So the latest hot thing from Apple is that they released Safari for Windows. Granted, it’s in Beta mode, but I just had to download it and try it.
My first impression is that it, like all the other Apple apps, doesn’t integrate with the theme. I’m running Vista with Aero, and it is obvious which one is the Apple app:
The second thing is that you can’t resize it from the top like every other windows application. You have to resize from the bottom. Rather annoying if the bottom is off the bottom edge of my screen.
Third is that, even with all the claims of speed on the Apple site, it seems to be just about as fast loading the web pages as IE7 and Firefox.
Fourth, see if you can pick out which of the following is a screen grab of CNN’s home page in Safari (versus IE7 and Firefox):
Ok, so it doesn’t look as bad in the screen grabs, but the font is definitely different, and is rather strange to see.
Oooh, when I resize from the bottom, the bottom part of the browser window disappears briefly. Although that could be an Aero thing, I haven’t seen that before, and the solid black iTunes problem I had a few months back doesn’t have my confidence level up. Again, though, it’s a beta, so I won’t fault them for that.
Here’s an interesting bug (maybe). When I type “w” in the browser bar I get:
Even though I’ve only been to CNN’s site. And it can’t be pulling from my other histories – because I don’t go to washingtonpost.com, wired, or several of the other sites.
(Ok, I take that back. After going through all of the letters in the alphabet, some of the sites have to have been pulled from IE, since they are work internal sites. But there are a lot that I’ve never been to or heard of).
Another annoyance – Ctrl-Clicking a link in the Links bar does not open the link in a new tab – in fact, it doesn’t open it at all! And clicking on the URL field doesn’t highlight the entire URL like it does for IE and FF.
Wait. Where’s the drop down of the history of sites? Think this is it?
It’s not. There doesn’t seem to be a way to get at it. And what is this button?
I have no idea. There is no tool-tip. Bug report maybe? Yes. Clicking on it opens a bug report form. Pretty cool – I just wish I knew what it was before clicking on it.
Looks like some sites aren’t going to play nice with it either:
And no, there is no scroll bar on the bottom to scroll back to the left.
Some pluses – Opening a new tab is much faster than IE – about the same as FF. And it correctly places the cursor in the URL field, unlike IE half the time. And most of the sites I visited seemed to work Ok. PDF forms seemed to be fine.
All in all it’s a tough call. I still prefer Firefox as my number one browser, but for number 2 – if I was on a Mac it would be a no brainer. But I really think I’d have to put it as a tie with IE – only because the tabs load quickly. If it weren’t for that, it would definitely drop behind IE. Way behind.
I’ll have to check it out again once it goes out of beta, but it doesn’t look like something I’ll use on a daily basis.