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View a pie-chart-style progress indicator in Safari 4 Beta Web Browsers
Safari 3 included a hidden circular page loading indicator. While the preference for that circular indicator has vanished in Safari 4, you can actually get it back by setting some of the hidden Safari 4 preferences in the correct fashion.

To get the circular progress indicator back, you need to set the DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign preference to FALSE, and leave (or reset) the DebugSafari4LoadProgressStyle preference to TRUE (its default setting). So if you haven't modified either of these settings yet, you just need to do this in Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign -bool FALSE
If you've previously modified the other preference, you'll need to set it back to TRUE:
defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4LoadProgressStyle -bool TRUE
With the prefs set in this combination, you'll get a pie chart on top of the favicon that fills in while a page is loading. (I originally wrote about this on my blog, if you want or need more details.)

[robg adds: I confirmed that with this mix of settings, you do indeed see the round pie-chart-style progress indicator in Safari 4 Beta.]
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View a pie-chart-style progress indicator in Safari 4 Beta
Authored by: boredzo on Feb 27, '09 08:13:48AM

Now if only we could get it to replace the radar control in the tab corner, so that we can see the progress of background tabs.



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View a pie-chart-style progress indicator in Safari 4 Beta
Authored by: David Allen on Feb 28, '09 11:31:31AM

AFAICT, doing this removes any form of Stop or Reload in the Toolbar, since this redesign has incorporated those two functions into the right end of the address bar. Then you are left to key commands for those functions.

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View a pie-chart-style progress indicator in Safari 4 Beta
Authored by: David Allen on Feb 28, '09 12:04:03PM

Sorry, disregard, I see that by reverting to the Safari 3 toolbar the Stop/Reload button is once again available to customize the Toolbar.

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View a pie-chart-style progress indicator in Safari 4 Beta
Authored by: osxpounder on Mar 02, '09 02:12:46PM

I don't think it's a progress indicator, because it doesn't actually tell you how much/far you've progressed, or even if you're making progress. It only tells you that Safari is still busy loading that tab (or at least that it is still trying to load it).

It has 2 states: moving, and not-moving. Whether your page is 50% loaded or 90% loaded, this indicator will look the same.

I think there's a word for that kind of thing, but I'm not sure. I'm betting someone else here knows, though!



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View a pie-chart-style progress indicator in Safari 4 Beta
Authored by: chyna4xena on Mar 03, '09 03:27:14PM

Are you sure that you are not looking at the 'wheel' indicator - which has separate spokes that light up sequentially, and therefore has only the moving and not-moving states? (And is seen elsewhere in the OSX as a 'waiting' indicator) The pie indicator (not seen anywhere else in the OS AFAIK) is a hollow circle at the beginning, then slowly fills clockwise, commensurate with the percentage of page loaded, until it fills completely (and then disappears) when the page is fully loaded.



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Using the pie-chart-style progress indicator in Safari 4 Beta
Authored by: drmacnut on Mar 03, '09 12:42:52PM

I have been using this pie-chart since the hint came out several days ago, and I must say I really like it. User osxpounder seems to be having troubles, but on the Safari 4 beta I am using, the pie-chart shows the exact progress of the page load, and when loading is finished, it is replaced by the favicon of the site.

Although it's really nice, however, I still prefer the original Safari 3 behaviour of the blue progress-bar behind the URL. It was a far better indicator of page loading, and I hope they bring it back.



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