OmniWeb Mac Browser Finally Released For Free

OmniWeb Mac Browser Finally Released For Free

Old, grizzled veterans of the browser wars (Blood! Honour! W3C Standards!) will remember OmniWeb, an expensive, Mac-only überbrowser that always seemed to be slightly ahead of everyone else. Well, it’s free now.


A little background: OmniWeb is based on a slightly modified version of WebKit, but used to differentiate itself from other browsers with novel features. Ad blocking, tab previews, saved browsing sessions, inbuilt RSS reading, single-windows browsing and per-site preferences could once justify OmniWeb’s price, but now most of these features, and plenty more, can be found in free browsers. That’s not to say that OmniWeb isn’t a good browser, but it’ll have a extremely hard time facing up against our increasingly capable choices in free software—especially the fantastic Safari 4.

The Omni Group is also setting a few more applications free, but OmniWeb is the by far the juiciest. [Cult of Mac]