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Tuesday might as well go down as upgrade your favorite Mac app day: we have had new versions of some of the more popular Macintosh applications – Net News Wire, Mars Edit, and more importantly, Camino, the best Mac browser of them all. (Two of these […]

Tuesday might as well go down as upgrade your favorite Mac app day: we have had new versions of some of the more popular Macintosh applications – Net News Wire, Mars Edit, and more importantly, Camino, the best Mac browser of them all. (Two of these three happen to be amongst my 10 favorite Mac apps.)

However it is the release of Camino 1.5 that needs to be heralded, because it addresses some of the frustrations Mac users experience with Firefox. Camino is optimized for Mac, and as I said it is brisk. Well, the brisk browser added some key functionality that makes it better.

For instance, Camino 1.5 includes some awesome new features like spell checking (using the OS X dictionaries), feed detection and hand-off, sessions saving and recovery, and some improvements to its tabs. And it is fast. Though it doesn’t have the plug-in support that Firefox has, and may have few “pimp-out” options, Camino is a worthy download.

caminoboys.gifCamino is developed by a very small group of volunteers led by guys like Sam Sidler and Mike Pinkerton. Mozilla should be throwing more resources at this project, which utilizes the Gecko engine and offers an exponentially superior experience compared to other Mac browsers. Anyone who has tried it – has never gone back. Don’t take my word for it – try it for yourself.

On the other apps, I would like to point you to the excellent Net News Wire review by none other than Judi Sohn of our WebWorkerDaily team.

  1. Chris Ackermann Wednesday, June 6, 2007

    I agree that Camino provides the best overall experience for Mac, however the lack of support for Firefox-like plug-ins is a drawback for me. Hopefully this is on the roadmap!

  2. The one thing I wish it had (and turns out to be the ONLY thing keeping me on Tiger’s Safari) is a superior RSS feed reader built in.

    As good as NNW is… I find I don’t like having the extra app open. I KNOW! call me crazy… just my weird preference.

    Safari’s RSS reader is actually quite good and Leopard’s is going to be better still (written by an ADC Select member in good standing).

  3. I’d switch in a second if Camino supported the Firefox plug-in architecture. Alas…

  4. With Google Reader providing all the features of a stand-alone RSS reader, it seems so much simpler to just read feeds right in the browser — why complicate things by switching back and forth to a separate app?

  5. Well, I have gone back – twice! A friend of mine is a Camino devotee, and I have never seen the attraction. In side-by-side tests, I didn’t find Camino so much faster I couldn’t leave. The added functionality of Firefox, plus the sites that don’t recognize Camino, and won’t work. I’ll try 1.5, but have no emotional investment in liking it or not.

  6. Om, thanks for reminding me to try this out — I switched from Firefox. I was tired of the damn thing (v2.0.0.4, to be precise) crashing on me every few hours. And I was tired of the slowness… every millisecond adds up.

    I agree about RSS: I just keep a tab open with Google Reader.

  7. Mike Steinbaugh Wednesday, June 6, 2007

    Agreed, Camino is a great browser on the Mac. Much, much better than Firefox. I removed the Fox from my machine after Camino 1.5 came out. I still use Safari as my primary browser because it renders type better.

  8. What I still find annoying/ugly in Camino is how it renders buttons in HTML forms; still an issue in 1.5 as I’ve just discovered. Sometimes they’re overly huge, while other times the buttons are too short and the text overlaps. This is never an issue with Safari.

  9. i too think that Camino is the way to go with Mac OS, i like Safari, but there is something about it that makes it far from perfect. My Firefox crashes constantly and seems to bring out the beach ball more since the recent upgrade. i am really happy about Camino and the recent speedy upgrades, it was due. If someone more talented than myself at plug-ins could just copy the functionality of the top 10 firefox ones, we would be in business – perhaps it is the lack of plug ins that make Camino so fast. Oh, i see I have four spelling errors already, but the marked “Camino” is not one of them!

    The password issue is much better but still not perfect, i hope mozilla fixes this and Camino will stay my number one browser!

  10. One warning: if you have the old CaminoSession plugin installed, it will cause lots of very weird problems. Make sure you remove the CaminoSession input manager plugin.

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