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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Acid 3 performance vs. Opera 10
by villiansv on Tue 24th Feb 2009 21:45 UTC
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Both Safari and Opera get 100/100.

For Opera:

Failed 0 tests.
Test 26 passed, but took 82ms (less than 30fps)
Test 40 passed, but took 39ms (less than 30fps)
Test 69 passed, but took 11 attempts (less than perfect).
Total elapsed time: 2.85s

For Safari:

Failed 0 tests.
Test 26 passed, but took 52ms (less than 30fps)
Test 69 passed, but took 26 attempts (less than perfect).
Total elapsed time: 2.61s

So at least on my machine (a 2007-model laptop), they're about the same speed, neither passing Acid 3 perfectly.

And let's be honest, Opera was first to the Acid 3 in a user-friendly installable package. Installing the webkit nightly isn't as straightforward as or

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steve_s Member since:


Installing a WebKit Nightly is easy: go to, download the dmg, open it (if Safari hasn't already done that for you), then drag WebKit to Applications. How is that difficult?

In fact, that's much easier than downloading and installing the Safari 4 beta. No installer, and no reboot required.

As a bonus, WebKit has Sparkle built in so it keeps itself up to date too.

IMHO one can't get a more user-friendly installation package than WebKit.

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villiansv Member since:

Actually I was referring to Windows :-). But yes, it's easy for me and you and everyone who visits this site. The point I was making was, average Joe wouldn't have the slightest idea what WebKit was so that he'd update to its nightly.

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