Safari 4.0 changes, for better or worse?

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  1. JoeKozy macrumors member

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    I've just installed the final build of Safari 4 (as opposed to the beta). The most obvious change is abandoning the tabs-on-top-of-window concept, as well as the right hand side of the address bar coming up with a 'loading' section when pages are loading, but as far as i can tell it doesn't provide a true progress bar.

    Anyone noticed any other changes?
     
  2. MaskingTape macrumors regular

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    Really annoyed that the tabs aren't on top anymore. Should be an option. I'm sure there is a plist edit for it but argh.
     
  3. FlintAlt2 macrumors regular

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  4. tecknical macrumors regular

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    so many more people were really annoyed that the tabs weren't on the bottom anymore when the beta came out.
     
  5. MaskingTape macrumors regular

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    So give an option then. Why flip flop the location during the beta and the final?
     
  6. FlintAlt2 macrumors regular

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  7. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a

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    I loved having the tabs on the top!!!

    Why did they change that?
     
  8. rerelease macrumors regular

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    I seriously miss tabs on top. If I can't find a beta install, I'm switching browsers.

    Small thing, but I used three-finger gesture for going the top or bottom of page (cmd+down/up) and it was instant, now it scrolls through the page.
     
  9. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Probably because there were so many complaints. I actually liked the tabs better on top. Oh well...
     
  10. hogprint macrumors regular

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    give me my tabs on top back. it was the only reason i was using safari.
     
  11. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

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    the whole top part seems to be a bit darker to me.... Maybe it's just with the tabs back on the bottom.
     
  12. erikistired macrumors 6502

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    a lot less people than some seem to think. ;)
     
  13. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

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    Not particularly enjoying this so far.

    1. It's definitely darker, more like Safari 3. It's also much harder to read.
    2. It seems a lot slower than the last beta was.
    3. The loading image is really obnoxious.
    4. The caching bug is still there. If you hard-refresh a page, every page on that site will reload every element every time you view a new page (for example, if you refresh a page on a forum, every time you view a new page on that same forum it will reload every image). Try it.

    Sort of want to go back to the beta.
     
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  15. clevin macrumors G3

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    is preview function fixed? it used to eat as much as 6GB+ HDD space, is it fixed now?
     
  16. Frizzles macrumors newbie

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    Anyone knows how to get the progress bar in the final version again? IT worked fine in the beta but now it doesn't :(
     
  17. JoeKozy thread starter macrumors member

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    On a more positive note, widgets in igoogle never seemed to work properly with the beta (for me anyway) with widgets being deleted yet reappearing after a refresh, this seems to be fixed in the new version
     
  18. illitrate23 macrumors 6502a

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    i also missed the top-tabs - i really liked those

    i also liked the way that the beta handled lots of tabs.
    for example, at the moment my Safari4 window is wide enough to show 9 tabs. I have 30 tabs open.
    In the beta, it'd display three ... at the right edge - and when you clicked on it, it'd list all the tabs currently visible. if i clicked on, say, tab 25, then i'm sure it'd change the tabs that were visible to tabs 16 thru 25. Now it just displays tab 25 where tab 9 was.

    still - it's running nice and fast so far. i'm sure the beta was the reason why my imac used to grind to a halt
     
  19. Can macrumors member

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    The Safari 4 (final) release is really a step backwards in UI design compared to the public beta.

    This is sad news on such a otherwise nice apple day. :(
     
  20. Qwertylizer macrumors regular

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    I agree. The best thing in Safari and they had to ruin it? Auts. But I have to say that the final version is faster than beta.

    I hope they will put those nice tabs back on top.
     
  21. LennyX macrumors newbie

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    Sucks about the tabs no longer being on top. I hope it's still a hidden preference, otherwise I'll be switching to Chrome
     
  22. acxz macrumors regular

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    The tabs on top was a stupid idea, thank goodness it's gone.

    I really like Safari 4. Has replaced Firefox for me, but we'll have to wait and see how long that lasts. I was enjoying an ad-less internet for a very long time before today.
     
  23. Can macrumors member

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    I can't stand the fat top-bar. I'm switching back to beta. The new loading bar is nice however. What a shame. :(
     
  24. ruinfx macrumors 6502a

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    as a firefox user, im happy to see they finally put the bookmarks in the menubar. still wish i could change the link clicking tab behavior.
     
  25. windywoo macrumors 6502a

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    Tabs on top rocked, only fuddy duddy retro purists would think otherwise.
     

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