additional Details]
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 ====== Zotero Connector and Safari 13 ====== ====== Zotero Connector and Safari 13 ======
  
-The Zotero Connector ​for Safari is currently unavailable ​for download, and existing installations will stop working if you upgrade to Safari ​13 and/or macOS Catalina. Existing installations will continue to work in Safari ​12.+**A [[https://​forums.zotero.org/​discussion/​80255/​available-for-beta-testing-zotero-connector-for-safari-13/p1|beta version of the Zotero Connector for Safari ​13]] is available.**
  
-We're currently ​working on a new version of the Zotero ​Connector ​to support Safari users going forward, ​and we hope to have it available ​in fall 2019. Follow [[https://​twitter.com/​zotero|@zotero on Twitter]] for updates.+There'currently ​an issue where the Zotero ​beta may need to be redownloaded ​and reinstalled into Applications after an app update ​to restore the Zotero Connector functionality ​in Safari.
  
-In the meantime, we suggest ​saving ​via the Zotero Connector for Chrome or Firefox, [[:​adding_items_to_zotero#​add_item_by_identifier|Add Item by Identifier]] within Zotero itself, or [[/​save|zotero.org/​save]].+Unless you're comfortable running beta software, we recommend ​saving ​using the Zotero Connector for Chrome or Firefox, [[:​adding_items_to_zotero#​add_item_by_identifier|Add Item by Identifier]] within Zotero itself, or [[/​save|zotero.org/​save]]
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 +Follow [[https://​twitter.com/​zotero|@zotero on Twitter]] for updates.
  
 ===== Additional Details ===== ===== Additional Details =====
  
-In Safari ​13, Apple is discontinuing ​support for the original type of Safari extension, ​which affects ​the Zotero Connector and many other extensions.+While Zotero has offered a Zotero Connector for Safari ​for many yearsin Safari 13 Apple discontinued ​support for the original type of Safari extension, ​causing ​the Zotero Connector and many other extensions ​to no longer work.
  
-These Safari extensions, which work similarly to extensions for Chrome and Firefox, ​are being phased out in favor of Safari App Extensions, a much more limited type of extension that must be distributed as part of a Mac app. Legacy Safari extensions will no longer work in Safari 13.+These Safari extensions, which worked ​similarly to extensions for Chrome and Firefox, ​were discontinued ​in favor of Safari App Extensions, a much more limited type of extension that must be distributed as part of a Mac app.
  
-We're working on a Safari App Extension version of the Zotero Connector. Unfortunatelydespite their limited functionality, Safari ​App Extensions require significant development time that isn't required for browsers used by many more usersso we've had to balance it with other development demands.+We invested significant resources building ​a Safari App Extension version of the Zotero Connector, ​but due to what we believe to be a bug in macOSZotero app updates can cause the extension to become permanently disabled in Safari, ​requiring the Zotero app to be deleted from Applications and reinstalled. We're hoping ​to find a workaround for this problem, but until then, the new extension will remain available only as part of the [[:​dev_builds|Zotero beta]].
  
-For the best Zotero experience, you may wish to use the Zotero Connector for Chrome or Firefox instead. Chrome and Firefox provide powerful extension frameworks that allow us to offer advanced functionality such as automatic proxy detection and automatic RIS/BibTeX import, features that weren'​t possible in Safari even before Apple further restricted what Safari extensions can do.+Due to this problem and the general limitations of Safari App Extensions, for the best Zotero experience, you may wish to use the Zotero Connector for Chrome or Firefox instead. Chrome and Firefox provide powerful extension frameworks that allow us to offer advanced functionality such as automatic proxy detection and automatic RIS/BibTeX import, features that weren'​t possible in Safari even before Apple further restricted what Safari extensions can do.
  
 Note that Zotero is, to our knowledge, the only tool of its kind that has offered a dedicated extension for Safari instead of a much more limited bookmarklet. While Zotero offers a [[/​download/​bookmarklet|bookmarklet]] as well, the "​Intelligent Tracking Prevention"​ in the latest versions of Safari can prevent the bookmarklet from working properly as it does in other browsers, so the bookmarklet may not serve as a suitable alternative at this time. Note that Zotero is, to our knowledge, the only tool of its kind that has offered a dedicated extension for Safari instead of a much more limited bookmarklet. While Zotero offers a [[/​download/​bookmarklet|bookmarklet]] as well, the "​Intelligent Tracking Prevention"​ in the latest versions of Safari can prevent the bookmarklet from working properly as it does in other browsers, so the bookmarklet may not serve as a suitable alternative at this time.
  
-See [[https://​forums.zotero.org/​discussion/​72255/​zotero-safari-extension-not-working-with-safari-12/​p1|this forum thread]] for further discussion of this issue.+{{tag>kb basics}}
kb/safari_compatibility.txt · Last modified: 2020/07/05 15:26 by dstillman