by Giles Turnbull

Like plenty of other people, I started at the top of Darrel Knutson's Mac browsers page without giving its length much thought.

It was only after going through the whole list, then jumping back to the top, that I noticed his casual comment after the inclusion of Flock: "The 83rd browser on this list."

Eighty three Mac browsers!!?? That's a lot more than I'd have guessed. And OK, some of them are not really browsers per se, but just include browsing functionality within some other application. In these days of WebKit, that's bound to expand the list considerably.

I've mentioned Sunrise on these pages before; it's a browser made for web developers, and includes some nice features for instant window resizing and source viewing.

But I've never encountered Split Browser before. This app lets you split one window into several browsing windows, then control all of them independently or simultaneously. You can engage full screen mode too. Might be useful for kiosk situations.

Some other things I didn't know: recent versions of Amaya are available as a Mac binary (screenshot); the latest version of the Shiira browser uses Core Image to add a "page turning" effect when you click your way from one page to another; and PT Bruiser is the world's only browser designed to take you to Perversion Tracker and only Perversion Tracker. It won't let you go anywhere else. Shame Perversion Tracker doesn't seem to be updated anymore, but I guess you can't have everything. Especially when there's 82 other browsers to choose from.

Anyone keeping a tally of browsers for other operating systems?


2005-11-07 03:20:42
It's amazing how many browsers there are although you're right it's stretching the concept a bit calling all 83 "browsers" ;-) Anway thanks for sharing that with us, it brightened up an otherwise pretty gloomy afternoon at work for me!
2005-11-10 13:16:04
Thanks for reminding me about Shiira. I played with it a while back and reverted to Safari, but the recent improvements are quite clever. It makes good use of a multi-purpose sidebar, and has a very nice feature for downloads that puts downloads in new, date-stamped folders, which is great if you're downloading seeds from different projects and getting burdened with lots of similarly-named .dmg's. And the new optional new page flip is fun. It's still a little crashy, but I've made it my default browser for now to see how it feels under extended use.