Looking for a new browser!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Applied, May 9, 2007.

  1. Applied macrumors newbie

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    Hello guys, I'm new here.

    I'm looking for a new browser for OS X 10.4.9. Right now I am using Firefox, because nothing else I tried could convince me (I tried Safari, Shiira, Opera and Camino).
    I stayed with Firefox because it offers me what I want: tabbed browsing and extensions. Most of the other offer tabbed browsing, but I cannot surf without my Adblock, CookieSafe and NoScript!.
    I find security very important and I do not want that every page I visit can execute scripts, set cookies and display annoying ads. Too bad the other browsers only offer global script and cookie settings, and only average ad blocking.
    Still I am not too happy with the Firefox: it is pretty slow, ugly and I do not like the Gecko rendering engine. Shiira for example is so beautiful and comfortable to use, but I don't feel comfortable using it because of the reasons stated above.
    I hope you have any suggestions.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    Firefox is you best best in terms of features you want, but if you don't like Gecko and would prefer something Webkit based... there are a number of them out there but I think Safari or Shiira are probably the best options. Safari can be improved with plugins -> pimpmysafari.com, maybe there are some that do what you want?

    Also now that I think of it, there's OmniWeb which has a lot of features and uses Webkit too. In fact I think it might do everything you're looking for. Only drawback is it's not free.
     
  3. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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  4. Applied thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
    I couldn't find any Safari plugins which would satisfy me, but I will try OmniWeb, it looks pretty interesting!
    Still looking for more possibilities.
     
  5. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    There are a couple of "light" browsers such as Tominated Browser and Sunrise. They're a bit different (especially Sunrise) but they're worth a look.

    Also, had a look at Bon Echo? It's an optimised version of Firefox. I only use it though when I need to view a site that doesn't work well with Safari as I don't like Firefox for the Mac since it's very slow and bloated when compared to other browsers.
     
  6. clevin macrumors G3

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    other than looks, Optimized firefox has no difference from firefox when it comes down to speed or size.
     
  7. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    I think there is a trade-off between speed and features. Browsers like Camino and Safari are exactly so fast because they close off 3rd-party development. At some point you'll have to make a choice: do you want a browser as a simple window into the world-wide web, or do you want it to be a swiss army-knife?
     
  8. Applied thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually that is the problem. I was hoping I could get a swiss army-knife that fits my needs more, but the more I try the other browsers the more I see that the search is useless. Actually Firefox is the best compromise between speed and comfort, and thus I guess I will have to stay with the fox. Still thanks for the suggestions!
     
  9. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

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    Bon Echo is not an 'optimised' version of Firefox; it is a development build of the next version of Firefox (with new good stuff, including some optimisation for OS X, but also some serious bugs that are still being worked on).

    Edit: I'm wrong, it WAS the development build code name for what has ALREADY BECOME Firefox 2.0.0.3. The development builds for what will become Firefox 3 are called Gran Paradiso.
     
  10. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    I thought they were called Minefield :D

    And, yes there are optimized builds that are released under the Bon Echo-name for copyright-reasons. You can find them on the Mozilla-forums or by doing a search on Google. They don't offer much in terms of speed-improvements though.

    As far as slowness in Firefox is concerned, there is such a thing as feature-creep, where it's very easy to overload it with extensions which lead to a slowdown. It's best to decide on 1-5 top-extensions that you really, really, really need and stick with those. Or use Camino/Safari and enjoy the speed :)
     
  11. clevin macrumors G3

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    yes, they are using more and more different names now, released 3.0 alpha and future 3.0 beta are called grand paradiso, but nightly trunk builds are all code-named minefield, minefield is more traditional, as Bon echo and Deer Park, I don't understand why they picked a new name for 3.0 alpha release.
     
  12. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    Bon Echo is the "official" codename for the 2.0 releases and Gran Whatever for the 3.0 ones. I guess Minefield designates deep alpha-status. Anyway, we are progressing into deep "rat-hole"-territory here. :rolleyes:
     
  13. FrankBlack macrumors 6502

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    I second that. I've been using Omniweb for some time now. Built for OS X, I think you will find it has all the features you want. You may set preferences for each page you visit. It's very quick. Its tabs take a little getting used to. The real problem is that Omniweb is not free. A license is $14.95. But, you can use it on a trial basis. I think you'll find it's worth the price.
     

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