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surfDude is a very fast, very small WebKit-based Web browser. It's currently in early development but can already perform most browsing tasks quite admirably. It currently supports the following:
  • Multiple windows
  • External links (links in Mail.app, etc)
  • Web icons
  • Google searches
  • Pop-up blocking
  • Banner ad blocking
  • Downloads [Temporarily Broken]
  • and more.

It uses nothing but standard system elements and is very theme-saavy - This means if you apply a theme to your system in ShapeShifter or another theme program, surfDude will automatically more...

What's New

Version 0.4:
  • Icons in search field menu and user agent menu.
  • Optional home button and corresponding menu item.
  • New icon.
  • Interface options split into its own preference pane and partially redesigned.
  • Opacity slider in the Interface preference panel now has a minimum of 0.2 to prevent windows from completely vanishing when inactive.
  • Slightly better more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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carzymac Member IconReview+0
carzymac
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The browsing was very fast and the interface ran smoothly. Like the brushed metal/aqua interface options. I found that it would unexpectedly quit on occasion and there dosent seem to be a way to download files from and http source. But otherwise this is the best browser I've seen.

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Version 0.4
Schmelding Member IconComment+156
Schmelding
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Why?

It's easy to create you own minimal Safari interface by turning various features off. So what's the point of this?

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Version 0.4
Iindigo3d (Developer)
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Because even though you can turn those features off, the bloat/clutter from them even being present is still there. On top of that, there are a few options that surfDude offers that Safari doesnt, and if you actually read the description, it uses fully native widgets (buttons etc.) that allow system themes to work even if the theme's creator didn't add buttons for it.

It also happens to be my hobby/side project. I saw no harm in releasing it to the public, and people seem to like it, so...

Iindigo3d (Developer)
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Because even though you can turn those features off, the bloat/clutter from them even being present is still there. On top of that, there are a few options that surfDude offers that Safari doesnt, and if you actually read the description, it uses fully native widgets (buttons etc.) that allow system themes to work even if the theme's creator didn't add buttons for it.

It also happens to be my hobby/side project. I saw no harm in releasing it to the public, and people seem to like it, so...

osxrulz Member IconComment+3
osxrulz
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At 732k, I doubt it's using its own WebKit.

Fast browser. As others have noted it needs some standard features like bookmarks. Tabs, while convenient are hardly a necessity.

Keep up the good work.

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Version 0.2
St00pid-M0nk3y
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Tabs aren't a necessity? o_0

St00pid-M0nk3y Member IconComment+945
St00pid-M0nk3y
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Tabs! AHHHHHHH! And BOOKMARKS! NEED BOTH!

Also, a lot of sites recognize surfDude as an outdated browser. Maybe you should update the webkit you're using or something. And sites like LiveJournal or Gmail that use Rich Text formatting don't load so you can only type in plain text, which sucks.

But it's still a ridiculously fast browser.

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Version 0.2
appledogx Member IconReview+146
appledogx
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Faster than any browser I've used, but won't load some pages. Still needs bookmarks. Lots of promise!

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Version 0.2
St00pid-M0nk3y Member IconComment+945
St00pid-M0nk3y
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Hmm...with some of the sites I go to that require secure log-ins, they recognize surfDude as an outdated browser. And Gmail automatically goes to HTML mode. I don't mind these little things. For all the important stuff I'll just use Camino, but tabs would be a great new feature for this app. This is such a fast little browser I can't even believe it.

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Version 0.1a6
St00pid-M0nk3y Member IconReview+945
St00pid-M0nk3y
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This is quite possibly the fastest browser I've ever used. If I just want to browse quickly, I'll just use this from now on. It could use more features like bookmarks and such, but for the ridiculous speed, I'm fine with just browsing. Pretty awesome.

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Version 0.1a6
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Anonymous
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Fastest web browser ever. However, no multi-tab support and boomarks :(

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Version 0.1a6
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Anonymous
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Unfortunatly, I have seen far too many browsers like this. It is evident that the author of this browser has put in more effort than most of the "webkit" browser makers, but it's still not quite up to scratch.

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Version 0.1a6
wackymacs Member IconComment+0
wackymacs
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This is a great small browser, with a similar interface to Safari but with the unified window look, greeeat! With history, downloads, back/forward, and loads of other features I really like this minimal browser.

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Version 0.1a6
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Downloads 8,606
Version Downloads 5,073
License Free
Date 01 Aug 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free