Daring Fireball on Firefox 3 vs. Safari 3

Daring Fireball makes some interesting points on Firefox 3 vs. Safari 3 on Macs.

I continue to struggle picking between the two browers. I love the integration Safari has with OS X (Keychain, Dictionary lookup, searching for bookmarks, etc.). Given that I will be getting an iPhone at the end of the year, this integration is important. Safari 3.1 continues to improve compatibility with web sites, almost to the point where I do not have to worry about it anymore.

Yet I keep getting drawn back to Firefox. I always have had a soft spot for Firefox, given that I was one of the first people to try it out back in the Phoenix nightly-build days. Extensions are important. Built-in support for web-based RSS readers is a big feature for me. The new awesome bar has really changed my perspective on bookmarks and I hope Safari adds something similar in the future. Firefox 3 is also very close to fitting in as a Mac application, it isn’t completely there, but is close.

I did resolve one Safari issue I have always had. Single-window support for tabs is now possible. That was a big issue for me that essentially erases Firefox’s advantage in tabbed browsing.

Firefox 3 Beta 2 released

For the first time in history, I am actually enjoying using Firefox on Macs. Firefox 3 Beta 2 has been released and works fantastically on my Mac (as well as my Windows computer at work). In fact, for the first time in a long time, I think I officially will use Firefox as my web browser on Macs.

Mac fans, make sure you download the Proto theme (what will become the default Mac theme when Firefox 3 is finished). It makes Firefox fit in beautifully with OS X.

I am very impressed with the new bookmark system (Places) and just how solid this beta feels. Lots of little details appear to have been addressed.

Mac Tip – Grouping applications into stacks

One of the new features in OS X Leopard that has lots of potential is Stacks. Here is a neat way to create several stacks for various groups of applications.

  1. Create a folder named ‘Stacks’ in your home directory
  2. Create aliases for several applications you want to group and put it in a sub-folder within your ‘Stacks’ folder. For example, create aliases for all of the iLife apps and put them in an ‘iLife’ folder underneath the ‘Stacks’ folder you created.
  3. Simply drag the ‘iLife’ folder into your dock.
  4. Now you have a stack grouping all of your iLife apps together! You can then remove the individual dock icons for these apps, as they are no longer need. Instantly more dock space!
  5. You can then right-click the stack and set several options, including making the stack use grid mode (which I prefer over the fan).

You can easily create several stacks to organize your various applications, making them easy to find. For those of you who have dozens of applications you use regularly, this is really nice.