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The Safari 4 Beta has just been released and it seems pretty nice. It’s faster and there a lot of new features.
Here’s a list of them.
- Top Sites, a display of frequently visited pages in a stunning wall of previews so users can jump to their favorite sites with a single click
- Full History Search, where users search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages to easily return to sites they’ve seen before
- Cover Flow, to make searching web history or bookmarks as fun and easy as paging through album art in iTunes®
- Tabs on Top, for better tabbed browsing with easy drag-and-drop tab management tools and an intuitive button for opening new ones
- Smart Address Field, that automatically completes web addresses by displaying an easy-to-read list of suggestions from Top Sites, bookmarks and browsing history
- Smart Search Field, where users fine-tune searches with recommendations from Google Suggest or a list of recent searches
- Full Page Zoom, for a closer look at any website without degrading the quality of the site’s layout and text
- built-in web developer tools to debug, tweak and optimize a website for peak performance and compatibility
I used it for a little bit on my Windows 7 computer. It’s really fast. It reminds me of chrome but better. I really like the cover flow thing for browsing history but I don’t really like the tabs on top feature. Its a little annoying but I guess it saves a little space. Ran the Acid3 test on it and it got 100! Nice. For those that don’t know, acid3 is a page that checks how well a web browser follows web standards and renders things. A 100 would be full score.
I still prefer Opera. Why? Mouse gestures. Once you get used to mouse gestures you will use them everywhere even if the program you’re using doesn’t support them. Then you’ll say to yourself, “WTF? This crap should have mouse gestures. Why doesn’t it have mouse gestures???”. I guess if you’re using Safari 4 on a Macbook you’ll have those built-in track pad gestures but that’s different.
You can download the Safari 4 beta for both Mac and Windows here.