Back to Safari

Safari has lagged behind Chrome in features but is slowly catching up.

Chrome arriving on Mac was an amazing upgrade in the normal browsing experience. However, Safari’s new features and battery savings in Mavericks prodded me into giving it another try.

A few utilities made it a lot easier to use Safari:

  • YouTube5 enables many YouTube videos that would otherwise not work.
  • command-number-tab can power using ⌘1, ⌘2, etc. for switching tabs.

Update 2015-06-14: Safari in OS X 10.11 adds a preference for doing the ⌘1..N shortcut without needing a hacky extension.

There are also a few really important shortcuts to pick up fast:

  • ⇧⌘\ opens the “tab expose”; you can then swipe left and right or use the arrow keys to switch tabs. (There’s a gesture, too, but two-finger pinch-out isn’t easy.)
  • ⇧⌘R opens the reader view, which seems better than I remember. It saves scroll positions when you click links, and reformats text impressively.
  • ⇧⌘L opens the bookmarks sidebar, which I’ve found quick and easy.

Zooming is really clean: like in iOS, you can two-finger pinch to fluidly zoom in; and two-finger tap will intelligently zoom to fit the content.

I’ve still itched for Chrome a few times, especially when trying to sign into a second session on a webpage or use it logged out: I end up using Chrome’s incognito windows fairly often. These happen fairly often in my workflow.

Overall, I think Safari suits my needs pretty well without needing to bother with Flash or overwhelming extension use like in Firefox. It uses less power than Chrome, and just feels faster.