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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Reminds me of Safari 3 Beta
by Hussein on Tue 24th Feb 2009 18:45 UTC
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Was very doubleplusunstable and crashed all the time. It wasn't until 3.1 that it became stable enough for daily use.
I believe the new features on Safari 4 are awesome, and some of them are truly new and lifted off Opera, Firefox or Chrome.
Another standard compliance browser is a great addition, with great JS and HTML performance and new CSS features. If this is what it take for others to pay attention, then it is doubleplusgood.
The new tab behavior is poorly implemented, Chrome does it a lot better.
Though they did seem to pay attention to two of the biggest complains I've read about Safari on Windows, non-native theme and font-rendering.
Overall a good release but needs a lot of polish. I'll check it again once 4.1 is released.

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