Yes, I might need glasses, but so does Safari

September 6, 2012 ☼ Article

Safari really doesn’t make it easy for me to really like it and for a while already I find myself frequently switching back and forth between Safari and Chrome. For a while I switched back from Chrome to Safari due to the lack of colour-management but only to shortly thereafter switch back to Chrome for all things that didn’t involve the need for a truly colour-managed environment.

While I do prefer Safari’s clean design, Chrome without doubt has the better feature set, which in the end made it my browser of choice. Yet I still like to check in Safari every now and then again, and even though it’s only eye-candy, I do enjoy the recently introduced new features as for example the expose-like Tab feature.

As by now most of the time, I wrote and edited my last post (including the image) on the iPad I was curious to see how the post worked out on the desktop. While the post looked just like I expected it to in Chrome I was stoked about the blurriness of the screenshot in Safari. I quickly checked the same screenshot in Firefox which is a tad blurrier than Chrome but a lot less than Safari.

The screenshot I included in that post needs to be resized by the browsers on the desktop as I included a larger version in order for it to look better on Retina displays. Naturally all of the three browsers need to scale the image on my non-retina display. Interestingly though Chrome seems to do a much better job at this, and seemingly does apply some sharpening to the output 1.

Here are a few screenshots for clarification (bear in mind that if you are reading this in Safari on Mountain Lion you might have now some extra blurryness):

In Safari:

In Firefox:

In Chrome:

As my iMac is running Mountain Lion I control-checked this on my MacBook (also running Mountain Lion) and noticed the exact same behaviour. Checking the same post/image on the Macs at work (running Snow Leopard and Lion) though didn’t reveal this issue. So I guess it’s an issue tied to either Mountain Lion or Safari 6.

While I am not overly worried about this, it is at least yet another reason for me to stick to Chrome for the time being. But it does make me think what happens to the images over in my galleries.

UPDATE: The quality of these screenshots (or the display thereof) is actually rather poor and to be honest, hardly proofs anything. I suggest that you try to open the post in both Safari and Chrome and see if there’s any difference. If that will not work out, I will attach the original TIFF files for download.

  1. This is surely a wild guess on my part, but it seems to be a reasonable explanation for the admittedly very obvious difference between the browsers. 

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