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    Safari Beta 4 is now available for download for both Windows and Mac from the Apple site. According to Philip Schiller, Apple's Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing "Apple created Safari to bring innovation, speed and open standards back into web browsers, and today it takes another big step forward," going on to say "Safari 4 is the fastest and most efficient browser for Mac and Windows, with great integration of HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards that enables the next generation of interactive web applications."

    Features
    • Top Sites. This is the first thing you see when you open Safari. All your recent sites are arranged nicely in a grid. You can choose between Small Medium and Large which changes how many sites are shown. When you first start Safari this page opens up and the most recent sites you have visited appear as default. Clicking edit on the bottom left allows you to arrange and pin sites that you care about so they always show up. This is especially useful when creating a new tab since the Tops Sites screen pops up. Pin you most commonly used sites for quick access.

    • Cover Flow. Apple loves their Cover Flow. In this new Safari 4 beta it is used to view through your Web History and Bookmarks. It does look awesome as along as you wait for it to catch up loading previews (I have countless bookmarks and such) otherwise it will just show a nice little black screen for preview. It looks awesome but in reality doesn't add any real functionality -- of course looking cool is half the battle.

    • Tabs on Top. The Tabs have been moved to the top bar. This is actually a really awesome idea. The Menu bar area of Safari has a smaller vertical footprint than before because of this leaving just as much functionality while giving you more vertical webpage viewing are. One gripe. The close the tab is on the left of the tab instead of the right -- that's going to take some time to get used to. You also have to grab the right corner (where close tab used to be) to drag and rearrange tab order when before you could click anywhere in the tab but that makes sense since there is no top menu bar now -- you have to be able to grab somewhere to drag the entire window.

    • Full Page Zoom. Zooming in full page not only zooms text, it zooms images as well. There is also a text only zoom available if you prefer. Quality while zooming in doesn't degrade much as well!

    • Smart Address and Search Fields. The Address Field now provides you with options to select from your browsing history and bookmarks to select as you type in words to the Address Field. The Search Field also has been enhanced to show suggestions and recent searches. At the bottom to the enhanced search field is also the option to highlight the word you are searching for every time it is used in the current page you are viewing.

    • Those are the major new features. Apple says they have a total of 150 features and you can find here.
    • Missing feature. Automatic loading of all the tabs you already had open in your previous browsing session. Is that so hard to do Apple? FireFox does it.

    Performance

    The new features may be awesomely functional (for the most part) and look neat but they mean nothing if the browser is slow. Safari 4 Beta doesn't have an issue with speed. Apple boasts that Safari 4's new Nitro JavaScript engine executes JavaScript up to 30 times faster than Microsoft's IE 7 and more than three times faster than Firefox 3. Under normal use it feels a bit faster than the previous Safari (which was faster than its competition already) while loading normal web pages and there is a noticeable speed increase when loading pages with heavy duty javascript.

    For the last few hours I have been using Safari 4 beta it has been a pleasure. I have to admit I am won over by the new features -- especially the tabs at the top. The eye-candy is something that I can't really complain about as well. On top of it all this new version of Safari is performing as well if not better than the previous version which was already a very quick browser. What puts this Safari over the edge is the bleeding edge support for web standards including both HTML 5 and CSS 3 which are the future of the internet and support some really cools things like highly polished gradients and mirror finishes (CSS 3) along with the ability to do more advanced offline webpages (HTML 5. If you haven't heard about Google's preview of their offline Gmail google it).

    This is a pretty excellent browser especially for a beta. The Mac OS X version if of course better than the Windows version but I have to admit, with this release the Windows version is catching up quite a bit (it is better than IE7 any day). You can grab Safari 4 beta from Apple.

    In case I wasn't clear enough above here is the one sentence summary:
    Safari 4 beta is awesome on Mac and Windows.

    Update

    The folks at cnet did some benchmarking:


    Update 2

    Some nice tricks to enable/disable hidden preferences have been discovered. Mac users just enter the following commands in Terminal and then relaunch Safari/Open new window. Windows users you can do the same thing by editing the Preferences.plist file located in Documents and Settings\Your Username\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari with your favorite XML editor.

    Move the tab bar to its old location
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4TabBarIsOnTop -bool NO
    Put back blue loading bar (use both commands) and move loading spinner back to the tab
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign -bool NO

    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4LoadProgressStyle -bool NO
    Turn off the new address autocomplete menu
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeFancyURLCompletionList -bool NO
    Turn off the new search bar menu
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeGoogleSuggest -bool NO
    Remove CoverFlow
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeFlowViewInBookmarksView -bool NO
    Disable dimming when you click on a Top Site
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4TopSitesZoomToPageAnimationDimsSnapsho t -bool NO
    Disable Top Sites
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeTopSites -bool NO
    Undo your changes
    defaults delete com.apple.Safari
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Safari Beta 4 Released OS X + Windows. Awesome so far ... started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 70 Comments
    1. chrisrotolo's Avatar
      chrisrotolo -
      what are the chances of us ever seeing this on our phones anytime soon? iphone safari functions nicely,but due for an update
    1. ima80baby's Avatar
      ima80baby -
      Now I'm in Windows 7 and I can download it, but I can only get the Windows version. I'll just wait for the Mac version to hit the torrents.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      ^Erm...never lol
    1. r1994augusto's Avatar
      r1994augusto -
      psss better than IE7
      EVERYTHING IS BETTER!!!!
    1. russoeternal's Avatar
      russoeternal -
      This is gorgeous!
    1. Cocchiararo's Avatar
      Cocchiararo -
      tabs on top is SO chrome :P

      which i love (chrome)

      chrome crashes A LOT while browsing mmi tho, when opeinng multiple tabs, ALL OF THEM CRASH IF ONE CRASHES, i would like to know why... chrome or mmi fault ?

      that aside, i love this new safari, and makes my switches between osx and windows much les painfull (since there is no chrome on osx, and most of what i do with computers, is internet browsing)
    1. rdwalsh's Avatar
      rdwalsh -
      Downloaded today, I have to say I really like it. One feature I really like is the top sites piece, I wish it was a little easier to set instead of it using your history. BUt I'm sure in time I will figure it out more so. The other is the browsing history coverflow, I always asked myself is this the site I was at when I found this... now I can easily tell by viewing the coverflow. Instead of picking one, then having to go back to my history find where I was then try the next one. Kudos to Apple on this release.
    1. touchit's Avatar
      touchit -
      EEHHHH.....Dont like it, to slow. Man, Apple trys to hard to be pretty sometimes and forgets about speed and functionability.

      I will stick with Advant for sure!
    1. bteamer's Avatar
      bteamer -
      Shuuweeet just finished downloading ^_^
      EDIT: NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!! I lost my baby blue loading bar! Now it's just a spinner... :'( *sob*
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      this completely sucks!!!

      i installed it but it wont even launch!!

      it just asks me to send a report
    1. gasmasks's Avatar
      gasmasks -
      I think this is really nice, however customize toolbar is missing a reload icon, which sucks as I use reload quite a lot! wonder why they've left it out? I know you can us apple+r for it but I always forget that in everyday use! plus I like clicking buttons!
    1. trevorrawson's Avatar
      trevorrawson -
      The reload button is to the right of the website in the text entry bar. I tried to find it in customize toolbar option too, and was scared for a second until I found it.
    1. lightmaster's Avatar
      lightmaster -
      Is it just me, or does Apple appear to be taking a few ideas from Google? I'm about to download and test Safari Beat 4, but from the photos in this post alone, Safari 4 resembles Chrome. The tabs being located at the top of the windows and the default homepage are taken almost exactly from Chrome.

      Also, does anyone know if Safari 4 has the same security bug as Safari 3 had? I can't remember what exactly it was, but I remember reading about it on MMi. Does anyone know if Safari 4 will support plug-ins or addons? I use Firefox's AdBlock and I'd really like to see it on the new Safari.
    1. Grassmasta's Avatar
      Grassmasta -
      ^^^Its definitely got some Chrome shine to it. But its got even more; and from what I can tell so far, its more stable than chrome (cant say for sure, only been using since this afternoon).
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Amazing! I used to use Firefox and Google Chrome and I do have to admit the start-up speed it a little slow for me but both my previous browsers would take forever and a day to load any page on modmyi.com (which is my 2nd most visited site, next to youtube) but Safari loads right up! But for some reason when I open a new tab it doesn't show my most viewed sites, its not in preferences either...hmm. Still a great browser though!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      it's looking pretty cool. the cover flow has been a bit overdone, if you ask me. i don't even use it in itunes. however, i do like the new tab location, zoom, and top sites!
    1. Je5's Avatar
      Je5 -
      well I love the cover flow in iTunes and I enjoy the feature in this safari update...I think its awesome I really like the adaptive reaction of safari determining which are your favorite websites.
    1. l3g3nd.k1ll4h's Avatar
      l3g3nd.k1ll4h -
      I Love Safari 4 it actaully is pretty fast apples just cant stop outdoing themselfs can they...
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      Its nice but Firefox still does it for me (also aol and hotmail took a long time to load)