3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 12, 2012 8:21 PM by Sasparilla256
mkummer Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

My standard Safari page is TopSites. Until now every refreshed page got a blue triangle at the top right corner. This ist gone in v 6? Found no way to activate it again. Pity - was a great way of getting aware of changes in the pages displayed (even it did not work with all pages...)


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion, iPad (3rd gen) WIFI, iPhone 4S
  • John Potts Level 4 Level 4 (3,100 points)

    mkummer wrote:

     

    My standard Safari page is TopSites. Until now every refreshed page got a blue triangle at the top right corner. This ist gone in v 6? Found no way to activate it again. Pity - was a great way of getting aware of changes in the pages displayed (even it did not work with all pages...)

     

    Agreed. Apple seems to have taken an axe to Safari in v6. In addition to the loss of refresh notification, look what's happened to the Search window, RSS, the Activity Window, Clear Cache...and there's probably more that I haven't bumped into yet.

     

    Some of this functionality can be regained via the Develop menu, but a clear and comprehensive list of the changes and losses (from Apple) would have been considerate.

  • Paul Conigliaro Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    While the main issue in this thread is true (Safari 6 removing the updated star from top sites), the search window is still very much alive, it's just been combined with the URL bar. Just start typing in the main field and you can search with your default search engine.

  • Sasparilla256 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    As John Potts noted above Apple ripped the RSS functionality out of Safari v6 (and probably the reason for that is that they removed the underlying RSS functionality from OS X in Mountain Lion) - unfortunately the Top Sites refresh page notification uses RSS to determine whether a page has been refreshed so it's axed as well.

     

    There's a couple of other threads on this and this is what I've found:

     

    Just like the removal of RSS for v6, this missing Top Sites indicator functionality is a feature of v6.0 (not a bug, unfortunately).

     

    Both (RSS & Top Site indicator) have apparantly been gone since the first beta of Safari v6 (which was called v5.2 initially) according to folks who used the betas.

     

    Here's the page where the folks discuss this in the comments:

     

    http://www.macworld.com/article/1168016/bugs_and_fixes_troubleshooting_mountain_ lion.html

     

    This also squares with the fact that Safari v5.1.7 crashes immediately on Mountain Lion (if you copy it to another directory in Mountain Lion), but runs fine on Lion.  Mountain Lion has had the RSS plumbing removed at the OS level, while Lion still has it (which is why Lion can run Safari v5.1.7 and still has Top Site update functionality and RSS functionality working).

     

    So where does that leave everyone?  If you're running Lion and want that functionality, copy Safari v5.1.7 (from Time Machine or a Mac that still has it - Snow Leopard macs still do) to a separate directory in the Applications directory and you can get back your RSS and Top Sites update functionality (for the time being).  Never run both versions at the same time or you can have file corruption since they share bookmarks etc..

     

    If you're running Mountain Lion it looks like your stuck loosing this functionality (short of rolling back to Lion and using v5.1.7 until a better solution comes along - which might be worth it to some folks).

     

    I haven't been able to find any other browser that has this situational awareness indicator of site updates - if anyone knows of one please post it.  All the other browsers have thumbnail images of sites but nobody else indicates if updates have occured.  What a bummer, my favorite feature of Safari was killed off intentionaly...