Where is the perfect browser? Can it be made? Mozilla.org has a good thing going with Firefox, but the foundation’s lack of mac apps is troubling. Oh, well Camino isn’t so bad, but it’s not quite Safari either- it lacks that super-hero browser punch that the windows designed Firefox has. i like Firefox a lot, Foxy tunes, Stumble upon, and that instant blogging tool i have yet to use…
But, what if there were something better… something sexier, something like She-ra the superhero to kick ass and take names. Well for animated heroes & technical prowess, look no further than Japan. The Japanese have developed an OS X optimized browser for both Panther and Tiger on the Mac OS.
I download the latest Shiira browser for Tiger today and some of the options are stunning if not, great. A different experience, but still very useful, and better yet, innovative. There are pull-away Vista-like pages, and a Leopard-like Page tab in the bottom right corner for an added hip factor. I am still trying to figure it all out, and don’t like everything, including the upper right hand Google pre-set. So far I can only get it to bring up web results (e.g. images, news, etc. are missing.) The She-Ra browser reminds me a bit of Mozilla, a bit of Safari, and a bit of that Snarf guy that used to hide deep within the fabric of She-ra’s universe, aka it is a bit elusive and not as intuitive as Safari or Firefox. The spelling for this product is actually, Shiira (not She-Ra, which is unfortunate) and the Shiira logo is a Firefox-like fish (pictured,) not a cat. i have much digging to do with it before i find the magic of the Cheshire cat in Shiira that would make me commit to a switch from the memory intensive, albeit, familiar and wonderful Thundercat, Firefox.
Download Shiira HERE