The Shiira Project has released its Shiira 2.0 web browser.

The project's stated aim is to create a browser that's "better and more useful" than Safari – even though the sofware uses the KHTML rendering engine as used in Apple's own browser.

The open source developers built the Web Kit-based browser in Apple's Cocoa development environment.

Features include Page Dock, which lets users Tab through open pages using thumbnail views; a full screen mode for multimedia assets; and a visual way to bookmark web pages.

The software automatically fetches in bookmarks from Safari and other browsers, and allows users to navigate through open pages using a visual representation hosted at the bottom of the page.

The project team (who hail from Japan) warn that some teething problems remain and hope for feedback from users of the application.