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Old 02-24-09, 11:25 AM   #1
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Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 cool features!)

Check it out! http://www.apple.com/safari/

Lots of neat new features like Cover Flow bookmarks and history, a "Top Sites" page that's similar to Chrome's but a lot fancier, and the first and only browser to pass the Acid 3 test.
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Old 02-24-09, 11:39 AM   #2
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

FYI, it's not 150 new features. The site just says 150 features of Safari 4 (which includes previous features).
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Old 02-24-09, 12:02 PM   #3
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

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fyi, it's not 150 new features. The site just says 150 features of safari 4 (which includes previous features).
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Old 02-24-09, 01:03 PM   #4
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

the downside is that it looks like itunes
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Old 02-24-09, 04:30 PM   #5
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

Looks like they took another cue from Chrome. You can click and drag tabs out and create another window, and then drag them back into the original window.
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Old 02-24-09, 04:55 PM   #6
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

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Looks like they took another cue from Chrome. You can click and drag tabs out and create another window, and then drag them back into the original window.
That's been in Safari for a while now.
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Old 02-24-09, 05:36 PM   #7
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

Yup. I kind of like the tabs on top. It's hard to get used to dragging the right corner of the tab rather than anywhere, though.

And I wish Glims worked with the new version, already.

Also, for whatever reason, GrowlMail causes Mail to crash after the upgrade. You have to disable GrowlMail through the Mail preferences pane.
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Old 02-24-09, 11:04 PM   #8
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

While reading the Ars initial impressions (http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/20...h-ui-edges.ars) I found this nice little nugget: Apple has FINALLY joined the rest of the world and added CTRL+TAB tab switching. No more CMD+arrow[]whatever BS.
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Old 02-25-09, 09:07 AM   #9
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 cool features!)

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Lots of neat new features like Cover Flow bookmarks and history,
All right! They took a resource intensive feature from iTunes and added it to a program where it makes no sense to have it!
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Old 02-25-09, 10:41 AM   #10
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

Coverflow for history is pretty useful, I think. That combined with the history search makes finding some random page you looked at last week much easier! Now for bookmarks, it seems kind of pointless. If you bookmarked a website, I would think you know what it looks like.
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Old 02-25-09, 10:49 AM   #11
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

is there a way to import RSS feeds? only thing keeping me in IE is i like the RSS reader. can't find a decent RSS reader that will automatically import all of my 200-300 rss feeds
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Old 02-25-09, 01:19 PM   #12
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

Hmmm, this might be worth it.

Safari did need some work. The Tab thing mentioned above is a fix I wanted. I also wanted them to fix the "private browsing" bug, where if you quit it is no longer enabled. Also a clear private data function like Firefox would be nice...

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Old 02-26-09, 09:31 PM   #13
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

They really should just rename the "Private Browsing" feature to what it's really meant for...
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Old 03-02-09, 10:59 AM   #14
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

Did they change the search bar so you can search something other than Google or Yahoo? I like to have the option to manage search engines from the search bar, so I can search Wikipedia, IMDB, and so on without employing a bunch of redundant toolbars/widgets/whatevers. Both Firefox and IE offer this, but Safari didn't (at least not where I could find it).
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Old 03-02-09, 11:03 AM   #15
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

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the downside is that it looks like itunes
Could be worse. It could look like IE or Firefox.
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Old 03-02-09, 11:04 AM   #16
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

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That's been in Safari for a while now.
It has? I can't do it.

Edit: Oh wow. I didn't know you could do the right corner drag thing. How do I add a window to an existing tabbed set?
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Old 03-02-09, 11:08 AM   #17
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All right! They took a resource intensive feature from iTunes and added it to a program where it makes no sense to have it!
I just used Coverflow in the Finder the other day when assembling a large PDF document. Never thought I'd use it in the Finder either.
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Old 03-02-09, 11:51 AM   #18
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 cool features!)

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I just used Coverflow in the Finder the other day when assembling a large PDF document. Never thought I'd use it in the Finder either.
I had about twenty documents I needed to look through the other day for a specific thing...couldn't find it in Spotlight...but I zipped through them in Coverflow and found it right away. That's more useful than I had thought.

I love Safari (my favorite browser) but I've been having to use Firefox because it's crashing on my Mini and I haven't taken the time to fix it. Hopefully this will get it up and running again.
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Old 03-02-09, 02:33 PM   #19
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Re: Apple releases Safari 4 - Public Beta (with over 150 new features!)

No but there is a great add-on that does just that, called Glims. Unfortunately, the search functionality isn't working with Safari 4, yet. They should have a working version out, tomorrow.
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Glims build 14 is out over at http://www.machangout.com/ and is fully-compatible with Safari 4.
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