safari iconAs part of OS X Lion released today, Apple includes Safari 5.1, an updated version of the company's Internet browser that supports a number of improvements, some of which are tied into Lion's new capabilities. But Apple has also pushed out Safari 5.1 for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows, bringing some of the enhancements that don't rely on Lion to those platforms.

This update contains new features including:

- Reading List: Easily add webpages and links to your Reading List to browse when you have time.
- New Process Architecture: Safari has been re-engineered for improved stability and responsiveness.
- Resume: In the General pane of Safari preferences, you can now choose to launch Safari with the windows from your last browsing session.
- Better Privacy: A new Privacy pane in Safari preferences makes it easy to remove data that websites can leave on your system.

Other improvements include:

- Private AutoFill: Safari lets you fill out forms quickly while keeping your personal information private.
- Find Option: When you use Find, you can choose whether you want to search for text that contains or starts with the text that you type in the search field.
- Drag-and-drop Downloads: You can drag items out of the Downloads window in Safari, so you can easily place downloaded files on the Desktop.
- Advanced Web Technologies: Safari introduces support for full-screen webpages, media caching with the HTML5 application cache, MathML, Web Open Font Format, CSS3 Auto-hyphenation, CSS3 Vertical Text, CSS3 Text Emphasis, Window.onError, and Formatted XML files.
- New Extension APIs: Developers can take advantage of new Safari Extension support for popovers, menus, new event classes, and interaction with Reader.

Safari 5.1 for Snow Leopard requires Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later.

Apple has also released a minor Safari 5.0.6 update for Mac OS X Leopard, bringing several improvements related to WebSocket web applications, HTML5 annotations, and display of content within frames on sites such as pandora.com.

Top Rated Comments

jordanwar Avatar
148 months ago
just did a scan for update nothing came up and I do not see it on apples website:confused:

http://www.apple.com/safari/download/
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Pared Avatar
148 months ago
Some nice improvements.

Drag and drop downloads is a great addition.
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iWonderwhy Avatar
148 months ago
There we go, finally shows in software update for me.

I like it, seems to bring about enough changes and improvements for it to warrant more than a .1 release, it could pass for Safari 6.0 imo, even for SL users. A solid upgrade.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
interrobang Avatar
148 months ago
New cookie-management is very limited. Everything is on a site/domain basis.

No deleting individual cookies.
No viewing cookie attributes.
No searching cookie attributes.

The new "privacy" pane is a step backwards. It's how a privacy pane would work if it were designed by Facebook.
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TsMkLg068426 Avatar
148 months ago
Glad to see an update for SL users.

How likely is it that we'll see the 64 bit version of iTunes for 10.6?


Nope, sadly we get no 64 bit here just for Lion which I think is ridiculous js.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
the Western zoo Avatar
148 months ago
Just installed it, and I gotta say, so far - much snappier, and scrolling is much smoother...

Not even kidding...!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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