There are some changes, both visible and not so obvious, and perhaps some incompatibilities. Here are some of the things you’ll find after you download and install Safari 4 for first time.
Amongst all of today’s hubbub, Apple also released Safari 4 final (download; 43.5MB, Leopard; 29.1MB, Tiger), which has been in beta since February of this year “” that’s a very, very long time for the mothership. According to the company, there are some 150 features and a shortlist of notables includes HTML 5 support, Top Sites, improved Coverflow, CSS 3 webfonts and a whole lot more.
“œThe successful beta release helped us fine tune Safari 4 into an even better, faster version that customers are going to love,” said Philip Schiller, senior vice president in a prepared statement. “œSafari is enjoyed by 70 million users worldwide and with its blazing fast speed, innovative features and support for modern web standards, it’s the best browser on any platform.”
Upon firing up Safari 4 for the first time, I received a message that the application had crashed likely because of the TastyAppsAVplugin, which is part of VideoBox, a Flash video conversion plugin and application. Fortunately, a quick check of the TastyApps Web site revealed an update is available and, score, it solves the Safari 4 crash on open issue.
With that problem solved, upon running Safari 4 I noticed that Apple moved tabs back below the address bar and that the progress indicator has a new, rather non-visual look. Although it took some getting used, tabs above the address was a space saver.
That said, a quick check of Safari 4′s preferences reveals that there’s no way to toggle tabs position. Here’s hoping some clever lad or lass posts a Terminal command to get this done.
Another area where Safari 4 surpasses the competition is in standards compatibility as measured by the Acid 3 test (wikipedia) on which Apple’s default Mac browser scores 100/100. Moreover, the PC version also scores 100/100, marking the first a cross-platform browser has delivered perfectly on both Mac and Windows.
One of the banner features in Safari 4 is TopSites, which is also the source of security concerns for some, and it seems unchanged from the beta. However, Coverflow animation seems to be much, much smoother with images sliding across instead of flipping.
Safari 4 includes some changes that I’m not entirely happy with “” progress indicator and tab position. Nevertheless, Apple’s WebKit-based browser is bloody fast and resets the performance and compatibility bar even higher. Considering that WebKit developers are the source of most of the leading edge innovation in the browser space (i.e. Chrome, Stainless, iCab, etc) that’s saying a lot.
What do you like about Safari 4? Anything you’re not so keen on?
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