So, what’s in the new Camino beta?
The answer is, some long-awaited stuff. Several of the features now appearing in this beta are ones that I am very pleased to see and will get a lot of use from.
- spellchecking in text fields
- better RSS handling
- access Bookmark Bar bookmarks using Command+1, Command+2, etc
- force links that would normally open in new windows to open in new tabs (aka Single Window Mode)
That last one alone will be very handy for using Gmail. The spellcheck is something I’ll probably use every day as well.
Be warned, it’s not finished yet. Bugs, crashes, general weirdness. I’m not going to switch over to it completely just yet; but the finished product is not far away and I’m looking forward to it.
While we’re on the subject of browsers, I tried out the latest Shiira beta release yesterday, which has some interesting new features and UI changes.
Notice the part-downloaded Flickr page in the PageDock
Shiira’s bookmarks and history are now in iPhoto-style HUDs. The tab bar has been relocated to the bottom of the window, and now sports OmniWeb-ish thumbnails. There’s also a new Shelf feature, replacing the old drawer and giving you more detailed access to bookmarks, history, downloads and search engine settings.
One nice little touch I noticed while playing was how the PageDock displays download progress; pages still on their way through the pipe are shown there with a blue tinge which fades away when the download is complete. Makes a change from progress bars and cog wheels.