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Safari 5.1.4 boosts JavaScript, extension performance

updated 02:30 pm EDT, Mon March 12, 2012

Fixes numerous glitches

Apple has posted Safari 5.1.4, an update to the company's web browser. The software is available for Lion, Snow Leopard, and Windows users. The Lion release may be the most significant, since it improves JavaScript performance 11 percent over Safari 5.1.3.

All three editions of the app have gained stability, compatibility, and startup time fixes for extensions, and better responsiveness when entering text into the search field after changing network configurations, or when a network connection is flaky. The update also solves problems with pages flashing white, screens dimming during HTML5 video, "incomplete" Flash media after gesture zooming, and US Postal Service labels and PDFs not printing properly. The "Remove All Website Data" option should now make a complete scrub.

The v5.1.4 code will also preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages, and permit cookies set in regular browsing to be available after reemerging from Private Browsing mode. Security fixes tackle multiple vulnerabilities in WebKit, as well as holes in Private Browsing and the display of domain names. Update downloads range in size from 36.72MB for Windows users to 47.52MB for Snow Leopard.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How lame is it that they support Windows XP SP2, released in 2004, but not Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, released in 2007? 10.5 and PPC users are officially hung out to dry while several-year-older PCs are treated as first-class citizens.

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