I've gone full circle on Browsers. Back to Safari

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GimmeSlack12, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I had originally used Safari for a long time but slowly got lured away by Firefox and it's plugins. After a while I got annoyed FF's sluggish interface, and moved onto Camino for a long time. A smoother interface and I was convinced that it loaded faster than FF. I am still convinced that it is faster than FF. But recently I hit a website that did not like Camino, and so I switched over to Safari real quick to access that site, and woah... I realized something I had forgotten.
    Safari is fast.

    So here I am again back on Safari and thinking I'll stay here for a while.
    Anyone else agree that Safari is faster than those Mozilla browsers?
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Safari has never given me a reason to switch.

    Admitted, it was tought the first year (I mean it's a good thing I wanted to support the platform), but I think they have a really fine browser now.

    Now some W3C snob may have issues with it, but I don't.
  3. Ashapalan macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2005
    I went safari - firefox - safari.

    It was during the apple event in Jan, firefox didn't update the macrumors live page without me physically refreshing which was a real pain, halfway through i switched to safari and found i had missed half a dozen updates.

    I couldn't be doing with that, i find safari a brilliant web browser and will continue to use it in the future. Much better for installing downloads from apple such as widgets too, becuase it is all integrated, one of the reasons i switched to a Mac in the first place
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I'm with iGary. I've always used Safari and have only ever run into problems once, with the Dell Australia online store. To be honest, that site is sprogged on anything but Explorer for PC anyway.

    I only have Safari installed on both of my Macs. :cool:

    Of course, I only have Explorer installed on my Dell (which I had to buy from a friend's PC), so maybe my opinion doesn't really count anyway.
  5. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Houston we have a problem.

    Safari doesn't do Video Google or YouTube!!!???!?!?! WTF? Flip4Mac is installed and works fine for CNN.com on my other browsers, but Safari is not doing anything about it. What is going on?!
    Please tell me I'm doing something wrong cause this is unnacceptable.
  6. UKnjb macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2005
    London, UK
    FWIW, I found Safari OK, but everyone was saying that Firefox and Camino were so much better/faster. So I tried both of them. Yup, certainly I found them faster, but more 'clunky' than Safari. And then someone else was raving about Shiira, so I tried that (about 7 months ago) and it has been the best of the bunch, IMHO.

    So I have stuck with that. It's been ---- great. Fast, streamlined, sleek uncluttered interface. Never bombed on a site yet.
  7. Dale Cooper macrumors regular

    Dale Cooper

    Sep 20, 2005
    It should work with flip4mac.
  8. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    All those sites work fine for me. When I was on Panther with Safari 1.x I couldn't get CNN vid's to work. But on Tiger with Safari 2.x that is now fixed.

    I do have flip4mac installed, I didn't realize any of those sites were WindowsMedia related. Why not try reinstalled Flip4Mac and see what happens?

  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    All of the features you just mentioned work perfectly fine in Safari on my computer.
  10. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    I don't think those sites use WMV anyway... I think it's all Flash video. Work fine for me in Safari.
  11. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    update flash and shockwave.

    safari is the shiznay, best browser ever.
  12. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Mhm. I'm still on Camino. It's a zillion times faster than Safari on my Mac mini (Intel).
  13. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I found my problem.

    Safari>Preferences>Security: Enable Plug-Ins, was NOT checked.

    Have no idea how it got turned off, but everything is Peachy-Keen now.
  14. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    I mostly use Safari but at times when I am on dial-up I use SeaMonkey as it seems to be faster (granted I don't have a frack load of bookmarks).
  15. XNine macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2005
    Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
    Safari owns the rest of the browsers in speed, features, and ease of use. It's really sad that Omniweb 5 sucks compared to it's 4.5 counterpart. Omniweb 4.5 was the ebst browser ever. No Safari has taken it's place.
  16. ke2000 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    big hell country
    I use safari and camino. The latter is for sites safari would suck. I also found that Saft did slow down safari. So there you go a tip: avoid using those(another i can think of is pixehelmet), the additional features from system change shareware sacrifices good browsing experience. Keep the system clean and neat.
  17. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Has anyone tried Opera?
    I guess i will :)
    I Love safari but will play around with anything just to test it.
  18. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I tried Opera briefly, but after using Safari, Camino, FireFox I couldn't be bothered to try out another browser. I've heard Opera does well though.
  19. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    IMO there is no real advantage to either FF or Safari with respect to each other, so I use both. The only real differences for my use are that FF forces new pages to open in new tabs instead, which is nice, and Safari as native spellcheck and private browsing (yeah, it is useful even without porn. :p). Camino is faster, but less full-featured, so I don't have it on my computer any more.
  20. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Safari always bogged down after a few minutes on my mini w/515MB memory under both Panther and Tiger, but runs great now on my PB w/1GB and Tiger. I always seemed to prefer the look and feel of Safari, but could never make it work for me before. Now that is mostly all that I use. I just wish that it had a multi-tab homepage setting and session saver like in FF.
  21. Abulia macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    I'm almost back to Safari. Rendering with Firefox on sites like CNN or ESPN is just sooooo slooooooow. :mad:

    Are there plugins to make Safari look/feel more like Firefox? For example, the drop down list of your history?
  22. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I use Firefox on my Mac because I have to use Firefox at work.

    With the 'Foxmarks' extension, I have both set to sync the bookmarks to a ftp server. Any bookmark I add at home shows up automatically at work, and vice-versa.

    If there was a way I could do this with Safari at home and Firefox at work, I'd definately start using Safari!
  23. swindmill macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2005
    When I first switched, I use Camino only for quite some time, before giving Safari a chance. Since then I mostly use Safari because it has more features than Camino and is cleaner looking (when uno-fied). I can't imagine ever having a different primary browser.
  24. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    That 'Foxmarks' extension looks like exactly what I have been needing for years. I just wish (like yourself) that there was a way to also synchronize Safari. Keeping them synchronized even on the same computer is nearly impossible.
  25. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    Stuck with Safari since the begining. Probably wont ever switch.

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