All the Mac browsers are good, and as to features, there’s something for everyone. And that includes the rebirth of one of the first Mac OS X browser that we once knew and loved and somehow completely forgot.
OmniWeb We Hardly Knew Ye
Yes, folks, in the long history of Mac browsers, going all the way back to Mozaic running on PowerPC Macs, we’ve had dark days, and sunny days.
Today, it’s a feast of browsers. Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, among many others that have faded into the past.
Remember the venerable OmniWeb? It was one of the first browsers to grace OS X, tracing roots back to the NeXT and NeXTStep days in the mid-1990s.
Even today, OmniWeb has visual tabs, clever workspaces, ad blocking, shortcuts, and site-specific preferences; all features in the 5.11.2 version that you won’t find in other popular browsers.
Alright, what’s all the excitement? OmniWeb is back with a new version 6 that is guaranteed to take you back to the turn of the century as it moves forward toward the future.
The new OmniWeb for Mac is under development but you can have a sneak peak at the progress with the latest untested and often unstable builds.
Wherefore art thou, oh bleeding edge app development?
That’s the new OmniWeb for Mac 6 (bleeding edge versions ready for testing). It still has tabs in that familiar visual thumbnail form. It’s 64-bit and uses WebKit as the rendering engine, so it’s more stable than you might suspect.
DuckDuckGo is a built-in search shortcut, and OmniWeb blocks ads, but still uses those old-style pop out drawers instead of sidebars.
After all these years, OmniWeb is still a pretty good browser, but probably more of an historical footnote than a challenger for the trio of Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.