Posted February 24th, 2009 @ 10:41am by Erik J. Barzeski
The Safari 4 Beta shipped today, and frankly, I think it stinks.
Among the many things that I think are wrong with it:
- No title bar means it's not easy drag windows. You have to be very careful about where you click.
- The ability, via command-click, to navigate up the hierarchy is gone.
- Repurposing of resize "grabber" to mean "move/drag" is confusing.
- Close "x" on each tab supports click-through, so you can accidentally close a tab - with no way to get it back - when simply trying to switch to Safari from another app.
- Tabs resize and thus change position when one is selected.
- Web Inspector now takes up room within the window by default. At least it remembers if you expand it out.
- Inquisitor doesn't work, and the "suggestions" Safari offers are nowhere near as good a replacement.
- URL search now lists bookmarks LAST in the list. Previously they were a down-arrow away.
- Cover Flow view for websites? C'mon…
- You can have tabs to the left and right of your current position, but the "..." only appears to the right. It looks like you're seeing the first tab.
- The first tab's close box is about 16 pixels away from the window's green grow box.
- The loading bar is gone, replaced by a stupid indeterminate spinner.
- You can only drag a tab from one corner now, as opposed to the whole tab.
- Where did the Stop/Reload buttons go? In the Address Bar text box? Seriously?
The few positives include:
- Seems faster.
- The "..." control that shows you where you are in a window with many tabs. This one's a stretch, though.
- I'm really stretching now: the welcome screen?
- You can set your home page to a folder of bookmarks, but who does that?
What's been gained by having "Top Tabs?" 20 pixels of vertical space? Those 20 pixels are simply not worth the problems they cause.
I hope there's still time to fix this problem before release. Google Chrome isn't all that - and maybe Windows people only like it so much because they're used to craptastic UIs.
P.S. Perhaps a bit of sanity restored: Safari 4 Hidden Preferences.