So here’s the promised low-down on Safari 4 Public Beta. We’ll go over the good first, then the not so good, then the features it lacks.
Faster engine… based on a newer webkit engine, this thing is screaming fast.
Top Pages: Based on your history, it detects your most visited sites and displays up to 12 of them in every new tab.
Fonts/CSS: You can define CSS and Fonts for web pages, to a certain extent.
Integration with iPhoto is getting there, but still a little iffy.
Keep in mind this is a beta, so things may change.
Safari still lacks my most used feature of Firefox, hit Ctrl+L and type and it’ll either bring up a Google search, or if what you are searching for has an exact page, it’ll take you there. Safari takes whatever you typed and translates it into http://www.whatever%you%typed%.com That bugs me to no end. You actually have to hit tab after you hit Cmd+L and then Tab… way too much work for my fingers. 😛 Actually, it just drives me nuts because I got so use to FireFox… anyway, off that rant, on to the next.
Safari seems to be plagued with Adobe Flash errors now… when visiting a random site, it’ll throw you anywhere from 5-10 exceptions. *Hint Hint Apple*
Safari also does not handle WordPress Admin pages well. When trying to add a image, url, or any of the above, one has to hope that you hit save before you hit that button and then move to Firefox. Imagine how annoying that was the first time I discovered that… on the Google Installer Virus Removal post… arghhh.
Many people dislike the new tab interface, being on top of the address bar versus below it. I am a fan of it, but this is one of the considerations to take when trying Safari.
The Features needed for me to use it over Firefox:
That annoying Cmd+L fix.
A few extensions/plugins. One of which would be being able to permanently keep some sites in Top Sites.
To Summarize: For now I keep Firefox and Safari right there on my dock, and I fire up Firefox for my Flash and WordPress doings, and Safari for my speed browsing.
Hope this helps.. will post a review on the final Safari 4 when it comes out.