By now we’ve all seen the comparison numbers and most likely have played with the Safari browser on our own computers. And true to the promise, this is one fast browser.
Who says speed doesn’t matter? Well, not me. I work online everyday, and having Web pages quickly snap on to my screen definitely makes work more enjoyable. I’m using it right now to write this weblog using our Web-based publishing system.
I also like the look of the interface. It’s clean and the typography is attractive. The SnapBack feature is very useful. When I first land at a top-level page, knowing that I’m going to be drilling down into the site, I choose “Mark Page for SnapBack.” Then no matter how far I meander, I just have to hit the orange arrow in the URL pane of the browser to return to the marked page.
Speaking of the URL pane, the aqua blue status indicator that moves from left to right as the page loads is quite creative, and attractive.
Safari automatically imports your IE bookmarks for you. To access them, simply go to “Show All Bookmarks,” then open the “Imported IE Favorites” folder. They’re all there waiting for you.
I’ve arranged them in folders by topic, then dragged the folders up to Bookmarks Bar. The title of the folder appears with a “down arrow” beside it. Just click on the arrow, and all the bookmarks in that folder appear as a drop down menu. Very nice.
I’m also very happy to have built-in spell checking (for online writing such as this weblog). Go to Edit –> Spelling and choose Check Spelling as You Type.”
The Google integration is a good addition. And I love that the text automatically wraps within the window when I select “View Source.”
I’ve noticed that Safari does have a problem when I’m adding information to certain types of text fields, depending on how the page is designed, and because bug reports are so easy to file, I haven’t hesitated to let the Apple engineers know.
Overall, I think the beta version of Safari is strong. If Apple continues to show the intelligence and discipline with this software that they have so far, I think it will become the primary browser for many Mac users.