We were promised an update and here is a beta of the smartest browser for the smartest people, especially those clever lads and lasses using legacy PowerPC Macs. Seriously, any browser that ships with its integrated Flash blocker turned on by default can’t be wrong.
The Camino Project announced in late March that Camino’s days are numbered. However, in addition to promising v2.1 (*cough*) for May delivery, the team said maintenance releases would continue for some undefined time into the future.
Thereupon, Camino 2.1 beta is now available and arrives with the following features and tweaks in tow:
• Enhanced Location Bar Autocomplete: The location bar’s autocomplete feature now displays results in a single list, using an improved ranking algorithm.
• Improved Plug-in Control: Camino now disables certain insecure or incompatible versions of common plug-ins. In addition, Camino now supports loading plug-ins from the profile’s “Internet Plug-Ins” folder.
• Gecko chrome and component registration: Camino 2.1 Beta 1 supports loading components and chrome from the profile, making it easier to use some simple Gecko extensions.
• Status Bar: The status bar can now be hidden by choosing “Hide Status Bar” in “View” menu.
• Offline Mode: New “Work Offline” and “Go Online” items in the “Camino” menu allow Camino to enter offline mode and provide a more useful experience when no network connection is available.
• Certificate Errors: The certificate error page in Camino 2.1 Alpha 1 is both friendlier and more informative than the one in Camino 2.
As noted in the lead, Camino 2.1 beta’s Flash blocker is enabled by default. Also, if you haven’t already installed the Java Plugin 2 or Java Embedding Plugin, you’ll have to download them and install manually as those items are no longer bundled.
Interestingly, Camino 2.1 beta now scores 164 out of 450 on the HTML5 browser benchmark placing it ahead of Firefox 3.6.14 which it shares the Gecko 1.9.2 engine with.
Lastly, AptiQuant recently tested users of various browsers and discovered that Opera and, yes, Camino have high IQs.
Get your very own copy of Camino 2.1 beta here. It’s a universal app that will run on any PPC or Intel Mac with OS X 10.4 or later, including Apple’s latest purr-dee cat, Lion.