After excitedly downloading the Omniweb 5 Beta yesterday, I was all prepared to give a critique, but as usual, John Gruber says it best.
Suffice to say that OW 5 shows a lot of promise, but the beta crashes and hangs too much too often to use it for any length of time. The thumbnail tabs are wonderful and I’m no longer a sceptic. The toolbar icons are not to my taste though. I feel a browser theme coming on…
There’s more activity on the browser front - Safari 1.2 has just been released, and is even zippier, as well as adding few more features. Safari Enhancer and PithHelmet have both been updated to work with 1.2. There are bug fixes too: The aggressive caching issue is fixed, so I no longer have to use Firebird to view Dunstans Blog. Dan Cederholm reports that the hover bug is fixed too. This was causing my site logo to stick on ‘home’, so I’m glad to see the back of that. The one downside is that you now have to use Panther to get the updates - Jaguar users have to stick with 1.0.
Also, Firebird 0.8 is due out next Monday. In the nightly builds annoying OS X bugs such as no new browser window when clicking the dock icon, have been fixed, and its looking good.