Editors' Note: The download link is only for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. A download for the Lion version is currently not available. The 10.7 version update can be downloaded through the App Store's Software Updates section.
Safari has been Apple's Web browser for many years, and the company keeps making improvements to it at regular intervals. Originally designed to be a Web browser with the Mac OS look and feel, Safari has been part of the Apple family a long time. Apple support isn't the only reason to use it, though; it has other strengths.
With the latest releases, you can do many tasks that used to require multiple apps or a lot of keystrokes. For example, you can send a tweet or post content to Facebook from within Safari. If you visit a site on your MacBook or iMac and have iCloud integration, the same page can be pushed to your iPhone or iPad so you don't have to look for it twice. There's a private-browsing feature that hides your tracks, too. In the recent versions of Safari there aren't separate search and URL fields; there's one text-entry area and Safari figures out what you want. Autofill and smart-search options suggest Web sites before you've typed the entire URL. There's support for multiple browser windows with thumbnail overviews, with quick zooming in and out.
While the era of radical changes to Web browsers has gone by, small improvements that help navigation and cut down on keystrokes are always welcome. Safari has always been the standard browser of Mac users, and by continuing to develop its product, Apple has kept it that way. The latest version of Safari continues that tradition.
The new advanced features in Safari make it an even better place to explore the web. Safari searches even smarter so you'll find web pages faster. It shows you all your open tabs in a great new way. Right from Safari, you can tweet web pages, post them to Facebook, or share them via Mail or Messages. And with even more features, browsing is just the beginning. Now there's one simple field for both search terms and web addresses. When you enter a web address, Safari takes you right to the web page -- and even fills in the entire URL. Safari finds what you're looking for in a faster and smarter way. As you type in the field, Safari stays one step ahead and suggests a Top Hit -- the closest match to what you're looking for. Safari uses pages from your bookmarks and history to find a Top Hit, so you find the right web page fast. Tab View gives you the big picture of your browsing. Just pinch to see all your open tabs. Swipe left or right to move between them. And tap a tab to go right to the website. Multi-Touch makes Tab View a fun and natural way to browse. iCloud Tabs makes the last websites you had open on your Mac available in Safari on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. So you can go from one device to another without having to search for the web pages you were reading. It happens without syncing. Just click the iCloud Tabs button in the Safari toolbar to see the web pages you last viewed on any device. The URLs are encrypted for privacy. If you don't want the web pages you view on your Mac to be visible on your other devices, you can turn on Private Browsing. Now you can share anything you come across on the web right when you come across it -- without leaving Safari. Just click the Share button, then choose how you want to send it off. Share web pages using Mail or Messages. Post them on Facebook.2 Tweet links. And even add comments and locations. A single sign-on sets up Facebook and Twitter for Safari, so you need to log in only once. If you want to send a web page using Mail, Safari gives you four options. Send it in Reader format so text appears in a clean, clutter-free format. Send the entire web page in your message. Send the web page as a PDF attachment. Or just send the link.
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