Safari (web browser)
Safari 2.0 under Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
|Latest release||2.0 / April 29, 2005|
|OS||Mac OS X|
Safari uses Apple's brushed metal user interface, has a bookmark management scheme that functions like the iTunes jukebox software, is integrated with Apple's QuickTime multimedia technology, and features a tabbed-browsing interface similar to that of Mozilla. A Google search box is a standard component of the Safari interface, as are software services which automatically fill out Web forms and which spellcheck entries into web page text fields.
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History and development
Until 1997, Apple Macintosh computers had been shipped with Netscape Navigator. Microsoft's Internet Explorer for Mac was included as the default web browser since then. In June 2003, Microsoft announced it would discontinue development of Internet Explorer for Macintosh. Internet Explorer for Mac 5.2.3 is included with OS X 10.3, but is no longer the default browser.
The code for rendering web pages is based on Konqueror's KHTML engine. As a result, Safari's internal layout engine (WebCore) is free software and is released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License. Improvements to the KHTML code are merged with the Konqueror project. Apple also released additional code under an open source 2-clause BSD-like license. The source code for the rest of the browser, including Apple's external GUI, however, has not been released.
Version 2.0 of Safari, released on April 29 2005 includes a built in RSS and Atom reader. Other features include private browsing (which does not record any information of your web visit), the ability to archive and e-mail webpages, the ability to search bookmarks, and a reported 1.8x speed boost over version 1.2.4.
The current development version of Safari at Apple is the first browser to pass the Acid2 test, which tests some of the CSS2 features, especially in the area of error handling.  However, the changes are not yet available to end-users.
|Safari version||Webcore version||Release date||Features|
|0.8||48||January 7 2003||Public Beta. Initial release at Macworld conference.|
|0.8.1||51||January 10 2003||Public Beta. Minor improvements recommended to all users.|
|0.8.2||60||February 12 2003||Public Beta. Improved compability with websites, XML support, improved stability, improved Macromedia Flash performance, improved support for web standards.|
|0.9||73||April 14 2003||Public Beta 2. Tabbed browsing, forms & passwords autofill, browser reset (removes cookies, cache and so on), Netscape and Mozilla bookmarks importing, improved support for web standards, improved AppleScript support, more localizations.|
|0.9||74||May 15 2003||Public Beta 2. Improved SSL certificate validation|
|1.0||85||June 23 2003||First non-beta release. Safari is now default Mac OS X browser, faster autotabs, support for iSync bookmark syncronization, all Mac OS X languages supported, more AppleScripts to control browser, improved support for web standards.|
|1.0||85.5||October 3 2003||10.2 only. Released with Mac OS X 10.2.8 update.|
|1.1||100||October 24 2003||10.3 only. Released with Mac OS X v10.3. Improved speed, improved support for web standards, improved CSS support.|
|1.1.1||100.1||November 19 2003||10.3 only. Released with Security Update 2003–11–19.|
|1.0.1||85.6||November 19 2003||10.2 only. Released with Security Update 2003–11–19.|
|1.2||125||February 2 2004||10.3 only. Improved compatibility with websites and web applications. Support for personal certificate authentication. Full keyboard access for navigation. Ability to resume interrupted downloads. LiveConnect support.|
|1.2.1||125.1||March 15 2004||10.3 only. Released with Mac OS X 10.3.3 update.|
|1.2.2||125.7||May 26 2004||10.3 only. Released with Mac OS X 10.3.4 update. Fixed problems with Hotmail attachments.|
|1.2.2||125.8||June 7 2004||10.3 only. Released with Security Update 2004–06–07. Resolves a security issue where the "Show in Finder" button would execute certain downloaded applications.|
|1.2.3||125.9||August 9 2004||10.3 only. Released with Mac OS X 10.3.5 update. Improved handling of GIF images.|
|1.2.4||125.11||November 5 2004||10.3 only. Released with Mac OS X 10.3.6 update. Removed 60 second timeout. Resolved problem with hard drive names that contain non-ASCII characters.|
|1.2.4||125.12||December 2 2004||10.3 only. Released with Security Update 2004–12–02. Resolves a couple of security issues; URL spoofing in the status bar and uncertainty about the origin of pop-up windows.  |
|1.3||312||April 15 2005||10.3 only. Released with 10.3.9. Included most of the rendering speed and website compatibility improvements that were developed for 2.0.|
|2.0||412||April 29 2005||10.4 only. Released with Mac OS X v10.4. Improved rendering speed and website compatibility. Integrated RSS and Atom reader. Integrated PDF viewer. Private Browsing mode and Parental Controls.|