Then, there’s the road less traveled. Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. It doesn’t go anywhere worth going. That brings up the question of the day. Do Mac users need another browser?
Browsing Is Browsing
My Mac browsing experience may be a bit more convoluted than the average Mac user. I use Safari most of the time, Google’s Chrome for videos, and Firefox for the library of extensions.
SlimBoat starts up a bit faster than Safari on my Mac, but we’re talking about one second difference, so that’s nominal.
Website pages load quickly, though I ran into a few pages which did not render well in SlimBoat but looked fine in other browsers.
SlimBoat has the usual browser features– form filler, bookmarks, a download manager, but also surprises with a few functions you won’t find in Safari.
For example, Facebook is integrated. There’s a setting to translate a website page automatically. YouTube videos can be downloaded and saved to your Mac. SlimBoat integrates with Twitter, Google+, Gmail, Hotmail, and more, plus it features a built-in popup blocker and advertisement blocker.
In fact, browser configuration is SlimBoat’s strong point. There are options you’re not likely to find in any major Mac browser.
The Popup blocker has both white and black list options. Privacy settings abound, including an option to delete the browser history, cookies, and cached files when quitting.
There’s even granular controls on the tab sizes (Safari bungles tabs), including pixels, number of words, and specific actions. You can also store logins and passwords.
Not only can you block advertisements in SlimBoat, you can also get the local weather forecast, break bookmarks into multiple columns, and use a proxy to view video sites in China.
SlimBoat uses the same WebKit rendering engine in Apple’s Safari (and most mobile device browsers), but also runs on Windows PCs so it’s multi-platform. The claim to fame, though, is obvious– a laundry list of features you won’t find on most other browsers, including Safari.
SlimBoat tries to reinvent the browsing experience, but it’s more a basic browser with features and functions that clutter the experience instead– unless you like that sort of thing.