Apple’s latest version of its native web browser—Safari 6—debuted on Wednesday as part of Mountain Lion.It’s available for Lion users, too.But one set of folks won’t ever be able to. Safari's been around forever, and you'd think there isn't much Apple can still do to improve it. But the browser in Mountain Lion has learned a few new tricks. Leah Yamshon has the story.
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How To: Safari For Lion – Downloading Changes
There are many changes within the updated applications for Lion. During the coming weeks and months I will explore all of these within the specific confines of each application.
However, some of the new features which have changed radically demand a higher level of attention.
One of these such changes is the difference in downloading web items in Safari such as PDF files or demo applications.
This change is for the better and certainly simplifies the download process whilst still making it informative and useful.
You may have already noticed the small button on the right hand side of the Google search bar in the web address area of Safari. It is highlighted in the image below:
This is now your go to location for your downloads. We not longer have to put up with a separate window to view and control downloads.
Proceed to a website of your choosing and select a document to download. You will notice that this button has a blue process line directly under the arrow when a file is downloading to represent where the download is currently up to. An example of this is presented below:
Clicking the download button whilst the download is occurring will present the following download file structure and additional information:
From here you can stop and resume a download, click the spotlight search icon to locate the file on your hard drive or double click the file to mount or launch. You can also clear all downloads in the menu by pressing the clear button.
All downloads by default still go to your downloads folder just as they did in Snow Leopard. You can also assign a different folder if you wish to handle the downloads and by default downloads will only be removed from the download list by you manually undertaking this option. You can however select to have them removed upon Safari quitting or the completion of a successful download.
Another very important warning that deserves to be included in this article but will also have a dedicated article of it’s own in the next day or so is, should you do a clean install of Lion rather than a simple upgrade then any previous security settings will not be transferred and as a result by default Apple still has the option of open ‘Safe’ files after download turned on.
A couple of months back it was figured out that this was one of the main causes of the malware infections people were getting on their Mac and whilst Apple did release additional software to combat malware attacks you can never be to careful and this option should always be switched off.
In order to switch it off you will need to proceed to the Safari preferences by pressing Command-, (Comma) on your keyboard or navigating to Safari-Preferences from the menu bar.
Then making sure you are in the ‘General’ tab proceed down to the very bottom of the window and you will see the open “safe” files after downloading option as highlighted below:
It is important to help with your security when traversing the online world that you have this option deselected so no tick is present in the box.
Please remember this is only a warning for those of you who have done a complete clean install of the Lion operating system or have purchased a new Mac with Lion preinstalled.
If you have just done a simple upgrade then your settings should remain the same. However, I would recommend double checking just to make sure.
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We built Safari to be the best browser for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Built-in privacy features keep your browsing your business. You can stream and search smarter with handy tools that help you save, find, and share your favorite sites. Apple Pay in Safari lets you shop safely and simply. Safari for Mac is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers. And thanks to iCloud, Safari works seamlessly with all your devices.
Defending your online privacy and security.
Privacy and security aren’t just something you should hope for — they’re something you should expect. That’s why features to help protect your privacy and keep your Mac secure are built into Safari.
Intelligent Tracking Prevention.
Remember when you looked at that green mountain bike online? And then saw annoying green mountain bike ads everywhere you browsed? Safari uses machine learning to identify advertisers and others who track your online behavior, and removes the cross‑site tracking data they leave behind. So your browsing stays your business. And Safari keeps embedded content such as Like buttons, Share buttons, and comment widgets from tracking you without your permission. We know you’ll like that.
Sandboxing. Built-in protection for websites.
Sandboxing provides a safeguard against malicious code and malware by restricting what websites can do. And because Safari runs web pages in separate processes, any harmful code you come across in one page is confined to a single browser tab, so it can’t crash the whole browser or access your data.
When you’re online, the characteristics of your device can be used by advertisers to create a “fingerprint” to follow you. Safari thwarts this by only sharing a simplified system profile, making it more difficult for data companies to identify and track you.
Protection from harmful sites.
Safari helps protect you against fraudulent websites and those that harbor malware — before you visit them. If a website looks suspicious, Safari prevents it from loading and warns you.
When you use Private Browsing, Safari doesn’t remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information. You can also use DuckDuckGo, a built-in search engine that doesn’t track you, to make your web searches private, too.
More secure and convenient passwords.
Safari works hard to make sure your passwords are robust and unique by automatically creating and storing strong passwords for you. Once stored, your passwords will autofill in websites across all your Apple devices and in apps on iOS and iPadOS devices. In Safari preferences, passwords that have been used more than once are flagged so you can easily update them. And one-time security codes sent over SMS are autofilled right in the password field as soon as they appear in Messages. Security has never been so user friendly.
Surf seamlessly across all your devices.
Not only does Safari come on every Mac, it comes on all your iOS and iPadOS devices. And thanks to iCloud, your passwords, bookmarks, history, tabs, and Reading List are always up to date no matter which device you’re using.
iCloud Keychain securely stores your user names, passwords, and credit card numbers and keeps them up to date on your trusted devices. So you can easily sign in to your favorite websites — as well as in apps on iOS and iPadOS — and quickly make online purchases. And everything is protected with robust 256-bit AES encryption.
Safari For Lion Mac Os
With Bookmarks in Safari, your favorite sites are always close at hand. Bookmark a web page on your Mac, and it automatically appears on all your iCloud-connected devices.
With Tab view, the last websites you had open on your Mac are available in Safari on your iOS and iPadOS devices — and vice versa. So you can go from one device to another without having to search for the web pages you were reading.
Save web pages you want to read later simply by adding them to your Reading List. Then view them on any of your iCloud-connected devices — even if you’re not connected to the internet.
The fastest way to browse on a Mac. And faster than any Windows browser, too.
Safari vs. Windows 10 browsers
Safari vs. Windows 10 browsers
Safari vs. Windows 10 browsers
Search more. Stream more.
Safari is optimized specifically for Mac, so it’s more efficient than other browsers on macOS. And Safari plays HTML5 video — the format used by your favorite streaming services — whenever it’s available. So you can explore the web for up to three hours longer and stream video for up to four hours longer than on any other browser.2
browsing compared to Chrome and Firefox
streaming videos compared to Chrome and Firefox
The best browsing experience.
Features in Safari help you surf smarter and easily manage and share what you find.
Pay easily and securely with Apple Pay. Apple Pay is the easiest and most secure way to pay when shopping in Safari. Look for Apple Pay on your favorite shopping sites, then complete your purchase with Face ID or Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad. You can also use Touch ID on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, or double-click the side button on your Apple Watch. Your credit card details are never shared when you use Apple Pay, and your transactions are protected with industry-leading security.Learn more about Apple Pay
Updated start page. Easily and quickly access your favorites and frequently visited sites. And Siri suggestions surface bookmarks, links from your reading list, iCloud Tabs, links you receive in Messages, and more.
Desktop-class browsing on iPad. Safari now shows you a website’s desktop version that’s scaled for the large iPad display and automatically optimized for touch input. Faster and more fluid scrolling makes browsing feel better than ever. And a new download manager means you can easily download and share files right in Safari.
Stop auto-play videos. Safari prevents unexpected and unwanted videos with audio from automatically playing while you browse. Just click the play button if you want to view them. Have a favorite site where you always want videos to play? Use per‑site settings in Safari to enable media auto-play.
Turn on website icons in tabs in Preferences to easily see what you have open. Pin your favorite sites and they’ll reappear in tabs every time you open Safari. You can also mute the audio on any tab right from the Smart Search field — perfect for stopping the music without having to hunt for where it’s coming from or, if you prefer, silencing all the audio from your browser at once.
Personalize your browsing experience in Safari with settings for individual websites, like page zoom level, location services, and content blockers. So each website appears just how you like it.
Automatically use Reader for every web article that supports it, so you can read without ads, navigation, and other distractions. Customize your view by selecting your font size and style, and choose Sepia and Night themes.
Software for mac os x lion. Play video from a web page to your TV with Apple TV — without showing everything else on your desktop. Just click the AirPlay icon that appears on compatible web videos and you can watch your video on the big screen.
Float a video window from Safari over your desktop or a full-screen app on your Mac or iPad. Play the video in any corner of the desktop and resize it to see more or less of what’s behind it. So you can watch videos while you browse photos. Or catch up on your favorite show while you catch up on email.
With Spotlight built into every Mac, you’re never far from the information you want. As you type in the Smart Search field, you’ll see Safari suggestions from sources like Wikipedia, news sites, Maps, movie listings, flight status, weather, stocks, and sports.3
Share anything you come across on the web without leaving Safari. Just click the Share button, then choose how you want to send it off. Use Mail, Messages, or AirDrop or add it to a note.
Update Safari Browser For Mac
Deep WebKit integration between Mac hardware and macOS allows Safari to deliver the fastest performance and the longest battery life of any browser on the platform, while supporting modern web standards for rich experiences in the browser. WebKit in macOS Catalina includes optimizations and support for additional web standards that enable even richer browsing experiences.
Safari Extensions are a great way to customize your browsing experience on macOS. Find and add your favorite extensions from the Mac App Store.