Tuesday, October 3, 2006
I’ve stayed loyal to the Safari web browser from the moment Apple released it. FireFox is a good browser but, until now, it just seemed to lack whatever I needed to jump ship.
There’s no way I could explain what it is, but “it” happened in version 2.0 RC1. My answer to Tom’s question earlier today is that I don’t believe FireFox is “fugly” any longer. Most of what I still don’t like about FireFox is entirely a matter of my having grown accustomed to the way Safari does things—something I can clearly learn to change my mind about. The most recent broken straw was that just a couple days ago, Flash content is 100% broken in Safari. I have no explanation, but I just get empty space wherever a Flash object is supposed to be. I restarted Safari. I restarted the computer. I reinstalled Flash. I completely uninstalled Flash and reinstalled it again. Finally, I applied the OS X 10.4.8 update that was just released and restarted yet again. Nada. Yet, in both FireFox and NetNewsWire, Flash content works just fine.
So, I have a question. I already know the reasons I should consider migrating to FireFox as my primary browser. What I would like to know is what reasons I should consider staying with Safari, because other than having to relearn certain habits, I’m hard-pressed to come up with any reasons to stay. Hit the comments and tell me what you think. Please.
And fair warning, I’ll probably zap any comment that suggests I use Camino instead. Camino is still fugly. And does it even support the plugins that FireFox has?
Update: All is now well, in regard to Flash content in Safari. Brent, in the comments, pointed out that it could be a utility that blocks such content. People install these kinds of blocking tools all the time, then forget they have them. Well, I haven’t forgotten that I am using Saft, but I didn’t realize that I apparently hit the keyboard shortcut to disable animations. So everything is back to order. And since I seldom use the blocking tools, I used Menu Master to eliminate the keyboard shortcuts for those. If I need them, I can still select them via the menu bar.
» Posted by ALBj at 08:10 PM (ET)
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