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MacBytes
Aug 9, 2005, 10:38 AM
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Link: OmniWeb 5 (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050809103838)

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wdlove
Aug 9, 2005, 01:22 PM
I have downloaded the updates with the Beta version. Rarely use OmniWeb though. Not sure if I would want to pay the $29.95 or not. :confused:

njmac
Aug 9, 2005, 01:26 PM
Why are most browsers free anyway?

I just can't justify paying for a browser.

ham_man
Aug 9, 2005, 01:35 PM
I have always wondered about OmniWeb, and from what I have heard, it is well worth it. Even a friend who pirates nearly every program bought this, it was so good. I may have to ask for this for Christmas or something...

Longey Nowze
Aug 9, 2005, 02:17 PM
OmniWeb is an amazing browser! full of amazing features! I think you should all give it a try...

Thaks
MaT

AmigoMac
Aug 9, 2005, 02:39 PM
I just downloaded it, tried it, closed it, deleted it. didn't like it.

pourhadi
Aug 9, 2005, 06:32 PM
I just downloaded it, tried it, closed it, deleted it. didn't like it.

Well, considering your detail description of your in-depth and open-minded usage of OmniWeb, you sure seem to have made a decision based on tested experience and unbiased logic. Kudos.

RacerX
Aug 9, 2005, 06:42 PM
I've been an OmniWeb user for years. And at this point I really can't imagine browsing the web with anything else. When I have to use other browsers on other people's systems I feel handicapped. I'm just used to being able to do everything on the web that I can do in OmniWeb.

I can say that OmniWeb has been my default browser in Mac OS X since... well, since before Mac OS X was Mac OS X. :eek:

For those of you curious as to what earlier versions of OmniWeb looked like, here are some examples:OmniWeb 1.0 (http://www.shawcomputing.net/resources/next/software/nextstep_screenshots/05-ns33-omniweb-01-b.jpg) (in NEXTSTEP 3.3)
OmniWeb 2.0 (http://www.shawcomputing.net/resources/next/software/nextstep_screenshots/06-ns33-omniweb-02-b.jpg) (in NEXTSTEP 3.3)
OmniWeb 3.0 (http://www.shawcomputing.net/resources/apple/op_sys/rhap51/omniweb-rhap51-b.jpg) (in Rhapsody 5.1)
OmniWeb 3.1 (http://www.shawcomputing.net/resources/next/software/openstep_screenshots/08-os-omniweb-01-b.jpg) (in OPENSTEP 4.2)
OmniWeb 3.1 (http://www.shawcomputing.net/racerx/screenshots/omniweb31-rhap56.jpg) (in Rhapsody 5.6)
OmniWeb 4.0 (http://www.shawcomputing.net/racerx/screenshots/omniweb40-osxpb.jpg) (in Mac OS X Public Beta)
OmniWeb 4.5 (http://www.shawcomputing.net/racerx/screenshots/omniweb45-osx102.jpg) (in Mac OS X v10.2)

Stridder44
Aug 10, 2005, 01:01 AM
Can someone explain why Omniweb is worth the $29? (not meant as a sarcastic statement, Im just trying to see what it has vs. other browsers that are free)

RacerX
Aug 10, 2005, 02:42 AM
Can someone explain why Omniweb is worth the $29? (not meant as a sarcastic statement, Im just trying to see what it has vs. other browsers that are free)The linked review at the start of this thread does a great job of pointing out a number of the features that OmniWeb has that no other browser does.

As for worth, that is completely subjective. I could give the reasons that it is worth it to me... but in the end, you are the only person who can decide if it is worth the $29.95 for you.

I imagine that if you browse like most people and are in no need of more features, then you are better off sticking with one of the other free browsers.


:rolleyes:

As for asking questions of worth, what do you say when some one asks why you use Mac OS X rather than Windows?

The primary advantage of OmniWeb is that it takes full advantage of Mac OS X in ways no other browser (not even Safari) does. The reason that most people don't see any advantage to using OmniWeb usually stems from the fact that they are not taking full advantage of Mac OS X to begin with. And that usually comes from either not exploring beyond where they are comfortable or using mainly Carbon apps (where the developers don't explore Mac OS X's environment beyond where they are comfortable).


So, I can't generate worth for you... that is something only you can do. As for me, I use mainly Cocoa apps so I'm used to have all of those features at my finger tips no matter what application I'm in. Add to that the fact that my work flow is faster and smoother in OmniWeb than any other browser, and OmniWeb has paid for itself many times over for me.

I can't do the things I do in any other browser, so $29.95 would be worth it. But I originally paid back when paying was optional (with Omniweb 4.1), so I only paid $9.95 to upgrade to OmniWeb 5.x.