Apple Intros Safari 5 with Extension Support

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Apple announced a major update to its Web browser late Monday afternoon following the unveiling of the the iPhone 4. Safari 5 adds support for customizing the browser with extensions, and also includes the new Nitro JavaScript engine for better performance and page rendering.

Safari’s new extensions support lets users build add-ons with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, and Apple is also releasing and Extension Builder Kit designed to help with building Safari Extensions.

Version 5 improved HTML 5 support  with features such as closed captioning and full screen playback for HTML5 videos, geolocation, HTML5 object dragging, HTML5Ruby and AJAX History, sectioning elements, and forms validation. The update also improved security, sandboxes extensions to help prevent crashes and hacks, and more.

Safari 5 will be available for download at Apple’s Web site, and through the Software Update application. The update isn’t, however, currently available for download.

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geoduck

I got it and it installed quickly with no problems.

It looks exactly like 4.

computerbandgeek

Are you sure? Go to any TMO article of a decent length (aka not this one, but most of the ones on the home page today). click the “Reader” button in the url bar. Grab an ice pack because your jaw probably dropped so far that it hit your keyboard.

Also, the loading progress bar is back, no more stupid spinning wheel! Also, the top sites page has way better history support. Also, in the preferences, there is now a new intelligent feature in the Tabs section.

Also, extensions are going to be AMAZING in a few weeks smile. I see this as a very SERIOUS competitor now that it has extension support and a smarter URL bar. Firefox and chrome for mac should be VERY worried. I haven’t tried this version of Safari on windows, but all of the past versions have been really clunky so it probably isn’t a serious competitor in that market yet.

/first impressions

computerbandgeek

Oh and just a warning: the Safari 5 installer requires a restart through Software Update :(

Lee Dronick

Go to any TMO article of a decent length (aka not this one, but most of the ones on the home page today). click the ?Reader? button in the url bar. Grab an ice pack because your jaw probably dropped so far that it hit your keyboard.

Damn! Where did the Flash go? smile

Seriously just having body copy is nice.

Lee Dronick

The Reader also works with “Mail contents of this page” as well as Cut and Paste.

davebarnes

Go to any TMO article of a decent length…click the ?Reader? button in the url bar. Grab an ice pack because your jaw probably dropped so far that it hit your keyboard.

Not for me.

The first thing that I noticed when using Safari 5 were the ads on various websites. I never see these see adverts when surfing with FireFox (and AdBlock Plus). I have so many filters that I forgotten what it is like to surf and see ads.

For me, lack of:
1. AdBlock Plus
2. Web Developers Toolbar
is a show stopper for using Safari.

Ref Librarian

I love the reader feature! That is so cool.

Lee Dronick

Go to the View menu, Customize Toolbar. Add Web Inspector to the toolbar. Then click on the Web Inspector icon.

geoduck

Go to any TMO article of a decent length (aka not this one, but most of the ones on the home page today). click the ?Reader? button in the url bar.

OK I just had to find an article that was long enough. That is exceedingly cool. It appears to let you create printable copies of any page without the ads.

Also, the loading progress bar is back,

That is also very good. Like the Reader thing I just had to find an article that was long enough to take more than a fraction of a second to load. That is hugely superior to the spinner that told you nothing about if the page was loading or stuck.

The refresh button is still on the URL bar which is a terrible spot. With luck someone will code an extension that lets us put it back with the forward, back, and homepage buttons where it belongs.

The TopSites Page well, we’ll see. With 4 I never used it. The cover-flow history page shows some promise. I can see that being more useful that a simple list of pages by name.

Lee Dronick

The refresh button is still on the URL bar which is a terrible spot.

Yes, I have got quite used to using right-click/control-click to bring up the contextual menu and choosing Reload Page

Lee Dronick

Hmmm, I was just on facebook and the Reader doesn’t work on that site. Not being more than a hobbyist website designer I can not explain why Reader doesn’t work on facebook

geoduck

Yeah I just went to the Palaeos site. The Permian pages are quite long but the Reader button didn’t appear. It is old code though.

computerbandgeek

Hmmm, I was just on facebook and the Reader doesn?t work on that site. Not being more than a hobbyist website designer I can not explain why Reader doesn?t work on facebook

I’m pulling this out of my *** but my guess would be that devs at Apple tried running the reader on it, it looked dumb, so they artifically blacklisted it. Or maybe (and I’m definitely just thinking out loud here) the Reader function is only enabled if there is enough contiguous text in one block. Facebook has a bunch of small 1-2liners, but no single large block. That would also explain why this article doesn’t enable the Reader feature too.

dhp

For me, lack of:
1. AdBlock Plus
2. Web Developers Toolbar
is a show stopper for using Safari.

But didn’t you see that Safari now has extensions support? So AdBlock Plus could be a possibility soon.

computerbandgeek

Didn’t you see that blocking ads is STEALING? It’s one thing to block flash because it causes so many problems, but regular ads ar what support the content that you enjoy. But I guess we’re getting a little off topic now wink

wab95

The reader button thing is truly slick.

WaltFrench

@DaveBarnes said,

For me, lack of:
1. ?
2. ?
is a show stopper for using Safari.

Yeah, it’s been a whole TWELVE HOURS and how come Apple hasn’t immediately copied every feature of every third-party tool and stuffed it into their browser already?!?

Lee Dronick

Didn?t you see that blocking ads is STEALING? It?s one thing to block flash because it causes so many problems, but regular ads ar what support the content that you enjoy.

True that. MacObserver has to make money somehow. Admirably the ads on this site are in your face, no obnoxious strobing and such. I hate those NetFlix pop under ads that happen with some websites.

I?m pulling this out of my *** but my guess would be that devs at Apple tried running the reader on it, it looked dumb, so they artifically blacklisted it. Or maybe (and I?m definitely just thinking out loud here) the Reader function is only enabled if there is enough contiguous text in one block. Facebook has a bunch of small 1-2liners, but no single large block. That would also explain why this article doesn?t enable the Reader feature too.

The broken up body of Facebook makes sense why Reader is disabled. However, you guess that Apple blacklisted it is also a possibility.; Facebook looks like it was designed by some kid who wears a hoodie. smile

Lee Dronick

One more Safari 5 nugget and then I need to get some sleep

In the Security preference pane is a check box for Location Services. I didn’t see that in Safari 4.

BWilcox

Why is it that Apple will cater to a person using a 500Mhz Windows computer running XP but will not support 10.4 on the Mac?!?!

iGrouch

Hey it’s been a while since I have been on these boards.

It took me a while to figure out how to implement the new reader feature, but when I saw it it I was blown away.

I seen it first used on About.com/French and it was brilliant. I have been using this site for two years after starting with Michel Thomas CD’s and I can tell you that anything that makes the process of leaning comfortable online on a computer, at a desk is pivotal to the ones success when doing something like learning a language.

I have already got infovox running which runs text to speech in French, vital for getting pronunciation right and speeding the students cognitive faculty in hearing french spoken.

Last night I found Ultralingua French/English dictionary which is very comprehensive and plugs into Safari and other OS X app to give a hot key 9on the spot) definition panel just like the Apple dictionary. I also have a plug in for Apple’s dictionary but it’s range of french is nowhere as good as Ultralingua.  You have to head off to somewhere like Larousse online for word definitions, which is a lot like too much hard work, and tiring, especially when trying to cram in a bit of learning after a hard day’s work. Word definition on the fly is king, believe me.

The reader setup, to me, looks like Apple taking the iBook reader concept from the iPad back to conventional computing.

What I would like to see is Apple acquiring companies like infovox and Ultralinqua and incorporating their stuff full time into the OS. Invofox speech to text is about ?130 and Ultraliqua about ?30. You need to be a dedicated student at these prices. Apple doing this may make their OS more killer for things like education but why is it not considered important in the business arena either for such things as document translation?

The next plan, when the recession is over is to get an iPad. Then I can do all me learnen on the couch.

Again well done Apple.

geoduck

Safari 5 is definitely a ‘sleeper app”. At first I didn’t think it was that much different, but the more I use it the better it gets. I now look for the Reader button and use it whenever it’s available. Pages are loading faster. One site in particular that always seemed to have loading problems, didn’t this morning. Not a lot of obvious changes, just a lot of little things behind the scenes that make it run better.

Plus Reader.

ctopher

To the Tiger user there is an update to Safari for 10.4 and PPC. It’s 4.1, but it doesn’t add reader and some other functionality, but they did try and make Javascript faster etc.

Ethan

So… Apple on one day announce an ad system they make cash off for thier iOS4. They also have added language to prevent other large advertisers:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/08/apple-revises-ios-rules-on-outside-advertisers-cuts-out-google/

The next day on their desktop OS X browser they release a tool that will cut into ad revenue for 3rd party sites as it ONLY pulls the first page ads down in a multi page article. It’s sad that Apple is really designing everything to shackle users and freeze out all others who try to make money.

Of course in Apple’s view all the news sites should close their websites and build iPhone/iPad apps. That way Apple makes money on everything and life will be wonderful.

How does MacObserver feel about this?

Lee Dronick

The next day on their desktop OS X browser they release a tool that will cut into ad revenue for 3rd party sites as it ONLY pulls the first page ads down in a multi page article. It?s sad that Apple is really designing everything to shackle users and freeze out all others who try to make money.

Safari doesn’t initially open web pages in Reader, you have to chose it.  Then when you close it you are back at the page containing the ads. You see the ads “Flash” before your eyes twice.

Ethan

It’s still cutting into the ability for sites to make money from ads. Apple is making it very easy for users to harm the profitability of sites they frequent. In the end it’s up to the user for sure. Ars had a good article on this a few weeks back and showed exactly what add blocks do to their revenue.

The dishonesty or shifting stance of Apple is what really bothers me. In the Safari 5 marketing on their site:

“Safari Reader removes annoying ads and other visual distractions from online articles.”

Yet the day before they announce their own built in ad system for their mobile OS? Which is it? Are ads annoying or are you going to push them on the devices to make money.

My view is Apple ONLY thinks ads are annoying when they are not part of their profit channel. When they get a cut they are happy to force it on their users.

geoduck

Wow that didn’t take long.
MacRumors.com just posted an Article about Safari that includes links to Browser Extensions. One of the first is a Reload Page Button. I’ve already grabbed it.

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