One common aspect of using a Mac is web browsing. We all do it. Most Mac users use Safari, then Firefox, then a handful of Mac browser also-rans.
If what you’re after are features, you won’t use the most popular browsers. You would use an ancient browsing concept that dates back to Netscape Navigator (perhaps beyond), all bundled nicely in a new, fast, ancient function laden, cross platform browser.
Phoenix Rising From Browser Ashes
Back in the day, when the internet became public, circa mid-1990s, pre-21st century, the browser of popular substance was Netscape, later Netscape Navigator. It was the browser that wanted to do everything.
Instead, Netscape died at the hands of a murderous and vengeful Microsoft and Internet Explorer.
During a brief life span, Netscape Navigator added a bunch of non-browser, but extremely useful basic functions, born in another century, and reborn in a shuttered Mozilla project, which later became the not-so-popular but highly capable SeaMonkey.
SeaMonkey gets the award for the most non-browser functions you probably won’t use (vs. a giant list of browser features you won’t use—more on those browsers, later).
How To Live On The Internet In A Browser
Of all the Mac browsers, one of my favorites is SeaMonkey. I’m on public record as describing it as The Ancient Mac Browser That’s Better Than Safari.
Even by internet standards, it’s not all that ancient, launching in beta form in late 2005 and taking over for the Mozilla Application Suite. See? As a name, SeaMonkey doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?
Why use SeaMonkey as your Mac (or Windows PC) browser?
This browser, now based on the Firefox page rendering engine, is fast, stable, runs Firefox extensions, and comes with a complete list of features perfect for people who live online. Yes, it’s a browser. It has tabs, RSS or Atom feed detection, a pop up blocker, an image manager, and session restore—to bring back those tabs you were viewing when you quit SeaMonkey.
SeaMonkey also comes with built-in, tabbed email. That’s right. Email. It’s like having the Mac’s Mail app built into the browser. You can set up multiple accounts, manage junk mail, view RSS feeds, and view newsgroups.
Newsgroups? What are newsgroups?
Well, if you have to ask you probably don’t want to try newsgroups. Think of it as a world-wide information repository—forums for everything in the world, including scams and spam.
In keeping with Netscape Navigator’s tradition of plugging in everything you don’t really need, SeaMonkey comes with Composer, an HTML editor, so you can create and edit, point and click style, web pages. I’m sure you’ve been itching to try that out.
Far behind those other useful functions is ChatZilla, the built-in IRC Chat client in SeaMonkey. It’s like an ancient form of iChat or Skype, a Fred and Barney, Flintstone-like SMS text messaging system.
SeaMonkey’s ongoing development is a group effort. The browser is free. It looks and feels mostly like Firefox and performs similarly, including extension add-ons.
Who uses SeaMonkey? Perhaps 1-percent of all Mac and Windows PC users. If you’re tired of Safari, don’t like the look of Firefox, think Google’s Chrome is dead dog ugly, then SeaMonkey is worth a look. As a browser goes, it’s like warm, dark beer. It’s an acquired taste.