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Safari 5.1.4 for OS X Lion/Snow Leopard:
(Appears in Software Update under OS X 10.6.x and Lion. Full download/installer at www.apple.com/safari/download/ now.)
Here's the info from SU window in 10.6.8:

"Safari 5.1.4 contains improvements to stability, compatibility, and security, including changes that:
  • Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connection
  • Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
  • Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
  • Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
  • Correct the contents of context menus on webpages that are PDFs
  • Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
  • Improve stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensions
  • Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
  • Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the "Remove All Website Data" button

For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit this site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222"

Changes for OS X Lion include the above plus a boost in Javascript performance:

"About Safari 5.1.4 for OS X Lion includes changes that:
  • Improve JavaScript performance up to 11% over Safari 5.1.3*
    (Plus same list of items as SL above, clipped out to save space here)

* Testing conducted by Apple in January 2012 on a 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5-based iMac 21.5-inch system using OS X Lion v10.7.3 and configured with 4 GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512 MB of VRAM. JavaScript benchmark based on SunSpider 0.9.1. Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection, and other factors."

See below for doc on security fixes in this update. (Also available for Windows.)
FYI/TIP: (From a reader mail)

"Mike, I just discovered a problem that is common with the new Safari update, but very easily fixed. The problem first exhibited itself with 1Password which stopped working with Safari. Then embedded YouTube videos seemed to be playing back very choppy. Then logins to sites where I knew the password and did not have to resort to software would not let me in.

Apparently Safari 5.1.4 installs itself as 32-bit only mode and you have to go into the Get Info dialog for the application and uncheck the "Open in 32-bit mode" checkbox. Once you do that, everything seems to return to working properly.
Hope this helps your readers who might be pulling out their hair like I did.
-Gene M."


  

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