Apr 27 2009
Don the pith helmets, it’s time to take Jaguar on Safari. Steve may have taken the crowd at MacWorld by surprise, but we’ve had some time to tinker with Apple’s answer to Internet Explorer.
On my 867 Quicksilver, Safari made game of Internet Explorer and even caught Chimera. Launch time and load time are faster than anything on my system.
Safari has quite a few features on IE, one of which is support for Favicons (those nifty icons that show up in the address bar). Also included is text spell checking, something only found in OnmiWeb. Add on pop-up blocking, SnapBack and Google built-in and you have quite the browsing experience.
Chimera Navigator, my pick for 2002′s best browser, still has a few advantages like tabbed browsing and Keychain support, but Safari is still in beta. A handy “bug” button lets you submit bugs, but don’t forget to submit those feature requests.
Here are a few tips for those of you joining the Safari:
- Don’t forget to turn on pop-up blocking. Safari can dodge unwanted pop-ups, but only if you activate it on the Safari menu (or by pressing Command-K).
- Command-click opens a link in a new window, option-click to download a link’s source. [NOTE: This feature has been reported to case data loss.]
- Option-shift-A opens the “Activity Window” that lists current process.
- While Safari only supports importing IE bookmarks, bookmarks from some other browsers can be dragged into the bookmark window. [UPDATE: Chimera users: check out this utility for migrating Chimera bookmarks to Safari!]
In an update that went pretty much unnoticed, Apple released a beta of its new AppleScript editor. Now OS X native, it also sports a new interface, find and replace and support for plug-ins.
Apple also released X11 for OS X (public beta). This is full, side-by-side support for running X Windows applications, enabling you to install a slew of free apps without a nasty installation process.
Well, thatÃs our look at Safari and friends. Enjoy your browsing and please, donÃt feed the animals.
Until next week,