Camino 1.5 is one of those updates people have been looking forward to, and with good reason.
A lot of regular Camino users (myself included) have supported it over the years precisely because it has retained a sense of simple single purpose - it browses, very well.
But the fact that most other browsers boast many additional features has been a stick the unbelievers have beaten the Camino faithful with. “Why should I use Camino? It doesn’t even save sessions,” they said. And to an extent, they had a point.
That’s changed with 1.5. This update brings with it a list of incredibly useful features that don’t break Camino’s “good browser” philosophy in the slightest. But they are very welcome and, I’m able to say after a few hours’ use, well made too.
The good new stuff includes:
- Vastly improved RSS feed detection and subscribing, including a preference for setting your default RSS reader
- Session saving, so you can cheerfully hit Quit with a pile of tabs open, and Camino will resume from the same state next time you launch it
- Spell checking in form fields
- Flash blocking built-in; this is really nice to see and makes browsing some sites much quicker (also has a noticeable effect on Camino’s demands on the processor). Of course, it also makes some sites almost impossible to use…
- Easy migration from Safari, thanks to Camino’s reading of Safari’s Keychain entries
- Better zooming - the zoom window widget now makes Camino resize to best display the page content, rather than making it fill the screen
- Viewing source code now opens in a new window, not a new tab (at last!)
- A new Move to Trash toolbar button for the Downloads window
I’m a Camino fan, so you’d expect me to say this: but I’ll say it anyway. This is a great new version and I can recommend it to everyone. Thanks, Camino team!