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How have we made Safari more valuable to you in the past 30 days? Let’s take a look.

New Publishers, Acclaimed Titles

Cover of No One Understands You and What To Do About It Cover of The Innovators Dilemma Cover of Your Strategy Needs a Strategy

This past month, we were thrilled to announce the addition of two new publishers. Harvard Business Review Press added to Safari over three hundred books and two hundred videos/webinars, including classics like The Innovator’s Dilemma. Paul Michelman provides more details and links in his post.

Cover of A Field Guide to User Research Cover of Smashing Book 5: Real-Life Responsive Web Design Cover of Understanding Advanced JavaScript

Smashing Magazine was another terrific addition to Safari in September. We on the product and design teams can’t wait to dig into new titles such as A Field Guide to User Experience. Check out Chris Simpson’s post for a closer look.

A Brand New Video Experience

Variable speed video/audio playback has been among the most highly requested features. In September, we made it happen. Now you can watch videos faster (or slower) in Safari’s new video player. Here’s a screen shot of the player, taken from an OSCON 2015 conference talk (a favorite from our team), “Freedom and Responsibility @ Netflix: Centralized Team in a Decentralized World.”

Screen grab of the Safari video player, featuring variable speed playback.

This new player also includes new features like thumbnail previews and a source selector. We’ve also updated the interface to show transcripts and supplemental course materials, when available. See Introduction to Java 8 for an example.

Enhanced Reading Modes

Night mode in the browser-based web interface is another highly requested feature that we added in September. While we’ve had night mode in the native apps for some time, we were glad to bring an enhanced version of the feature to the website.

Screen grab showing new font controls widget, with night mode, a margin selector and more.

As you can see in this screen shot from Hadoop Application Architectures, the new font controls include night and sepia reading modes, as well as sliders to adjust font size and page margins.

A Major Update to Queue for Android

Version 1.1.0 of Queue for Android, released just yesterday, is another example of Safari improving to meet your most immediate needs. You said you wanted to search the Safari library right from the app, and now you can. Via the new “Discover” page, browse newly published titles or search across the entire library of book, video and audio book content.

Screen grabs of the Discover option, a list of newly added titles, and the search results based on "Docker"

See a title you like? Browse the table of contents and description, and then queue and download right from the search results.

Screen grabs of the Queue for Android app showing downloading from search results.

Look for lots more from the Android team in the coming months!

Suggest a Tutorial

Our Tutorials offerings continue to grow. As we look to expand our catalog of Tutorials, we’d love to hear what would be most useful to you.

Screen grab of the "Request a Tutorial" functionality.

Have something specific you want to learn? Just navigate to the bottom of this page and submit a topic idea to help inform our editorial calendar ahead.

Is there something you’d like to see in Safari? Let us know on the community forums. Or just stop in and say hello!

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