Seeing as Mike posted a note about the updated Chimera version released this morning, I decided I would give it another shot.<br><br>Keep in mind that I used to love OmniWeb for it's simplicity and the fact that it did NOT include an e-mail app built in (which is a waste for me!) Then I switched to Netscape 7 for stability, compatability and speed reasons. I love N7... so I'm a bit biased.<br><br>After downloading the new Chimera, the first thing I noticed was that it had a fairly small footprint compared to some other browsers, which makes sense because it doesn't have Chat, E-Mail and Newsgroup capabilities built in. It launches faster than IE, Netscape, Mozilla and OmniWeb for me (I'm leaving Opera out of this because IMO it is so bad it's laughable).<br><br>Upon launching I was greeted with a *somewhat* familiar interface - it looks much like Mozilla, only with better looking icons. However I do NOT like the Favorites bar at the top because not enough space is given between the bookmarks, so they all kind of run together and are very difficult to navigate without really looking at them close.<br><br><br>I also very much miss the ability to just click the little tab button to create a new tab like I can in Netscape (see the little button next to the tab below)<br><br><br>These are not earth-shattering, but a tad bit annoying for me.<br><br>The next thing I noticed was there was no "built-in" way to import my bookmarks from ANY other browser, including Netscape, which I found strange since they are both based on Ghecko engine. So I had to open the standard html bookmark file from N7 in a Chimera Window which puts all my bookmarks in a list and drag the links from the window to the bookmarks Sidebar window in Chimera. Their might be some kind of script or app to do this available at versiontracker, but I couldn't find a way to do it right out of Chimera. Then, it didn't retain the "names of the bookmarks" and used the address as the name as well. So I had to rename all the bookmarks so I knew what the hell they were. Again, not earth-shattering for me, because I have less than 80 bookmarks - some of which apparently don't even exist anymore. Once done, the bookmarks sidebar works very nice, although I wish there was an option to "auto-close" the sidebar once I double click a bookmark. No big deal, since I use the Bookmarks menu anyways.<br><br>I then chose to take a look at how I could customize this browser. Now, I'm used to Netscape's massive preference abilities in which I can really tweek the browsers appearance as well as functionality. Upon opening Chimera's prefs, I saw this:<br><br>Not much to do there. Most prefs I just left as the default setting except for the homepage and search options and I turned on Pop-Up Blocking.<br><br>Tab Views: Chimera's Tabs look much better than Netscapes, which I liked. There is no way to set a group of Tabs as the start page like you can in Mozilla (too bad, cause that is a nice feature!)<br><br>Text Input fields are a bit of a dissapointment in Chimera - the text is difficult to read compared to any other browser. It appears that Chimera doesn't take advantage of Quartz text rendering (see comparison below):<br>CHIMERA Text input box<br><br><br>NETSCAPE 7 Text input box<br><br><br>The text boxes are both on the same page and so I can't explain why the Netscape input box is so much larger than Chimera's (I didn't change my forum prefs, so they should have been the same size). Not only that, but the curser seems to be on drugs as it blinks constantly and seems a bit "jumpy". This is a BIG downer in my book.<br><br>Speaking of text... the ability to make text on a webpage bigger or smaller in browsers is a great feature. Netscape allows you to enlarge or reduce text in small incriments so you can get it just the way you like it. In Chimera, the incriments are too large or too small and no option to set it inbetween. Although, clicking the button to enlarge text solved the text input box problem for me, my text is now readable and nice and smooth! Too bad there is no way to set the size of text as a default like you can in IE and Netscape - again, that would be a great feature.<br><br>Browser Speed: Chimera wins hands down! I'm not much for using benchmarks for reference, but I will say that it seems 10 times faster than IE, 5 times faster than OmniWeb, and maybe 1.5 - 2 times faster than Mozilla and Netscape7 (which were about the same on my dual ghz G4). VERY, VERY impressive!!!<br><br>Compatability: Chimera recognized Quicktime flawlessly without me having to re-install the plug ins. The same cannot be said for Real content. I was able to download the .RAM files, but it didn't automatically open the Real player in OSX - and there is no way that I can see to set MIME types in Chimera (there probably is, if you want to hack the .plist files). Not a big deal, because I rarely ever view any other kind of media files other than quicktime. Shockwave/Flash was also not a problem, I didn't have to re-install anything... Great!<br><br>In closing, this browser is about 80% kick-ass, 15% "they need to add/fix this", and 5% WTF? Given that it is a "work-in-progress" I have high hopes that this browser can and will be my browser of choice eventually - especially if the rumors of Apple using Chimera as the basis of their own iSurf (or whatever name you would call it) browser. I'm sure Apple could fix up the GUI in a giffy, and this thing would be fantastic.<br><br>I won't be deleting this browser off my HD just yet (As I have with Mozilla, Explorer, iCab, OmniWeb and that joke of an app, Opera). Anyone who is looking for a nice, fast browser without all the extra crap that Netscape throws in, I recommend Chimera... at least looking at it anyway.<br><br>Anyone who uses Chimera, if you have anything to contribute as far as Themes, GUI tweeks, or tips for anything I mentioned above, PLEASE post them in this thread, I would be very interested in giving anything a shot!<br><br>[color:red] Kiss My Banana!</font color=red><br>Visit me here!
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Nice detailed review! I'm late for work so I can't make all the comments that I want, so I'll just say the major things.<br><br>I agree with the certain lack of features. It also doesn't have a very good way of keeping a history, and I really like the ability to click and save an image to the clipboard rather than having to save the file.<br><br>But two reasons why I don't think the lack of some of the features will turn me off to Chimera.<br><br>1. Many of the little missing features in 0.5 have shown up in 0.6! If you look at the "what's new in 0.6" you'll see they've been listening. Several of the things I've suggested showed up.<br><br>2. I really believe the reason it is so fast is because it isn't bloated like other browsers. I'd bet if you start using it frequently you'll realize you hardly ever need or notice the minor features that other browsers have. I HATE waiting for browsers to load.<br><br><br>
I did import favorites from IE--you have to open the bookmarks side panel to do it, I think. But then it crashed for me as soon as I took it over to macromedia.com. Don't know quite why, though.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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... just a second... i'll post something later maybe.<br>definitelly goed chimera 0.6 .. i dont like netscape. mail woudl be useless.. the only two thing i lacked in chimera 0.50 were COPY URL OF IMAGE and OPEN IMAGE IN NEW TAB (or window)...<br><br>.. hum, some patience.. copying psyche i386 ... that's 5 cds, huh...<br><br>... so, surfing on mozilla in linux.. wtf can i cahnge here the browser identification???<br><br><br><br>Giaguara<br>
Yeah the lack of the tb button is something we have to live with for now. Also the appearance of the text without the Quartz rendering is a shortcoming. But, I was able to import my Mozilla bookmarks without any problems. The overriding thing I like the most about Chimera 0.6 is the incredible speed. Wow! Also like the way it shows the tabs, very cool. None of the sites I have gone to have crashed it, although it did quit unexpectedly once in the last 24 hours, in fact just a little while ago this morning. Overall though, I find it to be very usable even at this stage of development.<br><br>
i tried chimera very briefly yesterday and stopped using it. i noted a couple of things that turned me away.<br>(1) i was on my laptop and like to browse with one hand. i like being able to click on a link and then choose "open in a new tab" from the contextual menu. well, the contextual menu didn't pop up...i had to actually hold the control button down first...this is what moved me back to mozilla where the control key isn't necessary.<br>(2) i imported my bookmarks from mozilla just as easily as you did mikeb. my problem is that i have a bunch of grouped tabs with 5 - 9 tabs per group. each of these groups was imported as a folder with the appropriate links inside; however, i soon realized that i was going to have to open each link from the group in a separate tab and then resave them in chimera. this was going to be too time consuming for me. buh-bye.<br><br>other notes: i want spell checking in text entry boxes (ala omniweb). this should be very easy for a cocoa browser, except i hear that this part of the chimera engine is more-or-less the same as the mozilla/netscape code...so, it isn't REALLY carbonized. <br><br>i appreciate reading macgizmo's review...it saves me any extra time i might have wanted to spend with chimera. <br><br>fingers crossed for the future. <br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
You know, you bring up a very good issue with most all browsers on the Mac.<br><br>What the hell is so damn hard about adding a spell checker in to the browser??? Obviously it isn't impossible, because Omniweb has had it for a long time. It's funny, but I don't bother spell checking my e-mails, but I would really like to be able to have my posts spell checked!<br><br>[color:red] Kiss My Banana!</font color=red><br>Visit me here!
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