Apr 27 2009
One of the great things about the Mac software community is that there is always something new. Last week’s favorite app is so quickly replaced with this weeks cool new thing. That’s what makes it even better when that cool new thing is actually a cool old thing reborn. And those are the kind of picks we have this week.
Netscape has seen good days and bad, but no one can contest that it is the great-grand daddy of web browsers. So, to see it return to the Mac (v. 8 was Windows only) and in such good form (based on Firefox 2) is fantastic.
The big dog is back, and with some cool new features like the mini-browser (a sidebar that can load pages) and a handy link manager. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Netscape was the browser that brought us tabbed browsing.
Camino is another long-time Mac must-have. Its hard to believe that Camino has been around longer than Firefox but is only on version 1.5. Good news: 1.5 adds session saving, better plugin handling and a new rendering engine.
Open Office is the Open Source reincarnation of Sun’s Star Office that has been around for ages. Recently, via X11, it made its way to OS X. But, if you’ve used it you know it is anything but Mac-like. A new project is underway to forge a Mac native version of the office suite. And the Alpha is ready for download.
Remember your first blog? There’s a good chance it was powered by Movable Type. Well, Web 2.0 and blogging are well underway, and the folks at Six Apart have finally come around to releasing MT as Open Source. Actually, this is due to happen this summer, but you can download the beta today.
Ahh, memories. Truly great software never goes away for long, does it?