Safari

What’s wrong with Safari’s address bar

Oh, a lot of things. It’s broken beyond repair:

  • It sometimes forgets its address while the page is open and shows the default search prompt.
  • In Top Sites, the address bar would sometimes display topsites:// instead of the search prompt.
  • When you press Back, you sometimes end up on an empty page with parenttab:// (or something like this) in the address bar.
  • If you enter an address and press Enter, sometimes that would just unfocus the address bar, but not initiate a request. You need to re-focus the address bar and press Enter again (if you are lucky and Safari still remembers the address).
  • If you enter an address and press Enter, then switch tab, the page you’ve requested would sometimes open in the tab you’ve switched to instead of the one you’ve typed the address into, replacing the tab’s contents.
  • If you enter an address and switch tabs without pressing Enter (i. e. to look something up), when you return to the original tab you will probably find out that the part of the address you have entered has been forgotten and replaced with the search prompt.
  • The progress bar will sometimes get stuck at some point after the page has been fully loaded (rare).
  • The progress bar will sometimes not get displayed at all during the loading of the page (rare).
  • When you press Esc while a website is loading, the address bar would sometimes clean itself.
  • Top Sites would sometimes be displayed instead of a page, while the URL in the addressbar is an URL of a page.
Jan 10   bugs   Safari

Safari and passwords

Safari’s new password manager is welcome, but it’s too stupid in its current form. When it asks if you want to save password (which it does only sometimes, for some reason), it blocks loading of the next page. Not only is it bad because of the lost time, but also because when you are unsure whether you remember your password correctly, it’s a point of great frustration. Should I say “Yes” and risk saving a wrong password, then maybe go through the hassle of manually removing it from the password list? Or should I say “No” and not save a possibly right password?

It should continue loading the page in the background. Opera has cracked it many many years ago.

2012   Opera   Safari   user interface

On my love to Opera

Following my post on the topic in Russian, Opera’s Vadim Makeev asked me to reproduce it in English so that other guys from Opera could fully enjoy it. So here are some screenshots from my dear Opera browser, which I’ve been using for years, and have just switched from to stupid Safari a couple of days ago. Safari sucks, as well as any other browser, but at least it looks good.

Here’s how Opera says it has to update:

Opera says it has to update

Everything is just awesome. The copy. The order and positioning of buttons. The very existence of Help button. But the winner is the crippled glow of “Install Now”.

And here’s the update process:

Opera updates itself

This one is also great. The download speed is specified up to a tenth of a kilobyte. The progress bar has a custom glare. The percentage of progress is in the middle and is displayed as black on dark-blue, again with high precision. “Time remaining: 1 second” instead of “1 second remaining”. Charming selection of buttons, with “Cancel” as the main one.

But the sweetest treat here is that this window is resizable:

Opera update window is resizable

This one is from some other version (notice how the weird button is called Minimize To Toolbar here).

But update is not the only thing Norwegian designers are keen at. Here’s a window stating that Opera has crashed:

A window stating that Opera has crashed

All measures are taken to make sure that the news freaks out the user completely. Nothing fits anywhere. The radio-button labels are centered (they should patent it!).

By the way, the default button is Send Report, which is an outrage on humanity: a browser crash is no fun in the first place, and then I have to send some crappy report? It’s kind of obvious that if you want a report, you just send it in the background and shut up. If you click the button, a page opens in the browser to imitate report sending, but in reality nothing happens. I’ve typically waited for some time, with a maximum of 3 to 4 minutes, with no success. Maybe by design it needed 15 minutes to send the report, who knows? Anyway, I got used to clicking Do Not Send Report.

The icon is nifty, but if you think about it, they have designed a custom icon for a browser crash. Crashes are important aspect of the user experience with Opera, so I guess that sort of makes sense.

Also, Opera is a unique application. After crashing it manages to do one impossible thing. It restarts and a new Opera icon appears on the right side of the Dock (while the old ones remains in the Dock). The new icon starts jumping happily, while the one to the left stays calm. How’s that even possible? I have no clue, but apparently Opera does. Because of this, after every crash it is necessary to remove the old Dock icon and then move the new one into its place.

One day the new icon didn’t appear immediately, so I clicked the old one. It started jumping, and then the new one appeared, also jumping, of course. That was real fun, since they both started to bombard me with error boxes, saying something about conflicting resources, and then they hung so I had to force quit both. Epic.

But hey, Opera has “Unite”.

2011   bugs   Opera   Safari   screenshots