Flock 1.01 Review

Some adventurous souls give Mozilla Firefox a spin, but most Mac users stick with Safari, the browser bundled with OS X. There are other choices though. The most recent addition is Flock, a client that caters to the web 2.0 crowd. Built around the same Gecko engine as Firefox, it’s as fast and extensible as its open-source cousin. The real difference is in Flock’s user interface. Firefox concentrates on getting the basics right, tweaking a template that’s changed very little since the launch of Netscape Navigator back in the ‘90s.

Despite familiar foundations, Flock looks quite different when you first launch it. Alongside the usual browser navigation icons are a series of sidebar buttons. That’s the first clue to Flock’s unique selling point – it integrates with sites such as YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Blogger, LiveJournal and many others to give you direct access to their features without visiting the site.

Want to check out which of your friends are online at Facebook? Logging in to the ‘People’ bar will help you keep track of your latest messages, friend requests and notifications. Need to post an entry on your LiveJournal? Open the built-in blog editor and post an update from your browser. You can even upload photos directly to many sites.

OUR VERDICT

Safari is nippy, lightweight and great at the basics. Firefox is the developer’s choice. But Flock? Flock is the web browser for real web users. To install it is to love it.

You can download Flock from http://www.flock.com free of charge.

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