Dion.nu Design - Dion’s Weblog

Weblog of Dion Kesling. Designer in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Dion's Weblog 3.0

Safari browser for windows 27Jun07

I am so glad to use the new Safari on my windows laptop at work. What a relieve to use familiar software and to find out it works exactly the same as on the Mac. For example, I really missed using SnapBack and auto complete url’s (works different and faster compared to IE and FF). Explanation here.

Even the whole look and feel when viewing websites is the same as on the Mac. Font smoothing is just light years better then IE or FF. IE 7 was a much welcomed improvement while Firefox is still stuck in the stone ages so it seems but Safari is, well, just a delight to your eyes when viewing websites…

Browser font smoothing

There are some problems that still have to be taken care off (Safari is still in beta). For instance I have a problem with my ibm mouse, when it is connected to the thinkpad dock Safari does not recognise the scrollwheel (it does when plugged into the laptop usb port). Dot Mac bookmark synching does not yet work. Form AutoFill still needs some medicine, etc. Which I guess are all problems that can be related to Safari being a beta version. Other then that it pretty much works as expected.

The only thing Safari lacks in comparison to Firefox are plugins. There are plugins for Safari but Firefox has so many useful plugins, especially for webdesigners. I guess it is just a matter of time before that community grows and can compete with Firefox.

Get going, see for yourself, just download Safari, it is free…

comments posted Comments off


Ekid  Almere  Netherlands  wrote 13 years, 10 months ago…

I hate font smoothing, I want my browser to show me, as it is and not altered or trying to 'improve' stuff for me.

Dion  Rotterdam  Europe  wrote 13 years, 10 months ago…

Really? Weren't you glad to see that the ugly jagged fonts were gone when you installed IE 7? If you did, the IE7 configuration became standard. Very much an improvement over the still jagged fonts you see in Firefox. The way Safari for Windows displays fonts is the same way it is displayed on the Mac. That means an even bigger improvement (in my opinion) over the already good looking IE 7 upgrade... It is like running OS X when you run Safari, even the right-click menu and the program menu's are like OS X menus, I really get a kick out of that kind of detail.

Ekid  Almere  Netherlands  wrote 13 years, 10 months ago…

Fist time i discovered it, i tought there is something with my eyes. But later i discovered the call it "font smoothing". There's a weird purple glow around the font (in IE)

Dion  Rotterdam  Europe  wrote 13 years, 10 months ago…

Well, long live font smoothing, even your e-mails look better. I am sure FF 3 will have it too. They can't stay behind. It looks like crap those letters. Purple??? Ekid, you need new lenses or something :-P LOL.

Ekid  Almere  Netherlands  wrote 13 years, 10 months ago…

font smoothing ;)

Dion  Rotterdam  Europe  wrote 13 years, 10 months ago…

:-D That could be because I used a GIF for that image. But I believe you!

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Dallas  United States  wrote 13 years, 5 months ago…

I'm also having the fonts problem with Safari on XP. The colors don't line up. It makes the font look blurry and colorful. I have the newest drivers for my NVIDIA GeForce card.

John  Australia  wrote 13 years, 2 months ago…

Give it to me like it is please. Although Safari's font smoothing does look the best.

Software  Great Britain (UK)  wrote 13 years ago…

I agree about the fonts problem and for me its something that has never been properly addressed with Safari.
Commenting is not available in this website entry.