It seems like there are a million different browsers out there and I feel like I’ve tried almost half of them. Some are shockingly fast and some are show; some have a clean, simple interface and some are cluttered; some are extendable and some, not so much. Those exist that are as adamant about their browser as they are there OS, which isn’t a bad thing when one considers that the browser is essentially a gateway to the world via the internet. And we all know how dangerous the internet can be if one doesn’t browse safely and take precautions.
I’ve noted before that I’m predominately an IE8 user because I like the interface and security and because I feel it is tied in closest with Windows 7. Chrome is also a favorite because of their minimalist UI and speed. Apple’s Safari is down there on my list when using Windows 7, but usually my browser of choice when using a Mac, which isn’t often.
Post WWDC keynote for the iPhone 4, Apple released their brand new Safari version 5. They’ve added some improvements and new features and this version is supposed to be faster than before. Here is a list of features and improvements:
Perhaps my favorite feature in Safari 5 is the reader view. Basically, when you visit a webpage with an article, there will be a Reader button that will appear in the address bar. When you click the Reader button, a reader window will hover over the open window with a text and image only copy of the article, essentially eliminating advertisements and things that can clutter. Controls for the reader let you email, print, zoom and change the size of the text.
We’ve all heard Apple standing on their soapbox preaching their version of what web standards should be and this new Safari is no exception. They have improved support for the HTML 5 standard without the need for third-party plug-ins. Here is a page which lets you play with HTML 5 demos for the new browser.
Like the coming iPhone 4, Apple has added Bing search to their new browser.
Safari has also added features like: A “smarter” address field bar, tabs settings, DNS prefetching, improved caching and an improved web inspector. Safari 5 has also added multiple thumbnail support for the Windows 7 taskbar, but still no jumplist support.
If you don’t have a weird phobia of visiting Apple’s website, you can navigate through all the “magical”, “revolutionary” objects on their page and download Safari 5 here.