You know what a favicon is, right? We see them everyday. They’re the icons that are used on websites. Mine is an image of Aunty Tera from back in the day. Most websites have such icons and many are easily displayed in a browser tab or browser URL bar.
Unless you use Safari on your Mac. No favicons for you. For whatever reason, favicon icons have come into disfavor in recent years. Maybe because they can be used to track a visitor to a website. Maybe because it wastes bandwidth. Maybe because they’re too small to be of much use.
Whatever the reason, favicons are less visible than in recent years, but very useful– you know, like having color in the Finder or Safari sidebar. Firefox has favicons in the sidebar. They are not visible in a Firefox tab but do show up in Opera tabs. Go figure.
Want those colorful favicons back in Safari? There’s a free Mac utility which kinda sorta mostly gets you there. It’s called Faviconographer: Tab Favicons in Safari for Mac. It’s pretty. But it’s a hack because Apple, for whatever the reason, does not like favicons.
Faviconographer is a little utility that displays Favicons for the tabs you have opened in the current Safari window, just like almost every other browser does it.
This helps you navigate between them more quickly.
That’s the whole idea. Easier, faster navigation between open tab windows. What does Faviconographer look like in Safari on your Mac?
That’s about it. More colorful? Yes. Easier to use to navigate between websites? Yes, though that might depend upon how good the favicon icon is.
Here’s what it looks like in Safari with open tabs displaying DaringFireball.
Faviconographer is from the same developer who publishes Timing, which I use on my Mac.