Thursday, March 27, 2008
Safari on Windows Redux
Back when Apple first released Safari for Windows, I posted about 10 things that were broken about it. Now that Apple has released the first non-beta version (3.1) let's revisit that list:
- Can't add custom search engines.
- Double clicking on the tab bar to create a new tab doesn't work. Fixed!
- Ctrl-Enter in the address bar doesn't autocomplete to www. .com. Fixed!
- Middle clicking on a tab doesn't close it.
- Can't close the last tab.
- Grabs IE and Firefox bookmarks by default but doesn't display them in the Bookmarks menu. Doesn't grab Opera bookmarks.
- Doesn't use the standard RSS icon.
- Doesn't follow Windows UI conventions. Cannot resize using any border. Fixed!
- Breaks Fitt's Law! There is a one pixel hole in the maximized Safari at the top right corner. Moving the mouse to the top right corner and clicking closes the maximized window underneath Safari! Fixed!
- Complex font rendering broken e.g. Devanagari. Fixed!
Another improvement in Safari 3.1 is a hidden preference to enable GDI+ based text rendering on Windows (ClearType!) More details here.