vnunet.com takes a look at the key features in Apple's upcoming
The most eye-catching feature of Safari 4 is the Top Sites screen, which displays large thumbnails of users’ most visited sites. The pages are not live screenshots, but they are regularly updated and, should a web site have new content, a small star appears in the top right corner to alert users.
Users can adjust the number of screens displayed in the Top Sites screen. This picture shows the screen with the edit function enabled, which lets users remove certain sites from the view.
During vnunet.com’s tests, we noticed a couple of problems where certain sites showed garbled text instead of a preview, highlighted with a blue outline round the screen in this image. But this is a beta version and hopefully the issue will be ironed out ahead of the official release.
Safari 4 features a slider tool for browsing history and bookmarks. This lets users flick through pages they have visited or their bookmarked sites in the same way as Cover Flow in iTunes and on the latest iPods.
The slider is much more than a gimmick. Actually seeing the web pages a user has visited is a much better way to navigate than simply looking at a list of titles, as in Internet Explorer.
Much like Google's Chrome, the tabs for individual browser windows have shifted to the top of the screen in Safari 4, to sit above the address bar. This allows more space for the web site being viewed, although it can make it easy to accidentally close one of the tabs when trying to drag the Safari 4 window to a new location on the desktop.
To help save time, the Smart Address feature in Safari 4 automatically suggests web addresses as users type into the address bar. It will also provide quick links to sites that have already been visited.
A new Smart Search feature lets users quickly initiate Google searches. Much like Smart Address, this offers search suggestions based on what is being typed and also displays the most recent searches.
Apple released the first beta versions of its Safari 4 web browser for Mac
and Windows last week. Here we take a look at the key features in pictures.