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Tuesday, June 06, 2006
# 4:57:00 PM:

Back to Safari

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safariA couple of months ago I switched from Apple's Safari browser to Camino, but now I'm switching back. There are three main reasons:

  1. Camino only stores a single username and password for a website, sometimes even apparently for an entire domain. That's silly. I have multiple account numbers at my bank alone, for instance, and for my browser to remember only one of them makes autofill features useless. Besides, Safari's form-filling is better than any other browser's anyway.

  2. Mysteriously, Camino sometimes refuses to save files when I right-click or ctrl-click on a link and choose to save. I haven't been able to figure out why.

  3. Camino's hacked-in CamiTools bookmark synchronization is a pain. Safari's .Mac synchronization is seamless and happens without my having to do anything. I like that better.

I wish Safari had some of the funky skins that Camino does, but that's not enough of a reason to stay. Besides, on my new Intel Macs, Safari seems faster than Camino, which wasn't true before. Camino's still nice, but Safari gets in my way less. Luckily, migrating between the two is about a 30-second process (File > Export Bookmarks, File > Import Bookmarks, Preferences > Default Browser).


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