I created an energy-efficient, native Content Blocker for Safari. It’s free while in beta!
Like many of you on-the-go, I’m trying to keep my Mac running cool and charged all day. Using Safari with Content Blocker(s) can make browsing faster and more energy efficient by preventing aggressive ads, trackers, and other annoyances (e.g. in-page popups) from loading.
After I got my new MacBook Air, I really started to notice how wasteful other blockers were, in terms of memory and CPU usage. They sometimes even made the fans on my Mac start spinning, which meant that my battery’s charge was being rapidly depleted.
That’s why I created [RadBlock](https://radblock.app). It:
* Blocks content based definitions maintained large community ([EasyList](https://easylist.to))
* Updates its definitions automatically (with your consent)
* Doesn’t have access to your data
* Is completley free while it’s in beta
RadBlock is also very minimal: it only has a preferences window, which matches Safari’s aesthetic. You can set it up once and totally forget about it.
RadBlock is currently in a *closed beta*, but it’s really simple to get an invite. Simply follow [@RadBlockApp](https://twitter.com/RadBlockApp) on Twitter, and you’ll get a DM once there’s a spot available.
If you’re not on Twitter, or would rather not join the waiting list, no problem! I plan on rolling out a public beta soon (but don’t have a timeline for that quite yet). Once it’s out of beta, it’ll be available on the Mac App Store.
If you want more information, you can check out the fancy [radblock.app](https://radblock.app) site. A full introduction is available in the [RadBlock blog](https://radblock.app/blog/introducing-radblock/).
Have a nice weekend! 🤙