I’ve been working on a mac for the last 10 years. So I guess using Safari as the main browser seems like an obvious choice.
I work as an Adobe Flash developer so having different browsers installed is pretty much a prerequisite. So far Safari has always been above all other ones.
So far I haven’t even thought of switching my default browser, until recently when I discovered that Google Chrome is out for Mac as well (old news… yeah, I know). First test showed that it’s an awesome and fast browser and a very strong competitor to Safari. So strong in fact that I changed it to my default browser about a month ago.
But now, a month later I’m changing my defaults back to Safari. And let me tell you why.
1. Safari Activity Window. This is invaluable tool for Flash Developer. I can’t live without it and after a month of searching I haven’t found a good equivalent plugin for Chrome.
2. Home page that shows all your most important sites in Safari. There is SpeedDial plugin for Chrome, but it just does not feel (nor look) the same.
3. Flash rendering. Somehow Chrome is just not good enough rendering flash sites. For instance YouTube controls are not clickable with Chrome. Only thing I can do in YouTube with chrome is to click on the video window to make it pause/play and that’s it. Sucks!? Yeah, I know.
Although searching straight using address bar is a great feature on Chrome. And rendering and using Google Docs (scrolling with MacbookPro touch pad) works great. Still I must say I tried. It wasn’t so bad, but I must admit Safari is still the best browser for my needs.
Please share your experience with those two browsers in the comments below.
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