Safari 4.0 ships

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Apple has released the final shipping version of Safari 4.0, available for Mac and Windows PCs. Apple claims Safari 4.0 be the world’s fastest and most innovative web browser.

Safari 4 features the Nitro engine which runs JavaScript up to 4.5 times faster than Safari 3. Other new features include Top Sites, for a visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks, and support for modern web standards like HTML 5 and advanced CSS Effects. If you are a Windows user, Safari 4 will look very home as it features Windows native look and feel.

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Safari is the fastest and most innovative web browser for Mac and PC.

Now, with Safari 4, you can choose your favorite sites from a stunning wall of graphical previews with Top Sites. Flip through websites as easily as you flip through albums in iTunes with Cover Flow. Easily retrieve sites you've seen before with Full History Search.

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Safari 4 also includes Accessible Rich Interactive Applications, full page zoom support, CSS effects and CSS Canvas support, HTML 5 offline support, offline database support, and smart search recommendations. It sports several features for developers, too such as a new Web Inspector, a page elements view, a JavaScript debugger, a page resources view, and more. For more information about the exciting new features in Safari 4, please visit this page (and 150 features of Safari 4).

Safari 4.0 can be downloaded from http://www.apple.com/safari/ page. Safari is available for both Windows and Mac.

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In Mac OS X Snow Leopard which will be available later this year, Safari runs as a 64-bit application, boosting the performance of the Nitro JavaScript engine by up to 50 percent. Snow Leopard makes Safari more resistant to crashes by running plug-ins in a separate process, so even if a plug-in crashes, Safari continues to run and the user simply has to reload the affected page.

Safari 4 is available for both Mac OS X and Windows as a free download at www.apple.com/safari. Safari 4 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.7 or Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.11 and Security Update 2009-002, a minimum 256MB of memory and is designed to run on any Intel-based Mac or a Mac with a PowerPC G5, G4 or G3 processor and built-in FireWire. Safari 4 for Windows requires Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista, a minimum 256MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor.

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