Apple Updates Safari to 5.1. Includes Many Major Improvements, including Reading List and Resume!
Apple’s browser has been updated today, and has received a pretty decent update. As you may know by now, Mac OS X Lion came out yesterday offering many innovative features that many Mac users just love so far! Safari, however, was just the same until now.
The new Safari 5.1 update includes Reading List, which allows you to save webpages for later viewing all in one convenient list (different than bookmarks, which people typically use to quickly visit sites they frequently visit. It includes the new Resume feature from Lion (in case you are still running Snow Leopard anyways), which will allow Safari to open to where you left off, exactly as you left off (there was a way to do this before, but this is better). It also has fixes for privacy, especially when concerning the removal of data which websites (like this one) leave in your browser when you leave (cookies, for example). Note that if you do decide to remove a bunch of stuff this way, your experience on certain web pages may be effected.
Here’s the full change log from Apple. You can access the update right from the Software Update function on your Mac.
This update contains new features including:
- Reading List: Easily add webpages and links to your Reading List to browse when you have time.
- New Process Architecture: Safari has been re-engineered for improved stability and responsiveness.
- Resume: In the General pane of Safari preferences, you can now choose to launch Safari with the windows from your last browsing session.
- Better Privacy: A new Privacy pane in Safari preferences makes it easy to remove data that websites can leave on your system.
Other improvements include:
- Private AutoFill: Safari lets you fill out forms quickly while keeping your personal information private.
- Find Option: When you use Find, you can choose whether you want to search for text that contains or starts with the text that you type in the search field.
- Drag-and-drop Downloads: You can drag items out of the Downloads window in Safari, so you can easily place downloaded files on the Desktop.
- Advanced Web Technologies: Safari introduces support for full-screen webpages, media caching with the HTML5 application cache, MathML, Web Open Font Format, CSS3 Auto-hyphenation, CSS3 Vertical Text, CSS3 Text Emphasis, Window.onError, and Formatted XML files.
- New Extension APIs: Developers can take advantage of new Safari Extension support for popovers, menus, new event classes, and interaction with Reader.
For more information about improvements to stability, compatibility and usability, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4611
For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222