What browser are you using?

GoldenChild

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I'm currently using Safari on the latest public beta, and I like how smooth it seems compared to Chrome. Scrolling is so much less of a drag compared to Chrome for me, and you can't forget to mention the battery life Safari gives versus Chrome (Obviously). What browser are you using?
 

DeltaMac

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Jul 30, 2003
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I use Safari for most normal browsing.
I use Chrome Canary for videos, and some downloads.
I use FireFoxDeveloperEdition for web searches
I use Roccat only for Facebook.
I use iCab on occasion, just for old times sake.
I use OmniWeb for online shopping.
Oh, I use Opera for everything else.
 

sh33pst3r

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Aug 21, 2015
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You sure love ya browsers bro!

I really like Safari on the Mac. Coupled along a few security extensions like Ghostery and uBlock, I think it's my favourite.
 

Shirasaki

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I mainly use safari in Mac OS X. Safari is decent enough to take care of most situations.

Chrome is only a backup if Safari is not able to display certain pages correctly.
 

Shirasaki

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I use Safari for most normal browsing.
I use Chrome Canary for videos, and some downloads.
I use FireFoxDeveloperEdition for web searches
I use Roccat only for Facebook.
I use iCab on occasion, just for old times sake.
I use OmniWeb for online shopping.
Oh, I use Opera for everything else.
Would it be a little bit complex? Use multiple browsers for multiple purposes?
 

DeltaMac

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Would it be a little bit complex? Use multiple browsers for multiple purposes?
Not really hard to understand. I have multiple browsers (and I have more than I listed, about another 10, I think - I lose track sometimes :D )
I prefer to think or my use as using specific browsers for specific purposes (probably because of the menus, extension support, just works for that purpose in my experience.
For example, I have one https site that just won't work with Safari, just barely works with Chrome or Firefox, but works great with Opera - so I use Opera for that - and it has bookmarks/tabs set up to make that a quick experience. I have a couple of other browsers that I use similarly, for specific purposes.
I call it using the right tool for the job. I only keep Safari and Firefox in the dock, the others are in a desktop folder
 

sunapple

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Jul 16, 2013
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I always use Safari. Sometimes I run Chrome from the disk image and then delete everything I can find on Google afterwards. That sounded really paranoid, but it's just because I try to keep my Mac as clean as possible and I only use Chrome if something doesn't work on Safari (very, very rarely).

I can't think of any reason to ever switch browsers. My iPhone runs Safari and everything is always in perfect sync. For me to switch to something like Firefox or Opera would probably mean compromising on something (or just going through a lot of trouble) and that's not worth it.

Okay, I can think of one reason to switch: if I found a browser (like Chrome) that works great ("Safari great") on both my Apple devices and my Bootcamp partition. But since I use Bootcamp for just one program this isn't really important to me.
 

colourfastt

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Would it be a little bit complex? Use multiple browsers for multiple purposes?
Some of us do use different browsers for different things; I use Safari as my "general" browser, Chrome for video streaming and Google things, Chrome Canary for my business, and Firefox for my "personal" browsing. :D
 

Shirasaki

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Some of us do use different browsers for different things; I use Safari as my "general" browser, Chrome for video streaming and Google things, Chrome Canary for my business, and Firefox for my "personal" browsing. :D
Well, like me, I always want to have a dedicated Windows machine to run Windows, rather than using either BootCamp or virtual machine. Windows on Mac is not a pleasant experience I think.

I use Windows much because I have software only available for Windows and they comes from Microsoft.
 

Shirasaki

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Not really hard to understand. I have multiple browsers (and I have more than I listed, about another 10, I think - I lose track sometimes :D )
I prefer to think or my use as using specific browsers for specific purposes (probably because of the menus, extension support, just works for that purpose in my experience.
For example, I have one https site that just won't work with Safari, just barely works with Chrome or Firefox, but works great with Opera - so I use Opera for that - and it has bookmarks/tabs set up to make that a quick experience. I have a couple of other browsers that I use similarly, for specific purposes.
I call it using the right tool for the job. I only keep Safari and Firefox in the dock, the others are in a desktop folder
Yep. All we need may only be a right tool to do the right thing.
 

mikzn

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Sep 2, 2013
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Firefox 40.0 main browser
Firefox Developer40.0a2 - website development
Safari - rarely

Looking forward to mobile version of firefox when it arrives
 

bobr1952

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Jan 21, 2008
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Safari almost exclusively except for the occasional time when I can't seem to get what I want done on a particular site--then I go to Chrome.
 

solaris

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Apr 19, 2004
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Firefox. Been using it since Camino-development halted and terminated some 4 years back.
Eventually I may switch to Safari - just need some spare time to transfer my bookmarks and set it up properly.
 

Fangio

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Jan 25, 2011
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Firefox. Only sometimes Chrome.

I have a LOT of tabs open at the same time usually and as long as the tabs in Safari don't come with favicons again the tab bar is too unclear for me. I've tried SafariStands but found it too buggy back then.
 
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Eithanius

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Firefox full time... Chrome for Flash... Safari is unusable especially on watching video on VLC... It's a resource hog for overall OS X animation...
 

MacGizmo

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Firefox. Only sometimes Chrome.

I have a LOT of tabs open at the same time usually and as long as the tabs in Safari don't come with favicons again the tab bar is too unclear for me. I've tried SafariStands but found it too buggy back then.
Have you tried the "View All Tabs" feature? I know it's not the simple solution like adding the icons to the tabs, but it's infinitely more helpful in the long run.
 

MacGizmo

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I primarily use Safari—If for no other reason than to take advantage of the integration with iOS and OS X technologies. But I've also found it to be consistently the fastest and easiest to use/maintain browser.

My "alternate" browser is Firefox—but I'm considering switching to Chrome as a backup because the next version is MUCH improved over current versions as far as memory/cpu use. I'm also planning to dump my Flash installation, so Chrome will almost be the default backup for a lot of people when a website with Flash is required.
 

KALLT

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Sep 23, 2008
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Safari is great, its speed and energy efficiency are simply unparalleled.

I have a growing dislike for Firefox. The UI and menus are just too cluttered and illogical and they keep on pushing things upon me that I don’t want (recently integration with Pocket). Chrome I never really liked because of Google and it is a hassle to set up nowadays, because too many things I don’t want are enabled by default (like the Google account integration, notifications icon) and the settings menus are just so unwieldy. Safari is super simple with it’s tabbed preferences menu and easy access. I agree about the tab management though, although admittedly I always hated having too many tabs open (to me it’s the equivalent of cluttering your desktop with lots of files and folders, it defeats the purpose of bookmarks and Safari’s favourites menu).

I tried Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, but to me it is the worst browser in years. It has barely any settings and those it has are within a super annoying sidebar menu with an additional advanced panel. It has no reasonable cookie management, no plugin management, no extensions (for now) and to add a search engine you need to go to the website first before it appears on the list.
 

adrianlondon

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Nov 28, 2013
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I switched to stock apps when I bought my first Macbook 1.5 years ago. I was using Firefox as the browser and Thunderbird for emails. Switching to Mail took some getting used to although I'm now happy with it.

I sometimes miss Firefox and the customisation it offers, but as it isn't capable of storing users/passwords in the iCloud keychain, and seems cluttered to me, I've stuck with Safari. SafariStand was useful to get favicons (and separators in favourites folders) but it doesn't work well with Safari 9. I'm sticking with Safari though, as the benefits to me outweigh the negatives. It's very fast on the latest beta.
 

Ryanclbryant

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Sep 10, 2014
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Montréal, QC, Canada
Safari for me - the simple integration between devices is invaluable to me.
I have chrome loaded also for those pages that don't function well in safari, but I fall back to it rarely.
 
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