Well, you all know, I’m a hardcore Apple fan. But… Safari 3.0 kinda bites. I think it will work perfectly on the leaner, upcoming Leopard, and I applaud Apple for getting it out there as a beta, but the truth of the matter — it just doesn’t work well yet, and worse yet, it doesn’t get along well with other apps.
After instaling the 3.0 beta, I began having all kinds of weird problems with iChat — like, I’d type something and hit enter, and it would disappear, and then I’d hit enter again, and it would show up. In addition, mail started to act slow — not really hung up, just, well slow, especially when using reply, reply-all, or forward.
Worst of all — Safari 3.0b doesn’t seem capable of opening PDF files. That’s a huge drawback — considering that Safari 2.0.4 does it seamlessly (and pretty quick).
All this to say, apparently, I’m not the only one with these problems. A Google search of the string “Safari 3.0 ichat problems” returned this page at MacFixIt. Apparently, lots of others are encountering the same issues. However, running the Safari 3.0 uninstaller will revert your version of Safari to the last installed version. There are a number of other work arounds too — just Google to find them.
Until then, I’m sticking with old school but stable Safari.