Safari 5 now available for download


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Although everyone was concentrating on the new iPhone, for the majority of Mac (and Windows) users Safari 5 is a much more important release. After all, not all of us will be able to afford the new iPhone (I still haven’t been able to justify any of them!).

It didn’t receive as much publicity but its arrival is still to be welcomed. Its now available for download through Apple‘s Software Update. Features include:

  • Safari Reader – an improved way to read articles in Safari itself
  • Enhanced HTML 5 support – over a dozen new features
  • Faster – Improved Nitro engine gives 30% increase in speed to Javascript
  • Bing Search – more choice for search engines with Microsoft‘s Bing added to the mix
  • Safari Extensions – the introduction of extensions (finally!) bring Apple into line with Mozilla and Google
  • ARIA Support – enhanced features for making content more accessible for those users with disabilities
  • Enhanced Navigation – keyboard navigation without using a mouse now possible
  • Full-page Zoom – the ability to zoom in or out of content using shortcuts, Multi-Touch gestures or the Zoom Toolbar
  • CSS Enhancements – Safari is the first browser to support CSS Animation and CSS Web Fonts for cutting-edge websites
  • Javascript – now supports ECMA 262 Version 3, the latest version of Javascript. Promises improved dynamic features in AJAX applications

Other improvements include:

  • Smarter Address Field: The Smart Address Field can now match text against the titles of webpages in History and Bookmarks, as well as any part of their URL.
  • Tabs Setting: Automatically open new webpages in tabs instead of in separate windows.
  • Hardware Acceleration for Windows: Use the power of the computer’s graphics processor to smoothly display media and effects on PC as well as Mac.
  • Search History with Date: A new date indicator in Full History Search shows when webpages were viewed.
  • Top Sites/History Button: Switch easily between Top Sites and Full History Search with a new button that appears at the top of each view.
  • Private Browsing Icon: A “Private” icon appears in the Smart Address Field when Private Browsing is on. Click on the icon to turn off Private Browsing.
  • DNS Prefetching: Safari looks up the addresses of links on webpages and can load those pages faster.
  • Improved Page Caching: Safari can add additional types of webpages to the cache so they load quickly.
  • XSS Auditor: Safari can filter potentially malicious scripts used in cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.
  • Improved JavaScript Support: Safari allows web applications that use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) to run faster and more securely.

For more information about fixes that improve performance, stability and compatibility, please see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4134

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

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