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View Poll Results: What browser do you use primarily?
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Safari 61 votes (54.46%)
Camino 10 votes (8.93%)
Firefox 22 votes (19.64%)
Internet Explorer cuz I'm a Microsoft drone 0 votes (0%)
Other (post in thread) 19 votes (16.96%)
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What browser do you use?
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Daemon2
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Feb 13, 2005, 01:59 PM
 
I'm sure this has been posted before, but since I'm too lazy to search I'll post it again.

I personally use Camino.
     
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Feb 13, 2005, 02:34 PM
 
Kind of rude to call people who use IE "Microsoft Drones." In some environments you don't have a choice, even if the alternative is free.

Maybe you should have offered two MS choices: Drone and "'Cause I like it."

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Feb 13, 2005, 02:45 PM
 
OmniWeb. A special browser for special people.

And boy am I special.

(Firefox on other platforms out of choice; Safari sometimes on the Mac, Lynx if I can't be bothered to switch out of Terminal, and wget/more if I can't be bothered to use Lynx!)
     
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Feb 13, 2005, 04:22 PM
 
Second Omniweb for sure.

Though I also use Camino, Safari, and Firefox upon occasion.
     
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Feb 13, 2005, 06:13 PM
 
Originally posted by holygoat:
OmniWeb. A special browser for special people.

And boy am I special.
I'll be special with you.
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Daemon2  (op)
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Feb 13, 2005, 06:47 PM
 
Originally posted by ghporter:
Kind of rude to call people who use IE "Microsoft Drones." In some environments you don't have a choice, even if the alternative is free.

Maybe you should have offered two MS choices: Drone and "'Cause I like it."
I suppose I also could have made it Drone and "cause I'm forced to." That I could understand.
     
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Feb 13, 2005, 07:32 PM
 
Main Browser: Opera 8 Preview 1
Backup: Firefox 1.0

though I keep in Safari and IE in the HDD for the unlikely event that my two other browsers can't handle some page.

EDIT, actually I remembered why I keep explorer around ! it has the ability to save entire web sites (images and all) into some propietary file format (WAFF) ...
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Feb 13, 2005, 07:56 PM
 
Omniweb here too. How come no option for it?
What the nerd community most often fail to realize is that all features aren't equal. A well implemented and well integrated feature in a convenient interface is worth way more than the same feature implemented crappy, or accessed through a annoying interface.
     
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Feb 13, 2005, 09:03 PM
 
Mozilla. How come Firefox got an option, but the browser that spawned it's existence didn't? ;_;

Of course, I jest, but still. The Mozilla Suite, for me. ^^;
     
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Feb 13, 2005, 09:35 PM
 
optimized firefox builds for me..

although omniweb has some nice eyecandy i can't live without my extensions in firefox.
     
Daemon2  (op)
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Feb 13, 2005, 10:13 PM
 
Forgot Omniweb and mozilla. If a mod wants to edit those in, feel free.

PS. Where do you get the optimize firefox build?
     
nickm
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Feb 14, 2005, 01:28 AM
 
Omniweb. You should have dropped IE. Essentially no one who would post on a Mac forum uses it anymore. Check out the results at the arsTechnica poll:

57% Safari
19% Mozilla or Firefox
14% Omniweb
8% Camino
2% Something else

I think Opera had more users than IE Mac.
     
Randman
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Feb 14, 2005, 02:44 AM
 
IE is still for those who have to use OS9.

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eatinwokout
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Feb 14, 2005, 02:51 AM
 
Originally posted by Dæmon:
Forgot Omniweb and mozilla. If a mod wants to edit those in, feel free.

PS. Where do you get the optimize firefox build?
i get em from here:

http://homepage.mac.com/krmathis/
     
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Feb 14, 2005, 02:56 AM
 
Originally posted by eatinwokout:
optimized firefox builds for me..
anything special about them ?
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Feb 14, 2005, 11:04 AM
 
Omniweb.
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Randman
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Feb 14, 2005, 11:09 AM
 
Why pay for a browser?

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cpac
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Feb 14, 2005, 11:16 AM
 
Originally posted by Randman:
Why pay for a browser?
Please don't turn this into another Omniweb vs. everything else thread.

This was just a poll that omitted a few prominent options, including Omniweb.

[off topic]
To briefly answer your question - those of us that have paid for an Omniweb license find its extra features and polish worth the price. These things include: workspaces, omniweb tabs, shortcuts, per-site preferences, etc..

Try out the free demo if you're curious; If you don't think it's worth it, you don't have to buy a license.
[/off topic]
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Feb 14, 2005, 11:48 AM
 
And the student price is so reasonable it's ridiculous. I think it's definitely worthwhile.
     
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Feb 14, 2005, 01:05 PM
 
Love OW, but now mostly use FF primarily because:

a) Stablity. OW, just isn't. And it gets slow. It's beautiful and well appointed, but ust not reliable. Not a '70's Jag, but close.

b) Adoption rate. I use it for standards and compatibility checking so much.

c) The Extensions are tops. Color spotting, Sage (great RSS Module) and Scrapbook.

I do miss the OW 'tabs' and form spell check though.

T
     
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Feb 14, 2005, 08:12 PM
 
Originally posted by :dragonflypro::
a) Stablity. OW, just isn't. And it gets slow. It's beautiful and well appointed, but ust not reliable. Not a '70's Jag, but close.
Agreed. I use Safari. Firefox is my backup. I'll keep trying Omniweb every so often.

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Feb 14, 2005, 08:27 PM
 
Am I missing something? I find that Netscape is the most solid browser. Safari (aka beachball) has become SOOOoooo Sloooow that it's truly not worth bothering with.
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Feb 14, 2005, 09:43 PM
 
Another vote for OmniWeb
I use OW 5.1 for daily browsing. For a few webpages OW can't display properly and also when I feel like saving the webpage, I use Camino. Safari and Firefox occasionally, IE for webpages written exclusively for IE.
Despite a few annoying bugs and a bit slowness, I love OW because of its powerful features, especially fully sortable and drag-and-droppable graphical tabs, Workspaces, ad blockers and fully-indexed history searching.

IMHO developers doing a good job should be rewarded, and OW developers well deserve it. They're very friendly and responsive people, and they sure know what they should do. Besides, as an upgrade user from 4.1, the upgrade fee of $9.95 is nearly free for me, considering many new goodies added from 5.x.
     
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Feb 15, 2005, 12:17 AM
 
Registered user of Omniweb 5.1 - love the tabs, shortcuts and expandable text areas.

I'd be more apt to use Firefox, especially with the web developer extension...but there's a lame incompatibility between Firefox and Codetek Virtual Desktop that makes the menu items disappear and text boxes and address bar unusable. I'm way more attached to Codetek than Firefox, so OW it is.
     
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Feb 15, 2005, 03:10 AM
 
Originally posted by hagheid:
Am I missing something? I find that Netscape is the most solid browser. Safari (aka beachball) has become SOOOoooo Sloooow that it's truly not worth bothering with.
I think a museum would be a better place for Netscape than your hard drive.
     
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Feb 15, 2005, 10:15 AM
 
Safari was my default browser for quite a while but FireFox's responsiveness won me over.

It still has a few bugs like if I have the download window open and then close the main browser window, I can't open a new browser window because the menu bar is disabled. (Grrrrr).

If only Safari would be more responsive like FireFox. I usually have to wait for Safari to finish downloading a page before entering text into a field and clicking the associated button.

Try this:
Go to Amazon's home page in Safari. When Safari draws the section to search for products, type text into the search field. You still can't click the search button until the entire page is drawn.

In Firefox, the page doesn't need to be completely rendered, I can quickly type into the search field and then click the search button.

Or maybe I'm missing a function in Safari somewhere?

I like Firefox's ability to start rendering a page and then filling the images as it downloads.

It's great when I have to resort to my dialup connection when I'm on the road.

For dialups, FireFox. For broadband, Safari or FireFox.
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Feb 15, 2005, 02:37 PM
 
Originally posted by hagheid:
Am I missing something? I find that Netscape is the most solid browser. Safari (aka beachball) has become SOOOoooo Sloooow that it's truly not worth bothering with.
There is absolutely no reason to use Netscape when Mozilla and Firefox exist. I wish Netscape would just hurry up and die
     
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Feb 15, 2005, 06:11 PM
 
Safari, b/c I like brushed metal. Yeah, I said it.

Mozilla for pr0n.
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Feb 15, 2005, 06:42 PM
 
Originally posted by :dragonflypro::
a) Stablity. OW, just isn't. And it gets slow. It's beautiful and well appointed, but ust not reliable. Not a '70's Jag, but close.
As I'm sure you've seen posted elsewhere - this is not normal for OW. I think I've had it crash once or twice since 5.1 was released. If you're having that sort of stability problem, its likely something unique to your set up, and/or something about the places you browse to that renders OW particularly unstable. In either case, you should definitely send those crash reports into Omni, so they can fix what they're able to from their position.
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Feb 15, 2005, 06:51 PM
 
I use Firefox, Opera 8 and iCab 3 beta :-D
     
   
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