Apple’s web browser for the Macintosh is Safari. About a month ago Apple announced that they would be making a verison of Safari available for the Windows platform, and compulsive tinkerer that I am I immediately downloaded the beta.
Which, much to my surprise, worked not at all.
I had no menu bar. I had nothing. I’d start up the program, and it would do…
Well, thought I, this bodes well. It’s beta software, and beta software sometimes has weird issues. But having no real interest—other than compulsive tinkering—to try and figure out what was going on, I went about my merry way, and my love affair with Opera continued.
I’d heard, from following articles of The Register that the first release of the Safari 3 Beta was buggy, and that they had released new, updated versions.
I’d held off, and didn’t download an updated installer for the Safari beta. I wasn’t in any rush.
But my compulsive tinkering caught up with me. And I did.
Amazingly, it works. This time. (Indeed, this post is being written in Safari.)
I haven’t really explored it yet. It’s not as fast as Opera in loading pages (which is an immediate strike against it.)
The rendering engine is… odd. My website looks completely different in Safari—the font weights are wrong, everything seems “heavier.” I don’t quite like the color scheme, and the buttons aren’t intuitively designed. Also, I think the interface has a Netscape 8 look to it—not that I’m complaining about that, it’s just what occurs to me.
One thing I’ve noticed—there’s a feature in the WordPress backend that doesn’t show up at all in Opera, yet it’s there in Safari 3. (It’s not a big deal, the WordPress Bookmarklet, as I found a workaround to add it to my Opera browser bar.)
I’m going to play around with the Safari beta this weekend, now that it’s up and running.
I don’t expect I’ll be giving up Opera any time soon. I’ve been on the Opera bandwagon a long time, and that’s not going to change. But for something to play around with? Safari will fill that hole in this compulsive tinkerer’s life.
ETA: I’ve made my peace with the heavier-than-normal font weights. Unfortunately, things do look a little fuzzy. Some Google searches tell me that’s actually normal for the way Safari works—it renders fonts oddly.
The thing I haven’t made peace with? No ad blocking. In Opera it’s built right into the system. It’s not ad blocking per se that Opera has—it’s a more generalized “content blocking”—but it’s what I generally use it for.