OmniWeb 4, a Web browser custom-built for OS X in the Cocoa development environment, is available for download now.

Because the browser utilises the core strengths of Mac OS X's Unix foundations it enjoys stability and speed benefits. It takes advantage of multiprocessing, multithreading and OS X's built-in Quartz graphics engine. The developers have also integrated support for QuickTime, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Secure Sockets, Java 2, JavaScript and HTML 4 within the browser.

OmniWeb can search the text of pages. First hand reports from early adopters of both OmniWeb and Mac OS X indicate that the browser is noteworthy for its speed, and delivers beautiful-looking Web pages.

The developers say: "OmniWeb was designed to provide you with the best user experience you'll find in a Web browser. We think it's important to polish every user interaction to make sure that the browser acts the way you want it to — so you can stop thinking about the application you're using and just get at the information you want, quickly."

The browser is free, A note on the company's site reads: "OmniWeb 4 for Mac OS X can be used for free, but occasionally you might get little flashes of guilt while you use it. If this overwhelms you, why not buy a licence at our Web store?"