November 14, 2007

Safari 3 for Tiger, Too!

Safari 3 for Tiger is part of today's OS X 10.4.11 update, and should be appearing on Tiger Macs near you shortly. Users will enjoy feature updates including enhanced tabbing, resizable form fields and better compatibility; developers will really appreciate the better handling of DHTML and the new Web Inspector.

Soon enough Safari 3 usage will displace that of older versions, but until then testers need a way to check sites on both the latest and the last 2.x version. One way to do that is to maintain machines with older OSen, another is to use special Safari versions conveniently packaged by Michel Fortin at his Multi-Safari project page. Michel notes that the stand-alones:

"...mimic original Safari rendering and javascript behaviours. HTTP requests and cookies however are still handled by the system and may not work exactly the same."

My tests of the packaged 2.0.4 version on Leopard so far appear to work well. Enjoy!

Posted by Lewis Francis at November 14, 2007 6:31 PM

Leopard users who have updated to OS X.5.1 will find that Multi-Safari packages will no longer run. Angst!

Luckily, Thomas Aylott has sussed out the issue and provides both a patching script and a pre-patched zip Safari 2.0.4 for users who just want to get to work.

According to Thomas, The Leopard update specifically checks for older Safari versions; his patch simply changes the string that Leopard checks to something that will pass inspection.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at November 26, 2007 2:46 PM
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