According to most recent statistics, top three web browsers that Mac users use are Chrome, Firefox, and Apple’s own Safari. All of them are well-standing applications which are in a process of continuous development for a long time now. It’s impossible to say which one is the best, even by thoroughly dissecting their technical specifications, since it all depends on an individual and its daily web browsing needs and habits. For me personally, aesthetics is very important since I really like to keep things organized and polished, so Safari and Firefox somehow suit me the best.
Even though entering a market of today’s web browsers seems like an impossible job, there are some developers brave enough to try this. A company called Fenrir Inc. was doing a good job of designing an innovative browser, which offers some very original features. This browser is called Sleipnir, which does sound a bit confusing, but you’ll be surprised with its looks and general browsing experience.
Sleipnir 4 is the latest version, which brought several refinements over the previous version, which was very streamlined and nicely designed as well. Once you open it for the first time and start browsing, you’ll surely notice its flagship feature, which is an advanced tab navigation. Tabs are being shown as small thumbnails in browser’s main toolbar, and this seems like a very good choice. This is surely something you won’t find in any other browser, and I fell in love with it from the first time I’ve used it. Previous version was shrinking thumbnails when you open several of them at the same time, while Sleipnir 4 changes the game, and offers scrolling feature, which seems really nicely designed.
Another interesting thing about Sleipnir is the way is uses its portal field, which is its own name for a navigation bar. You can use it to type an address, and to directly search a web. It occupies just a bit of space when inactive, but when you start typing it will expand to the center. It also shows search results a bit differently. Sleipnir actually organizes them according to website, so you can expand search results according to a desired home website.
What’s also new is that you can now use something called TiltedTab, which is similar to Safari’s Tab View. It shows tabs in similar manner as Safari, but it gives you six more spaces or backgrounds to keep your tabs. This seems really helpful in case you tend to have a multiple opened pages, so it neatly organizes them.
There are also some other interesting features like its own gestures, which are very easy to use and some plenty of time. You can also use it in Mac OS X’s full screen mode, and it is Retina display ready.
Sleipnir 4 brings a few very interesting things to a web browser market, and I’ve had pleasant time using it. I would actually consider using it as my primary browser, but I really depend on Firefox’s extensions (like many people do, I assume), which makes this transition problematic.