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OmniWeb 6, Firefox 23 Now Available

7 August 2013 846 views No Comment

OmniGroup's Ken Case has updated and released OmniWeb 6, which does feature the latest version of WebKit, but it's wrapped in the OmniWeb 5 user interface

Death and renewal. Mozilla has pushed out Firefox 23 and perhaps the most notable thing about it, unless you’re a developer, is the death of the “blink” tag. For his part, OmniGroup’s Ken Case has updated and released of OmniWeb 6, which does feature the latest version of WebKit, but it’s wrapped in the OmniWeb 5 user interface.

“Well, good news: I just had a brief vacation, and now have the 64-bit version of OmniWeb in a reasonably stable state,” writes OmniGroups’ Ken Case. “The user interface of this version has barely been touched (sorry, I’m afraid it’s still using drawers rather than a sidebar!); but it’s had a whole lot of work done under the hood—enough so that I’ve decided to call this version 6, not another version 5.x.”

OmniWeb 6 (download)
— Now 64-bit and uses the latest version of WebKit
— DuckDuckGo added as a search option
— Ad-blocking support for CSS and JavaScript resources
Release notes, including known issues
— Requires OS X 10.8 or later

• Firefox 23 (download)
— Mixed content blocking enabled to protects users from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages
— Options panel created for Web Developer Toolbox
— “Enable JavaScript” preference checkbox has been removed and user-set values will be reset to the default
— New, updated logo, which IMHO is less attractive
— Dropped blink effect from text-decoration: blink; and completely removed element
— See link above for full release notes

A few side notes for OmniWeb 6. First, if you have v5.x installed, don’t delete it, otherwise you could lose the existing prefs and workspaces. Also, as v6.0 uses the latest version of WebKit, OmniWeb inherits active logins, which is always an interesting side-effect of third-party WebKit browsers.

Tried either Firefox 23 or OmniWeb 6? Sound off in the comments below…

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