See what’s new in Safari 5…

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

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?

Safari Reader

First Look at What's 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

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

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

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

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.

Layout and JavaScript Engines

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

Apple is strongly advertising the speed and performance boost that Safari has gained, more specifically the JavaScript engine which Apple claims now surpasses Chrome. Several sites have tested this to see if it is true or not, and Lifehacker found that “On a new 15″ MacBook Pro, a quick Dromaeo run showed Safari running JavaScript at a good clip faster than Chrome or most of its competitors—except perhaps Opera, at least in our own tests.”

Other Updates

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?

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