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:
- 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.
- The X to close tabs is hidden in non-active tabs until you mouse over them.
- 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):
- New tabs open your homepage - it's no longer the plain white page
- 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