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Safari 1.2.3

5 Star Pick
License:Freeware OS:Mac OS X 10.3+
Rating: Rated 5 Glowing Stars. Submitted:16 Sep 2003
File Size:7.03 MB

Safari, the Mac OS X default Web browser, offers you a superior Web experience with outstanding performance. Even the most complex of pages load at breakneck speed. In fact, Safari loads pages more quickly than any other Mac Web browser. But that's not all. Safari uses the advanced interface technologies underlying Mac OS X to offer you an all-new view of the Web, one that's much easier to use.

Main features include the following:

Built-in Google search
Just about everyone puts a link to the Google search engine in his or her toolbar. Safari takes this a step further with a Google search field right next to the Web address. Safari remembers your most recent searches in a convenient popup menu and tracks your Google SnapBack point separately. After you've explored a search result, the Google SnapBack button returns you to your most recent results page.

SnapBack to it
SnapBack works like a breadcrumb trail to lead you back to where you started. The very nature of the Web leads you from one page to the next and before you know it, you've wandered far afield. The SnapBack button returns you to the point where you last typed a URL or selected a bookmark.

Browsing with tabs
Say you're reading a web page filled with intriguing links, but you want to continue reading that page. You could always choose to open links in a new window, but you might end up with dozens of windows that way. Safari lets you see and switch between multiple web pages in a single window, using tabs. You can even open a folder of bookmarks in a single click with AutoTab. Before you know it, Safari has loaded all your favorite sites. Tabs elegantly resize themselves based on number open, and there's a convenient close button on each tab.

Bookmarks - new millennium edition
Apple engineers took the opportunity to completely rethink the whole notion of bookmarks for Safari. How to save them. How to organize them. How to make them easier to use. When you add a bookmark in Safari, a naming sheet gives you the opportunity to edit the bookmark name and file it away immediately in just the right library folder. No more bookmarks menu a mile wide and deep. You can also drag a Web address directly into the bookmarks bar, giving you one-click access to that site. As you move an address to the bar, the other addresses rearrange themselves with a smooth shuffle. The bookmarks bar also features a sophisticated brushed-metal background, etched-metal fonts and elegant rollover effects.

Seamless downloads
Among other niceties, Safari also cleans up after itself when downloading files. All you'll see is the fully decompressed file, not a collection of .bin or .gz files floating around your desktop. You can even install an application without switching to the Finder. Safari automatically copies applications from disk images, then puts that image away.

Down with pop-ups
Safari only goes where you tell it. Some Web pages hijack other browsers with endless pop-up advertisement windows. Not Safari. Feel free to let Safari stop those pages in their tracks. So you only see what you've chosen to.

Safari is licensed as freeware and is therefore free to download, use and keep.