Apple today announced the availability of Safari 4 Beta, a new version of its web browser with many new features. In addition, Apple bills Safari 4 as the only web browser that’s fully Acid 3 compliant. One of the more interesting new features in Safari 4 includes the ability to browse through your bookmarks and history with cover flow. Is there anything Apple won’t put in cover flow?
Some of the other touted features include:
Top Sites – Safari automatically identifies your favorite sites and displays them as a wall of stunning graphical previews. To visit one of your top sites, just click any of the previews.
Tabs on Top – In its new efficient and compact design, Safari integrates tabs at the top of your browser window, giving you more room to enjoy your favorite sites.
CSS Effects – Using CSS effects, a new technology pioneered by Safari, developers can stylize images and photos with eye-catching gradients, precise masks, and stunning reflections, providing an extra layer of polish to their websites by adding just a few lines of code.
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.
Windows Font Rendering – Safari on Windows now uses Windows Standard fonts to deliver a more consistent experience. You can also choose to use Apple fonts. Thanks to the anti-aliasing algorithm in Safari, you enjoy crisp, gorgeous fonts. The algorithm preserves the subtleties of each font while rendering each character with a crispness that makes your favorite sites a pleasure to read.
You can read more about all the new features in Safari 4 at Apple’s website, over here.