Apple releases new update for Safari 5, introduces Safari Extensions Gallery

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We recently reported about Firefox’s new feature designed to offer a superior browsing experience. Now, Apple has introduced a new update to the Safari 5 browser, simplifying surfing, searching and other web activities for millions of people across the globe. It has also turned on Safari extensions and brought the Safari Extensions Gallery to the fore with Safari 5.0.1.

After infusing extensions support in Safari 5 this June, the company opened doors for developers to create new features with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript web standards. Now, the Safari Extensions Gallery will accelerate the process of adding powerful new attributes to the browser from toolbars which would display live web feeds. It will also enable developers to sieve web content and thereby access the most important information.

“Safari 5 has been a big hit, and user response to the innovative new Safari Reader has been fantastic,” beamed Brian Croll, Apple’s Vice President of OS X Product Marketing. “We’re thrilled to see so many leading developers creating great extensions and think our users are going to love being able to customize Safari.”

With the new Safari 5.0.1, users can easily download and install extensions either from the gallery or from the developer’s website. Further, they can carry out these activities with a single click and without restarting the browser. Plus, extensions will be updated automatically and users will only have to click once for disabling or enabling individual extensions as well as the entire range.

The company proclaims that every extension is signed with a digital certificate from Apple. This restricts interference and verifies the authenticity of updates from the original developer. The extensions are so designed that information from users’ systems and websites other than those prescribed by the developer cannot be accessed. Besides, they run only in the browser, augmenting its stability factor.

“We’re excited to continue working closely with Apple to bring visually compelling Bing experiences to Safari,” remarked Jeff Henshaw, General Manager of Bing User Experience. “The Bing Extension for Safari brings Bing search intelligence to everyday browsing with Safari. When a user selects text in Safari, Bing instantly recognizes what they might need and pops up helpful, informative tips, from real time maps and driving directions to real time translations to direct web search results.”

Several companies have expressed their pleasure regarding the web browser which has enabled them to deliver enhanced services to their customers. Amazon.com, for instance, has stated that the browser facilitates rapid creation of the Add to Amazon Wish List extension. With this addition, Amazon’s visitors can swiftly and effortlessly add items from any website to the wish list on the website with a simple click.

The Safari Reader embedded in the browser is said to present single and multipage articles on the Internet. Allowing viewers to read in a new, scrollable design, it eliminates clutter and distracting content. The Nitro JavaScript engine in this version of the browser hastens Javascript operation by almost 30 percent as opposed to Safari 4. Additionally, the browser which has been developed on the open source WebKit engine incorporates several dynamic HTML5 features and is capable of yielding media-rich experiences including full screen playback and closed captions for videos.

Users with Mac OS X and Windows can download the Safari 5 browser without paying any charges from Apple’s official website. Those operating their Apple computing devices will require Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 or later to surf the Web using the updated Safari 5 browser. Windows users too will need either Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista or Windows 7 with a minimum 256MB of memory along with at least a 500MHz Intel Pentium processor.