Zooming webpages on Safari 6

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by andy8, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. andy8 macrumors regular

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    This is a problem I have been having for ages. I do not fancy the current '2-finger zoom' on trackpad to make websites bigger on Safari. I instead would love to have the '2-finger zoom' affect that Chrome provides - whereby the page's format is preserved, while at the same time, the whole webpage appears larger. (If you could understand what I mean).

    Chrome also saves the state of the zoomed webpage even after closing and re-launching the application. For example if I click ('Command' '+' '+') on (AppleInsider.com) to double zoom the page and when I close the webpage or exit Chrome ; upon relaunching, Chrome saves/remembers my last zoom setting on (AppleInsider.com). Remembering the saved state of the web browser zoom is a very useful feature and I'm sure many others would agree with me.

    Users don't have to re-click 'Command' '+' '+' each time a webpage is launched and that will allow for a beautiful browsing experience !

    Two of the solutions I describe below, remembers the saved zoom state of a webpage but they aren't perfect :

    I have tried an extension called 'AllPagesZoom' - the problem is, when a webpage is launched, the zoomed webpage appears hacked and there are restrictions to zoom percentages.

    I have tried CSS code on Safari but it only enlarges the text but the images aren't resized according to proportion. Chrome has a perfect zooming capability but unfortunately I feel - with Mountain Lion, Safari 6 integrates much better and I need to use Safari.

    It will be really nice if the community has a solution to Safari's zooming problem or even any other ideas not mentioned above.
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Since Safari and Chrome are both WebKit browsers (they use the same underlying engine to render web pages), what works in one ought to work in the other. If it doesn't, report it as a bug.
     
  3. MarcBook macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried the 'Zoom Text Only' option (under the View menu in Safari)? It's not quite the same as Chrome's function because images don't change, as the name suggests, but it does make the text larger without changing the webpage elements too much.

    I know it's not exactly what you're after, but it may be worth a shot.

    By the way, this option seems to only apply to the keyboard shortcuts; zooming on the trackpad remains the same.
     
  4. andy8 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I shall do that immediately. Hopefully we have a fix soon.

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    Hi there.

    Yes, I have tried that option too but as you already know; only the text is enlarged and some webpages with images look terrible.
    The trackpad zooming is an extra option for Mac's but if the keyboard zooming technique enables Safari webpages to save its state; then we don't have to reset/re-zoom anything upon quitting or re-launching webpages or Safari.
     
  5. curtisinoc macrumors 6502

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    I agree with you Andy8. I love Safari 6 and was a long time Chrome user in the past. This "zooming" issue works much better in Chrome and is my only gripe with Safari. Although I use "AllPagesZoom" extension, it would be nice to have the zoom level remembered upon relaunch, like Chrome.

    Safari6 is still much better than Chrome in Mountain Lion (IMO) but I hope this issue gets fixed in future updates.
     
  6. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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  7. andy8, Aug 21, 2012
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    andy8 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This seems to be interesting. Thank you for introducing me to this extension.
    I will report back after testing.
     
  8. curtisinoc macrumors 6502

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    I'll wait for your review.....
     
  9. andy8, Aug 21, 2012
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    andy8 thread starter macrumors regular

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    By far the best Zooming solution for Safari 6

    This is by far the best zooming technique I have used and I'm very happy about it. All webpages respond well to the zoom percentage applied (but the only drawback is that you have to reload the webpage as the change doesn't take place 'live') But, after applying the changes, re-opening the same webpage is a natural experience and doesn't have the 'hacked' affect the other extensions I tried had. The zoom also has two different parameters to work with which allows for 'smarter' resizing of webpages.

    It Doesn't seem to work on saved webpages tough.

    Looks like I have found a solution. "Krazy Bill", thank you for introducing me to the extension and you have helped me and many others who are having the classic Safari zooming problem.

    Now, Safari IS better than Chrome (at least for me) and integrates perfectly with Mac. This is my early impression and I will update if there are any other problems (hopefully not).

    Kudos "Krazy Bill".

    (I made a mistake in my earlier posting in referring to the wrong user. Apologies.)

    :apple:
     
  10. z06gal macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for posting this. It works perfectly ;)
     
  11. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Send the developer a quick "thank you". :)
     
  12. curtisinoc macrumors 6502

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    Does Command +/- to manually resize a webpage still work with this extension enabled??
     
  13. andy8 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes it does.
     
  14. curtisinoc macrumors 6502

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    Cool. I'll give it a try
     

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