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Safari

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February 20, 2011    
 
3.8 (1)
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  • Windows
  • Mac

Safari is a Web Browser Software for Windows and Mac created by Apple, Inc.

Apple's Web Surfing Solution the dynamic Safari Web Browser

Apple Inc. had jumped the web browser bandwagon with its own dynamic and fun Safari.  In January 2003, a public beta version of the web browser had been released. During its early beginnings, the Safari could only be installed on computers that run the MAC OS. It was not until June of 2007 that Apple Inc. finally released a version that can run on Windows. Probably because Apple Inc. had exerted an effort to make the software available on both the two most popular operating systems, the Safari had managed to snag the fourth place on most used web browser. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are still some notches ahead.

Safari Summary

Though the Safari is not the most widely used web browser out there, it sure is growing on people who also use other Apple gadgets, such as the iPhone. Now, with the birth of the iPad and iPad2, the Safari should be able to gain more popularity. The web browser is trying to keep up. Its developers are adding some helpful features and trying to fix the numerous bugs that have been uncovered with the use of Safari 3. The later versions of the web browser may not be completely bug free but they are now able to prevent more crashes and can load JavaScript a lot faster.

Safari Features

The Safari web browser is equipped with most of the most well-known web browser features, such as the tabbed viewing, which is almost becoming a browser requirement. The user can also bookmark favorite websites and keep a history of the websites that he has browsed.  There is a text search and support for CSS animation. The Safari also has a private browsing mode and pop-up blockers. Beyond the usual browser features that either MAC or Windows users may expect, there are other features that are originally Safari. The Safari web browser commands a reader mode, which allows the user to focus on his reading without any cluttering and distracting ads and links. It also has a quartz-style font smoothing and expandable text boxes.

Safari User Interface

On the basic front, the Safari has most of the user interface structures that users would expect. There is a bar where the user can type in the URL address.  There are also the usual tools, such as the search engine. The user can further customize the user interface according to his preferences by installing other tools that will be integrated into the tool bar.  The bulk of the page is devoted to the content itself. With the reader mode on, that content area would be further expanded, to remove clutter that can distract the user from reading.

Safari Software Review

The Safari web browser can go from neat to totally clutter-free by switching on the reader mode.  It is a great browser for other Apple Inc. products but has also proven itself to be diverse by being offered to Windows as well. Its capabilities on the Windows OS, however, are a little more limited.  Any which way a user may look like it, Safari at least presents some competition to other more popular web browsers.  It is only about 6 MB in size and can be downloaded for free. However, the user should be wary about the fact that the web browser does set itself as the computer’s default browser without asking for permission. The web browser is a competent and attractive enough competition for Internet Explorer. However, there are still some issues regarding the Safari’s capabilities as a secure browser. So users who put security as a priority when picking a browser may have to look elsewhere or at least wait for an update.

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I find Safari to be a middle of the line web browser. It's not the worst choice, by far. However, it does lack a few things that would make it much better. I have done a fair amount of searching for a great web browser, and used Safari for about 3 months before I decided to move on to the next.

Some things I wanted to see improved: the amount of extras it automatically installs on your system. I did not see a way to opt out of their installation, and I didn't want them. The inconsistency with the speed. Some days it was running very fast and efficient, others it seemed lacking.

On the plus side, it looks nice. It is better than IE and can run at great speeds. I rarely had it freeze and require a reboot. It is very simple to use, and is user friendly. I think it's a strong 3.5/5.
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Reviewed by KelC23 May 25, 2011
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Not the worst, but not my first choice

I find Safari to be a middle of the line web browser. It's not the worst choice, by far. However, it does lack a few things that would make it much better. I have done a fair amount of searching for a great web browser, and used Safari for about 3 months before I decided to move on to the next.

Some things I wanted to see improved: the amount of extras it automatically installs on your system. I did not see a way to opt out of their installation, and I didn't want them. The inconsistency with the speed. Some days it was running very fast and efficient, others it seemed lacking.

On the plus side, it looks nice. It is better than IE and can run at great speeds. I rarely had it freeze and require a reboot. It is very simple to use, and is user friendly. I think it's a strong 3.5/5.

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