Another way to think of the tabs:
The old titlebar, aside from about an inch on one end, was devoid of any useful function (not counting double-clicking to minimize, which still works). Now, instead of taking up screen real estate with the tab bar and
titlebar, Safari 4 essentially gives us multiple selectable titlebars in one window. Kim kap sol's oft-quoted complaints are factually incorrect, so aside from the very subjective argument of "but they're ugly!", there's not that much wrong with 'em. The HIG is, in most cases, a valuable touchstone to have, but it shouldn't be the be-all and end-all just because it's there.
Originally Posted by AllenKids
I hope the opposite, in fact I feel so strongly against this move, not only did I just write a feedback concerning this tweak, but also reinstalled safari 3 on my windows machine for its far more visually pleasing appearance. (A lot of animations are been abandoned by Safari 4 beta for windows, which is ludicrous also, now it's just a mediocre WebKit browser for windows with a mediocre interface, but without plug-ins. Well done, Apple)
[Windows XP's Luna is so outdated it looks ridiculous to say at least, especially the default bright blue theme; and Aero's window bezel tend to drive me crazy, not to mention the unnecessary transparent title bar (combined with Safari's new tabs position, seriously take the word messed-up to a new level ). BTW Win7 manage to make things worse somehow.]
OS X's marble on the other hand is a very good looking, un-intrusive UI kit, I would prefer more of these or the likings come to the windows world, screw the native UI of windows!!!
Pretty much everything you said there is grumbling about how god-awful Windows
looks in general. If you like the stylings of Aqua that much, throw WindowBlinds on your PC and go to town. It is not
Apple's responsibility to make a Windows application (even theirs) look like an application from a different OS (as proud as they might be of their own OS and its UI). The more native appearance on Windows is a plus, not a minus, because it doesn't stick out based on visual glitz in the window dressing (if you can refer to gray gradients as "glitz" on an OS that normally bludgeons you with neon titlebars), but instead sticks out based on its own merits as a web browser. Safari is a web browser, not a Get A Mac ad — at least not until you realize how nice it is, and that's as far as it should go.[disclaimer]All of the above = IMO[/disclaimer]Edit
: I do miss the progress bar terribly, though, and hope they bring it back. Looking at it gives me an idea of whether a page is successfully loading or not, without having to wait forever for an error page to come up. Into the feedback bin she goes.