Apple outs Safari 5.0.1 with Extension support

July 28, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Apple today announced the release of Safari 5.0.1 web browser for Windows and Mac OSX. The new version brings in support for Safari Extensions and introduces the Safari Extensions Gallery. With support for extensions, developers can work on extensions similar to those in Firefox and Chrome browsers, coded using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript web standards.

The Safari Extensions Gallery is a way for users to quickly find and install extensions on their browser to add anything from new toolbars to sophisticated web content filters. You can think of the Gallery as the App Store for browser add-ons — and it seems decently stocked at launch, with notable entries from Amazon, eBay, Bing, MLB.com, the New York Times, and Twitter. The Safari Extensions Gallery is accessible from the Safari menu or at extensions.apple.com. Users can download and install extensions from the gallery with a single click, and there’s no need to restart the browser.

Safari also packs Safari Reader 5, which presents single and multipage articles on the web in a new, scrollable view without distracting content or clutter. The new browser aims to create a media-rich experience with support for HTML5 video, with fullscreen playback and closed captions. The Nitro Javascript Engine is claimed to be upto 30 percent faster than in Safari 4.

Safari 5 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X Leopard® 10.5.8 or Mac OS X Snow Leopard® 10.6.2 or later. Safari 5 for Windows requires Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7, a minimum 256MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor. You can download the Safari 5 browser for free from www.apple.com/safari.

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