Claim Victory in the Browser War

Claim Victory in the Browser War

For Social Butterflies: Flock

 

If you frequent social-networking sites, including Photobucket and Flickr, then Flock (free) was made for you. It’s got a Photo toolbar for browsing photos - your own, or others folks’ shared photos and photocasts. Better yet, if you actively contribute to such sites, Flock’s other integrated photo bar is a lower shelf for stashing items and Web Snippets (pretyped comments with basic formatting), and there’s a batch uploader for stoking your photo-sharing service.

 

And Flock is no one-trick goose. Photo-sharing tools notwithstanding, Flock is built upon the extensible Firefox, and plenty of handy Flock Extensions are available for free at www.flock.com, including a WordPress Sidebar for permanent access to your blog; another sidebar for del.icio.us bookmarks; toolbars for Digg and Facebook; lots of code-inspecting Web-developer tools; and Flock’d, which handily converts any Firefox extension to work with Flock.

 

Flock's photo bar can show a whole photostream; the undershelf stores pics and Web Snippets.

 

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Netscape of the Sea: SeaMonkey

Our favorite microscopic pets of the 1970s were actually brine shrimp, not real monkeys. SeaMonkey (free) is essentially the Netscape Communicator suite of Web browser, email client, WYSIWYG HTML editor, IRC client, and newsgroup reader, all polished up for round two. But wait, you say, Mozilla makes the Firefox browser! Indeed, it’s a long story, but the bottom line is that the Mozilla Project switched gears to focus on its standalone browser and email client (Firefox and Thunderbird, respectively), but rather than leave SeaMonkey to sleep with the fishes, Mozilla lets the project live on the company infrastructure while the open-source community keeps the suite current and frequently updated. If you long for the all-in-one convenience of a full Internet suite, give SeaMonkey a try.

 

The underbar app icons (Navigator, Mail & Newsgroups, Composer, Address Book, and IRC Chat) go all the way back to SeaMonkey’s Netscape roots.

 

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Anonymous

I often had a problem with Safari 2 just bogging down after a few hours of browsing. Switched to Shiira and haven't looked back. It's not perfect but it gets me where I want to go.

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Jerry South

I use Camino for general browsing because it has a nicer looking interface and it's noticeably faster than Safari. It also will allow you to select download folders on the fly, rather than having to set it in preferences. That is very clumsy for Safari.

However, the MacLife writer did not know about or mention any problems with Camino. It happens that if you use your browser to do your online banking, and you try to print your bank statement, it will only print the first page. This is a known error with Camino. I was told it was a failing of the Gecko browser engine? Can anyone verify that?

So I use Camino for everything on the web but my online banking print statements, and for these, I use Safari. I leave them both in the dock.

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macmansan

I LIKE EM ALL, BUT I USE FIREFOX THE MOST WHICH I GUESS WOULD BE THE BEST BUT I ALSO LIKE FLOCK ... THEY HAVE ALOT OF GREAT STUFF I FIND USEFUL AND IF FIREFOX WOULD HAVE EM THEN THAT WOULD SEAL THE DEAL ..

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erich13

To me, there of several features that are extremely appealing... http://lilurl.org/m516uib

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Anonymous

Hmmm I don't know about that. I can't access my bank account informationm, I get an error everytime I try to log in with Safari 3.

Some would say I should get a different bank or they should update, but I say that Safari should be able to connect. Safari 2 does.

For the record I use Camino, I have found it to be the best all around.

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Jerry South

I can print only one page of my bank statement using Camino. I have to use Safari 2 for that one job. How about you? I heard it's a failure in the Gecko browser engine that Camino is built on. ???

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Dave Barnes

Firefox is the best.

Yes, the font rendering sucks.

But, it has AdBlockPlus and the Developers Toolbar.
For me, there are no adverts on this website.
For me, as a web developer, the developers toolbar is extremely useful.

Also, I like having my bookmarks in a menu on the left.

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Dave Barnes

"Creative Suite 3 installer stops with a blank "Installer Alert" dialog box (Mac OS)"

http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb402337&sliceId=1

In plain English: you must use Safari 2 if you plan on using Adobe CS3.

Oops.

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Anonymous

Niko, nice job! We miss you! (Hey, MacLife staff, why did you let him escape!?) Good information. I had never heard of "SplitBrowser" or "Googalizer" Thanks Mr. Cousmartcougeekcouinfovanis!!

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