I remember how excited I was when I opened the Mosaic web browser on my Mac the first time I was connected to the internet and a page with photos and graphics downloaded (it took forever, but it was cool to see).
We’d like to think that browsers have come a long way since way back then. They have. And they have not. With Safari, Mozilla’s Firefox, and Google’s Chrome among the top browsers for Mac users, why would anyone want anything different?
Here’s a Mac browser that does more than all three of the Mac’s most popular, most used browsers. And it’s free.
Don’t ask me why Mozilla’s SeaMonkey project is still around, but you’re the beneficiary of the effort. I call SeaMonkey a 21st century version of the great Netscape Communicator suite from back in the early days of the public internet, circa 1997.
Netscape Communicator consisted of Netscape Navigator, the web browser. Netscape Messenger for meal. Netscape Collabra, a news feed app, Netscape Address Book. Netscape Composer for HTML editing, and a few other options.
Remarkably, that’s what you get in SeaMonkey which is available for Mac, Linux PCs, and Windows PCs. If SeaMonkey looks more or less like Mozilla’s Firefox, well, you’re right. It’s based upon the Firefox rendering engine with Netscape-like features added.
SeaMonkey can use extensions for Firefox. It comes with tabs so you can open multiple web pages at once. The built-in Data Manager gives you more site specific controls than Safari or Chrome.
There’s the familiar Smart Location Bar to use URLs or to search for information in web pages. Even the built-in email has tabs and you can manage multiple email accounts, all from a single page. It even has a junk mail control.
All of this is free.
It’s as if all the folks that worked on Netscape’s Communicator suite of apps decided to re-build that effort on the Firefox platform. SeaMonkey is fast, secure, stable, and has features you won’t find on Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.