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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Safari 4 Review


Note (24 Feb. 2009): This latter half of this review is from an earlier version of Safari 4. Here are my opinions on the public beta:
  1. Putting tabs on the top of the window was really smart; now there's a lot more space for actual browsing. However, you have to select the upper-right corner of tabs to move them, unlike in Safari 3 where you could move them by selecting them anywhere.
  2. The X to close tabs is hidden in non-active tabs until you mouse over them.
  3. I still find Cover Flow useless in most cases, but I really like its implementation as a Bookmarks or History browser.
Original Post (Safari 4 Developer Preview):

I got the Safari 4 Developer Preview, and I have to say there are a couple (literally) of new features I find very interesting, and the only new user-end features I found (Squirrelfish is a nice addition, I saw some speed improvement):

  1. New tabs open your homepage - it's no longer the plain white page
  2. Save as Web Application under the File menu - it's a very good idea. I hate it when I'm reading something in Wikipedia and Safari crashes. Now, if something like that does happen, it's OK because Wikipedia is a separate app (see image). I find the end result's interface much nicer than Fluid's. The apps are saved in /Applications/Safari Web Applications
Overall, it's very nice, but being about 3 MB bigger I don't understand how it fits in with Snow Leopard giving us more space for our "photos and videos." Speaking of Snow Leopard, some people already got their builds....

29 comments:

Feng said...

Well, hope it's not only for Snow Leopard.

The Unix Geek said...

@feng

As far as I know it'll be released before Snow Leopard, so probably it'll be compatible with Tiger, Leopard, and Windows (and Snow Leopard too, obviously)

Feng said...

@the_unix_geek

That would be great. Actually, I didn't feel much interesting after reading the new features of Snow Leopard. But the Safari is funny. I'm expecting the "Save as Web Application".

iRow said...

I have been testing Safari 4 for a few days now, and I can say that this is biggest speed improvement I have seen in any browser update in a really long time. It is FAST. Especially for loading pages with javascript (like my start page).

Feng said...

@irow

That sounds great.

Anonymous said...

Im running the Safari 4 Tiger build. Its fast! Love it.
AaronCee

Anonymous said...

A variant of K-Meleon K-MeleonCCF ME 0.09 Beta4 V1 ( http://kmeleon.blogspot.com/ ) is as fast if not faster than Safari 4 and it leaner too.

Anonymous said...

There is a Tiger build and a Leopard build, I know cause I’ve run them both :) Faster, and 100% on the acid3 test. I miss closing tabs with the x on the right as in firefox, and when you mark a word or name and right click to google search - I would like it to open a new tab in the background.

Brandon said...

A good "First Look" video for Safari 4
http://www.woopid.com/video/2308/Safari-4-First-Look

vinay prashar said...

Safari 4 is breaking all the records due to Nitro engine instead of JavaScriptCore (based on KDE’s JavaScript engine named KJS)One more interesting fact is that Safari 4 is supported upto Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Safari 4 Supported up to Snow Leopard + 150 New Features.

Dimitry Z said...

I'm a huge fan of this latest build. It looks so nice and smooth. Soon it'll be easier to develop apps on

benisherealready said...

I cant stand tabs on the top, why is there no preference for moving them down to the bottom, where they are so much easier to access if you browsing and using a mouse

Daniel said...

I tried Safari 4 for Windows. I don't recomend it.

Schwern said...

Putting tabs on the top of the window was really smart; now there's a lot more space for actual browsing.

It's exactly the same size. *headdesk*

cooolmagic said...

nothing original. both tabs at the top and coverflow are copied from chrome. there goes apple's originality claim. shame.

mvnworld said...

I installed Safari 4 beta on my WinXP machine with directx 9c. My purpose was to check out the eye candy features, and unfortunately, safari did not show up coverflow and some other 'exciting' features.

Safari's tabs are not like Chrome's, as you have to specifically pick up the right corner of the tab and drag to shuffle between the tabs; something which chrome does with ease.

Chrome is fast and Safari is not exceptional in speed. The font rendering isn't great either. I uninstalled it within minutes of installation. Moreover, like all Apple s/w products for PC, its a resource hog.

Personally, i didn't find Safari 4 interesting, and for what i had installed it (coverflow), i was disappointed for not getting to use it. My picks would be Chrome and Opera (Opera is a browser which is an inspiration to chrome and safari and mozilla)

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iloveitunes said...

So far i'm loving it, the onlything that's keeping me from using it is Firefox' plugins.. listen to me apple..
http://www.machoe.com/community-news/new-safari-4-the-fastest-browser-to-date/

Josh said...

If you want the features of TOP SITES, but don't want to use Safari, check out www.pointpad.com. It's a website that lets you do the same thing. Simple and works great in all browsers.

Josh said...

If you want the features of TOP SITES, but don't want to use Safari, check out www.pointpad.com. It's a website that lets you do the same thing. Simple and works great in all browsers.

Josh said...

If you want the features of TOP SITES, but don't want to use Safari, check out www.pointpad.com. It's a website that lets you do the same thing. Simple and works great in all browsers.

Deepak Patil said...

http://safari-4.blogspot.com/2009/03/safari-4-performance-memory.html

d said...

I can't help but think that got a lot of ideas, namely the tabs at the top, from Google Chrome. Upon first glance it seems to have some neat features. I like the CSS animation but it's worthless as no other browsers support it at this time.

I prefer the old style tabs better if they were on the top like new ones. Other than that seems like a solid release.

magnetik said...

@mvnworld

"I uninstalled it within minutes of installation"

So you used it for a few minutes huh. Not exactly a thorough test is it?

"Chrome is fast and Safari is not exceptional in speed."

Fascinating how you managed to work that out from a few minutes of "using" it. Benchmarks show Safari4 to be much faster than most browsers, Chrome included. From CNet's benchmarks:

1) Safari 4 (Total time: 910ms)
2) Mozilla Minefield 3.2a1 (1,136ms)
3) Google Chrome (1,177ms)

Keep your dumb opinion to yourself until you have actually used a product.

Mandy said...

I hate Safari 4. It wont allow me to check my hotmail emails. WTF! unlike the older version, when chatting using MSN, you have to reclick after sending an IM, so u cant just hit enter and type. u have to hit enter, CLICK, and then type. it's fucking stupid!

Chin Billy said...

I've been using the Beta 4 for a couple of weeks now and it's way faster than Firefox 3. I miss all the customisations of Firefox though. I hope it will get better plug-in support than Opera.

Tank said...

I'm confused about point your section section point 1. "New tabs open your homepage - it's no longer the plain white page."

In Safari 3 at least had the option to make new tabs be what ever you wanted them to be. I personally had it open to bookmarks.

This is only a case of different default settings.

holly said...

every time I click on new tab it shows all the porn sites i've visited. that's wack!

Zahid said...

I downloaded Safari 4 on my Windows Vista. It's not that bad, but it lacks simple features such as full-screen mode and smooth/auto scroll. I still prefer using Firefox as my primary browser instead, due to the amazing add-ons and ways to customize your browsing experience.