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Safari 4 sees 11 million downloads in first three days

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Jun 2009 19:49 User comments (8)

Safari 4 sees 11 million downloads in first three days According to Philip Schiller, Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, has announced this week that in three days since its public launch Apple's Safari 4 has been downloaded 11 million times, a blistering pace for the popular browser.
"Safari 4 is an incredible success on Mac and Windows with more than 11 million downloads in the first three days," says Schiller. "Safari users love the incredible speed and innovative features like Top Sites, Full History Search and Cover Flow."

The most hyped of the new features in Safari 4 is the Nitro JavaScript engine that runs JavaScript at up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1.

A few of the new additions, taken from the full updates page are as follows:

Full-Page Zoom
Zoom in or out on web content using keyboard shortcuts, Multi-Touch gestures, or the Zoom toolbar button for more comfortable reading. Images and graphics scale up while your text remains razor sharp, keeping the web page layout consistent as you zoom. To add the Zoom button to your toolbar, simply choose Customize toolbar from the View menu and drag the button onto your toolbar.

Speculative Loading
Safari loads the documents, scripts, and style information required to view a web page ahead of time, so they’re ready when you need them.

Nitro JavaScript Engine

Safari 4 introduces the Nitro JavaScript engine, an advanced bytecode JavaScript engine that makes web browsing even faster. In fact, Safari 4 executes JavaScript up to 6 times faster than Internet Explorer 8 and up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1.

Cover Flow

Using Cover Flow, you can flip through websites as easily as you flip through album art in iTunes. Cover Flow displays your bookmarks and history as large graphical previews, so you can pick out a website instantly.

History View

Take a closer look at your browsing history in the History view. Search for previously visited sites, drag web pages to your bookmarks, and clear individual items. Safari displays your history using Cover Flow, so you can flip through your search results as easily as you flip through iTunes album art.

Smart Address Field
Enter web addresses quickly and easily. As you begin to type an address in the address field, Safari automatically completes it with the most likely match — called the Top Hit — and highlights it. Simply press the Enter key to connect to the site. If the Top Hit is not the site you intended to visit, check the list of relevant suggestions, drawn from your bookmarks and browsing history, that Safari displays. Click to select the site you want to visit.

Smart Search Field
Find what you’re looking for instantly. As you enter text in its search field, Safari recommends relevant searches courtesy of Google Suggest and lists your most recent searches, presenting them in an easy-to-read list.

View the whole list here: Apple Safari 4

You can download Safari 4 here at AfterDawn: Apple Safari 4

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8 user comments

113.6.2009 20:08

Quote:
The most hyped of the new features in Safari 4 is the Nitro JavaScript engine that runs JavaScript at up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1.
inb4butthurt, and I don't even use Safari

213.6.2009 20:09

Quote:
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The most hyped of the new features in Safari 4 is the Nitro JavaScript engine that runs JavaScript at up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1.
inb4butthurt, and I don't even use Safari
Firefox is at 3.5 now, so it is hardly a "Feature"

314.6.2009 6:55

I downloaded it.

Didnt actually try it until i read this article and when i opened it for the first time it crashed :)

No thanks Apple.

414.6.2009 13:30

Safari 4 isn't bad in my opinion. I have it installed, along with a multitude of other browsers, so I can make sure a website I am creating can render properly on multiple browsers.

On the subject of Javascript speed I am not sure which test Apple used but when Lifehacker conducted a test of Firefox, IE 8, Chrome, and Safari they found on the Javascript test they did that Chrome was faster than Safari.

Peace

514.6.2009 15:40

i downloaded it and installed it worked great except when i went on pogo games it said i need to get java plugin so i downloaded it . shut down browser and went back to pogo. and it said the same thing said i need plugin and wont work. still dont work.java icon comes on the bottom of page but wont play game.

615.6.2009 8:10

Pop, I am sure the tester was built by Apple.

tleewade, I bet it will play Apple games.

716.6.2009 16:23

Originally posted by tleewade:
i downloaded it and installed it worked great except when i went on pogo games it said i need to get java plugin so i downloaded it . shut down browser and went back to pogo. and it said the same thing said i need plugin and wont work. still dont work.java icon comes on the bottom of page but wont play game.
i kept trying but would not work on game at pogo. so i uninstalled it.when they fix it i will try again.

818.6.2009 19:20

Don't work with Netflix ? So what good is it ??

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