Version: 6.0.2 || Release Date: 2012-10-28 || License: Freeware Developer: Apple, Inc. | App Owner: marcus

Browsing made beautiful. And smart.

Before Safari, browsers were an afterthought. Something you put up with if you wanted to surf the internet. One browser looked and felt just like another, so you chose the one that worked the best and crashed the least. They were ugly, cluttered affairs, whose interfaces competed for your attention and made browsing — the very purpose for which they were created — more difficult. Safari changes all that.

Safari is designed to emphasize the browsing, not the browser. The browser frame is a single pixel wide. You see a scroll bar only when needed. By default, there’s no status bar. Instead, a progress gear turns as your page loads. And if you so choose, you can hide almost the entire interface, removing virtually every distraction from the browser window. A great browser should get out of your way and let you simply enjoy the web. Safari does just that. And it does it regardless of platform.

The first browser to deliver the “real” internet to a mobile device, Safari renders pages on iPhone and iPod touch just as you see them on your computer. But this is more than just a scaled down mobile-version of the original. It takes advantage of the technologies built into these multi-touch devices. The page shifts and reformats to fill the window when you turn it on its side. You zoom in just by pinching and extending your fingers. Of course, no matter how you access it, Safari is always blazing fast and easy-to-use.

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best, lightweight, elegant browser and pleasure to use!
People complain that Safari doesn't have this and that, like FF...
Most of the stuff is really unnecessary, and useless.
That's why FF is as heavy and over bloated, like IE.
Today there is no difference between FF and IE, both heavy, and loaded with garbage.
Opera is the only windowz browser which can be compared in some ways to Safari - it's light and also pleasure to use. I used it on Windowz for 5 years and loved it.
Now I in no way going to put anything Windowz related on my iMac, except Skype.
Safari is no doubt the most enjoyable and fastest browser.

So, I tried using Safari again and it is still lacking in so many areas. To start with, most of the functionality one has come to expect over the years from Firefox is lacking in Safari. You can regain some of it if you want to spend $20, $30, $50 or more in multiple third party applications. Or you can get the same functionality (usually done better) with free extensions in Firefox.

There doesn't seem to be any delicious plugin that integrates with the browser the way that the official Yahoo! delicious extension in Firefox does. Getting adblock plus to work with it isn't that hard, but it does a poor job compared to the Firefox version. For example, a banner area that would be entirely removed on Firefox shows up as a big empty space in Safari. Rather than reclaiming the space, Safari just blanked out the content that was inside.

The only thing Safari offers over Thunderbird is a webclip ability to let you display content from a web page in the OSX Dashboard.

I really would love to use the default mail and browser clients that Apple offers, but both are unfortunately so lacking in functionality -- even after spending a lot of money on third party applications to round-out the default applications -- that they really aren't sufficient for any purpose other than use by the most basic, non-demanding user.

Why is this listing still being updated now that Safari 3 is out of beta?

Sorry, scratch that last comment. I had a plugin screwing things up.

Safari, you've finally come of age.
I was a hardcore Camino user for the past couple of years because the version of Safari/WebKit that shipped with Tiger really sucked. But the page rendering and compatibility in Safari 3.0.x has improved by leaps and bounds, and the way you can drag tabs to reorder them or even drag them between windows is really nice. It sometimes stops interpreting my middle-clicks as "open link in new tab", but other than that it's pretty good. I haven't noticed any serious memory leaks so far.

Camino's going to have to play catch-up now. I still keep it on reserve for complicated Ajax sites like Google pages, but Safari has reclaimed its place as my primary browser.

I've been using it since it came out and it's been running great. Love the new features too! :)

Noticeably faster than "standard" 2.0.4 version, however it also breaks too many widgets to be useful .

To uninstall: the .dmg file you downloaded to install safari3beta also contains a safari3uninstaller.pkg
Just run that to revert back to the stable 2.0.4 release you had before.

With 11 widgets and the Debug menu on (turned on with Safari Enhancer 3.3.1) I haven't had any problems in 5-6 hours of use on 3 different macs.

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