Apple: Apple Safari 4 Beta a Major Step Forward, eWEEK Labs Finds

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2009-02-25
 
 
 

Apple Safari 4 Beta a Major Step Forward, eWEEK Labs Finds

 

Apple Safari 4 Beta a Major Step Forward, eWEEK Labs Finds

ITunes-like Features

The iTunes-like Cover Flow feature in Safari 4 provides a unique and intuitive interface for searching through Web sites in the browser history.

ITunes-like Features

Cover Flow

The new Cover Flow feature in the Safari 4 beta greatly enhances browsing through bookmarks in the browser.

Cover Flow

Good Launch Page

The new top site feature in the beta of Safari 4 provides a very good launch page for browser windows or new tabs, letting users view favorite sites and also see at a glance which sites have added new content.

Good Launch Page

Customization

Users can customize and edit the Top Sites feature in Safari 4 by changing the size and number of sites, as well as pinning specific sites to always appear in a certain spot.

Customization

Smart Address Bar

Like most modern browsers, the Safari 4 beta now adds a smart address bar that shows multiple choices when typing in the field.

Smart Address Bar

Search Suggestions

A major shortcoming in the Safari browser was its lack of search suggestions, something the beta of Safari 4 finally addresses.

Search Suggestions

Open Tabs at Top

Following in the footsteps of Google Chrome, the Safari 4 beta now displays open tabs at the very top of the browser.

Open Tabs at Top

True Windows Feel

While the previous version of Safari on Windows felt like a ported Mac application, Safari 4 has the look and feel of a true Windows application.

True Windows Feel

Full-Page Zoom

The lack of full-page zoom capabilities is remedied in the beta of Safari 4.

Full-Page Zoom

Top Score

The beta of Safari 4 scores a 100 on the Acid3 standards test.

Top Score

Developer Tools

A very nice set of developer tools in the Safari 4 beta helps Web developers analyze Web pages and applications.

Developer Tools

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