While the update of Safari 5 didn’t quite make the cut for the WWDC Keynote, it is still worth mentioning, Safari 5 is still a solid update which focuses on speed, readable pages, better tabbed browsing, future extension support.
So whats new in Safari 5?
The first major update you will notice when firing up Safari 5 is Safari Reader,which appears in the form of a button in the Smart Address Field. While it isn’t always present, it does appear while browsing certain web pages, such as blogs or other website which are very text filled. When you click the reader button, “you get a text-focused, center-aligned, print-friendly view of the main article/post text, with its own scroll bars and email/print buttons.”
Search-able Address Field
This new function will be of great importance to those of us who suffer from short term memory…. wait what I can writing about? No really though, if you cant remember the URL of the site you were visiting, but can remember a part of the title of the site, then just enter what you can remember, and Safari will match it up from your history or bookmarks.
New Tabs by Default
We have waited a long time, but finally it is here, the new Tabs functions, finally you can force Safari to make all new windows open up inside tabs, regardless of sizing or layout.
A few other items of note in Safari 5:
- Bing offered as search option: In case Google or Yahoo weren’t your thing.
- Hardware Acceleration for Windows: Web videos and other heavy content can now use your graphics card for smoother performance.
- Better Web Inspector: For those building sites and wondering how their site could run better.
Safari 5 is a free download for Windows and Mac systems. Both can grab it at Apple’s Safari page, but Mac users can also go the System Update route.
The requirements call for:
- Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or later,
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 or later,
- Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.
So share your feelings if you downloaded Safari 5, did you notice any performance improvements?