When I first came across Helvetireader, I thought it was the greatest thing. It basically re-skins Google Reader's interface in a much more minimal and beautiful interface.

However, there was a catch: no easy way to use it in Safari. Sure, you could install it as a user stylesheet, but you can only have one of those at a time. Using Firefox or Chrome didn't cut it for me, nor using Fluid (it might for you).

Then came Safari 5 with it's extensions. A lot of great extensions are available now, including one User CSS. With this extension, you can have as many user stylesheets as you want, each restricted to a subset of websites. This is great, I thought to myself. Then I remembered Helvetireader.

Long story short, I can now use Helvetireader with ease. Here's how to do it:

  1. Get User CSS. Install it by double-clicking the downloaded file.

  2. Go to the User CSS Manager and fill these fields in:

    • Name: Helvetireader (or something else if you so desire)
    • Domains: http://*.google.com/reader/view/* (or something to that effect)
  3. For the "Styles" field, download the Helvetireader stylesheet and paste all the code in.

Here's a screen shot of it Helvetireader in Safari 5:

Helvetireader in Safari 5

And that's it. Now you can enjoy reading your RSS feeds in minimal, helvetica bliss.