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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Apple Releases Safari 4 Reply with quote

Apple Releases Safari 4
Monday, June 8, 2009
Posted by: Glenn

Apple today released Safari 4, a new version of their popular web browser. Available for Mac and Windows PCs and introduced as a beta in February of this year, Safari 4 features the Nitro engine which runs JavaScript up to 4.5 times faster than Safari 3. Safari 4 makes browsing more intuitive and enjoyable with innovative features, such as Top Sites, Full History Search and Cover Flow, and support for modern web standards like HTML 5 and advanced CSS Effects.

"The successful beta release helped us fine tune Safari 4 into an even better, faster version that customers are going to love," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Safari 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."

Safari 4 is built on the world's most advanced browser technologies including the new Nitro JavaScript engine that executes JavaScript nearly eight times faster than IE 8 and more than four times faster than Firefox 3. Safari quickly loads HTML web pages more than three times faster than IE 8 and three times faster than Firefox 3.

Starting with the development of the open source WebKit browser engine, Apple has been leading the industry in defining and implementing innovative web standards. Safari 4 includes HTML 5 support for offline technologies and support for advanced CSS Effects, enabling an entirely new class of web applications that feature rich media, graphics and fonts. Safari 4 is the first browser to pass the Web Standards Project's Acid3 test, which examines how well a browser adheres to CSS, JavaScript, XML and SVG standards that are specifically designed for dynamic web applications.

Safari 4 includes Top Sites, for a visual preview of frequently visited and favorite pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; and Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks. Other innovative features include Smart Address Fields for automatically completing web addresses from an easy to read list of suggestions; Search Fields, to fine tune searches with recommendations from Google Suggest or a list of recent searches; and Full Page Zoom, for a closer look at any website without degrading the quality of the site's layout and text.

In Mac OS X Snow Leopard, available later this year, Safari runs as a 64-bit application, boosting the performance of the Nitro JavaScript engine by up to 50 percent. Snow Leopard makes Safari more resistant to crashes by running plug-ins in a separate process, so even if a plug-in crashes, Safari continues to run and the user simply has to reload the affected page.



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The beta was solid, but I'm glad to see the final version come out.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad the tabs are back down where the used to be. I never really cared for them at the top. But what's with that new blue "Loading" crap in the address bar? That's horrible looking.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm the opposite... I prefer the tabs up top and kind of like the new blue loading bar Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want the beta back! Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm the opposite... I prefer the tabs up top and kind of like the new blue loading bar Cool

I liked the old Safari 3 status bar in the address bar. You know, the blue one that went the entire way across. It's a shame they don't offer an option to select where you want the tabs. I thought there might be something in the preferences for a second. I was just so surprised to see them change it back.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sucks! I liked the tabs better on top. This is almost like a step backwards. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A choice of tab location would have been nice. Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grasshopper wrote:
A choice of tab location would have been nice. Mad

The choice is probably still there. I downloaded an application that moved them to the original position in the beta, so the functionality is probably still there.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It feels slower how do you get rid of cover flow bookmarks? I like most rescent viewed that's about it so far. I am sure it will grow on me. I dont' see how it's any faster.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theGimpiest wrote:
The choice is probably still there. I downloaded an application that moved them to the original position in the beta, so the functionality is probably still there.

It would have to come in the form of a hack or something. If you happen to find a way, let me know.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's so slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought Safari 4 would be 64bit. Anyone got any insight?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After some reading it seems Safari 4 won't run 64bit until Snow Leopard is installed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do like the tabs being easier to see, and wider. I dont' miss beta because i never downloaded it. I also like the add a new tab on the right + about the only thing I missed from my pc days.
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