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What’s new in Safari 5.1, 5.0.6

21 July 2011 4,074 views 2 Comments

When it rains, it freakin’ pours. In addition to yesterday’s OS X Lion launch, Apple also loosed a range of Mac software updates, bringing new features as well as the usual passel of stability and security patches. Here are the details about the new versions of Apple’s WebKit-based browser.

Safari 5.1 (download) is for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard users. This update carries the same version number as Safari for Lion and offers the same banner features:

Apple Online StoreReading 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.

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 5.0.6 (download) has been crafted specifically for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and is a straight dot-fix with no new features:

Apple Online Store• Stability improvements for web apps that use WebSocket

• Improvements to the appearance, layout of text w/ HTML5 ruby annotations

• Fixes an issue that causes elements to appear in the wrong place on pandora.com et al

See also: What’s new in iTunes 10.4

Interestingly, Safari 5.1 and Safari 5.0.6 have the same security content, covering the same potential vulnerabilities, some tagged with the words “arbitrary code execution.” Interestingly, a majority of the issues are specific to the Windows versions of Safari.

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