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Version 1.1 of Safari Queue is now available in the iTunes Store. We launched the app in late November, and we’re pleased to say that we’ve made a number of improvements in this first update.

What’s new in this version?

Version 1.1 of the Queue app includes the following new features and improvements:

  • Highlighting! Highlights sync with your Safari account.
  • Added a “Downloaded” filter to the main queue.
  • Improved night mode to better support notes, sidebars, tables, and so on.
  • Added support for video playback via AirPlay.
  • Updated video table of contents for improved legibility.
  • Added support for 180-degree rotation on iPad.
  • Cleaned up typography and and graphical elements on the main queue.
  • Refined chrome animations in the reading interface.
  • Fixed a bug where the queue would fail to load for a very small number of users (the “null” bug).
  • Added better support for pinch and zoom in PDF-based (non-reflowable) books.

Highlighting and syncing

We hope you’re as eager as we are to take advantage of highlight syncing. Here’s how it works: make a highlight in the web version of Safari, and you’ll see that highlight in the Safari Queue app. Or make a highlight in Queue, and it’ll appear on the website. If you use the Queue app on both an iPad and an iPhone, highlights will sync across both devices, too.

Here’s a highlight in Queue:
Highlighting in the Queue app

And that same highlight in the Safari web interface:
Highlighting in the Safari web interface.

As you may know, highlights in Safari can be public or private. Highlights made in the Queue app default to private, but we’ll add support for both public and private highlights in a future release. Also, this first version of highlighting does not include support for note-taking. If you highlight text on the website and then add a note, the highlight will still appear in Queue, but you won’t see the note. Keep an eye out for note support in a future release.

What’s next?

We’re just getting started with the Queue app. In the coming weeks and months, you can look forward to a number of new features. We’re currently working on a way for you to browse and navigate your highlights. Also, we’re designing some entirely new ways of finding and adding content to the Queue app, including searching the entire Safari library.

What about Android?

We’re getting close to releasing a public beta of the Android version of the Queue app. You can follow progress and use the beta builds by signing up for the G+ group.

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4 Responses to “Safari Queue Update Includes Support for Highlighting and AirPlay”

  1. Viliam Kocinsky

    Dear Safari Team
    I wanted to install Safari Queue on iPad v1 but its not possible since it.s running on iOS5. Im using this iPad just for reading and im not going to buy new one just for reading and browsing.
    Could you please tell me wat solution do you have for customers like me?
    Thank you.
    Your customer Viliam

    • Peter Collingridge

      Hi Villiam. I’m sorry, but we’re not supporting versions of iOS as old as 5. However the good news is that using the web site through your browser will still work really well in any mobile browser, so that’s probably the best route for you. Cheers, Peter

  2. Tomas Jin

    How to become a Safari Queue user from a Safari To Go user? The old app does not work very well on the iPad.

    • Peter Collingridge

      Hey Tomas, thanks for the comment. Safari Queue is not compatible for Safari Books Online / Safari to Go customers. But the good news is that you can start a free (no credit card!) trial of the new Safari by signing up via the site at any time. Safari Queue works as part of that trial, so you can see which you prefer! Cheers, Peter