Thursday, October 5th, 2006
The Mars report has Leopard Lust, and in their latest article they walk us through three features in Safari 3.0 that get them drooling:
- Tabs on Steroids: “Besides catching up with most other browser makers in letting users reorder their tabs through drag-and-drop, Apple is adding the ability to drag tabs off your browser and make new windows with them. Or you can drag tabbed windows from one window to another. You can also ask Safari to consolidate all open windows into one, making tabs for each. In all, these new tricks promise to make power-surfing even easier! (Note: Safari users have had several plugins available to enable rearrangeable tabs for quite some timeâ€¦ just not the real thing!)”
- Lightbox Searching: They have taken the good Firefox live searching and improved it with a lightbox to show you exactly where your terms are. It’s all about contrast.
- TextAreas Come Alive: “As I note in the short video on this feature, this new capability of Safari 3.0 fulfills a dream that web designers have had since web applications were babies. How many times weâ€™ve had to size and re-size TEXTAREA boxes to satisfy user requirements, while also maintaining some semblence of good page design? And how many times have we rearranged whole applications in order to avoid TEXTAREA input fields that were too many, too big, or too small?
So, what if you didnâ€™t have to worry about that anymore? After all, is there a perfect-size-fits-all for a TEXTAREA field? Nah, definitely not. It depends on how much you have to say, and on how territorial you are.
Safari 3.0 in Leopard, at least in the preview release Iâ€™m working with, enables a â€œresizeâ€ corner that lets the user drag the damn text field to be as big as you want it. Could it be more perfect? Probably, but at the moment it doesnâ€™t seem obvious to me how that would be possible.”
Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:24 am