Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 24th Feb 2009 14:55 UTC
Apple Apple released the Safari 4 Beta today. Features: Tabs on top. "Top Sites" 'Speed Dial' feature. "Smart" address/search fields. HTML5 Canvas. HTML5 Audio/Video (though no Ogg). Acid 3. CSS Animation/Gradients/Masks/Reflection. CSS Web Fonts. New "Nitro" Javascript engine - "Up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1". 'Native' look and native font rendering on Windows Vista/XP. I can think of only one thing: "Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!"
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One reason I switched from Safari to Firefox, despite the fact that I miss some of the usability features is that Safari was a huge memory pig. It would use on the order of 3x the memory of Firefox for the same thing, and yes, I am taking into consideration the fact that Firefox will return pages to the OS while Safari will not. I bet they haven't done a damn thing about memory usage.

Another reason is that Safari has lacked really basic things like session-save and crash protection. To get that, you have to buy Saft, which becomes a bit of a pain every time Safari gets updated. Did they fix that yet?

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