Today a poster at the iCab mailing list
posted the following link:
More praise for iCab; & how to read Google News
While I realy like iCab
and use it over 90% of the time when I'm on my Mac at home I felt obliged to post the following:
Don't get me wrong: iCab is still vastly superior, but most of it's good features are being copied over to other browsers, either built-in or as plug-ins. It's not the features alone that make iCab great, it's the combination of them all, along with the reliabilty and ease of use and the ease with which to switch iCab's behaviour (let's disregard the complexity of the filter manager because even without going deep into the filter manager you can achieve a lot). Coupled with it's integrated html error checking and standards compliance it is one awesome browser.
- Almost all browsers nowadays feature an "open window in background" command. As far as I know iCab was the first to implement this though.
- Both Safari and loads of Mozilla clones allow the blocking of pop-ups that are not requested by the user nowaydays, again I believe iCab was the first browser to do this.
- The ability to switch on or off images in a webpage may be easier for iCab out of the box but again there is a plugin for Firebird that does this easily, it's in one of the webauthoring tools.
The fact that I would even post something like this illustrates a fairly significant point. I have long been an avid supporter of iCab as anyone who knows me will testify to and as a search on the iCab discussion group will testify to. However lately I've come to like another browser almost as much and this post show it. It's Mozilla Firebird
The main reason I like it so much is the fact that it's by far the best browser available on the windows side of the world (I have to use windows at work) and it does almost everything iCab does for me on the mac side.
In and of itself Firebird wouldn't really interest me that much, it's not much better than Netscape 7 to tell you the truth, but through some innovative plug-ins it becomes much more. There's an adblock plugin, there are two different webauthoring plug-ins that complement each other nicely (though there's some overlap), there's a plug-in for viewing HTTP
headers and then there is the fact that there's a plug-in that allows stylesheet switching.
With all these plug-ins Firebird is an awesome browser that not only equals iCab but bests it. Or does it?
All in all I feel that Firebird is getting there though and iCab had better improve it's CSS rendering soon. Which leads me nicely to chapter two of this article (tune in next week).