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updated 04:05 pm EST, Thu February 16, 2012

Safari to merge search, address bars

Apple is seeding betas of Safari 5.2 and Xcode 4.4 to developers, reports say. The new version of Safari notably merges the search and address bars, imitating Google's Chrome browser. It also highlights the domain portion of a URL in the address bar, and uses a new Reader icon.

Xcode 4.4 is required to code for OS X Mountain Lion. A number of other upgrades have been made though, such as an editor for Collada 3D files, compiler support for Objective-C enhancements, and the ability to open a project in multiple workspaces. The Interface Builder has gained AppKit features such as auto-layout and trackpad zoom, and a new LLVM compiler should reduce idling time in apps, and aid overall software optimization.

Xcode 4.4 is a 1.7GB install package, and requires OS X 10.7.3 or Mountain Lion. Like Safari 5.2, developers must download the Xcode beta through the Mac Developer Center. Apple warns that installing the app into the Applications folder may cause problems trying to download earlier versions of Xcode through the Mac App Store; in that case a person can simply rename the beta file, or move it to a different folder.

by MacNN Staff





  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Safari merged search and address bar

    I don't like this feature and don't like it in Firefox (might not be the same thing but works the same). When I want to search, I enter info in the search field. When I want to go to a website, I enter just the middle part of the URL and Safari completes the address. Now, I start typing the URL and it treats it as a search, making me find the site I want to go to. This is an extra step that I wish I could turn off.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Safari merged search and address bar

    I don't like this feature and don't like it in Firefox (might not be the same thing but works the same).

    Firefox still has a search box. You're talking about keyword searching. Do this:
    - Type "about:Config" in the address bar
    - Type "keyword" in the filter box
    - Double click the value field for "Keyword.enabled"

    No more searching from the address box. You're welcome.

    With IE 9, you need to use a ? to do your searching from the address bar. So I guess everyone's going there.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    For once I thank you for your helpful post. I don't use Firefox much, but I've always hated searching in the address bar.

    I really hope Safari offers a way to turn it off also - at least keep it as a hidden preference.

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