Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jan 2003 18:05 UTC
Apple Steve Jobs just announced in his Macworld Keynote that Apple is releasing its own browser, called Safari. Its claim to fame is extremely fast performance on the Mac. The Mac platform has struggled from sluggish browser performance with IE (the old default browser). Update: According to Jobs, Safari is open source and based on khtml. It only runs on Mac OS X and will be available for download today.
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Public Beta, and misconceptions
by Rob on Tue 7th Jan 2003 23:31 UTC

Please remember that this is a public beta, and not a 1.0 release. That's why the feedback button is there on the toolbar, to notify the developers of problems you encounter (whether it's an application problem such as a crash, or rendering issue, or, heaven forbid what'll happen most of the time, badly coded websites not showing up properly). This, however, is a good thing -- a nice step for the Mac OS X platform.

Also, a couple of notes. Someone mentioned they wanted to see Phoenix (mozilla/browser) for OS X. It's not going to happen. Chimera is the Phoenix for OS X, and will remain so according to the Mozilla developers.

KHTML vs. Gecko. Does it really matter if it's rendered with khtml or Gecko? They are both good standards-compliant browsers. Sure, the khtml engine is a bit smaller, but Gecko has a larger developer base? These points don't matter, at least to me.

Tabs. Everyone's complaining about tabs. I think the SnapBack feature remedies many of the needs for tabs. I would use tabs to open up each hit I wanted to investigate from a search page. Now, Command + Option + S brings me to the results page, regardless of how deep into the site I was. This is very handy.

Another thing I've noticed was mentioned by CodeBitch in her latest article -- http://www.macedition.com/cb/cb_20030106.php . Many people are switching from OmniWeb to Chimera because it looks good. No other reason. I tend to agree. If Safari can look good, and provide me support for the web technologies that matter to me, then I'll use it regularly. Sure, it's "Appearance" preference pane isn't as complete as Chimera's, but that can easily be remedied by using a style sheet of my own creation (an option that isn't available in Chimera, IIRC). Plus, another thing I've noticed just now, typing in text boxes on a web page is not as slow or otherwise horrible in Safari as it is in Chimera. (This is being posted from Safari.)

And if you don't like the "Textured" brushed metal look of the application, open its nib in IB, uncheck "Textured", save, and open. Presto, it's a regular Aqua app. And for whomever it was that stated there's no status bar, investigate the View menu. (IE6/Win had its status bar off on default for me, too.)

-- Rob