So what constitutes a solid Web browser these days? All modern Mac browsers can competently display HTML pages, interactive Flash animations, and QuickTime video. But they should also be able to protect your security and privacy; facilitate your ability to fill out forms; integrate well with your operating system, applications, and various Internet services; provide extensive search capabilities; and allow oodles of customization options to let you conform them to your every whim.
We didn’t have for all of Joe Kissell’s AppleScripts for Word 2008 in the magazine. Here are three more. These scripts are all in the enclosed download file.
The just-released 3.1 update to Safari adds features that offer a glimpse into the Web of the future. And as Web designers begin to add support for these elements, Safari will become progressively more useful and functional for typical users.
With its comprehensive set of browsing and other features, Opera 9.26 is an interesting choice for anyone who wants an all-in-one Internet application. But if you don’t need all those extras, you may have a more pleasant Web surfing experience with Safari, Firefox, or another browser.
You can catch iCab for your Web browsing needs, but the latest version still has a few issues before it becomes your main browser for the Web.
OmniWeb 5.6 is a solid, capable browser with a thorough range of features and an uncluttered interface. Although Safari can be extended to include many of OmniWeb’s capabilities, those who prefer a simple, integrated package may well find OmniWeb worth the small investment.
If your Internet research needs go beyond the simplistic results you can get with the likes of Google, you’ll find DevonAgent’s unique search tools to be invaluable—when they function properly. However, as a Web browser, DevonAgent is below average in terms of functionality and stability.
Some people will be able to set up and turn on Time Machine with a single click. But you may need to do some manual configuration to get it to work the way you want. You should also be aware of some quirks in Time Machine’s operation, particularly when restoring data.
Although any backup is better than no backup at all, Time Machine may not protect your data to the extent or in the way that you need. A few significant weaknesses offset its impressive strengths.
The inclusion of Time Machine as part of Mac OS X 10.5 shows the importance of good backups for every Mac user. And while backing up and restoring files may be easier than before, you’re still going to need a place to store all that data. In this excerpt from his Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard ebook, Joe Kissell tells you what to consider when shopping for a backup drive to hold all that Time Machine-saved data.
If you’ve ordered a MacBook Air, you’ve got some storage decisions to make. The 80GB of storage that ships with this thin notebook goes against the trend of higher-capacity hard drives. But not to worry—Joe Kissell has some advice on how to make sure all your vital files and applications fit on your new laptop.
If you have more than one Mac but don’t want to use a separate hard drive to back up each one, Time Machine can help.
Does your Mac seem to be getting slower over time? This probably isn’t your imagination. As you use your computer, a number of factors can gradually lead to poorer performance. Luckily, it’s easy to solve most slowdowns and restore much of your Mac’s original pep.
If you want to turn your paper archives into searchable PDFs, it doesn’t get any easier than the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M. At $495 it’s not cheap—but its bundled software alone is worth far more than the scanner itself.
The concept of instant and automatic backups is a good one. But LifeAgent 2.1 needs significant work, especially in the area of file restoration, to contend with the likes of Time Machine.