With the release of Chimera and my subsequent use of it for a few months, I grew used to NOT having a lot of preferences and options in my web browser. At first it was difficult to get used to, but after a short while, I realized that while it was nice to have all the bells & whistles in IE and Mozilla - I rarely used any of them.<br><br>Tabs - I used them occasionally, but not often enough to miss them.<br><br>Auto-Fill - Again, I used occasionally, but most sites have some method of storing your address, phone & other info and only require you to sign-in with a username and password anyway. I still think this would be a nice feature to have, it does save time, but I don't know that it is a major "flaw" of Safari.<br><br>Auction Manager - IE had this, but I don't know ANYONE who actually used it. eBay has a built-in auction manager that works much better (according to my wife who uses eBay a lot).<br><br>Print Button - Having a print button on the toolbar was always a joke to me, as I'm so used to just hitting the Apple + P keys to print something, but I suppose newbies wouldn't mind having it.<br><br>Helper Applications - While it's nice to have the ability to set your own helper apps like REAL, Quicktime, Flash, etc... most plug-ins configure themselves now - and for me anyway, I never really needed to go into the helper apps prefs in Mozilla to configure anything anyway. Quicktime works, Flash works, and REAL works... all out of the box!<br><br>Preferences - More preference settings is ALWAYS good. After having panel after panel of prefs to choose from in IE and Mozilla/Netscape, I guess I've grown used to them. However, after using Chimera for the last few months and Safari since its release yesterday, I can't think of more than a few that are really necessary for me.<br><br>Font Size: I would love to be able to set a font size and have it stick across relaunch & restarts. The fonts come up too small for me at 1152x870 resolution on a 17" monitor, I can't imagine how small they will be when I get my 20" monitor back with a 1600x1200 resolution. As soon as I launch Safari, the first thing I have to do is enlarge the fonts one or two clicks.<br><br>Contextual MenusFor those of us who sometimes like to kick back and use one hand to hold a glass of wine, and the other to surf, contextual menus were a god-send. Safari is lacking in this area. <br><br>When clicking on a photo/graphic, your only options are to Open in New Window, Save to Disk & Copy to Clipboard. That's great, but what if I want to save the photo to a certain folder? A "Save Image As" menu item that opens a Save Dialog Box would be great (and all other browsers have it). <br><br>Back & Forward menu items would also be nice. <br><br>How about a "Minimize" menu item so you can open a new page and have it sent down into the dock without having to move the mouse all the way up to the top to click the yellow button. <br><br>Here is where a Print Window menu item would also be nice (since the other hand is carefully holding the glass of wine). <br><br>And, since OSX has native PDF support, the ability to click and save an entire page (not just what is showing on screen) as a PDF, rather than having to hit print, then save as PDF, then name it and hit OK.<br><br>Customizing Safari - OK, so I just said that I couldn't think of much to add to Safari, but here's my thoughts on customizing.<br><br>I want to move the "reload page" button over to the left next to the back & forward buttons instead of where it is (my toolbar shown below), the ability to rearrange buttons (I know, there aren't a whole lot of buttons to move) would be nice. <br><br><br><br>And along those lines, an "E-mail" button would be nice for newbie Mac users, something that looks like the Mail.app icon only in the grayscale theme Safari uses now. I know I just couldn't explain well enough to my parents why with OSX, Mail & Web browsing were two "different" apps now so they needed to click two different buttons. (They were using Netscape Communicator prior to OSX.)<br><br>IE had the ability to "minimize" the entire toolbar, which would get rid of all the text, address bar, and favorites and put only the buttons to navigate going down the side of the window starting at the top left. I liked this feature of IE. Sometimes I want to view a page in a kind of "presentation mode" and don't want to waste screen space with toolbars and bookmarks, but I still want the navigation buttons there. The ability to do this in Safari would be cool.<br><br>Drag & Drop - With IE, Netscape, Mozilla and OmniWeb (Chimera didn't have it either to my knowledge) I could select a bunch of text from a web page and drag it to my desktop which would create a clipping file (or drag it directly to Word or TextEdit for that matter). I loved this feature!!! Many times I don't want to print something, but I want to archive what it is written, but I want to do it quickly without having to select the text, copy it, open another app, paste it, save the new document, etc... Drag & Drop should be a part of Safari (especially since Apple practically invented Drag & Drop!). Lets go one step further, can't I just drag a link to a file to my desktop and have it download the file, instead of just a URL file? Why not?<br><br>iChat/Mail Integration - I have OSXAddicts (among most everyone else here) .Mac e-mail address in my Address Book, and also in iChat. So why not make a contextual menu item which would automatically send him an Instant Message with iChat or an e-mail with Mail.app when I click on his e-mail link? Instead, the only option I have is to add him to my Address Book (where he already is, of course). This would be a handy little feature.<br><br>In Conclusion - I know, finally, right? I think Safari is pretty damn good right now as it is. It's certainly better than OmniWeb, IE and iCab. Faster than Mozilla/Netscape and perhaps even Chimera. But I think it needs a few *little* things to make it a SUPERB browser that nobody else can even come close to... a "total package" as you might say. Safari is a beta, I'm sure Apple just wanted to get it to the point that it was fast & useable before releasing this, but come next MacWorld (when it will probably be released as version 1.0), will they improve upon it, add features, fix bugs, or just leave it as is? I'm actually excited about browsers again - we had a hint of great browsers when OSX was released with OmniWeb, then Chimera kicked it up a notch... now let's see if Safari can "close the deal!"<br><br><br><br><br>Visit Me At My .Mac Site
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Really? I didn't get that impression...<br><br>Anyway, here's a few things I thought this new browser could use:<br><br>- Ability to either right-click or control-click on a hyperlink or address in the address field and have it say: "Email this link"<br>- The Address Book feature in the menu bar is nice, but not that useful to me yet. Maybe it's because a lot of people I know don't have web pages. Or, maybe I just need to enter more of people's URL's into my address book! Either way...<br>- Or, maybe as in the first suggestion, when I right click a link I could have 'add to address book' come up, and then I would get to click on a user to attribute this web page to, or have the option of adding a new contact whose web page this is...<br>- The 'Copy Image Location' feature will be missed whenever I try to post something in either MCF or here..<br>- Would like a print button, just to round things out. By no stretch of the imagination am I a newbie, but people like my wife don't know the Mac keyboard commands so well...<br>- Not sure if I like the blue progress bar in back of the address field. Maybe a little logo to the right that acted as a progress meter, or something else...Maybe that could be a way to bring back the 'Happy Mac', or the hourglass...who knows.<br>- Love the Google search field embedded in the browser, but that should be customizable to whatever search engine I choose- not just Google.<br>- Some flash sites, namely my own, are a little slow and unresponsive. Not sure why this happens on one site and not another, but if Apple hopes to compete with PC browsers they'd better get Flash right. My site *smokes* on Windows IE...<br><br>That's pretty much it from a few hours worth of browsing...<br><br><br>[color:red]Hold on, it's time for a...</font color=red><br>
For once you're right, MacGizmo <br><br>Seriously, though, Safari is a terrific little (have you seen its size?!) browser, and I've been using it steadily since I got it yesterday. I've had problems with some sites. For instance, if you go here, the weatehr.com animated map site, you might find that the animated map doesn't show up on its own; that if you click the forward button individual images begin to appear; but that the in-motion effect never kicks in at all.<br><br>I'm also very muchin favor of all of the contextual menus that you and DaddyMac mention. I love contextual menus.<br><br>But for a 1st releast beta, this is not bad at all <br><br><br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>But for a 1st releast beta, this is not bad at all<p><hr></blockquote><p>You hit the nail on the head... for the very first beta, this thing is incredible. Remember the first betas of Omni, Chimera, Mozilla??? They sucked so bad they weren't even useable.<br><br><br>Visit Me At My .Mac Site
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okay, the spellling thing is not automatically staying turned on and that irritates me. i tend to open a lot of window so maybe it only gets turned on for the current window and then i open more windows and end up deleting the window with spelling activated. whatever the case, i hate not knowing whether it's on or off...i hate even more that it doesn't just stay on.<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
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