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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Tabs
by google_ninja on Tue 24th Feb 2009 19:24 UTC
google_ninja
Member since:
2006-02-05

Never thought I would say it, but safari is now in contention for the browser I use full time on windows.

The one issue is the tabs. They obviously copied chrome, but came up so short it almost hurts. There is no ability to reorder the tabs, middle click does not close them, dragging the only tab out of a window does not destroy the window, and the animation, while nice, is way too slow.

That being said, this is an awesome release. I would use it over firefox any day, but I will keep chrome for my day to day browsing for now

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RE: Tabs
by dragossh on Tue 24th Feb 2009 19:27 in reply to "Tabs"
dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

There is no ability to reorder the tabs

Click the grip and drag ;)

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RE[2]: Tabs
by google_ninja on Tue 24th Feb 2009 19:30 in reply to "RE: Tabs"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Yeah, I just noticed that like, two seconds ago.

I don't know why they are going for Titlebar Mode and Tab Mode. I much prefer the chrome way of always tab mode, with the window just being a bucket to group tabs in. If they did that I would drop chrome in a second.

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RE: Tabs
by bannor99 on Tue 24th Feb 2009 22:06 in reply to "Tabs"
bannor99 Member since:
2005-09-15


dragging the only tab out of a window does not destroy the window, and the animation, while nice, is way too slow.

That being said, this is an awesome release. I would use it over firefox any day, but I will keep chrome for my day to day browsing for now

Really? The auto-destruct of a Safari 4 window when the last tab is dragged out works on WinXP.

The animation isn't all that slow but it could be faster.
We'll see how it works for the release candidates.

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RE[2]: Tabs
by google_ninja on Tue 24th Feb 2009 22:15 in reply to "RE: Tabs"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

So here is the scenario

You have one window full of tabs, for whatever reason window 2 gets spawned on top of window 1. In chrome, as soon as the last tab detaches, window 2 disappears, leaving window 1 free to accept its new tab. In safari it doesn't.

Believe it or not, this is a situation that comes up a hell of alot, at least for me.

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