October 3, 2012

Safari, It lasted

I published this post last month and I outlined some reasons why I felt Safari would not remain my browser of choice going forward. Well, I was wrong––It's been my preferred browser ever since I wrote that post, and I've surprised myself on just how dependent I've become on Safari.

One of the reasons I provided for thinking I would not stick with Safari was due to the large chunks of system memory it was eating away, inexplicably. But I upgraded my RAM to that of an 8GB, so the GB of memory Safari is consuming is not too bad now.
I do occasionally use Chrome when I'm hacking something on one of my websites and prefer to see how the end results look in another browser besides Safari. It still sits in my dock, albeit, I've decided to use the Chrome Canary (development build) as my default to take advantage of the beta features Google decides to preview before it's released on the stable build. The peace of mind Safari has given me has been unmatched by Google's Chrome browser. Most notably, I don't get the persistent and annoying, shockwave flash has crashed error. One of the main reasons I held back on switching from Chrome to Safari was because of Google's gigantic library of browser extensions and apps. My main ones being: Google's Dictionary, Adblock, Evernote web clipper, Clearly, GMail checker and Google Voice. 

Chrome also has this extension where you just double-click on a word and it's definition shows up, without having to select "lookup"like you would do in Safari. I presume there's an Automator task to get this done, I just haven't found the time to research. Any help? The Evernote web clipper and Adblock extensions are available for Apple's Safari, and I'd say I use those two extensions about 70% of my time browsing the web. Adblock is a very cool extension that blocks any ad on a webpage. Facebook hasn't looked cleaner! The Reader button in Safari performs the same (but better) function as the Clearly browser extension, which is used to strip down webpages so only the needed content is seen--void of any ads or sidebar plugins. I really could not live without this feature since I do lot of reading on the web. Yes, I know Instapaper solves this problem, but sometimes saving a webpage and opening up another app to read is just a long process. Hitting the Reader option in Safari to transform the page to just text is a WIN.

Mountain Lion also came with iCloud tabs, and it engulfs Chrome's tabbed syncing from my point of view. iCloud tabs just seems to work better for me since I use Safari as my default browser on the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It gives me that unified symbiotic experience across all my devices, and that works well for me.

Sent from Ed's iPhone

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