Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s take a look at what’s new in Safari 6.
So the Safari 6 update happened for everybody that went to Mountain Lion but those who also it stayed with earlier versions of Mac OS 10 got updated to Safari 6 last week. Now Safari 6 has some major changes over previous versions. Let’s take a look.
So the biggest change is that there is no longer two fields at the top of Safari. There used to be an address field and you could enter URL’s like MacMost.com and a search field where you could enter a search term like Mac video tutorials. Now there is just one field. The field is a smart field that knows the difference between an URL and a search term.
For instance, if I were to type in MacMost.com it knows that it is a URL and it will go directly to that page. If I were to type in a series of words it knows that I am typing in a search term, there is no .com there, it doesn’t look like a URL so you end up with search results from the search engine you have selected inside Safari Preferences. You can set this right here.
Now this brings up a question, what happens if you want to search for a URL as a search term. Something developers do from time to time. Well, you can simply go to your favorite search engine, like Goggle, and use their search field at the top of the screen. So you still have the ability to be able to do that.
Now one big feature that is missing from Safari that has been taken away is the ability to read RSS feeds. RSS feeds are syndicated news feeds that feature the latest blog posts and stories from a web site. You used to be able to see a button up here that said RSS and click on it and read or actually access it and maybe add it to another program. You can still do that. You can still use third party apps to access RSS it is just that it is no longer supported in Safari or in Mail in Mountain Lion as well. So Apple is just removing support for RSS. I guess they determined that it wasn’t being used enough for them to continue adding those two pieces of software.
What we do have is improved functionality for the Reading List. So you click on Reading List here and you can add a page to it as before. One of things you’ve got now is that it saves it for off line reading. So if you are using a MacBook then you go out of the house and you don’t have a connection you will be able to select it and it will load the page up saved in the cache even if you are not connected.
In the Safari Preferences we have a great improvement here. We have the ability to view all of the passwords that have been saved for various sites. So you can see the user name and password saved for sites you have visited and you can edit them and delete them if you want.
Like with other updates to Safari we get an improvement in the Java Script engine. Java Script is the scripting agent that runs all the different web pages. So all the interactive functionality you get in web pages, whether it is just a page of banking information, news, or an interactive game like this one that runs using the browser’s own Java Script engine. It’s all improved now and should be a little bit faster. So you can see improved performance as well as improved graphics performance using Safari 6 over earlier versions.
Now if you are using Mountain Lion you have a few extras. Like, for instance, if I have several tabs open I can use a gesture and I can pinch inward and then I can get to see my tabs in this different format here. I can scroll between them using a two finger back and forth gesture and select the one I want.
Now in Mountain Lion, if you look in the Safari Preferences, you will notice there is a whole new section for Notifications because there is new functionality that allows web sites to send you notifications and they have to ask for your permission, of course, and this is where it would list that. But a web site that you visit all the time could theoretically send you notification for new content or if something has changed on the page.
Also a cool feature for Mountain Lion users. There is an iCloud button at the top and if you have tabs open on another Mac then you can use that button to see the URLs for those tabs. So, for instance, you have your desktop Mac and you are looking at three different tabs there. You switch to your laptop, you open up Safari and you can use that button and see the URLs in those three tabs and jump right to them. When IOS 6 comes out that will also work across IOS devices so you can be doing something on your iPad and you can go to your Mac and use that iCloud button to quickly jump to it.
So there is a quick look at what’s available in Safari 6. If you have Lion you get it through Safari update. When you upgrade to Mountain Lion you automatically get Safari 6.
Hope you found this useful. This is Gary with MacMost Now.