10 Amazing Web Browsers That Aren’t Safari

Everybody knows about Safari, and most people agree that it’s good. It’s fast, it’s stable, it’s sexy —  and everybody knows about other popular web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. But there are several other lesser known web browsers that offer cool features that Safari lacks.

Although you don’t need to use them all the time, unless you want to, they’re nice to have around to utilize every once in a while. Whether you’re wanting social integration or parallel sessions, it’s a good idea to have them there.

Let’s take a look at a selection of Safari alternatives!

Camino

Camino

Camino is a browser built on Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine, it’s latest update to version 2.0 has seen it gain loads of new features, including phishing & malware protection as well as ‘Annoyance Blocking’; blocking pop-ups, ads, and Flash animations on demand.

The beautiful native interface has also gained a great new feature called ‘Tab Overview’ allowing you to see all your open tabs visually at a glance. For fans of Growl, Camino now also supports download notifications utilizing it.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
Developer: The Camino Project

Cruz

Cruz

From the developer behind the much loved app Fluid, Cruz is a beautiful browser that integrates well with the web, allowing you to view your Twitter timeline in a split pane while browsing other sites.

You can also browse sites like Digg and WordPress in Cover Flow fashion. Along with the amazing web integration, Cruz also includes a full-screen mode and complete session restore.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Developer: Todd Ditchendorf

Fake

Fake

Another web browser from the developer behind Fluid. Fake is a new browser that makes web automation simple. You just have to drag simple browser actions into a graphical Workflow that can be run again and again.

Though some people won’t even know what web automation is, just think of it as “Automator for the web”; an invaluable tool for web designers and developers that makes life quicker and easier.

Price: $29.95 (Free trial available)
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Developer: Todd Ditchendorf

Flock

Flock

Flock, the ‘social web browser’, has undergone a recent facelift and now uses Chromium rather than Mozilla. However it still has full integration with popular websites including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Digg, and many more using the unique ‘Flock sidebar’ as well as instant one-click sharing. The only thing changed is that now it looks a whole lot more beautiful!

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6.
Developer: Flock

OmniWeb

OmniWeb

OmniWeb has a beautiful intuitive interface which incorporates visual tabs, allowing you to view all your tabs at a glance. OmniWeb also allows you to create ‘workspaces’ for different browsing tasks, saving information like which web pages you have in your open tabs, your history, and even the location of the windows on your screen so you can easily pick up where you left off.

The browser also supports advanced preferences for ad-blocking and can handle all your RSS news feeds.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later.
Developer: The Omni Group

RockMelt

Rockmelt

Another ‘social web browser’ which is in beta and set to give Flock a run for its money. RockMelt is built on Chromium and uses ‘sidebars’ allowing you to pin your favorite friends, social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc.) and blogs for instant updates as and when they happen.

RockMelt also supports instant sharing with Facebook and Twitter. If you have a friend pinned to your sidebar you can see their news feed or talk to them using Facebook Chat. Genius.

Price: In Beta, apply for an invitation.
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6.
Developer: RockMelt

Shiira

Shiira

“The goal of the Shiira Project is to create a browser that is better and more useful than Safari”. A goal it manages to live up to pretty well. It features numerous page transition effects, visual tabs and an innovative Expose style tab interface.

The browser also incorporates a clever ‘Shelf’ interface for your favorites, and full RSS handling incorporated as a ‘Shelf’, all of which makes it a delight to use. The developer has also recently resumed development of the application according to his blog.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
Developer: HMDT

Stainless

Stainless

Stainless started out as a technology demo to showcase it’s multi-processing architecture in response to Google Chrome, however since then it has grown into a fully fledged web browser. Stainless is fast, and uses a dual purpose address and search bar making it a breeze to search and navigate.

Stainless also showcases a visual bookmarks shelf where you simply drag and drop your favorite websites for easy access. The killer feature of Stainless is parallel sessions, which allow you to log into a site using different credentials in separate tabs at the same time.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Developer: MD Software

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise is a browser full of cool and interesting features, the most obvious being that bookmarks are displayed as thumbnails in the bookmarks sidebar.

Sunrise also offers features for web developers; you can also take a snapshot of a web page of your specified file type and size from inside the browser. Sunrise also allows you to view the source code for every tab and open it in another application.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Developer: Atsushi Jike

Opera

Opera

A relatively well known web browser that often gets overlooked. Opera offers a wealth of features that set it apart from the crowd, namely mouse gestures and ‘Speed Dial’: allowing you to access your favorite web pages instantly with one click from the main window.

Opera also supports visual enhancements such as visual tabs and content blocking. Opera offers complete mail integration using it’s own mail service, meaning you can efficiently manage all e-mail within the beautiful Opera interface. The Opera browser also boasts ‘Opera Turbo’ which, in short, it makes it really fast.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Developer: Opera Software

Give Them a Try!

Safari is good – it offers all the features the average user likes, but you don’t have to confine yourself to one browser.

For the Mac user who wants more out of their computer, other browsers have got a lot to offer as well such as social integration, workflow automation, visual tabs and parallel sessions. Just play the field!


  • http://drdkl.isgreat.org Dreadedkilla

    These browsers may be good for end users, but for front-end developers, it’s a nightmare since almost all these browsers run on a different rendering engine! :P

    I wish we could all just design sites that could render in any browser without the need for vendor prefixes…

    • http://toastr.net/ Jacob

      Any decent web developer should be able to make a website work in any (modern) rendering engine :)

      Most of these run off some variant of Gecko or WebKit (with the exception of Opera), so there shouldn’t be an issue anyway.

      • http://drdkl.isgreat.org Dreadedkilla

        I agree that it isn’t hard, but it’s a lot of work. It would be much easier if we could just say box-shadow and have every browser rendering it exactly the same.

  • http://www.handlungsplan.net to

    I am missing iCab here.

  • http://thebird-feeder.com Ben Carlsen

    Awesome article. Some I’d heard of, and others I haven’t. I’ll have to try them out.

    I’ve been using Rockmelt for a while now, and I really enjoy it. It’s missing a few things, but it’s still in beta, so I’m hopeful. I’m a bit disappointed that it can’t use the new Chrome web store, though.

  • Steve

    No love for Firefox?

  • Brendan

    So I downloaded Shiira to give it a try, however the preferences are not working. I was wondering if anyone knew why? Maybe a little bug… I hope so because Shiira looks like it has a slightly different approach then other browsers.

    • http://appleinside.tumblr.com/ Huw Martin

      Yeah thats a massive issue with it that still hasn’t been fixed. I uploaded a version without the issue a while ago for someone else (http://cl.ly/3H4w) just had to copy the preferences files from an earlier version over to the latest build. Download that version and give it a go, should make life a lot easier!

  • John

    Nice article! Keep up.

  • Shadi Mirza

    OmniWeb would be my primary browser if Omni Group had the resources to update it regularly. Currently, I use Camino because it’s both lightweight and blazing fast. It’s as close as I’m ever going to get to a perfect, minimal browser.

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  • Aficion

    I’ve used a few of these, and think it’s great that you mentioned them. Camino was fantastic, as well as Opera. But…. it seems odd that Firefox and Chrome (which I currently use, and really love) weren’t mentioned. Maybe you were just trying to target lesser-known alternatives?

    • http://appleinside.tumblr.com/ Huw Martin

      Yeah like I said in the introduction ‘everybody knows about other popular web browsers like Firefox and Chrome’, just wanted to try and show people there are valid and usable alternatives out there they might not have heard of. I’m a big fan of Stainless myself, namely because it’s the closest thing I can get to Chrome as a PowerPC user! Really do miss all my Safari extensions when i’m using it though.

  • Neal O

    No 1password support and no MobileMe bookmark sync so a n other browser would need to be pretty special. Without an obvious killer features to compensate amongst these they are of little interest I’m afraid.

    • Mike

      I agree, That is what I like most about using Safari. Both these reasons are wonderful.

  • http://reghyzone.com Regh

    there is also Songbird, web browser especially dedicated to music playback on the web, a real mix between firefox and itunes

    http://www.getsongbird.com/

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  • http://boygt2.blogspot.com/ amazing web

    Very inspiring, thank you for sharing! Loved the amazing web ;)

  • Christopher Talbot

    http://www.barbariangroup.com/software/plainview

    This is a great little browser but has almost no support anymore. A bit redundant now but great if you’re wanting a quick, painless experience on the web.

    • http://huwmart.in Huw Martin

      I’d never actually heard of Plainview before, nice find! Looks like a really plain-and-simple web browser, pity it doesn’t get much support anymore.

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  • http://www.fenrir-inc.com/us/mac/sleipnir Damien Golding

    Nice list but Sleipnir 3 for Mac isn’t mentioned. It is probably because it is a little new, but it deserves a mention, and is actually in the related pages on this page “Master Tabbed Web Browsing With Sleipnir 3″.

    • http://huwmart.in Huw Martin

      Yeah this was written a little before Sleipnir’s time, I agree it’s a pretty great app though – a fresh look at how a web browser can work!

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  • Stephen

    Where is Internet Explorer? I don’t see that listed?

    lol okay, i’m kidding… interesting list though. I think i’ll stick with Crome.

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