Safari for Windows – Not that good akshually

After using James’ Apple Mac for a week, coming home and using my Windows PC again can take a bit of getting used to.

As i’ve been experimenting with browsers recently (I used to only use Firefox, but now I save that for blogging and use Opera for main web-surfing) I decided to download the Windows version of the Mac browser Safari to see how it handles.

First impressions…not that good really. On an Apple Mac, it’s fine. It does everything you tell it to. I wouldn’t say it’s outstanding. It’s just as good as you need it to. It’s a browser. But on Windows, it’s not even that.

The main thing you notice is just how big and clumsy it looks. Everything looks twice as zoomed in as it should be, even though it’s actually just set to a normal size. It kind of feels like you’re using a Fisher Price computer for 3 year olds.

Don’t bother trying to change this. You can’t. Changing the page font doesn’t alter it, minimizing the window doesn’t either. It just doesn’t look as svelte as it does on it’s home computer.

As I start to explore the buttons, I press the button that looks like a book on the left hand side. Bad idea. It tells me that it will lead me away from the current page, and to stay I should click “cancel”. I click “cancel”. It still navigates me away from the current page, and I can’t get back. Although saying that, the little book icon isn’t so bad once you get into it. You can add all your RSS feeds to it, and see all your bookmarks easily. Just make sure you wern’t too attached to the webpage you were visiting prior to clicking on it. You won’t be able to get back to it. Hmm. Probably should have gone exploring in a different tab than the one I was writing this blog entry in.

Yes, a new tab. The tab bar doesn’t appear by default, for that you have to go to View > Show tab bar. This annoys me. Having more than one tab open is something most of us do. I want that bar to already be there without me having to go looking for it.

The “bookmark” button next to the navigation bar is very handy. It easily lets you bookmark the page you’re on without you having to go clicking through links on the top left hand side of the screen. The motion on it rolling out on to the screen is quite nice too. The whole look of Safari is nice, the buttons and the colours. But if you’re into that kind of thing, buy a Mac and use Safari on there instead. Windows just doesn’t do it justice.

This is used again when you drag the address of your current page onto the bookmarks bar, a small box rolled out asking you to type in a name for it that you want to appear. That’s very handy. With browsers such as Opera, i’ve had to right click on each bookmark link, and go through some kind of customising process just to change the name that appears.

The rest of it is fine. It’s a good browser and it works. It’s got everything you need. Just make sure you are actually using it on a Mac, and not just to give a Windows PC and Mac feel, because it really doesn’t.

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One Response

  1. Hmm. Safari has a long way to go on Windows for sure. I was never particularly enamoured with Quicktime or iTunes on Windows either – but you have to realise how much of that is down to what makes these applications work so well on Mac, i.e., the whole of the rest of the operating system is designed to work with them – whereas these applications run against the Windows mentality of having everything compartmentalised and “unaware” of other applications by working best in their ‘home environment’, as you so eloquently put it.

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