Review: Safari 5 Brings Reader, Extensions and More to Your Web Experience

Posted on June 8, 2010 by

Apple upgraded their Safari web browser to version 5 yesterday.  Safari 5 brings some great new features and an even faster web experience.

One of the big new features in Safari 5 is Reader.  Reader lets you quickly remove any visual distractions and ads from online articles.  Safari will automatically detect if a web page is an article and place a Reader icon in the address field.  Once you click the Reader icon, the article appears instantly in a clutter-free view.  You can also change the font size and Reader will remember it the next time you view an article.  Besides giving you a cleaner reading experience, it also lets you see every page of the article in one continuous view.  Once you try Safari Reader, you will be hooked!

Another big new feature in Safari 5 is Extensions.  This feature, which was already available on Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox, lets developers enhance and customize the browsing experience.  With extensions, you could add a Gmail shortcut button to the toolbar that also tells how many new emails you have.  Another example could be custom search bars, like Amazon or IMDB.  Just make sure you don’t install too many or it might start looking like Internet Explorer on a malware infected Windows 7 computer.  The Safari Extensions Gallery will be available later this summer.

Another new feature I’ve been enjoying is that the address auto-completion now remembers page titles as well as addresses.  For example, you could type “Safari 5” in the address field to revisit this article instead of  It makes finding specific articles or pages you’ve already accesses much easier and without the need to browse or search your history.

Safari 5 also has support for the latest HTML5 features, a faster JavaScript engine and DNS prefetching to make links on pages load instantly.

Safari 5 is available as a free download for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Comments (3)


  1. app4that says:

    Actually. Truly. Useful.

    By God Apple – This is something I didn’t know I needed until I tried it… Google Chrome is going to be very lonely now, since I’ll be playing with Safari 5 just for this feature.

  2. vincent says:

    Yeah, Safari Reader is awesome!

  3. eli says:

    I’ve had some people tell me that they couldn’t get any Safari windows to open or pages to load after upgrading to version 5. This is most likely because of incompatible plugins. Go on hour hard drive to “Macintosh HD>Library>Applications Support>SIMBL>Plugins” and move everything in the Plugins folder to a folder on your desktop. Then try opening Safari 5 and see if it works. If it does, you can try moving plugins back into the Plugins folder individually to see which ones work, but most likely they won’t. One plugin a lot of people have had issues with is called CosmoPod.

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