“Designers and photographers—or just any users who want truly accurate colors in their browser images, will be pleased with [Apple’s Safari 3.1 for Windows] browser. For color correction, Safari honors Web images’ ICC profile. Font rendering also takes advantage of Apple’s design technology chops. You get a choice of four font-smoothing options, with suggestion for what works best on CRTs and flat panels. The fonts do, indeed, look nice and Mac-like,” Michael Muchmore reports for PC Magazine.
“Safari 3.1 passes the Acid2 browser test from the Web Standards Project with flying colors. The test evaluates compliance with HTML and CSS standards. In addition, the Windows and Mac versions both score a 75, the highest score I’ve seen, on Acid3, which tests DOM2, XHTML 1.0, and some CSS3 compliance. By comparison, Firefox 2 gets only a 53, while Internet Explorer 7 earns a measly 12 points. Sadly, the old standards leader, Opera, gets to about 40 and then promptly crashes—the only browser I’ve tested that crashes the test,” Muchmore reports.
“In a couple of days’ use of the new browser, I wasn’t able to crash it once. I ran it on Windows XP SP2, Vista, and Mac OS X Leopard without incident,” Muchmore reports.
“Safari’s Private Browsing option will appeal to many, and it’s a feature I haven’t seen in other browsers. When you activate it, nothing from your current session is saved—no cookies, cached pages, or form entries. This is much better than the choice other browsers make to delete all private data. It lets you keep cookies and form entries you want, like log-ins for other sites you use,” Muchmore reports.
“Safari doesn’t support ActiveX, saving you from the fear of downloading nasty code but preventing you from the pleasure of using sites that require it. Since the Mac can’t run ActiveX, it didn’t make sense for Apple to build support for it into the Windows browser. The company believes you shouldn’t need a Windows PC to use any Web site,” Muchmore reports.
MacDailyNews Take: Define “pleasure.” Imagine the unmitigated gall of believing that the Web shouldn’t be proprietary and require an inferior PC running a substandard browser!
“If you use a Mac at home but a PC at work, Safari for Windows offers a way for your at-work Web to feel more familiar and comfortable. The browser also boasts some industry-leading speed and standards support, and has a few clever browsing tricks up its sleeve as well. You’ll still need to keep old Firefox or Internet Explorer for the occasional site that doesn’t play well with the newcomer, but for most everyday browsing, Safari will get the job done elegantly and swiftly,” Muchmore reports.
Full review, 4 out of 5 stars, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Island Girl” for the heads up.]