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Safari fine

, Apple announced something that will change the way I access the Web. Yes, Safari was updated to include both a poor man’s Awesome Bar and framework for browser add-ons.

As Brian Fling noted, the latter was likely done with one major goal in mind: bring Web apps into the App Store. That this also brings the browser’s feature set inline with the other browsers (Chrome, based on the same rendering engine as Safari, had these features a while ago), was a happy side effect.

Meanwhile, for my own browser usage, the updated address bar resolves the one last, major annoyance I had using Safari. Apple’s browser has become my default for surfing and basic Web development. While I still rely on Firefox’s Firebug to do heavy lifting, Safari’s  Inspector is functional enough.

With Firefox 4 still a ways off, and my irrational reluctance to use Chrome, Safari has surprisingly become my reliable window to the Web.

Safari extensions may also solve the remaining minor bothers I found when switching from Firefox. For example, there is one to add shortcuts for jumping to different tabs.

Safari 5 power tip

If you don’t like the justified Reader text in Safari 5: Show Package Contents for Safari.app package contents, go to the Contents folder, then the Resources and edit Reader.html. You'll want to remove the text-align: justify rule from the .page ruleset.

High-res Web browsing

On a completely other note: the Safari mobile browser featured in the new iPhone looks to be the first mainstream browser to render the Web in print-like resolution. Web designers will very quickly need to consider resolution and file size when creating and saving images. Expect SVG to become a lot more commonplace, and the 72dpi image to begin disappearing.