SafariSpeed
SafariSpeed
2.1.1

5.0

SafariSpeed free download for Mac

SafariSpeed2.1.1

12 February 2007

Removes page loading delay.

Overview

SafariSpeed applies optimizations to Safari that will help to speed up your browsing experience and modifies Safari in other useful ways.

SafariSpeed allows you to easily remove the page loading delay that was built in to Safari. This delay prevents pages from being displayed until a set amount of time passes. By removing this delay, SafariSpeed will allow pages to be displayed as fast as your connection or cache can deliver them.

SafariSpeed also allows you to disable favorite icons - the small pictures displayed next to bookmarks and in your address bar. As you visit websites, Safari "collects" these little icons and stores them. Over time, as this "collection" grows, Safari's habit of searching through all of these icons for the correct one can slow down your browsing. These icons also eat unnecessary disk space.

SafariSpeed can also disable Safari's cache for a further performance boost.

In addition to these performance enhancements, SafariSpeed can be used to toggle PDF support and the debug menu and to switch between Safari's brushed metal and Aqua interfaces.

If you find this application useful, please register it for a low fee of $8.

What's new in SafariSpeed

Version 2.1.1:
  • Fixes some minor bugs.
  • Improves the registration system.

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79 Reviews of SafariSpeed

Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0

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i tried it with os 10.2.8 and safari 1.0.3 and it told me that it worked...
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Hmac
05 June 2008
Version: 2.1.1
DO NOT WASTE your money on this -- as posted at webkit.org -- safari has changed and this utilit is no longer relevant -- it does NOTHING to safari 2, 3 anymore.
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Cthulhu3
18 March 2008
Version: 2.1.1
Cleaning out old apps when I tried to erase the Safari favicons with SafariSpeed 1.3 (been in there a long time) and it did not work. Tried again. Nothing. Don't thinkI'll spend $8.00 for the updated version to see if that works. Have Safari 3.1.
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Danman78
15 June 2007
Version: 2.1.1
I installed this software yesterday to see what the hype was all about. Ever since then, safari can no longer find google, myspace and a bunch of other websites. When I try to delete it, I'm told that I don't have sufficient permission to do so. If anyone has any tips or ideas as to what I've done wrong could you please email me at danstheman2watch@hotmail.com (lame email address, I know)? Many thanks, Dan
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Maury-McCown
12 February 2007
Version: 2.1.1
From Safari's developer regarding this app: I just saw this article on Digg about how to “speed up Safari” by reducing the “page load delay” in preferences. In the comments are many testimonials like “Oh my gosh! Safari is so much faster now!” This just goes to prove how inaccurate people's powers of perception are when it comes to measuring the performance of browsers. I say this because the preference in question is dead and does absolutely nothing in Safari 1.3 and Safari 2.0.
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Fredb
12 February 2007
Version: 2.1.1
Sorry, but this is hilarious. The pref to change this so called delay is dead since Safari 1.3 and it was the *maximum* delay, not the minimum. People seeing a big difference should definitely stop smoking. According to the Safari dev, disabling the cache should be useless too. Anyway, charging for features so easy to do for free is a bit silly. If you want to kill favicons, change the look and *a lot* more, check SafariStand.
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Stormchild
12 February 2007
Version: 2.1.1
The cache disabling feature seems silly to me. The whole point of a cache is to increase performance, therefore disabling the cache will slow things down, if anything. Nobody is going to pay $8 for this.
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Josdans
03 February 2007
Version: 2.1
Kames Safari superfast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Maclover1-1
03 February 2007
Version: 2.1
Paying just for this ? Hello the moon ? We've got a dreamer !
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St00pid-M0nk3y
18 November 2006
Version: 2.0
This used to be great...when it was free. I'll stick to your old version, thanks. =\
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Mok-in-touch™
18 November 2006
Version: 2.0
FasterFox is free.
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Lucluv
18 November 2006
Version: 2.0
While test driving SafariSpeed 2.0, I came across the following error message while attempting to change the Brushed Metal look in the Interface settings. AppleScript Error unzip: cannot find or open /Volumes/SafariSpeed/Volumes/SafariSpeed.zip or /Volumes/SafariSpeed.ZIP. (9) Clicking on either button under Interface launched Safari, then gave me a dialog window to close Safari, followed by the above error message. I had no problems with disabling the lag time. It made my Safari 2.0.4 incredibly faster than it had been. For the record I'm on an Intel iMac running Tiger 10.4.8 and Safari 2.0.4
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Denali
17 July 2006
Version: 1.3
Just ran this app and WOW! Safari had slowed down terribly for me. Took about a minute to open and got the spinning ball whenever I opened any page. I thought there was a problem with my computer. Safari now opens instantly and pages load very fast. I had actually stopped using my laptop and moved to another computer as Safari was just too slow and I won't use IE. Very small app that apparently does something and does it quite well.
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Alarob
12 June 2006
Version: 1.3
This functionality is also available in SafariEnhancer, along with other features.
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kool_coder
10 August 2005
Version: 1.3r3
Man, this app is pretty sweet =)
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Maceddy
06 July 2005
Version: 1.3r3
Site down?? "Safari could not open the page “http://www.scifience.com/downloads/files/SafariSpeed-1.3.zip” because the server stopped responding."
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Anonymous
01 July 2005
Version: 1.3r3
I can't notice any difference, maybe because I'm on a fast connection... But the MacUpdate favicon is still in my address bar though... Isn't it supposed to be gone if the favicon cash is disabled? Ho well... Safari was really fast already anyway so no big deal I guess :)
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Kool03
30 June 2005
Version: 1.3r3
thank you very much for this app. it is very good kool.
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Anonymous
29 June 2005
Version: 1.3r3
works great!!! i'm using DSL and it feels so much faster
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Strifer
29 June 2005
Version: 1.3r3
does this work alongside Safari Enhancer?
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Jeff-H-
29 June 2005
Version: 1.3r3
I've downloaded and like the app, but do I have to use it once or every time I launch Safari?
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Anonymous
29 June 2005
Version: 1.3r3
I've always been very skeptical of so-called Internet Optimizers, as in my experience they've rarely done anything at all, and in cases they did something actually slowed down my computer with unecessary junky 'optimizers'. The only reason I downloaded this application was because it was free, too often fake Optimizers cost money, and I thought "Well, I have nothing to lose." Boy was I surprised, not only did it speed up Safari's rendering, it also cut down on Safari's HD accessing and memory use since it allowed me to dump the cache of site icons! I often run Bit Torrent cocurrently with my web browsing - and it's slow like dial up. With SafariSpeed, I can hardly tell Azureus is greedily gobbling 100k a second from my DSL.
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Anonymous
28 June 2005
Version: 1.3r2
This is probably the greatest app ive seen for a web browser yet! Camino has the same problem with loading time and now that you made it so safari doesnt have it i can finnaly use safari and its FAST as ever. Nice job...thanks.
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Anonymous
28 June 2005
Version: 1.3r2
The download problem is fixed, (thankyou), and the patch works great. Thanks and cheers.
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Anonymous
28 June 2005
Version: 1.3r2
Wow! This app really notched up a gear on Safari! I usually have to wait for a moment before I download pages from CNN/Money and the Morning Call pages, but after I ran SafariSpeed, it just started showing the whole page instead of waiting for all those lil bitsy pieces from the sidebars/advertisements to load up. Excellent stuff!
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Scifiencestudios
27 June 2005
Version: 1.3
Hi, all, Sorry about the mix-up with the version! It seems that I uploaded the wrong file to my server. It should all be fixed now. I apologize for the inconvenience! Thanks, Alex Warofka Developer, ScifienceStudios
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Anonymous
27 June 2005
Version: 1.3
The downloaded dmg file is named SafariSpeed 1.3. The SafariSpeed application contained on the dmg is version 1.2.2 (creation date: May 3, 200).
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Anonymous
27 June 2005
Version: 1.3
I have now downloaded Safarispeed both from MacUpdate, and scifience. When I go to Applications it indicated both times that I have version 1.2.2! Has this indeed been updated to 1.3? Thanks
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Jeff-H-
27 June 2005
Version: 1.3
It definately seems to have made Safari faster. Great software
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Anonymous
26 May 2005
Version: 1.2.2
Seems to be slowing down Safari in Tiger.
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Anonymous
03 May 2005
Version: 1.2.2
not sure bout Tiger, but definately makes Safari faster on Panther. definately. thanks!
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Anonymous
03 May 2005
Version: 1.2.2
Not sure if its really needed on Tige as Safari is pretty fast as it is. Version 2.0 of Safari is drastically faster than previous versions. If anyone (or the developer) can confirm the need for this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Anonymous
05 April 2005
Version: 1.2.1
seems to work OK. Now of only we can make ebay as fast on safari as it is on a PC!
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Anonymous
07 January 2005
Version: 1.2.1
I'm getting the following error while clicking the speed optimization button: AppleScript Error sh: line 1: defaults: command not found (127) I'm running OS X 10.3.7 and haven't altered Safari 1.2.4 in any way, or even moved it from its default location. I've tried running SafariSpeed 1.2.1 in both the default Applications folder and my user one. No go for both. Any ideas? PS: For what it's worth I was able to remove the favicons successfully.
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Brildenlanch
27 December 2004
Version: 1.2.1
I don't know why you people are bitching. Why use the terminal when I can DL this in about 2 seconds and then have what I need done in less than 5 seconds thanks to the gui interface?
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Anonymous
26 November 2004
Version: 1.2.1
I noticed the rest of my machine slowed down a touch, when I looked at the activity monitor, the CPU was pegged the whole time Safari was active. I wasn't even loading pages. CPU activity went back to normal when I unloaded the the speedup.
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Anonymous
21 November 2004
Version: 1.2.1
The Terminal? Who cares? SafariSpeed works in an elegant Mac way: one click.
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Richard-Mulholland
20 November 2004
Version: 1.2.1
I dont get it, whey are you guys moaning, it does what it says it does...and it's free! I'd rather have an app/script that does this than go to the terminal myself. Lay of this developer, he's not charging anything...!
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Anonymous
20 November 2004
Version: 1.2.1
This is a AppleScript that calls a shell-script. You can do it from the Terminal ( to test the "delay-factor"... ) Terminal: Delay-On: defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 1.00 Delay-Off: defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0.000001 That's what I found in the .app
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Anonymous
19 November 2004
Version: 1.2.1
Wow, I can just imagine those 2byte site images clogging up my 80gb hard drive in no time :P
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Anonymous
16 November 2004
Version: 1.2
Doesn't OnyX have most or all of these features?
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Timplaster
16 November 2004
Version: 1.2
Awesome, really WORKS!
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Anonymous
15 November 2004
Version: 1.2
WOW! it actualy works. GREAT
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Anonymous
15 November 2004
Version: 1.2
xcellent !!! i've wanted to turn off the favicons for a while now as safari seems to struggle with these for some reason.. weird! GREAT util!! Thanks :)
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Anonymous
15 November 2004
Version: 1.2
Nice! Safari works great and the "new" feature with the fav.icons is best... this things should be "native" in Safari...(hey Apple guys, pay some millions to this lonely developer...) and make Safari better! usefull app!
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Anonymous
15 November 2004
Version: 1.2
Wow. I am floored by the difference this program makes -- especially on sites composed of numerous banners originating from ad servers. This is the real deal.
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Alvin Lim
02 November 2004
Version: 1.1
Cool! Seems to load pages split seconds faster! :)
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Anonymous
20 October 2004
Version: 1.1
Nice. Works great
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Anonymous
20 October 2004
Version: 1.1
I don't see any difference at all (on a G5 2.0 DP with 2 Mbit DSL).
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Anonymous
20 October 2004
Version: 1.1
Yes. Works great on a dual 2.5 gig g5!
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Anonymous
20 October 2004
Version: 1.1
Amazing! Rock on!
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Anonymous
19 October 2004
Version: 1.1
Thanks works great, (almost to fast) in iMac 10.3.5/Safari 1.2.3; together with BroadbandOptimizer-1.5.1, Who needs DSL?
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Anonymous
19 October 2004
Version: 1.1
Excellent! Thanks!
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Anonymous
19 October 2004
Version: 1.1
I'm liking it!
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Anonymous
12 October 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Cheap hack that actually seems to make Safari slower in my case (Safari 1.2.3) Also seems to cause Safari to make more disc activity all the time when before it was completely silent. I reset it back to defaults but I still think the disc activity is happening. I don't know what it is doing but is complete crud.
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Anonymous
27 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Great! You will notice safari's delay when you reload a page, keep doing it on the same page and you will see the delay each time before safari reloads the page. With safarispeed installed it completely removes this delay! It's small little programs like this that make computing so much better!
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Anonymous
27 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Fantastic :) Works great, speeds up Safari noticably :)
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TerryJ
25 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
EXCELLENT! Ran it on my TiBook with cable modem/Airport connection and the speed increase is definitely noticeable. Kudos for a job well done!
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Nathan
25 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Just downloaded and installed.. Runs great.. Noticable diffrence in page load and no effect to stablity.. My donation is on it's way!
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Anonymous
25 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Works beautifully on PowerBook G4, 10.3.5, Safari 1.2.3., slow modem. Certainly worth a donation!
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Anonymous
25 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Works great. Definite speed boost with no observed side effects. Thanks! Simple and undo-able. Nothing to clutter your drive and no dependencies. Nice and sweet.
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Anonymous
25 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Definitely faster.
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Anonymous
24 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Works awesome on my G5 with broadband. You can really see the difference. Thanks. Keep up the good work!!!
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Anonymous
24 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
Here's a tip to make Safari load faster: Open /~/Library/Safari/ and look for the folder named Icons. Open that, and delete everything in the folder. Then, get info on the Icons folder, and change the permissions to Read Only. This will prevent Safari from saving favicons (the little icons in the address bar), and, for some reason, greatly improves startup speed. I noticed a difference of about five to ten seconds on my Sawtooth G4/400.
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Anonymous
24 September 2004
Version: 1.0.21
So far... So good... It improves the speed a lil. At least I notice it. TY. I´m too lazy to do something in the terminal.. So Yes, so far everything seems good.
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Anonymous
23 September 2004
Version: 1.0.2
I think it should be noted under the system requirements that it requires that you have the BSD subsystem installed. I kept getting an applescript error (-127) without it.
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Anonymous
21 September 2004
Version: 1.0.2
Using with Safari 1.3 DP, and it works great. Nice little app...
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Anonymous
21 August 2004
Version: 1.0.2
nice app. works great and really speeds things up. thanks,
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Nick-Crawford
20 August 2004
Version: 1.0.2
Been using it for about 5 minutes. Cached pages load much faster, and it sure appears to have decreased the load time on pages.
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0.2
Surely this just changes the APARRANT page load speed, NOT the actual load speed. Pages will begin to be rendered faster but will not finish loading any quicker, so you will see some content, but it might get moved around while you are trying to read it. I coudl be mistaken but for an expert view, go here: http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/hyatt/ to read about how Safari loads pages.
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Panther User
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0.1
For those of you that have Panther Cache Cleaner, you should be advised that it does this for Safari, too... just FYI.
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0.1
This app definately makes a difference in speed on cable. I'm not qualified to make a thorough review, but everything seems solid...
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0.1
I have read that the perceived speed is increased, but the actual speed may be decreased using this. Does anyone know if that is true?
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0
It works well on my machine. I have had no end of issues with Safari and this perks up performance.
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0
What does this actually do? Will someone with Panther check what files it's modifying and report... their page says it's GPL but there's no source.
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0
Does what it says and for those that don't like to use Terminal, it's perfect. Safari does become a lot snappier after the patch. Well done!
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Shaahin Mohammadi
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0
Whats the use of this application while you can simply type this command in the terminal window: defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0.25 Search in Google to find more..
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Dana-Sutton
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0
This does seem to help a bit, but not dramatically (I have a fast computer and a cable ISP). I am writing this hoping the author will read what I have to say. First, this might be improved by an Undo option. Second, have you considered writing a similar utility for OmniWeb?
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0
Does seem a little faster. But all it does is run the following command in the Terminal: defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0.0001 They could just post that command at MacOSXHints, and then they wouldn't have to ask for donations for distribution costs.
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 1.0
i tried it with os 10.2.8 and safari 1.0.3 and it told me that it worked...
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