Need an OS X web browser

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by brandon6684, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. brandon6684 Guest

    Dec 30, 2002
    Okay, I've currently been going back and fourth* between Camino and Safari, but neither of those browsers currently meet my needs. Basically what I need is a browser that can render most pages reletivly well, as well as Safari or Camino, but that can both do rich text editing on supported sites and inline check as you type spell checking and it also needs to look like a good OS X application. Safari can handle the inline text editing, but for the exception of a very few sites(such as this forum) it can't do the rich text editing. Camino on the other hand can handle the rich text fields just fine, but it can't do the inline spell checking, though it is in some of the nightly builds, it isn't as good and Apple's built in checking. Camino also has other problems such occasional problems with plugins, and while it is often called a Cocoa based browser, that is only half true, it's actually a*kludged together hybrid of Cocoa, Carbon, and Gecko, which if why web page widgets(especially text boxes) don't seem quite right. Firefox has all the short comings of Camino, plus it's slower and even less Mac like. Opera is faster that Firefox and can do more rich text editing than Safari and can do spell checking, but not check as you type(I never take the time to actually run a spell check manually), and as far as its Mac-ness, it does have a better theme than Firefox, but it's still not a quite native and it shows, and that is even more*irritating to me since it looks close, but there are just little things I notice. I've also tried OmniWeb, but it basically seems to be Safari in a different dress as far as rendering web pages is concerned. Are there any other web browsers out there, specifically one that matches my criteria?
  2. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    Seems like you've tried all the options already...

    I like Opera and camino
  3. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
  4. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    I use Safari 99% of the time, but when a webpage doesn't get displayed properly, I use Opera or Firefox.
  5. brandon6684 thread starter Guest

    Dec 30, 2002
    Well, webkit is supposedly making strides towards changing text boxes and buttons and stuff to make them more accepting "customizations" by web pages, and should be in the version of Safari that ships with 10.5 so hopefully that'll help with the rich text editing and pretty much make it the perfect browser for me since I like just about everything else about it. The only problem is that many sites block the edit from Safari, so that'll have to change before this can really help.
  6. Soulstorm macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I use Camino, Firefox, and Safari (but mainly Firefox), so my experience with other browsers is very small.

    Try these:


    I don't know if these browsers have what you need, but good luck.
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i use Camino.

    but give Shirra or Flock a try... maybe they'll work better for you?
  9. lOUDsCREAMEr macrumors regular


    Mar 30, 2006
    Safari desert
    Webkit, the future Safari, today ;)

    RTF works fine for me, i mean this forum, using Safari 2.0.4 (419.3) :confused:

    you may also want to spoof Safari/Webkit as Firefox 1.5 by enabling Safari debug menu
  10. joecool85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 9, 2005
    Shiira is my browser of choice. It's all I use really.
  11. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    i just got shiira. it was a pain b/c there was no 'import bookmarks' like camino has... but i really like it so far. plus the little icon for the dock is much cooler than any other browser ive had so far. its smooth, and seems pretty quick.
  12. Soulstorm macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    I am using OmniWib now. It works so damn well... I never thought a web browser could be made such pretty.
  13. wala macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2005
  14. howesey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2005
    Firefox branch and trunk now support spellcheck. Branch is now past Beta1, but trunk is still alpha.

    Just make a version from source, update CVS to eithr trunk or branch and include ac_add_options --enable-extensions=default,spellcheck in your mozconfig.

    The trunk is currently having Cocoa implemented and will make use of Quartz using Cairo. Camino is 100% Cocoa and uses no Carbon, that's what the Camino project is all about.

    EDIT: Or use an already built version wala linked to.
  15. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Erm.. just wondering, is there anything with a password manager as good as Firefox's with the look of Camino?

    Not that I don't like Firefox, it just doesn't quite blend in with the other apps and besides that it is an insane memory hog.

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