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Tuesday, June 19

Safari So Goody?

I thought I would mention the Apple Safari web browser, which you can install from here. There's no doubt about it. It makes your PC look like it's got a Mac browser running on it. There are a few key differences that makes this potentially a better browser:
  • Rendering - it makes the fonts look more rounded and more like the printed page
  • Compatibility - it actually has a good crack at running scripts on the page - it manages to make my "tag line" come up for the Incredible.org.uk website, which IE can't (probably due to a script error of mine)
  • Window behaviour - little tabs kind of flip over and behave all Mac-ey
  • Support - there's a nifty feature for reporting bugs to Apple and it feels like they care
  • Speed of execution - it claims to launch faster and run faster
Realistically, though, some of these positives are fairly not-so-positive. I can't say I've noticed any real improvement in performance. The screen rendering is pretty, but perhaps no better than that of Windows - potentially a little worse for on-screen reading. It's hard to say. Unfamiliarity is a bad thing. The fact that windows can only be resized from the bottom right hand corner is bad (and suggests something about a lack of understanding of Fitt's law). Erm... I'm nonplussed. I could live with Safari, but I see no reason to ditch IE.

Screen shots of Incredible.org.uk from the two.

Safari

Internet Explorer

So if you want to be a Mac bigot, then you can sit with Safari and Quicktime on your PC and waste all of our lives. I always preferred David Mitchell anyway. So I won't be rubbing myself into an aesthetic stupour over this new contribution from Apple into the whole shallow world of pointless prettiness.

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