Which browser is which?

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Which browser is which, in order of screenshots?

  1. 1 = Firefox, 2 = Safari, 3 = Shiira

    2 vote(s)
    6.9%
  2. 1 = Firefox, 2 = Shiira, 3 = Shiira

    1 vote(s)
    3.4%
  3. 1 = Safari, 2 = Shiira, 3 = Firefox

    2 vote(s)
    6.9%
  4. 1 = Safari, 2 = Firefox, 3 = Shiira

    11 vote(s)
    37.9%
  5. 1 = Shiira, 2 = Firefox, 3 = Safari

    5 vote(s)
    17.2%
  6. 1 = Shiira, 2 = Safari, 3 = Firefox

    1 vote(s)
    3.4%
  7. Can't tell the difference

    7 vote(s)
    24.1%
  1. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    #1
    I've seen a lot of people contend that Safari looks so much better than Firefox and I know that there is some difference, even with version 2 of Firefox, though the difference is minimal now.

    As I took screenshots with 3 different browsers, I wondered what you people thought.

    Sorry that I don't have a can't tell option and I can't seem to add one, for whatever reason.
     

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  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    I think most people are talking abut the GUI rather than how the browser renders the page, I think. :eek:
     
  3. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    you need a "can't tell", for you know.. those people who can't get it... not me of course though...
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I reckon I can tell Firefox but I haven't used Shiira so that's a struggle. I just assume it's quite similar to Safari in its rendering though.
     
  5. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    Looks like I'm with the majority. 1 = Safari, 2 = Firefox, 3 = Shiira

    Highlight my paragraph for the tells (wouldn't want to spoil it for others now would I ;):
    (start)
    Firefox renders the fonts slightly smaller. Also, iMeowbot's avatar... I know Firefox has a weird thing where it renders PNG images with a different gamma than other browsers. In this case, it's slightly lighter than in screenshots 1 and 3. I just went to that thread myself to double check and it's the same brightness as in 1 and 3. As for which is Safari and which is Shiira, well there's simply no way to tell. 1 and 3 look identical, different window sizes aside.
    (end)

    That said, FF2 looks very close to Safari/other webkit browsers now so Safari's beautiful rendering isn't so much of an argument anymore.
     
  6. bousozoku thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    There used to be a significant difference in rendering, though. Tables were especially noticeable. The MacRumors forums were safe because they used images for buttons. There was no change of native vs. non-native widgets.
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Very true. So are we ever gonna find out what the answer is?... :D
     
  8. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    Shiira is based off Webkit, so its rendering is identical to Safari. This is a trick poll!!! :) I really can't see the point of comparing renders.

    Firefox's gamma shift of PNG images is a give-away, especially on non-calibrated monitors, in this case, the OP is using the Color LCD profile.
     
  9. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    That'd be me. Also need a 'Who cares? Long as it works...'
     
  10. bousozoku thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Well, the rendering between Shiira and Safari was different but in minor ways and at a glance, most people wouldn't notice.

    The answer was: 1 = Safari, 2 = Firefox, 3 = Shiira for those brave 15 people who voted. :D I was going to throw in a choice or two with Opera but I didn't think that would be fair since I didn't take a screenshot of it.

    In any case, rendering is similar enough that most people shouldn't have a problem with Firefox 2.
     
  11. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    What's that difference? I looked at your screenshots 1 and 3 for a long time and they look identical to me. Not a pixel different, except that your window sizes aren't the same.
     
  12. clevin macrumors G3

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    dear, i can tell the 2nd is firefox, but plz.... safari and shiira use SAME ENGINE, they render exactly same. there SHOULD NOT be any difference between 1 and 3 at ALL
     
  13. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    They could be different if they used different default fonts, but they don't. In other words, rendering isn't the only factor in how a page is displayed. Admittedly, that's a pretty pathetic and moot point.
     

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