Review: Safari 5 Brings Reader, Extensions and More to Your Web Experience
Posted on June 8, 2010 by eli courey
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 MacDaddyNews.com. 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 is available as a free download for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, Windows XP, Vista and 7.