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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
    Originally Posted by :
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4TabBarIsOnTop -bool NO
    Put back blue loading bar (use both commands) and move loading spinner back to the tab
    Originally Posted by :
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign -bool NO

    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4LoadProgressStyle -bool NO
    Turn off the new address autocomplete menu
    Originally Posted by :
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeFancyURLCompletionList -bool NO
    Turn off the new search bar menu
    Originally Posted by :
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeGoogleSuggest -bool NO
    Remove CoverFlow
    Originally Posted by :
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeFlowViewInBookmarksView -bool NO
    Disable dimming when you click on a Top Site
    Originally Posted by :
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4TopSitesZoomToPageAnimationDimsSnapsho t -bool NO
    Disable Top Sites
    Originally Posted by :
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeTopSites -bool NO
    Undo your changes
    Originally Posted by :
    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. Grassmasta's Avatar
      Grassmasta -
      For those of you wondering how to get your top sites to show up as your homepage, simply go to your top sites, then open your preferences, and click "set to current page". If that isn't your style, just change your homepage to "topsites:///".
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      Here's what to do if you miss the blue progress bar when a page is opening.

      Open Terminal and type in the following commands......

      defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign -bool NO

      defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4LoadProgressStyle -bool NO

      Close both Safari & Terminal and when you reopen Safari the progress bar will be back!

      Been using 4 since yesterday and am loving it so far.
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by Grassmasta View Post
      While it is pretty, I'm feeling like it lags a little in speed from Google Chrome. However, chrome isn't that stable (I get "ahh snap!" quite often). I'm gonna give this a fair shot though. Thanks for the heads up yo!
      Too bad chrome isn't available for mac yet. Only issue is that the PC version pegs the CPU at 100% occasionally. Mac version seems quite stable. Rendering is indeed faster than firefox and on the PC vastly faster than IE7

      Also... MathML is broken Getting a lot of rendering errors; but then Safari never really supported MathML. Will still need to use Firefox for this...
    1. wcbardwell's Avatar
      wcbardwell -
      While it looks nice, I've used Firefox way too long to turn my back on it now... It seems to me like Safari is constantly having to fix security bugs/holes... I know that Firefox has them too, but if I'm going to have to pick a web browser, I'd rather stick to something I know that I trust than give it up for some glitter and glam... Just my opinion.
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by mrblader View Post
      Just tried installing, it said I needed 10.5.6..... I never updated from the factory 10.5.3 because I herd one of the new updates Killed the DFU while trying to jailbreak.

      Is this the case still for 10.5.6???

      I would really love to try this out, but wont bother if the DFU mode wont work on my phone.
      Do what cash said or use a USB hub. $5-10 bucks.



      The new safari looks freakishly awesome, i downloaded it this AM, but I haven't had a chance to use it. :-( SO I'm watching the board and listening to you guys tell me EVERYTHING about it.

      Question: Does anyone think it'll ever have something like "No Script" (Firefox) installed on it?
    1. chupacabra314@gmail.com's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iGuy View Post
      Here's what to do if you miss the blue progress bar when a page is opening.

      Open Terminal and type in the following commands......

      defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign -bool NO

      defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4LoadProgressStyle -bool NO

      Close both Safari & Terminal and when you reopen Safari the progress bar will be back!

      Been using 4 since yesterday and am loving it so far.
      Thanks sooo much. The blue bar is the thing I needed back
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenzoHartt View Post
      Do what cash said or use a USB hub. $5-10 bucks.



      The new safari looks freakishly awesome, i downloaded it this AM, but I haven't had a chance to use it. :-( SO I'm watching the board and listening to you guys tell me EVERYTHING about it.

      Question: Does anyone think it'll ever have something like "No Script" (Firefox) installed on it?
      Mail will crash if growl is installed. Apparently Hotmail doesn't render... otherwise it's a great improvement.
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by imode View Post
      Mail will crash if growl is installed. Apparently Hotmail doesn't render... otherwise it's a great improvement.
      Whats a growl?
    1. wcbardwell's Avatar
      wcbardwell -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenzoHartt View Post
      Whats a growl?
      Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications.
      ^^^FROM WEBSITE^^^
      You can check out more info by doing a google search. The official info page is here.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by maz View Post
      This did not work for me.... I did change the value to 5528.16 as they instructed... then updated to 2.9.9 beta 10 and it worked....

      Follow this forum and make sure to get 2.9.9 beta 10 link is in post #16 by Jamie. From what they are saying you update your 1password with this beta because it will work with this version of Safari....

      [ame=http://support.agilewebsolutions.com/showthread.php?t=14969]Safari 4 public beta - Agile Web Solutions Support Forums[/ame]
    1. milflover08's Avatar
      milflover08 -
      =]
      im in love
    1. ima80baby's Avatar
      ima80baby -
      Can someone please upload the file for me if it's not too much trouble. I still don't understand how Firefox and Safari 3 download everything else, but then they get to the Safari 4 download page, say "Thank you for downloading Safari 4", but don't give me the file.
    1. danramos's Avatar
      danramos -
      How do you get the topsites home page to work in windows?
    1. bteamer's Avatar
      bteamer -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGuy View Post
      Here's what to do if you miss the blue progress bar when a page is opening.

      Open Terminal and type in the following commands......

      defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign -bool NO

      defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4LoadProgressStyle -bool NO

      Close both Safari & Terminal and when you reopen Safari the progress bar will be back!

      Been using 4 since yesterday and am loving it so far.
      =O <3<3<3<3<3

      (and for anyone who knows about the rm -rf / story, i am CHECKING THIS COMMAND ON GOOGLE)
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by bteamer View Post
      =O <3<3<3<3<3

      (and for anyone who knows about the rm -rf / story, i am CHECKING THIS COMMAND ON GOOGLE)
      Those commands are safe and do work.

      BTW, rm -rf / (recursively force delete everything from the root down) only works if you are the root user. SunOS once had a bug which would do the same thing if you issued: "rm -rf *" from anywhere in the file system. It would traverse to ".." which is the parent directory and then keep going until it reached "/"
    1. Grassmasta's Avatar
      Grassmasta -
      I already posted on "how to get topsites as your homepage", either open top sites and in your preferences click "set to current page", or just make your homepage "topsites:///"
    1. gasmasks's Avatar
      gasmasks -
      Quote Originally Posted by trevorrawson View Post
      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.
      Ah I see it now, kind of a strange place to put it but I feel happier now knowing where it is
    1. iphonekid's Avatar
      iphonekid -
      works very nice and looks great but having some problems, but hey its still a beta
    1. andyjoneski's Avatar
      andyjoneski -
      after trying it for a few days it seems pretty fine... might also say it was Safari like :P haha, but there are just the little things that im not keen on yet, like the top bar not loading blue any more, unless mine was being funny. And i would like to see them put in a function which allowed the user to add to the main page what they like instead of most visited !

      other than that it looks pretty sweet and runs pretty fast and smooth !