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Safari 5.0.1 turns on extensions, fixes several issues

updated 09:20 am EDT, Wed July 28, 2010

Extensions Gallery goes live

Apple has posted Safari 5.0.1, a small but significant update of the web browser. The upgrade primarily enables extensions, long a feature of other browsers like Chrome and Firefox; these can enhance the appearance or functionality of individual websites or Safari as a whole. Extensions promoted by Apple can be found through the new Safari Extensions Gallery. Some early examples include official ones from Twitter, Bing, MLB, New York Times, eBay and Amazon.

The update also fixes several problems, such as DNS prefetching overburdening routers, MobileMe Mail failing when scrolling, or sites with JavaScript encryption (such as Google Wave) not working on 32-bit systems. Some other changes include improved Top Hit results in the address bar, better sync of CSS animations, and resolution of website-specific issues at rollingstone.com, aa.com and YouTube. The v5.0.1 patch is available for both the Mac and Windows versions of Safari.






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  1. My Dog Wally

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Still no love

    I love Safari. But until Apple fixes the inadvertent log-off issue, I'll stick with Firefox. It amazes me that we see fix after fix, update after update, and still this issue isn't addressed.

  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    What inadvertent log-off issue?

    I did a quick search and cannot find this issue posted online. I'm interested because since I've upgraded to 5.0, one of my favorite forum sites appears to be suddenly required signing back in at random intervals where before I could stay on for weeks. I had thought it was just a coincidental (and much needed) security upgrade by the forum provider, but now I'm wondering based on your cryptic comment.

    For me, those extensions look like they are worth upgrading. I've been running Safari in 32 bits so I can run Pith Helmet in full glory. But that really puts a tether on some of Safari's abilities. So I'm thinking of running AdBlock. I suppose that means I'm going to have to put up with animations though.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    log-offs

    Could also be caused by changes to the cookie lifetime/handling in Safari. If Apple deletes cookies on people (like on quit, or after a shorter period of time), it would confuse a site and think it hasn't logged in yet.

  1. My Dog Wally

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Inadvertent log-off

    Go to Apple's Safari forum and do a search there, and you'll see one of the busiest and angriest threads around. Until I did that, I thought maybe the problem was specific to my machine, but there are lots of people experiencing it.

  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: inadvertent log off

    Could you post a link, or at least describe the problem? I don't have enough terms to find with a search.

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