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Benefits of Develop menu on Safari 5 Web Browsers
There are a few websites that look ugly in any browser (Lifehacker, Gizmodo, etc). But, they look better on iOS devices.

Safari 5 has the ability to pose as another browser. That way you can get the iOS view on Safari on your Mac.

First, open Safari and go to the Preferences, move to Advanced. At the bottom of the tab there is a check box for 'Show Develop menu in menu bar.'

Once that s activated you'll see the menu. Go there and move to User Agent and select any iOS device. Now you can browse to whichever website you know looks better on iOS format.

[crarko adds: We've talked about the Develop menu before, but it's an interesting tidbit to find site that look better in iOS. I'm guessing it's the lack of Flash.]
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Benefits of Develop menu on Safari 5
Authored by: kiltbear on Apr 26, '11 07:54:40AM

Not only might it look better, but often it will force the loading of quicktime video over flash video. This is very handy if one does not have flash installed and you don't want to open the site in Chrome just to view the video. (Chrome has its own copy of flash installed that the rest of the OS knows nothing about.)



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Benefits of Develop menu on Safari 5
Authored by: MtnBiker on Apr 26, '11 08:37:53AM

For a thorough discussion on this see http://daringfireball.net/2010/11/masquerading_as_mobile_safari

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Benefits of Develop menu on Safari 5
Authored by: strike3 on Apr 26, '11 12:33:30PM

Would it be possible to write a Safari plugin that changes the user agent string on a per-domain basis, and remembers the setting for future sessions?

That would be killer.



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Benefits of Develop menu on Safari 5
Authored by: rab777hp on Apr 26, '11 07:10:32PM

Gawker sites don't use flash in that controversial design.
I just use RSS feeds so I avoid design issues



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Benefits of Develop menu on Safari 5
Authored by: milkmage on Apr 27, '11 08:18:02AM

user agent switcher does the same for FireFox.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/user-agent-switcher/



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