Mon, 16 Jun 2008 OmniWeb 5.6 Review
Thumbnail tabs make browsing more visual
- Manufacturer: Omni Group
- Pros: Shows thumbnails of open pages, remembers open pages, stores workspaces, checks bookmarks for changes, site-specific filtering and preferences, HTML editing capabilities
- Cons: Weak RSS support
- Price: $15 (£7.53)
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The Omni Group’s OmniWeb browser is like an enhanced, extra-powerful version of Safari. If you’ve ever been frustrated by Safari’s limited flexibility in areas such as controlling security settings and managing bookmarks, OmniWeb 5.6 is for you.
The most visible difference between OmniWeb and most other browsers is its approach to tabbed browsing. Rather than use conventional tabs across the top of the window, OmniWeb puts a list of thumbnails (optionally replaced with page titles) in a drawer at the side of the window. Thumbnails can be reordered, dragged to new windows, or deleted.
OmniWeb can automatically save all open windows and tabs (including their sizes and positions on screen) and restore them when you relaunch the application. In addition, you can manually store your own sets of workspaces and recall them later.
In addition, OmniWeb offers built-in HTML editing capabilities, including syntax colouring and on-the-fly reformatting, all of which may be handy for anyone who maintains a website.
Besides the usual array of bookmark management features, OmniWeb lets you specify how often any page should be checked for changes.
Like Safari, OmniWeb has a search field built into the toolbar; unlike Safari, you can choose from among several different search engines using a pop-up menu, or add new sites if the built-in choices aren’t adequate.
On the other hand, OmniWeb’s RSS capabilities are modest. The developer says expanded RSS capabilities are planned for a future version. (Version 5.7 is currently in beta and available from the company’s website.)