I’ve been solidly using Safari as my main web browser for ages now. It’s quick, works great with my favourite password manager – 1 Password and has a load features that I actually use.
So let’s get right into it…
1. Reader – focus on the content
It’s not new, being introduced somewhere in the Snow Leopard days, Reader has been around for a bit. If you’re not using it regularly then maybe it’s time to give it a try.
If you’re not sure what it is, then read on.
Basically Safari when it loads a page of content it will detect the main body of content and with a simple key stroke (Command – Shift and r) you move right into reader mode. All the ads are gone, as are the links, flashing banners and all the things that distract you from what you’re doing – reading.
Granted more and more these days I am using Flipboard on my iPad to read news sites and blogs but whenever I am doing this on my Mac reader is my friend. Give it a try!
2. Reading List
This is new with Lion and I love it. It happens to me all the time, someone sends you a link to something and you don’t have time to read it right away. Previous to reading list, I’d actually setup a dedicated email address and would email the links there so when I had some time I could read through things that I was interested in.
It worked, but not very slick.
Now I can simply visit the page in Safari, click the little reading list icon (the glasses) and choose to store the current page in my reading list. When you’ve got a few spare minutes again open up your reading list and off you go.
When the upcoming iOS 5 is released, reading list will be even better as it will sync between your iOS devices and your Mac. So wherever you are you can access the list interesting articles – never be board waiting for the elevator again 🙂
3. Full screen mode
Again this feature is available with the Lion version of OS X and is probably one of the more popular features that has been blogged and talked about. Generally I use a Macbook Pro hooked up to a 27″ monitor, so full screen mode is not really used much there. Where I do love it is when you’re back on the small screen of the Macbook (13″). Being able to focus on one thing is just great.
Full screen mode is even better when you’ve mastered your gestures in Lion so you can quickly flip between the full screen mode and the rest of your desktop. Something I missed for the first little while was how to get our of full screen mode, the usual escape key doesn’t do it. What you do is move your mouse to the very top of the screen and your OS X menu appears, at the very right hand side the full screen icon is there to dismiss it.
Alternatively, master the keyboard short cut. Control – Command – F
What have I missed?
If you use Safari regularly leave a comment with what you think is a great feature.