Safari 5.1 gives Apple’s browser enough horsepower to hold its own against rivals in day-to-day browsing. More importantly, its new features truly distinguish it from the pack, making Safari 5.1 a great step up from its predecessor.
While it may fall short for power users with industrial-strength business needs, the new Apple Mail offers a feature set good enough for the broad majority of everyday users, executed superbly, and integrated tightly with OS X.
Don't want to shell out for a high-powered vector graphics suite, or spend hours of fiddling with lines and bubbles? Diagrammix makes it incredibly easy to build great-looking charts in minutes.
With Firefox 5, Mozilla shifts to a faster release schedule, emulating the lightning pace at which Google’s Chrome gains version numbers. Version 5 debuts mere months after Firefox 4, and Mozilla promises that future editions will arrive with similar speed.
Like Automator, Fake gives AppleScript's powerful tools a user-friendly graphical interface. But where Automator controls the workings of Mac OS X, Fake lets you script just about anything you do on the Web.
Firefox 4 isn't the fastest browser, and its interface still leans more toward wonkishness than elegance. But when loading and browsing, it feels far fleeter than the increasingly sluggish Safari. Firefox 4 offers fast, fun, full-featured browsing with few compromises, and it's well worth a try.
For years, Firefox has trundled along at the back of the browser pack, a beast of burden laden with fancy features but lacking speed. Not anymore.
Articles by Nathan Alderman