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Surfing with the improved Safari

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Video: Surfing with the improved Safari

Safari, Apple's web browser, sees more significant improvements than other applications such as Contacts and Calendar. When you launch Safari, as I'll now do, you'll notice that the search field that was normally over in this part is no longer there. It is because Safari 6 has a unified address field, one that you can use to enter a web address or conduct a search. It works like this. Just type something into the field and wait for a second or two, a list of suggestions will appear.

Surfing with the improved Safari

Safari, Apple's web browser, sees more significant improvements than other applications such as Contacts and Calendar. When you launch Safari, as I'll now do, you'll notice that the search field that was normally over in this part is no longer there. It is because Safari 6 has a unified address field, one that you can use to enter a web address or conduct a search. It works like this. Just type something into the field and wait for a second or two, a list of suggestions will appear.

If you visited a web site whose name is part of the text you've entered, there's a very good chance that it will appear in the address field. Simply press Return and you'll be taken to that site. You'll also see Google's search results below, and you'll find some information from your Bookmarks and History if you've been there before. If you haven't visited such a site, you'll see a list of search results followed by Search and History, go to site, and find on this page entries. You can click one of these entries or use the Macs arrow keys to navigate to one and then press Return.

For instance, I'll enter example and choose the Go to Site option. This Referred link takes me to a test page. Now, if I open a new tab by clicking on the plus button and enter example, you'll see that this site appears as the top hit. Now if I clear Safari's history or don't bookmark the site, the next time I enter example I won't find this site listed as the top hit, as it's been erased from Safari's memory.

Now if there's one trick here, it's to be patient. Many of us are accustomed to typing quickly and just as quickly banging on the Return key. If you do, chances are that you'll be taking to a Google search page or another search page if you've chosen a search service other than Google. As I mentioned in another movie, Safari now supports a feature called iCloud tabs, as evidenced by the iCloud icon. Again, the idea is that on one Mac you've had a handful of tabs open in Safari, then you move to another Mac registered with that same iCloud account, and then you click on this iCloud button and open up any tab on this Mac that was opened on the other one.

And again, for this to work, you have to enable Safari syncing in the iCloud system preference for each Mac you want to work with. And once more again, as I record this, iOS 6 has not yet shipped. When it does, iCloud tabs will be extended to iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads, making it an even more useful feature. Now speaking of tabs, if you find the tabs with titles just don't show as much information as you like, you can now take advantage of Tab view. So you just click on the Tab view icon, which is to the far right, and what you'll see are large thumbnails of the open tabs.

If you're using a mouse, just click on the dot at the bottom of the screen to navigate between tabs. If you're using a track pad, you can simply swipe with two fingers to the left or to the right to move between tabs. On a Mac, to leave this, you would just press the Escape key. If you're using a trackpad with your Mac, you can pinch to make this view appear. And to leave the view, just stretch your fingers. Safari also now includes a feature for saving passwords. By default, when you enter a password on a particular site, you're asked if you want to save it. So for example, I'll go to my MacWorld site and I'll choose to log in.

I'll then enter my login information and click Log In. When I do that, Safari offers me the option to save my password: Yes; Not Now, so I can delay the decision for later; or Never for this Website. I'll choose to save it and I'm good to go. Now where do these passwords appear? Go to Safari's Preferences, click on the Passwords tab, and here you are. If you'd like to know what a particular password is because you've forgotten it, all you have to do is enable the Show passwords option and then you'll be prompted for your administrator's name and password.

I don't want to show you my password, so I'm not going to okay this. If I did, however, where it says Password, you would see the password in clear text. And of course, you can remove passwords if you like; all I've to do is select one and click on Remove. If I had multiple passwords here, I could simply click on Remove All and all my passwords would be removed. Now while we're in Safari's Preferences, let's move over to the Privacy tab, and you see a new option here: Website tracking. Here you have the option to ask web sites to not track you.

What this does is it indicates to web sites that your visit that you don't want a record kept of your visits to that web site. Now this is a great feature, except for one thing. Compliance with do not track is completely voluntary. Web sites can choose to ignore this request or honor it. Hopefully, more web sites agree to adopt the idea to help us all protect our privacy. Now, something lost with Safari is the ability to open RSS Feeds within the browser. Likewise, RSS feeds no longer appear in the Mail application. Fortunately, there's a fairly easy solution.

So I'll go back to MacWorld, I'll search for RSS, click on the RSS link, and I can now add an RSS link, and we'll add it to Mac 911. When I do that, my third-party RSS reader opens. In this case I'm using NetNewsWire. Now if you haven't installed an RSS reader and you click on RSS link, Safari will prompt you to go to the Mac App Store and download an RSS reader. Once a feed opens in an application like this, you can then choose to subscribe to it, click on that. It will find the feed and then you can read the feed later.

Let's look at one more feature. Safari 6 brings a significant improvement to the Reading List feature. So you to to a web page that you'd like to read at another time. Now, from the Bookmarks menu, choose Add to Reading List, and now I'll click on the Reading List icon. As with the version of Safari that appeared in Lion, the page is saved to your Reading List. The important difference is that with Lion Safari, this was only a glorified Bookmark. You could read the page only if your Mac was connected to the Internet, and that's no longer the case.

Items that you add your reading list now are now saved on your Mac, allowing you to read them at any time, whether you're connected to the Internet or not. And there you have it, Safari 6, a capable browser that adds more welcome new features.

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