Jul 25, 2012

Apple launches the latest version of its web browser, Safari 6

Apple has launched the latest iteration of its web browser Safari alongwith the launch of its new OS Mountain Lion. Safari 6 is currently only available for the Mac.




Safari 6 has a few new features up its sleeve which are:

Web Audio API

With the Web Audio API, you can create and customize audio effects in interactive web applications that have rich media content, such as games or instrument simulators. This API provides finer-grained control over the timing of audio playback and lets you minimize latency of audio effects. You can also process audio sources from HTML5 media elements, create spatial sound effects, and synthesize and process audio directly in JavaScript.

CSS filters

With Safari support for CSS filters, you can use CSS to create advanced filter and pixel effects such as blurs and gradients. CSS filters also let you vary brightness, adjust hues, invert colors or convert elements to sepia or grayscale. You can animate changes to a filter or combine multiple filters, all while tapping into hardware acceleration for fast, smooth rendering.

HTML5 web notifications

Keep your users up-to-date. When a user has your website open, your notifications appear in the new Notification Center in Mountain Lion. Extensions enabled in Safari can also send notifications.

HTML5 timed text tracks

HTML5 timed text tracks make it easy to specify the timing of any text that appears with a media element, such as captions, subtitles, descriptions, and chapters.

HTML5 media synchronization

With support for HTML5 media synchronization, Safari makes it easy to develop webpages that require precise timing integration between multiple media elements.

Improved JavaScript support

Safari supports the latest edition of the JavaScript standard, ECMA 262 version 5.1, enabling the next generation of advanced, interactive web applications.

Private Browsing detection

Extensions can now detect when Private Browsing is on, creating new feature opportunities for extensions that focus on web privacy. Developers of all kinds of extensions can use this feature to fall back gracefully when their extension attempts to access features that aren't available in Private Browsing mode, such as cookie or data storage.

Reader customization

You can now build extensions that use stylesheets and scripts to change the appearance of articles viewed in Safari Reader.
Redesigned Web Inspector
The Web Inspector has a streamlined new design that speeds up common development tasks.
  • Navigators
    Navigators appear on the left side of the Web Inspector. Navigators show resources for your page, cookies and storage used, instruments for performance measurement, a central search interface, issue tracking, the debugging stack trace, active and inactive breakpoints, and a collection logs for each reload. Hot keys make switching between navigators fast.
  • Jump Bar
    The Jump Bar at the top of the Web Inspector shows the location of your current view. Click any location in the bar to jump to any other element at that level.
  • Instrument navigator
    You can now see the bigger picture when tracking down page performance issues. A single timeline shows you network loads, page layout and rendering, and JavaScript activity.
  • View Source
    Select Show Page Source in the Develop menu to open the new Web Inspector and go straight to the source code. Enjoy the full benefits of syntax highlighting and link-based navigation to referenced sub resources.
  • Streamlined debugging
    With the new Web Inspector, you can jump right in and start debugging and profiling JavaScript — everything is ready to go.
  • Quick Console
    The Quick Console is always available at the bottom of the Web Inspector for your JavaScript expressions. JavaScript you type is evaluated, with the results displayed above on a scrolling ticker-tape.
     
     

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