I realize that you might want different functionality than I do from a browser, I like lean and quick, you might need lots of functionality, so these apps are listed in no particular order of importance. All can be found quickly with your favourite search engine. And best of all, they’re all FREE!
Quick, Lean, Simple and Secure. Google has designed Chrome to be fast out of the blocks at startup, and it uses a Java based engine https://useposeidon.com/ that is capable of running the most complex web apps. It’s interface is clean and uncluttered, and it has malware and phishing protection built in. As at time of writing, everyones current favourite rave. For me, it’s still not fully formed, but when it’s finally sorted…..
Opera sells itself as the Macs fastest browser, and for me it is. An elegant interface that is quick to load webpages, optimized tabs with a neat preview function that lets you see content by hovering your mouse over it, the Opera design team has been hard at work at this over the past year. Not only have they incorporated a turbo function for slower internet connections but it also has its own built in email client, so you can have everything you need in one place on your worktop. I could sit all day and watch the wave effect moving over the open tabs, but that’s between me and my therapist.
For a long time now Firefox has been the big beast of browsers on both the Mac and PC. Now boasting zillions of extensions that can customize your browsing experience and it continues its development apace. A redesigned search bar, one click bookmarking, private browsing that keeps you anonymous on the web, Instant web site ID that warns you about flakey sites and lots more. A big, comfortable armchair of a browser. But why, with all these bells and whistles is there no formatted copy and paste function)?
Once a paid for app from the Omni group, it’s now been made freeware, which is great for Mac users in one way, but not in another. If a developer makes something free, it normally means that development will stall. I hope this isn’t the case as this is a really nice browser.