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Yesterday I wrote about how I was hoping for an awesome new Safari 7 at WWDC. The good news is that it was talked about, but it’s those little features like reopen closed tabs and private browsing that I won’t know about until I get to use it.
I was informed however that the upgraded web inspector is in the works and you can actually test it now in WebKit.
As you can see, they added icons and labels so developers can better understand what the options are. At quick glance, there appears to be some nice new features as well. I haven’t tested them yet, but the overall look makes it feel so much better.
WWDC is upon us and I always hold out hope that Apple is going to release a kick ass Safari update. Something that takes Apple’s awesome design and functionally skills and makes a better browser.
Now Safari 6 isn’t horrible, it’s actually a pretty darn good browser. However, there are a few things that make it hard to use.
Reopen Closed Tab Shortcut
Every other browser makes it easy to re-open a closed tab by hitting Shift + Command + T. Safari however decided that it should just be Command + Z; undo. That makes sense in some scenarios, but tab history should not be tied into the clipboards history. Functionally, that just doesn’t work.
I tested four browsers with the SunSpider tests and it turns out that Firefox 5 was faster than Chrome, Safari and Opera. This was quite surprising to me as it beat out Chrome but quite a bit. It’s also interesting how far behind Safari is.
Opera 10.5 – 534.0ms +/- 1.4%
Chrome 12 – 524.6ms +/- 4.6%
Safari 5.0.5 – 566.9ms +/- 4.2%
Firefox 5 – 448.8ms +/- 0.9%
Now the tests aren’t scientific by any means, but they do represent my computer on a normal day. I’d suggest you run them for yourself and see what you come out with.
It seems that I can’t find a browser that is perfect. I try them all, I love parts of them all, and there are always things I don’t like.
With Chrome, its startup speed is annoying me. It takes a while to do something on startup and I’m not sure what that is. I think it’s loading the start page images, but whatever it is, its been taking to long. It seems you can’t go anywhere until it’s got that thing done so I’m stuck wanting to go somewhere, but can’t.
So I switched to Safari.
If you’re like me and you need to access multiple accounts on the same service, like different Gmail or Twitter accounts, on a daily basis, logging in and out gets to be a pain. You could always just open up a different browser, but that’s annoying too.
Google Chrome however has a good work around as you can use private browsing to login to multiple accounts without ever having to log out of your current account.
Basically, when you start a new incognito (private) window in Google Chrome, you get a fresh start. You’re not logged into anything which is very handy. You can then log into a different Google, Twitter, Facebook or whatever account you want to.
Sometimes I like Safari, sometimes Firefox, Camino, Chrome or one of the others. I like to try out different browsers in hopes that I’ll find that one I love.
One browser I’ve started really liking is Stainless. Stainless is a Mac browser that runs off of Safari’s rendering engine, but has its own personality.
Stainless features include:
The bookmarks are in a vertical bar on the left side of the screen and they are just favicons so they take up much less room. It’s a new approach to bookmarks that focuses on the favicon and I love it.
Are you uber excited for the new Safari 4 beta from Apple? However, on install all it does is bounce and crash? I’ve been having the issue under 10.5.6 and the fix is simple; remove your Safari addons!
Step 1 – Uninstall Safari 4 beta and revert back to Safari 3. If you still have Safari 3, then you’re good to go.
Note: You don’t have to reinstall Safari 3, it should just come back when you uninstall Safari 4 beta.
Step 2 – Go to Safari -> Preferences and look for any addons like…
Granted, this is no professional test. Firefox 2 has the most extensions on my computer and that could cause slowness. There are always a lot of factors to take into consideration, but this is what my tests show.
Are you constantly checking or updating your Facebook profile? Do you like to be up to date on all your friends? Are you having difficulty finding a nice Facebook Dashboard widget? Stop looking and create one now!
It’s really simple. All you need is Safari 3 and a Mac. Here’s how to do it.
- Go to iphone.facebook.com in Safari 3.
- Make your browser window as small as you can horizontally and as short as you’d like vertically. Make adjustments based on your personal likes.
Ever since I upgraded to Leopard, my Safari has had an odd font issue. I ignored it for a while and even once thought it was coded that way on websites. Now I’m just getting more annoyed.
Check out the screen shot I took from wordpress.org. >
See how bold words are showing up in a weird font? I checked my appearance settings in Safari’s preferences and that looks OK. I’ve also used OnyX to run all maintenance scripts and that didn’t help either.