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Shiira. Wow.

author alang

Do I live under a rock or what? I was reading a post on MacUser about all of the software updates released due to Safari 3 and its version of webkit and they mentioned a browser called Shiira. I did some research on it, and I decided to download it.

This is the most Mac-like browser I’ve ever worked with. It’s easy, it’s gorgeous, it has transitions between webpages, and it’s fast. Even Myspace (one of the slowest sites around) loads very quickly. I wish this was a more popular browser, because it deserves it. I’ve used OmniWeb, Camino, Firefox, Safari, Opera and a plethara of other browsers, and this one really beats them all in overall preference.

There are, however some things I’d like to see in this browser: In line spell check (like on Safari 3 and Firefox), more obvious keychain access and preferences (I’m ten minutes into the browser and have yet to find it, and I rely on keychain access heavily) and a more obvious way to delete bookmarks off of the bookmark bar.

But overall, I’m pretty sure I’ve found my new browser. We’ll see where Safari 3 goes, but for now, this browswer feels more superior to me. Give it a download and tell me your impressions.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that Shiira is a Mac-specific web browser, though they are indeed working on a Windows version.


Comment by Ojalord on 2007-06-23 08:29:16

The link you’ve given points to the Japanese site. Change it to this for English,

Will try it now.

Comment by Ojalord on 2007-06-23 08:32:52

Er…This is only-for-macs!! There is a prview XP screenshot on their site, though. Does anybody know when it will be finalised?

Comment by Jugalug on 2007-06-23 12:56:38

I don’t understand why you’ve said Mac-like when it is Mac. ;)

Comment by William on 2007-06-23 17:59:51

I like Shiira, and I’d use it over Opera if it had mouse gestures, speed dial and was faster when loading web pages. I should probably download it again just as a backup browser, or for fun.

Comment by Ojalord on 2007-06-24 08:15:25

I think he meant Mac-like as in similar to the core Operating system in terms of functionality, etc. That was what got me confused, too. :D

Comment by William on 2007-06-24 12:20:27

Yeah, it’s a lot like it. I can’t wait till Opera 9.5 because they finally realized this, so each Opera for each OS will look different to fit the core look of that OS (linux, FreeBSD, Windows, OS X, etc).

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