Initial Impressions of Safari on Windows

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Posted on June 12, 2007 10:37 PM in Browsers
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I'm posting this from the beta release of Safari 3 for Windows. I haven't had a whole lot of time to play around with it, but these are some of my initial impressions:

  • The download was around 8.0MB, which is decent considering how bloated iTunes is on Windows.
  • Seeing the chrome show up was disappointing, simply because it's so Mac-ish. I should have expected it, I suppose, given the Mac-ishness of iTunes, but seeing menus, scrollbars and form fields that I'd see on a Mac just doesn't feel right to me when running an application on Vista.
  • I'm not a big fan of the default font-smoothing. The navigation tabs on this site end up looking really bold and a lot of the <h1> elements on my websites just seem off.
  • Font sizes seem to be hit-and-miss. The font size in the search box over at Google is a good example.
  • It's nice to see that some of the common key-combos I'm used to (from using Firefox) still apply, e.g. CTRL-K.
  • There was an orange curly arrow that appeared to the right of the address bar at one point (next to the blue, now non-standard RSS button), and clicking on it made it go away, but I'm not quite sure what else happened.
  • Text selection, at least in the address bar, seems to be funky. At least two or three times I tried to click-and-drag the entire URI in the address bar and only managed to select a portion of it. Guess I would need to stick with the triple-click in that case.

That's about it for now. I may play around with it some more, but I guess we'll just have to see.

Have you given Safari a try on Windows? If so, what did you think?


Catalog Design on June 19, 2007 at 6:26 AM:

When you choose a bookmark or type a URL it will be set as the snapback page. If you click the snapback button at the entry point page, it would appear to do nothing because it would snap you back to the same page you were on.

Ways to use Snapback:
After a google search, the results page will be set as the snapback page. You can follow one of the links to a site, do your reasearch then then use the Snapback button to get back to the search results.

You can set a page for snapback by using Command-Option-K (shortcut on Mac, not sure of the PC shortcut) or go to History > "Mark Page for SnapBack."


Indianapolis Web Design on June 19, 2007 at 6:26 AM:

The orange curly arrow that you mentioned is the "Snapback" button. It allows you to jump back to your original entry point on a website. For instance, I found your site by doing a search for "grey gray" on Google. After reading that article I went to your home page and then to this page. If I were to click the Snapback button it would return me to the "Grey Gray" article.


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