Omniweb: Good Idea, however too slow... and IE: blah...

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by soccerfan5, Feb 10, 2002.

  1. soccerfan5 macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2002
    When I got OS X, I immdiately started using Omni for the antialiased text and all, but to do most of my web-banking and such I'd have to launch IE (nice and buggy). Not a pleasant experience after Omni... But after a while I noticed that IE was faster than Omni if only uglier. Now I use the nightly builds of Mozilla, and I must say that while the interface is undergoing some work, the foundation is great. Its fast, its customizable, and it has Tabs. Mozilla renders all the pages I use on a regular basis correctly, and it does it faster than either IE or Omni. The interface is not near what Omni brings to the table, but its fast. Lastly, the Tabs are the best thing since sliced bread.

    oh, on the customization, you can block advert images! Once you get 'em blocked from your most visited sites they load bloody fast.

    Just some o my opions on the view of the world wide web.
  2. chmorley macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2002
    Denver, CO

    I couldn't agree more. Now if only it were prettier.

    However, I don't use a Mac because it looks better (even though it does). I use it because it works better. Mozilla has become my default browser because it works better.

    “Education is an admirable thing, but it well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
    — Oscar Wilde
  3. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

    Ensign Paris

    Nov 4, 2001
    iCab, Opera and I€ are the 3 I have used most recently, I find Opera to be ugly but loads pages fast, iCab to be fast but not stable. IE seems to work the best, its not particularly fast but it seems to be stable under osx.

    I got Netscape of the most recent macworlduk cd but it didn't open properly so thats where i left it. Any luck with netscape anyone?
  4. chmorley macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2002
    Denver, CO

    It's my second choice, actually. I find it to be incredibly stable and second only to Mozilla in speed. If only it were more Aqua and faster at opening new windows. Opera is a nice browser, but considerably slower than the others with complex page renderings.

    Seems to be a lot of variability in this, though.

    Just my experience.

  5. Xapplimatic macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2001
    Netscape.. ya, just try playing Shockwave and Flash stuff on that.. no go..face it, we're stuck with IE for a while unless Apple has an Ace up their sleave.. Hmm, the IE contract is due to terminate very soon.. wonder if its gonna be renewed ... or... ?
  6. jail macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2002
    iCab or netscape

    iCab is my primary browser, it's fast enough, and handles most pages well. it's got some great features like blocking adds, command clicking a link to open it in a new window get's used by me every 5 minutes. plus it opens in about 1 second! can't beat that. otherwise i would use netscape, it's fast and reliable enough, but i can't stand waiting so long for it to start up or open a new window. if i need a page that don't work in them i use ie.

    wish apple would write a browser with the features of iCab, speed of mozilla, and the reliability of ie :mad:
  7. OnAShelf macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2002

    I have been using Omniweb a lot, but I must say that as iCab is getting closer to its official release, it is getting better and better. I have been a big fan of iCab for a while now (and I have a couple links in their pages that make iCab smile section). The latest version supports css pretty well, its fast, and it doesn't have all sorts of unnecessary features. It is, however, full of good things, like ad-blocking and such. I also love that it supports the link option in html, even though only it and Lynx (as far as I know) do so. And if you're a web-developer. it smiles if your html is valid (not xhtml at this time, however). Its still officially in beta, but well worth a try...
  8. macagain macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2002
    Now, try IE5.1 under classic!!! Why is it so much faster????????? I'm talking on the same machine!

    Apple, pls. do something about this speed thing in whatever it is that is slowing down osx native apps!

    makes no sense to me... that ie5.1 in osx native runs slower than ie5.1 classic on the same machine (G4)...
  9. Choppaface macrumors 65816

    Jan 22, 2002
    ya OS X is a lot more complicated. drawing all that nice transparency, and generally running the operating system does eat up a lot of resources. but if you have a DP machine, the speed difference isnt very noticable, and the added stability is great..

    i just tried out NS 6 today. i can't believe anybody would use that thing. it was horrible slow. just godawful. :(
  10. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    I've found myself switching between Omni and IE. I find Omni to be more stable so I use that most of the time on my OS X machine . On my older computers I still use IE though.

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