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Old 03-04-2009, 06:40 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Safari Beta 4. Not an Airstream~!

Apple's newly released: Safari Beta 4 Browser..

http://www.apple.com/safari/download/


After spending several days playing with this latest one..

I have to tell you, in my own opinion, it's one of the slickest new browser yet ~!!
I have played with all of the latest ones (with the exception of IE8) this year and,
the new features on Safari 4 is, without a doubt, the best~!!
It's supreme in the speed test, when compared to all the others.
The newest features of, "Top Site" n the way it handles your most recent visited sites is a welcome "memory aid" to this aging streamer..
Apple say this..

Top Sites
Thanks to Top Sites, you can enjoy a stunning, at-a-glance preview of your favorite websites without lifting a finger. Safari 4 Beta tracks the sites you browse and ranks your favorites, presenting up to 24 thumbnails on a single page. You can even customize the display by pinning a favorite site to a specific location in the grid. That locks it into position, so you know just where to find it every time you open Top Sites.

We have all surfed the web, in search of info and, ended up many URL's removed from where we started. Only because we found something interesting..The problem comes days later, when you'd like to refer or revisit that site's info again..With this new method called Cover Flow, of display of the surfing history, it easier then ever to simply recreate your path back..
Cover Flow

New to Safari, Cover Flow offers a highly visual way of reviewing your site history and bookmarked sites, presenting full-page previews of the websites that look exactly as they did when you last visited them.
One look is all you need to recognize the site you want to visit. Simply flip through website previews in Cover Flow the same way you flip through album art in iTunes. Directional arrows let you browse forward and back. Or you can quickly flip through multiple sites using the slider. And when you find the site you want, simply click to open it.
Full History Search

With Full History Search and Cover Flow, what you see is where you went. Safari introduces a dramatic new way to revisit sites, letting you flip through full-page previews of the sites you visited in the past. You may not have total recall, but Safari does, automatically storing all the text and a thumbnail of every page in your history. That makes it easy for Safari to get results even if you remember little about the site you’re searching for.
Just type a word or phrase in the History Search field in Top Sites, and Safari quickly presents you with a list of possibilities. In fact, you can search for anything that was on a page you visited, even photo captions. To jog your memory, Safari presents the sites it finds in Cover Flow, giving you the opportunity to spot the right site on sight.
Tabs on Top

Tabs offer a great way to have multiple pages open at the same time in a single browser window. And to switch back and forth with a click. Now Safari takes tabbed browsing to new heights — to the very top of the browser window — instantly providing more room for you to enjoy the sites you’re reading.
Safari also makes it easy to create and manage tabs. To create a new tab, just click the + button in the upper-right corner of the Safari window. Want to rearrange tabs? Simply drag a tab by its handle and drop it in a new location in the tab bar. You can also use the handle to drop a tab into another Safari window. Or quickly create a new window by dragging the tab out to the desktop. You can create a bookmark from a group of tabs. Or even tell Safari to open a set of tabs every time you open a new Safari window.
Nitro Engine

Still the world’s fastest web browser, Safari outraces Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome. On even the most demanding Web 2.0 applications, Safari delivers blazingly fast performance thanks to the industry’s most advanced rendering technologies.
Using the new Nitro Engine, for example, Safari executes JavaScript up to 30 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and more than 3 times faster than Firefox 3 based on performance in leading industry benchmark tests: iBench and SunSpider.

In addition to superior JavaScript performance, Safari offers top-flight HTML performance — the best on any platform — loading pages 3 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and almost 3 times faster than Firefox 3.
Blazing performance

How does Safari performance compare to other browsers on the Mac and Windows?
View the performance charts

Windows Native Look and Feel

If you’re using Safari on a PC with Windows Vista or Windows XP, you’ll feel right at home. That’s because Safari features a native look — just like other Windows applications — including a native title bar, borders, and toolbars. To provide a consistent Windows experience, Safari now uses Windows standard fonts, but you can choose to use Apple’s crisp anti-aliased fonts if you prefer. Of course, Safari for Windows delivers the same lightning-fast performance provided by the Mac version.

Developer Tools

In Safari, developers will find the best set of development tools ever included in a browser. Just turn them on in Safari preferences and use them to examine the structure of a page, debug JavaScript, optimize performance and compatibility, inspect offline databases, or test experimental pieces of code on the fly. For more specific information about each of the development tools, visit the Safari Dev Center page.

More Safari 4 Features


There's much to recommend your visit to Apple's download page..But, still just those two or three things are more than enough reasons to get you going!
Just to answer a few question..
Minnie's Mate:
I'm using Windows O/S Vista Home Premium, on a TOSHIBA laptop.
1956Safari:
This is my 3rd day of intense usage and, I have not seen a single problem with/on this setup.
That may be due to the unique mail program you have, which I don't..
However, the suggestions mention by 1956Safari are always valid ones, in any beta testing..
Do a back up...
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:42 AM   #2
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Please be sure to have a valid backup before nstalling BETA software. I installed this software and have been having issues with my Apple Mail program crashing. If you do not have a backup, I would suggest that you wait for the full release. J
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Please be sure to have a valid backup before nstalling BETA software. I installed this software and have been having issues with my Apple Mail program crashing. If you do not have a backup, I would suggest that you wait for the full release. J
Sorry to hear you have had problems,that is why it is called BETA. I have it installed on a iMac and a MAC Pro with no problem. On the iMac I also have Windows 7 Beta installed using Bootcamp and it runs fine. I even did some video editing using a demo of Vegas pro on the Win7 Beta side with no problems.
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No problems using Beta 4 on my Mac. Top Sites and Cover Flow for the history are very good. I miss the progress bar in the address field of previous versions, but that's not a big deal.
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