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The Safari Public Beta works on all Macintosh computers running Mac OS X v10.2 or later, but runs best when using Mac OS X v10.2.3.

Safari in Action
View QuickTime movies of Safari.
QuickTime icon Bookmarks
QuickTime icon SnapBack Technology
QuickTime icon Google Integration
QuickTime icon Simplified Downloads

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Open Source Open source
For its Web page rendering engine, Safari draws on software from the Konqueror open source project. Weighing in at less than one tenth the size of another open source renderer, Konqueror helps Safari stay lean and responsive. And of course, being a good open source citizen, Apple shares its enhancements with the Konqueror open source community.

AppleScript Safari
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Safari offers you a superior Web experience with outstanding performance. Even the most complex of pages load at breakneck speed. In fact, Safari loads pages more quickly than any other Mac Web browser. But that’s not all. Safari uses the advanced interface technologies underlying Mac OS X to offer you an all-new view of the Web, one that’s much easier to use.


1. HTML page load speed Performance Chart
Results from iBench 4.0 on a 800MHz iMac. Elapsed time measured in seconds.
2. JavaScript performance
3. Cold launch time

Speed racer
Safari zips right by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the Macintosh. You’ll notice that right away when you launch the program — Safari is 40% quicker. And you’ll really appreciate it when it comes to downloading pages, since Safari loads them three times faster than Internet Explorer 5.2.2. Safari is no laggard when it comes to JavaScript either — it’s more than twice as fast as Internet Explorer. Of course, Internet Explorer isn’t the only other browser around, and Safari whizzes past the rest of the competition, too.*

Search Google   Built-in Google search
Just about everyone puts a link to the Google search engine in his or her toolbar. Safari takes this a step further with a Google search field right next to the Web address. Safari remembers your most recent searches in a convenient popup menu and tracks your Google SnapBack point separately. After you’ve explored a search result, the Google SnapBack button returns you to your most recent results page.

SnapBack SnapBack to it
Safari delivers the attention to detail you expect from Apple. Take the space-saving progress bar integrated directly in the address field, for instance. Or the innovative SnapBack technology. SnapBack works like a breadcrumb to lead you back to where you started. The very nature of the Web leads you from one page to the next and before you know it, you’ve wandered far afield. The SnapBack button returns you to the point where you last typed a URL or selected a bookmark.

Bookmarks Bookmarks — new millennium edition
Apple engineers took the opportunity to completely rethink the whole notion of bookmarks for Safari. How to save them. How to organize them. How to make them easier to use.

Smart bookmarks When you add a bookmark in Safari, a naming sheet gives you the opportunity to edit the bookmark name and file it away immediately in just the right library folder. No more bookmarks menu a mile wide — and deep. You can also drag a Web address directly into the bookmarks bar, giving you one-click access to that site. As you move an address to the bar, the other addresses rearrange themselves with a smooth shuffle. The bookmarks bar also features a sophisticated brushed-metal background, etched-metal fonts and elegant rollover effects.

Bookmark Collections Bookmarks Library Many people don’t even bother organizing their bookmarks because of other browsers’ confusing, complicated interfaces. In Safari’s Bookmarks Library, you’ll find the familiar, single-window interface like iTunes, which lets you edit bookmark names and addresses in place as though you were renaming an icon on your desktop. You can create any number of folders in your library, and keep them in the bookmarks bar or menu, like the preinstalled news folder. Safari offers a host of bookmarks to get you started — and some should be very recognizable, as Safari automatically imports your Internet Explorer favorites.

You’ll also value Safari’s dynamic bookmarks. The History folder keeps track of sites you’ve visited recently, so you can go back a day or even a week later, or drag them into a permanent bookmark folder. Safari uses Rendezvous to find any Web addresses on your local network — for printer, router or webcam setup and administration, for instance. Plus, you’ll find all the websites in your Address Book conveniently in one place.

Downloads Window Seamless downloads
Among other niceties, Safari also cleans up after itself when downloading files. All you’ll see is the fully decompressed file — not a collection of .bin or .gz files floating around your desktop. You can even install an application without switching to the Finder. Safari automatically copies applications from disk images, then puts that image away.

  Internet Standards Precision layout
Rest assured, Safari renders Web pages properly according to the latest Internet standards. So pages that use advanced HTML, XHTML, DOM, CSS, JavaScript and Java specifications just look right. And of course you can view the content in QuickTime, Flash and Shockwave plug-ins. Going beyond standard accuracy, pages in Safari look beautiful, thanks to fully anti-aliased text. Safari takes advantage of Jaguar’s rich support for Unicode, which lets you view sites in different writing systems, such as English and other Roman languages, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew or Arabic — even on the same page.

Down with pop-ups Down with pop-ups
Safari only goes where you tell it. Some Web pages hijack other browsers with endless pop-up advertisement windows. Not Safari. Feel free to let Safari stop those pages in their tracks. So you only see what you’ve chosen to.

  * Test system: iMac with 800MHz PowerPC G4, GeForce4 MX GPU, 256MB RAM. Performance tests completed by Apple December, 2002. Ziff Davis Media Inc.'s i-Bench™ Version 4.0.

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