Apple Safari

Apple Safari

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 767 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    2,583,959
  • Date Added:
    November 18, 2010
  • File Size:
    36.71MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,021
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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The previous version of Safari for Windows dramatically changed the nature of the browser from something of an unfinished curiosity to an alternative with seriously quick chops. It lacked many of the customization features that define most other browsers, but certain unique default features, such as the visually impressive, Cover Flow-inspired Top Sites and history viewing, made it worth checking out for more users besides just browser enthusiasts and jaded reviewers.

Though Safari 5 continues the push for speed, able to surpass (by some tests) bleeding-edge JavaScript engines from Google and Opera, Apple continues to place feature development farther down the totem pole of importance. That doesn't mean that new features have been ignored. There's the new Reader option that streamlines how you read articles, broader support for HTML5, default support for searches on Bing, and performance improvements. However, the biggest new feature of them all--Extensions--won't be available until later this summer according to Apple, and depending on what you're looking for in a browser, Safari can be seen as lacking many helpful options.

Installation and setup
Safari 5 is easy to install, although the time it takes to run the installer feels longer than its major alterna-browser competitors of Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. It updates using the Apple Software Updater, which may opt you in to other Windows-based Apple programs when it detects an update. Safari does not come with an uninstaller, and so it must be removed using the default Windows Add/Remove Programs tool or a third-party remover.

Interface
Safari's interface hasn't changed much from Safari 4. Navigation remains on top in this version, with Back and Forward buttons, the location bar, the search box, current page menu, and preferences menu. Whereas both Safari and Chrome are based on WebKit, Safari has opted to keep its tabs below the navigation bar and retain its brushed gray interface. It will look the same on Windows XP or Windows 7, since there's no real support for Aero Glass. In many ways, it's not as minimal as Chrome or Opera, and feels a bit older because of it.

The bookmarks bar appears by default just below the navigation bar, and on all but significantly older computers users should see links to show all bookmarks and show Top Sites on the left.

The status bar remains hidden by default, which would be acceptable if there was another way to view a link's URL before clicking on it. Chrome manages a small pop-up at the bottom of the browser, but since Safari doesn't, we recommend forcing the status bar to appear for safety reasons. It's never a good idea to click blindly on a link, and it's unfortunate that the default Safari encourages this behavior. The status bar can be forced to appear from the View option on the menu bar, which is also hidden by default. You can force show the menu bar at the top of the Preferences menu, or by hitting the Alt key.

Features and support
Safari 5 comes with a new way to look at paginated stories and galleries, some helpful lesser feature improvements, and the promise of Extensions. As noted earlier, though, Apple has decided to not include many options that Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, and even Safari's cousin Chrome have.

The official late summer street date for the new Extensions gallery leaves many questions up for debate. Apple has said that the new framework restricts which extensions can be installed to those that have been approved by Apple. It's not clear at this time if or how that system will be different from the add-on networks supported by Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox, but given Apple's heavy hand in content control on the newly renamed iOS, it's not unreasonable to expect the company to take that approach as well with Safari Extensions.

Apple has created a Safari Developer Program to guide, and perhaps curate, extension development, and to that end has allowed users to toggle on the Extensions menu from the Advanced tab under Preferences. This will add the Develop menu to the menu bar, from which you'll need to click on Enable Extensions. Extensions can be added from one of the unofficial Safari Extensions collections, and managed from the Extensions tab that should now appear in the Preferences windows. At the time this review was written, most extensions had been ported from Google Chrome since both browsers share the same rendering engine.

The most interesting new feature in Safari that's ready to use is the Reader button. This button appears at the right side of the location bar when you load a site with pagination, such as a multipage article or gallery. Hitting it will open an overlay window that combines all pages into a single, scrollable format and tints out the site beneath, including ads and other distractions. Any embedded pictures or videos remain viewable, although, like the text of the story, they lose their site-specific formatting in favor of the Reader's defaults. Reader also comes with five buttons at the bottom of the frame that appear only when you mouse over them. You can zoom in, zoom out, e-mail the page, or print the page in its Reader format.

Reader is a more limited version of the code used in the Readability bookmarklet. What's innovative about the Safari version is that Apple decided to include it at all, but because it's such an obvious feature to include in a Web browser, it wouldn't be surprising to see others follow suit. Besides reactivating formatting options such as font size, what's keeping this feature from being really impressive is a lack of sharing beyond e-mail. It'd be great if you could use it to immediately share an article on Twitter or Facebook.

HTML5 gets a lot of love in Safari 5, pushing the browser to the top of the list of HTML5 browser versions that aren't in beta or development. Safari now supports HTML5-based full-screen video playback, video closed captioning, geolocation, drag and drop, forms validation, HTML5 Ruby, EventSource, and WebSocket. But in an odd turn from Apple, the HTML5 demo Web site is restricted to Safari browsers only.

Safari now comes with local searches enabled from the location bar, so as you type your query you can see how it relates to your history and bookmarks. However, there's still no location-bar-based Web search, something that Firefox, Chrome, and Opera have had for varying but lengthy amounts of time. Safari has also added Bing search to its default search engine options, but again, its competitors have allowed full search engine customization for a long time.

Although its search abilities may not be up to par with the competition, Safari has begun to introduce a modicum of tab customization. The Tab window in Preferences gives you far more customizations than before, including opening into a new tab, some control over the tab focus on new tabs, and confirmation before closing multiple tabs. Safari 5 does not offer a session manager; it also doesn't natively respect your default browser for opening links. To change this, you'll need to go to the General tab under Preferences and change the default Web browser setting.

These deficiencies certainly won't kill Safari, but they're odd ones to leave out.

Performance
Safari's performance has definitely been improved, and it remains the browser's strongest selling point, in part because of the hardware acceleration (only in the Windows version, read more about hardware acceleration here) and DNS prefetching. Part of that is because of the improvements made to the Nitro JavaScript engine.

On a Windows 7 x86, running on an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 at 2.53GHz, with 3GB of RAM, Safari notched an average of 465.5 milliseconds over three cold-boot runs on the SunSpider JavaScript test. The current stable version of Chrome released today, version 5.0.375.70, scored 525.19 ms. The disparity between the Mac versions was far greater. On a Mac OS X 10.6.3, running on the same Intel chip as the Windows 7 computer but with 4GB of RAM, Safari 5 completed the SunSpider tests in 351.7 ms. Google Chrome took 498.67 ms. Though the developer's version of Chrome comes in at 356.9 ms on the Windows 7 computer, indicating that Safari's benchmarks can be not only achieved but surpassed, Safari's the only stable public version with these numbers.

Conclusion
Speed is important, but it's not the only judge of a good browser. With the exception of the unique Reader feature, Safari 5 does more to bring Apple's browser into line with other browsers than actually trailblazing, and even with the improvements made to this version, Safari still lacks many of the small but useful features competitors offer. For raw JavaScript speed, Safari is at the head of the pack for now, but Apple's focus on other user needs remains less than exemplary.

 
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3 stars

"Fast but way out dated."

July 17, 2014  |  By TECHCRZY

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

ummm dunno its fast!

Cons

Way to out dated
Does not render correctly
Made by mac

Summary

Waste your time if you want
Why is this on c-net?
Why don't we just bring back IE 6 and put it on a mac..lol

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1 stars

"Worked fair but outdated for windows not sure if safe"

April 29, 2014  |  By musicman4you

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

It was easy to use.

Cons

Well I could not get any extensions at all.Told me it couldn't go to the Apple page but showed it..I would have liked to at least had Adblock or something.Windows users don't get to use the new updated version 6 for Mac users.Also it would not work for Youtube.My concern is with no extensions for windows like Adlock and 2 years old with no updates is it really safe.I used it for 2 days and deleted it.Went back to Opera 12.16 with security update that made it 12.17.I also will try Comodo icedragon.I read good things about it and good security,I don't care for Firefox or Chrome.

Summary

Look under my cons.If we could use the new updated version 6 that Mac users have it would be better.I couldn't get any extensions and youtube did not work.Is it safe ??? I don't know.I would try something else.

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5 stars

"Is it also the best for Windows 8.1 !"

December 10, 2013  |  By Rudi Namnick

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

wont be without!

Cons

Google, no way!

Summary

Let's check for the newest

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1 stars

"crap and more crap"

November 22, 2013  |  By simply2sweet

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

there is none for me

Cons

keeps crashing and after deleted the software, it want come off of my computer

Summary

bad very bad I went back to IE , I know it bad too but aleast IE it not taking u extra space on you computer .

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5 stars

"BROWSER IS REDEFINED"

September 15, 2013  |  By dhirodatta

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

A browser with the most fluid UI I have ever used. And after using this one, I wont say Google Chrome is the fastest browser.

Best part is it wont confuse you

Cons

I am really trying hard to find some. After hopping around to too many browsers, I've found Safari. It haven't let me down.

Summary

I've been looking for a browser which is clean, not a clutter of unwanted functionalities, when you don want them in front of more useful ones...
I have used Chrome, Firefox, Waterfox, Internet explorer, Opera, Comodo Dragon browser (A copy of Chrome) and finally Safari. I'm finally at peace

1. Chrome is all great, but uses too many processes in the background, so hard to understand when to control any specific of them. Efficient use of memory is second best to Safari, because Safari uses your RAM about 500 Mb- 700Mb But ensures you hassle free browsing

2. Mozilla, is great on add-on collection but mammoth on memory usage. Open a 20 tabs, and u are done for the day

3. Internet explorer has the market share because it's the default browser, but when comes to handle multiple tabs, it sucks like no one else. And you want to personalize?, feels like a reaped naked interface with no idea where to edit stuff. Google search might help you.
Worst part is, You find your add-on digging in the internet, to make it work like you want... voila!! it chooses its own add-on to enable. You wont even able to enable them (unless you are a topnotch windows geek)

4. Opera is a GODZILLA of RAM usage, if MOzilla is the mammoth. you know what i mean...

5. Comodo browser is a cheap, poor copy of Chrome

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6. Safari. Its beyond the above all. Give it a try, have patience for 15 minutes to learn the UI which is not a mash up of the above jerks, stealing each other's features and even UI... you will love to use it. Every single thing, from full screen functionality to add-ons, its doesn't compromise on anything. Surely a premium browser from a premium brand. Give it a try.

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1 stars

"Crashes multiple times a day on Windows 7 X64."

July 12, 2013  |  By J3J0nes

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

Works well when it wants to.

Cons

Every hours or so a message box will pop up saying "Safari has stopped responding." WIth the only option being to press ok and let it close completely. After that you must start it up again for another few hours before the same thing happens.

I also noticed when you press the back button it will return all the tabs to the previous state rather than just going back one page on the current tab. YOu can however get around this by right clicking on the page you want to go back on and the clicking on "back" from the drop down list.

Summary

When it works it is pretty fast and it seems to be a great browser. However, there are still serious problems that Apple need to fix and have neglected. If they want any hope of converting all those windows and google fans across to apple products they should make their software more stable for a start.

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1 stars

"It isn't "FAST", and doesn't recognize some sites."

June 03, 2013  |  By denisespascual

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

The layout is nice.. simple.. colors are pleasant to the eyes.

Cons

I was entering a site @ Safari.. and it says "Not found" . I tried the link on Google Chrome and it worked. And, it isn't fast as the description is saying.

Summary

I recommend you to stay with Google Chrome/Firefox.

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5 stars

"fastest browser there is kinda nice!!!"

April 11, 2013  |  By jaymans

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

Everything about it's great

Cons

None that I see

Summary

Thought Opera was fast think I might keep Safari like it more fast nice browsers!!!!

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1 stars

"Worst. Browser. Ever."

April 01, 2013  |  By derek8d

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

It's optimized for Macintosh users and it's simple to use.

Cons

It's lags CONSTANTLY. It got on my nerve so much, I decided to create an account and write this review on how badly it runs. There is never a time when I can get even 5 minutes of just smoothness and a lag-free environment. And I know it's not my computer's problem, as Chrome works perfectly for me, but, for various reasons, I am stuck to using Safari. And the worst part is, I use a Macbook that came with this browser. Simply said, Safari is a piece of crap.

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3 stars

"Slow As Hell"

January 09, 2013  |  By techcrazey

 |  Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

Pros

Works On Windows 7 Ultimate. I Wish That When People Left Comments They Would Let People Know What OS System Programs Worked Or Did Not Work On. Reviews Without Details Are Not Worth Leaving.

Cons

Laggy And CPU Heavy. Pages Take Forever To Load At TIMES.

Summary

Its Ok

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.3
  • More-accurate Top Hit results in the address field
  • More-accurate results in Top Sites
  • Fixes an issue that could cause content delivered with the Flash 10.1 plug-in to overlap Web page content
  • More reliable pop-up blocking
  • Improved stability when typing into search and text input fields on Netflix and Facebook
  • Improved stability when using JavaScript-intensive extensions
  • Improved stability when using VoiceOver with Safari
General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date November 18, 2010
Date Added November 18, 2010
Version 5.0.3
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 36.71MB
File Name SafariSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,583,959
Downloads Last Week 5,021
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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