Wednesday, 2 May 2012
New Safari features I don't like in Mac OS X Mountain Lion DP3
While using Safari in OS X Mountain Lion, I noticed two things I clearly not like:
First, the separate field to perform google searches has disappeared. It means that, in the current version, there is a single field where you can type the web address, and if you want to type a google search, you have to do it in the same place. Not a good idea in my book. Furthermore, it is confusing, since often you don't remember the exact address and type it incorrectly, and then google takes it as a concept of search. Given I am less fan every day of google tracking my moves, I don't like this behaviour, at all.
Second, in previous incarnations of Safari, there was an option in the menu "Window" called "Activity". It offered a detailed list of the actions carried out by Safari when loading each page, and it was an useful and easy way of discovering links to download specific files, as audio files, pictures, etc. Now, for whatever reasons, this "Activity" window has disappeared as well, so you need to use alternative ways of finding those files.
After digging a bit in the net, I found out that you can enable the Developer menu (in Advanced preferences), and this gives you access to a new feature called Web Inspector, which you can add to the tools bar of Safari. It gives plenty of information to things happening under the curtain, but I found it too complicated and certainly less straightforward in order to download files.