The list of web browsers available on the Mac OS X platform is quite large, so it is not necessary for switches to give up existing habits. Nevertheless, it is useful to know about some of the distinctive features of individual programs, at least the most famous and popular.
Safari. A standard browser bundled with OS X. It works very quickly, displays pages correctly, page search is generally implemented with a plus … Problems arise mainly with sites using not very popular technologies (like MathML) and some AJAX applications.
Shiira. Browser on the Webkit engine (Safari). It has a less ascetic interface plus convenient tabs with page previews and a number of bells and whistles by which it can be compared to Safari with installed add-ons. Disadvantages (in addition to those of the engine) – not too high stability.
Opera. In fact, this is the same browser that you see on other platforms, whose merits have long been appreciated by experts. Of the specific features – the lack of integration with the keychain and not too “native” look.
Firefox 2. One of the favorite browsers in the switcher environment. True, the poppy version has its own specific features. First of all, this is a rather lousy rendering of fonts, especially clearly visible on Russian-language sites and a reluctance to display controls natively. Further, the program in every possible way demonstrates its isolation from the system: both by its appearance, causing bouts of vomiting in experienced makovodov, and by complete ignorance of the presence of any keychains or proxy settings in the OS.
Firefox 3. The latest version of the fox, which became a very usable project with the third beta. Notable changes: no problems with fonts and normal appearance of controls in web forms, plus a neater appearance a-la Safari. However, the dislike for system settings and the not-too-nimble XUL interface have not gone away.
Camino. In fact, this is an attempt to implement a Gecko-based browser “with a human face” on a Mac, which the developers have largely succeeded in. So, it looks an order of magnitude better than its brother, is well integrated with the system, and its Carbon “physiognomy” feels much quicker than a fox. However, the font glitch is visible here as well (waiting for updates?), And the rejection of XUL made Camino completely incompatible with Firefox extensions.
Actually, for the most part, that’s all. I have not considered commercial and exotic solutions here, and Internet Explorer for mac, fallen in an unequal struggle with Safari, is better not to remember at all … However, lovers of perversions and web developers can find several recipes for launching an explorer under a poppy on the Internet.