Recent web browser changes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Doctor Q, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    During the months from March thru June, CNET rated Mac web browsers and scored them as follows:

    Tie for highest score:
    7.8 - Safari (version not identified)
    7.8 - Camino 0.7

    Tie for third-highest score:
    6.8 - Internet Explorer 5.2.3
    6.8 - OmniWeb (version not identified)

    Lowest score:
    6.5 - Opera (version not identified)

    CNETs comments:

    Safari: If you're only after speed, try Safari but keep your other browser, too. Try Camino if you crave advanced settings. Good: Fast; includes a pop-up blocker; simple interface; integrated Google toolbar; easy bookmark management; features tabbed browsing and autofill. Bad: Lacks advanced security or customization settings; no way to customize default toolbar search engine.

    Camino: Although technically a prerelease, Camino is a compelling alternative to Safari, and it's faster and more feature-filled than IE. Good: Fast and responsive; good cookie-handling features; best implementation of tabbed browsing; can block pop-ups; autofills usernames and passwords. Bad: No autofill of address forms; still in beta; not much documentation.

    Internet Explorer: Other Mac browsers offer more features and better performance, but keep IE around to access troublesome sites. Good: Good handling of JavaScripts; good handling of histories. Bad: No tabs or pop-up blocking; slow; confusing preferences.

    OmniWeb: OmniWeb offers some unique and useful features, but its poor performance is frustrating. Good: Beautiful rendering; autoupdates bookmarks; searchable history; built-in HTML editor; pop-up blocking; form autofill; elegant interface. Bad: No tabbed browsing; very slow; more JavaScript errors than other browsers.

    Opera: Opera is a bit faster than Internet Explorer, and it offers solid features, but it's slower than both Safari and Camino. Good: Tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking; very configurable; good security. Bad: Banner advertising in the free version; rendering not always accurate; JavaScript errors; interface quirks.

    My question: How have the latest versions of these browsers changed these pros and cons?

    This is not a request for everyone to tell which browser they use and why. We've already done that plenty of times. Instead, I am asking what major changes in recent releases might have changed the tradeoffs among the contenders.
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The 1.0 version of Safari loses a point due to the infamous caching bug. I haven't used any other the other browsers so can't comment on them.

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