By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015
I like my browsers minimal. Safari for Mac admittedly boasts an aesthetically pleasing, clutter-free interface. But if there’s one thing I’ve always hated about Apple’s browsers, it’s that status bar at the bottom of the Safari window.
Though it conveniently lets you know where a URL will take you, once turned on it annoyingly just sits there whether you actually need it or not. I prefer Google’s approach better: Chrome’s status bar discreetly shows only when hovering over a URL.
Wouldn’t it be great if Safari had a similar only-on-hover status bar? That’s what Minimal Status Bar, a new browser extension by San Francisco-based developer Visnu Pitiyanuvath, does for you. Read More
By Jake Smith on Dec 29, 2014
Microsoft is tired of the old-nature feel of Internet Explorer, and is building a new browser for Windows 10 that will look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox, according to ZDNet. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Dec 18, 2014
Glimpse is a new app that lets you pin one or more favorite webpages to the Today tab of Notification Center, allowing to have a quick glance at your most visited websites, without having to launch Safari. The Notification Center extension is particularly handy to check news-focused websites where information is often time sensitive, and where a quick look is usually enough to get an idea of what is going on, without necessarily unlocking the device and opening up the full web browser. Read More
By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014
Apple seeded Safari 8.0.3 for Yosemite to developers on Wednesday, along with Safari 7.1.3 beta for Mavericks and Safari 6.2.3 for Mountain Lion. The new version of Safari joins the new OS X 10.10.2 beta that was released to developers last Friday. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014
After releasing then pulling a update for the desktop Safari browser on OS X last week, Apple on Thursday posted Safari 8.0.2 for Yosemite.
In addition to allowing Yosemite users to import username and passwords from Mozilla’s Firefox browser, Safari 8.0.2 fixes a few annoying issues, among them history not syncing across devices if iCloud Drive is disabled and another one prevent a saved password from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain.
The update is available through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. A standalone installer should be available shortly from the Apple Support website. Safari 7.1.2 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2.2 for OS X Mountain Lion were also released on Thursday. Read More
By Jake Smith on Dec 2, 2014
Mozilla has long stayed away from bringing its Firefox web browser to iOS, however it’s looking to change its plans to “be where our users are”.
The company’s release manager, Lukas Bakk, took to Twitter on Tuesday announcing the company will develop Firefox for iOS. He didn’t provide word on when it may be released, or if it’s even in development yet, but it’s definitely comforting words for the Firefox fans out there – which includes our own Sebastien Page. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2014
A month ago, Google launched a new iPhone app called Inbox, a different take on email which uses Sparrow-like gestures to help you achieve Inbox Zero nirvana and surface the most relevant items that tend to get lost in an avalanche of unwanted emails users get bombarded with.
Available on iOS, Android and Chrome, Inbox leaves fans of Apple’s Safari browser in the dark. It’s fortunate that there’s a quick workaround to that, let me show you how.
Inbox is available free in the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2014
Have you ever “accidentally” visited a site on your iPhone only to immediately delete your entire history because you originally didn’t want to leave traces of your activity?
That’s exactly what has happened to me the other day and boy did I regret wiping my whole Safari history clean just because of one stupid page.
I assumed that iOS 8, like iOS 7, doesn’t allow for removing individual pages from browsing history.
Having done my research since, now I know better. Yes, it is in fact possible to remove a page, any previously visited page, from your browsing history in Safari on both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. It couldn’t be simpler, let me show you how. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014
For a large screen device like the iPhone 6 Plus or even the iPhone 6, it takes some serious thought when designing apps. That’s because it’s much more difficult to reach certain part of the screen using one hand, so developers have to design their apps with one-handed users in mind.
But where such thought may be lacking, a jailbreak tweak can go a long way towards enhancing the usability of certain apps. That’s definitely the case with this latest tweak called SafariRefresh. It adds a simple pull-to-refresh mechanism to Apple’s stock web browsing app, and the result is a much more usable refresh function on large screen devices. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014
A new jailbreak tweak has arrived to let you disable the frequently visited sites section in Safari for iOS 8. It’s appropriately called Disable Frequently Visited Sites, and it works immediately upon install. If you’ve found Safari’s frequently visited sites section to be a little arbitrary and/or intrusive, you should definitely check this tweak out. Full details inside. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2014
Safari has undergone some big changes in OS X Yosemite, but none are perhaps as controversial as the way that website addresses are displayed in the Search bar. By default, only the domain name and TLD (e.g. idownloadblog.com) of the website address is shown. The remaining portion of the address is hidden in an effort to, as best I can guess, promote a clean looking Search bar like that of Safari on iOS.
If cleanliness and closer look to the iOS version of Safari was indeed the motivation behind the change, then there’s no doubt that Safari’s engineers succeeded in their goal. I personally think that the Search bar looks better by hiding the full website address.
But there’s no denying that you are giving up something by hiding the full address, and I can definitely understand why people would be upset at this. The full address can still be viewed, but it requires that you click in the Search bar to do so. That extra click is too much for many people out there, and again, I understand.
With that in mind, Safari’s engineers have made it possible to get the full website address back into the Search bar at all times in just a simple few steps. Check inside to see how. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014
Safari on iOS 8 has been found to support animated PNG images (APNG), a standard conceived as a replacement for animated GIF, as discovered by MacRumors on Monday.
The Animated Portable Network Graphics file format was proposed in 2004, but failed to take off as a replacement for the animated GIF file format widely used to embed short animations online.
Unlike animated GIFs, APNG files support 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency not available for GIFs. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014
First demoed at WWDC 2014 back in June, Microsoft’s Bing translation widget and custom actions for Safari and the Notification Center in iOS 8 is now available by way of an update to the free Bing Search app for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. Available free of charge in the App Store, the new Bing Search 5.0.1 also contains bug fixes.
As shown on the screenshots top of post, enabling the Bing Search Translation action in Safari requires that you bring up the Share sheet in Safari. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2014
As our own Jeff told you back in November 2013, Awesome Screenshot, a desktop web app for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari, is arguably the best way to capture an entire web page as an image on OS X.
Thanks to the various extensibility features introduced in iOS 8, this nifty little utility is now available as a screenshot extension for Safari on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8.
Upon downloading the free app from the App Store, Awesome Screenshot will allow you to capture a screenshot of any webpage simply by choosing it in Safari’s Share menu.
Not only can you capture images of web pages on mobile devices with ease, but also annotate and share them with others using Apple’s stock sharing choices or a number of third-party Share extensions available in the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014
Apple on Thursday released an update to its desktop Safari browser for Macs running OS X Mavericks which contains improvements to compatibility and security while introducing a pair of new options for strengthening your privacy when searching.
The first such feature turns on SSL encryption for all Yahoo searches conducted from Safari’s search field. As a result, no one can eavesdrop on what you’re searching for online.
The other adds DuckGoGo, a search engine that does not track you (Google won’t like this) as a built-in option in the search field. Note that Safari in iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite already includes DuckGoGo as an option.
Safari 7.1 has arrived on the heels of yesterday’s OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update which contains Safari 7.0.6 and improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014
Late yesterday, Apple released Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.6 for OS X Mountain Lion.
The releases contain improvements to security related to Apple’s desktop browser and are both recommended for all OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion users.
These updates follow the release of a new version of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (build 13F14) that Apple released to developers yesterday… Read More
By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 10, 2014
Last week, we presented you a list of best jailbreak tweaks to enhance the stock Messages app on your jailbroken iOS 7 device. Today, we’ve decided to list the best jailbreak tweaks that will improve your web browsing experience on Safari.
Safari has been greatly improved on since it was first released along iPhoneOS 1. With iOS 7, it saw the addition of various new features such as iCloud Keychain, unified address and search bar, Private browsing mode and more. However, it still has some restrictions and lacks various features that prevent it from being an all-in-one web browser for iOS.
To enjoy more features and get rid of some of its limitations, read our complete list of best jailbreak tweaks for Safari on iOS 7… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2014
Whenever a new iPhone, iPod touch or iPad comes along, I always go for maximum storage.
Call me insane, but I’m inclined to keeping tons of photos, videos and apps stored directly on the device due to the nature of my work here at iDownloadBlog.
I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that such digital files add up quickly in terms of storage space. Now, there are plenty of strategies out there that can help you get the most out of your iOS device’s storage.
Today, I want to focus on Safari’s Reading List. Having debuted in iOS 5, this useful albeit storage-consuming feature has been around for nearly three years now.
If you save webpages for later to Safari’s Reading List, this tutorial will teach you how to reclaim storage space lost over caching by deleting Safari’s Offline Reading List cache… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 20, 2014
One of the useful features of iCloud is that it allows you to synchronize your bookmarks between your Mac and iPhone. In fact, the cloud service can be used to sync bookmarks between any iCloud-compatible Apple product without much effort. For our beginners out there, we’ve prepared this guide on how to sync bookmarks between Mac and iPhone using Safari. Read ahead for the step-by-step instructions… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 19, 2014
Call me nitpicky, but there’s this tiny little feature in Google’s Chrome for iOS that I wish every mobile browser had: the ability to request a desktop version of a mobile site. Often times when you visit a website the server would detect your mobile device and automatically serve a mobile-optimized webpage.
For the most part, this works for the vast majority of normals. However, power users may have their own reasons for wanting to browse full-blown desktop websites on their mobile devices.
Responding to user feedback, Apple built a new Request Desktop Site feature into Safari on iOS 8. I quite like it and am positive that my Chrome usage will decrease as a result… Read More