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Shiira is a Web browser written in Cocoa. It uses the KHTML rendering engine provided by Apple's Web Kit. Since this is the same rendering engine used by Safari, HTML content rendered by Shiira will look the same as in Apple's own browser. All source code is publicly available under the BSD license. We hope that our code will help other developers just starting out on their own Web Kit projects.

The first Shiira milestone is to implement the features used in everyday Web browsing. The following has been implemented in the current version:

  • Tabbed windows
  • Bookmark management
  • Sharing bookmarks with more...

What's New

Version 2.3:
  • Totally refreshed interface

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Penguirl Member IconComment+1057
Penguirl
+0

It is a shame that development has stopped, I was looking forward to seeing where the developers would take it. It was off to a good start features wise.

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Version 2.3
Jolyjumper Member IconReview+9
Jolyjumper
+2

For a long time my favorite browser, in spite of all the bugs.

Today it is a dead application. It does not function any more with OS X 10.7 Lion.

I would have paid for a functional Shiira.

Arigato Kinoshita san.

R.I.P. Shiira.

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Version 2.3
THEE:LEE
+0

Have you tried Roccat? it has many of the feature Shiira has and it's pretty rock solid i'm using it as my default browser atm:
http://macupdate.com/app/mac/37403/roccat-browser

Pripyat Member IconComment+264
Pripyat
+1

Preferences don't work. Lots of bugs.

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Version 2.3
Pama91 Member IconComment+2
Pama91
+1

Dead link.
I´m afraid the development stopped. The latest version (2.3) is terrible buggy...

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Version 2.3
Pama91
+0

Ok, download still works, but the site is down.

Jichi
+2

Just the English version is down.
Japanese: http://shiira.jp/blog/
Download: http://shiira.jp/blog/?page_id=12

The download page said that Shiira 2.3 was tested mostly on 10.4, and 10.5+ was under development. And from the blog, it seems that the arthor came back to the project after 11/29/2010 and was trying to add new features to overcome the weak points of other popular webkit-based browsers.

Robby.is.on
+0

The Japanese site's blog is pretty busy: http://shiira.jp/blog/.

Hal2007 Member IconComment+214
Hal2007
+2

This one is so disappointing. This app was once so promising. How long did we have to wait for this new version? 2 years? And it still doesn't really work right now. The preferences window is useless. The app is unusable and crippled to the severest extent.

I'm sorry. I give up on Shiira. The project has lost its focus and turned to a joke.

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Version 2.3
Computerdesign
+2

I'm using Shiira on a daily basis on a powerbook G4 / Tiger and it works great for me!! Although having six other browsers installed on my computer, I'm just using this one. - it's fast!! simple - ..and I really love the 'print page as pdf' utility. Of course it's true that the preferences panel still doesn't work, but whatever...just really love this browser!!

Dana Sutton Member IconComment+669
Dana Sutton
+1

Now let's see. We have at least four other Web Kit browsers, WebKit nightly builds, Safari, OmniWeb, and Chrome is getting to the point it's useful. Exactly how many WebKit browsers does the world need? Okay, maybe there are interesting directions individual developers can take, but I bet there's a whole bunch of wheel-reinvention going on.

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Version 2.3
cksum
+1

It depends if you think the webkit rendering engine is the one to bank on. I'm all for increasing the usage of a particular platform and I think webkit would be an ideal candidate.

It would make my life much easier to design websites for one engine, rather than a sea of them. I'd rather see webkit variants all over the place than gecko, trident, etc. In that way, I'm glad Chrome chose to run with webkit as it's going to be the one that takes it places ;)

cksum Member IconReview+507
cksum
+4

Shiira is the browser you'll love to hate. It has promise and some nice features (full screen browsing window is great for developers to showcase their sites to their clients), but it poorly maintained and rife with bugs which sadly makes it of little value.

The last thing you want is your browser to crash. It's right up there with your mail client throwing in the towel: infuriating. Sadly, Shiira is a really big let down in this department. It's always been far too unstable to rely on.

While the UI is very refined and the team have always pioneered an overall sexy design, ultimately it is just too flaky and inconsistent.

Shiira is more of a testcase than anything truly of value. It seems developers are using it to simply try out new code rather than make an actual product for mainstream consumption (or any kind of consumption for that matter). Everything is half done, like those people that love home repairs, but just can't seem to ever finish a project. That's what Shiira feels like. Things are implemented, but never truly finished.

All this does is give Shiira a pretty face, but not much else. A clunky backend and some half-baked ideas make it a novelty rather than a real piece of software you can fire up on a daily basis. A shame really. These are those rare programs that have always shown a glimmer of hope...

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Version 2.3
Fyreflye Member IconComment+362
Fyreflye
+3

Just a comment to confirm what other reviewers here say. The earliest version of this browser worked nicely though features were few, but since the release of the 2x builds it's been unusable. I just don't get it.

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Version 2.3
Merimac Member IconComment+10
Merimac
+2

Over the past few years I have attempted to download and use Shiira every time a new version appears, why? Today version 2.3 appears and again I decide to give it another shot. I like the interface and it has always looked a promising browser so I gave it another try. Again why? It just doesn't work and has always had so many problems, in 2.3 the preferences do not open and without them it is a waste of time even attempting to use this browser. The Shiira home page is so confusing and now asks you to log on to some obscure website, why do we bother? Shiira would have a strong following if only they got their act together but they never seem to be able to. Time to give up, I think so!

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Version 2.3
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
+1

I had no trouble downloading Shiira 2.3, but when I launched it and tried to examine the preferences, nothing works. What's the point? Without prefs it's just a brick.

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Version 2.3
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Date 21 Feb 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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