Thoughts on Safari

I’ve been using the new Safari for Windows Beta for a few hours now, and here are my collective thoughts:

  • The font smoothing is very nice, once you turn it down to light. The default medium is too strong, and looks stronger than OS X’s medium setting.
  • It crashes quite a lot, this really is beta software.
  • Aqua form widgets on Windows! Better than the ugly Firefox ones at least
  • No option to force all links to open in tabs instead of new windows, even when I middle-click. This mainly happens in GMail. Incredibly annoying.
  • No inline spell checker, bah.
  • Damn, it really is fast.
  • Why doesn’t the back button on my mouse work? Seriously, how hard can that be to implement?
  • The inline search is amazingly powerful, I know Firefox has had it for a while but the implementation in Safari is much better.
  • Resizable text boxes making blogging much easier through the WordPress web interface.
  • Strange how many OS X conventions they used for a Windows application, the lack of OK and Cancel buttons in the Preferences window especially. Find if you’re used to them though.
  • Drop down lists render like Aqua widgets sometimes, but other times in some strange style I’ve never seen before.
  • The Windows version is also desperatly crying out for SafariStand of Saft so we can get some more customisation out of it!

Overall a very nice beta that does have it’s fair share of problems. If Apple (or a third party developer) can fix these at the final launch in October, I can see myself switching to Safari on Windows.

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