An Open Letter to the Safari Development Team

Dear Safari Development Team –

As a web developer who is firmly in the Apple technology camp, I use your products every day. Mobile Safari on iOS and Safari on OS X. Safari has been my browser of choice since Steve Jobs released it upon the world on Janaury 7, 2003. Over the last couple of years though, Safari has taken several steps backwards as a web development tool.

First off, just loading a page with development tools open takes forever. I’m not sure when this bug was introduced, but it’s been there at least since Safari 7. Additionally, while other browsers like Chrome and Firefox have added tools to help simulate views on other device sizes and configurations, Safari has remained on the sidelines. I’m sure Apple would rather we use the iOS Simulator in Xcode and use the Web Inspector in Safari to inspect and analyze, but in many situations that is overkill. And not having options to simulate other devices that are not Apple means we have to turn to Chrome and Firefox to get these tasks done. Because believe it or not, people do buy devices that are not created by Apple.

I get and understand that Apple is a consumer focused company, and Safari’s feature set has reflected this to an increasing degree over the years. But I can tell you, when you lose the audience who develops web sites for a living, Safari will start to have a harder time existing on all platforms. If you don’t believe me, go ask the Internet Explorer team up in Redmond.

I could spend hours pointing to all that has gone wrong in the Safari Web Development tools, but I think at this point, it would be easier to just say this: Fork the web inspector that Chrome has now (which is forked from the Webkit inspector anyway), and use that as a starting point. Google has taken what Apple had initially done with web inspector and made it so much better. It pains me to have to turn to Google Chrome for my web development needs, but that is exactly what has happened. And I am not alone. On my team, I was the last holdout using Safari as my primary browser for web development. But I’ve finally given in to the better tool, and unfortunately at this time, it is the Chrome Web Inspector.

I know several people on the Safari development team. I have been to many a mixer at WWDC with them. They are great people and have worked tirelessly to make a great product. Coming forward with these criticisms was tough for me, but I do it out of love. I’d love to return to using Safari as my primary browser for browsing and web development. I’m hoping in the future I can do just that.

Sincerely,

Ted Lee
Web Developer


Category: News,Software

VMWare Fusion/Fusion Pro Sale

It’s Wednesday, but the VMWare Online Store still has a Cyber Monday deal for you. Both VMWare Fusion and Fusion Pro are on sale for 30% off. Upgrades from prior versions are discounted as well.

Additionally, Parallels users can save 50% off ($34.99) of VMware Fusion 7.


Category: Discounts,Software

Apple releases fixes for 13″ Macbook Pro, Mail

Apple has pushed two significant updates today that address a serious hardware issue plaguing new 13″ Retina Macbook Pro models, and the Mail app in Mavericks and how it works with Gmail.

The late 2013 13″ Macbook Pro update is an EFI Update (v 1.3)  that addresses the situation where the keyboard and trackpad may become unresponsive.

The Mail.app update addresses the strange Gmail behavior Mail.app exhibited in Mavericks when using a Gmail account.

Both updates are available using the links above, or by using the Mac App Store.


Category: App Store,Mac App Store,Software

Lion Disk Maker

ldm Lion Disk Maker

Getting your OS updates from the Mac App Store can be a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because once the file is downloaded, installing from your local drive is much quicker than the old method of CD/DVD installation. It can be a curse because downloading a 4GB disk image is not a quick task for most people. And if you have multiple Macs that need to be updated, it will require you to download that 4GB disk image multiple times. 

There have been ways to take the OS Install disk image and create a bootable USB thumb drive from it since the Mac App Stores inception. It’s not an overly tedious process, but it’s not what I’d call drop dead easy.

Lion Disk Maker changes all of that. Download the app, open it up, and locate your copy of your OS X install, and Lion Disk Maker does the rest. 

With OS X Mavericks coming soon, you may want to check this app out and get your USB thumb drive ready.


Category: Mac App Store,Software

Seamless

Seamless lets you transition from playing music on your Mac to playing music on your iPhone or iPod touch –– in a single tap.

Yowza.


Category: Indie Developer,Software

Panic’s iOS Terminal Client ‘Prompt’ debuts

Panic’s new terminal client, ‘Prompt‘ debuted this morning in the app store. The unversal iOS app supports autocomplete, key file support, multiple connections, bonjour discovery of servers, and customizable keys. As with anything Panic does, it’s a must have (and only $4.99).


Category: App Store,Software

MarsEdit 3.0

Big update to the blog editor that brings an all new text editor, new upload options, support for custom fields and pages in WordPress and more. Get it now for $39.95, or update from a previous release for $14.95.


Category: Software

Transmit 4 Released

I’ll have a write up later today on the app. I’ve been beta testing Transmit 4 for a couple of months now, and can tell you it is the best FTP client – on any platform – hands down.


Category: Software

Clickable Bliss’ Billable morphs in to ProfitTrain

Clickable Bliss have offered a public beta of their new app, ProfitTrain, to users.

ProfitTrain is the successor to Billable, a invoicing/accounting application.

A screencast is available that shows the app in action. Additionally, you can download the betas and help out with testing.


Category: Software

DashNote: A SimpleNote Dashboard Widget

Use SimpleNote on your iPhone? Want a free, easy way to review and update notes on your Mac? Resen answers the call with DashNote, a free Dashboard widget that connects to your SimpleNote account, and allows you to edit and create new notes.


Category: Software

About the author

A user of Macs since they had silly names like Performa and Centris, Theodore Lee is a techie who prides himself on his vast knowledge of all things Apple. OS X Factor was started in 2001 (originally as macosxcentric), and continues to churn out tips, tutorials, reviews and commentary on the tech sector.