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Shiira2.3

21 February 2010

Web browser based on Web Kit.

Overview

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 Safari
  • Side drawer showing bookmarks and history
  • Bookmarks toolbar
  • Search field with choice of search engine
  • Customizing toolbar
  • Cache control panel
  • Window appearance switching (Aqua and Metal)
  • Toolbar icons switching
  • Removing Cookie and cache at the termination
  • Displaying favicon list
  • Enable/disable favicon with bookmark
  • Help document (Japanese only)
  • Multiple source windows per one browser window
  • Displaying HTTP header in source window
  • Wheel button operation (open in new tab, and tab switching)
  • Auto-tab for bookmark folder
  • Displaying back-forward list on toolbar buttons
  • Search text field for bookmark and history

What's new in Shiira

Version 2.3:
  • Totally refreshed interface

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243 Reviews of Shiira

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ultratiem
22 February 2010
Version: 2.3

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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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0.5
jeffswritingworld
21 December 2017
Version: 2.3
Macupdate Admin This needs to be taken down, this was once a fast, minimalist browser but it is no longer under development. I'm running a mac mini with OSX Sierra 10.12.6. It will download and open, but will steadfastly refuse to open a browser window, so in effect, it's not worth hosting as a download. Half a star purely to get this review online.
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Penguirl
07 January 2013
Version: 2.3
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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Jolyjumper
11 April 2012
Version: 2.3
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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Pripyat
02 April 2011
Version: 2.3
Preferences don't work. Lots of bugs.
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Pama91
07 December 2010
Version: 2.3
Dead link. I´m afraid the development stopped. The latest version (2.3) is terrible buggy...
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Hal2007
22 February 2010
Version: 2.3
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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Dana-Sutton
22 February 2010
Version: 2.3
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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ultratiem
22 February 2010
Version: 2.3
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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Fyreflye
22 February 2010
Version: 2.3
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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Merimac
21 February 2010
Version: 2.3
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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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
21 February 2010
Version: 2.3
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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ChrisDaemon
21 February 2010
Version: 2.3
Ok, could not download 2.3 from website, so I went for the SourceForge project page. 2.3 has a date-stamp of 2009-08-11 17:47. I'll take a look at this, but... what gives? Is this just a bump? And why are there no updates on the Shiira website? Why is it asking me to log in (Basic Authentication) and why does the PHP script not render as HTML (Content-Type: text/plain)? What lies in the shadow of the staue? What did one snowman say to the other snowman? So many questions!
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Jvrlbrtr
21 February 2010
Version: 2.3
don't waste your time with this, doesn't work...
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Maclover1-1
21 February 2010
Version: 2.3
Buggy, unable to access preferences.. the little cute fish icons they had way back are not there.. nah.. I'll stick with Safari.. keep trying to stray out if curiosity.. yet Safari is the killer ! lol
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misterjspencer
12 February 2010
Version: 2.2b090216
Always loved this browser then it wasn't updated fro so long I stopped using it, I will try it again, in fact I only dropped by here to see if it was dead, obviously not!
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Sgt-Bob-IE
15 October 2009
Version: 2.2b090216
Would love to use shiira, but it is very buggy on 10.6. But it looks awesome and was very quick.
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St00pid-M0nk3y
12 August 2009
Version: 2.2b090216
I don't know what problem you guys are having, but it works perfectly for me. It opens fine, it doesn't crash, and I'm running the latest version of OS 10.5.8. I'm not a Shiira user by any means. I downloaded this out of curiosity from the comments. In fact, I'm typing in Shiira right now. http://i25.tinypic.com/2dait7m.png Try running Onyx on your system before installing this and see how that works. Onyx seems to fix bizarre issues of non-opening programs for me. I'm not having the dock issue problems either.
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Tenex
17 June 2009
Version: 2.2b090216
v2.2 Simply won't launch on my Leopard iMac. Back to Omniweb...
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Riseofchaos
24 April 2009
Version: 2.2b090216
Shiira 2.2b crashs everytime when I try to launch the browser. First the Dock Icon appears then it disappears and when it appears again Shiira crashs.
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Baroquew
11 April 2009
Version: 2.2b090216
Every 6 months or so, I try to go back to Shiira and use it because it looks really impressive and neat. And then I remember why I never use it more than 5 minutes after download and then trash it. It just never works. Now, I can't expand a window with the "+" sign: it just disappears; I can't go into the preferences either. I have a hard time picturing people migrating when the first thing they do (make window bigger anyone?) doesn't work. Last time I tried to play with it, you couldn't run the current build if you didn't already have some older files. I wonder what new thing will make me drop it next Christmas.
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robotank
16 February 2009
Version: 2.2b090216
I'm glad to see that Shiira is back from the dead. It has a lovely interface and some excellent and unique features, particularly the floating bookmark and history windows, and the OmniWeb style tab thumbnail bar. I don't think Shiira is quite ready to be my default browser (it still needs some bug fixes and better control over cookies), but I will be keeping on eye on it again and hoping to see lots of improvements in the future. Also, Glimmer Blocker and ClickToFlash (neither one is an InputManagers hack) both work with Shiira, so ad and Flash blocking are now available for it, filling in what was for me a huge hole in Shiira's feature set.
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Alfredo-tomato
16 February 2009
Version: 2.2b090216
When I try my portal url, it downloads to the desktop. Refreshing the code on the server helps for a short time. It loads properly on Safari, Camino, Sunrise, Omniweb, Opera. Still I like Shiira a lot, and appreciate their efforts.
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Iamnoskcaj
02 July 2008
Version: 2.2
This project's (perceived) current status is REALLY SAD. The first iteration of Shiira REALLY impressed me. I used it ALL THE TIME. Granted it had some bugs, which were never really fixed, but I used it FULL TIME. Then v2 came out, and I was floored. They had done it again. They turned the browsing world UPSIDE DOWN with their ideas -- but unfortunately the project seems to have died. I'm going to investigate whether this is opensource. I know it uses the WebKit engine (which is the rendering engine that Safari uses). At least the engine is opensource, but I'm hoping the entire project is. If ANYONE knows ANYTHING about this project's status, PLEASE reply to this comment. THANKS!!!!
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Pama91
22 April 2008
Version: 2.2
Shiira seams to be dead: http://g.shiira.jp/groups/board_show/769 When it´s true, it´s really sad. Shiira has a gorgeous interface and some unique features. But it´s a big buggy, especially on Leopard. I would use it again when they fix the problem with the bookmarks.
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Chris-Fam
11 November 2007
Version: 2.2
Very good and elegant browser, way to go Japanese developer!
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Corpsecorps
02 August 2007
Version: 2.2
_ I really like a lot of the unique features of this browser. It seems fast, too. The UI is somewhat uneven, however. Some of the as yet unavailable preferences are needed, and it seems a bit ridiculous for this to be referred to as version 2.2 when i encountered several significant UI bugs in just 20 minutes or so of use. I've experimented with it through several versions but it's just never been stable enough to use on a regular basis, especially when Camino is so stable even in nightly builds. .
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Mark-Everitt
24 July 2007
Version: 2.2
I'm currently using this as my default browser. I don't really bother with bookmarks except for a few on the bookmarks bar, so that doesn't really bother me. My one issue is that find doesn't appear to work, and that could be a deal breaker. If you can get that to work, then this is perfect for me! Thanks for a neat browser.
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Ikey
23 July 2007
Version: 2.2
I *want* to make this my default browser, but the bugs forbid me from doing so! No random crashes, but the bookmark system doesn't work and it will crash when I move around bookmarks that I have imported. This should be Shiira 2 ver .2 ,not ver 2.2 .
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Neonblue2
23 July 2007
Version: 2.2
Still using SuperShiira... http://www.hurrikenux.com/Main/SuperShiira.html
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Markoh
22 July 2007
Version: 2.2
Keeps crashing on me after about 10 seconds. this is a joke, right?
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Tuishimi
22 July 2007
Version: 2.2
I hate to sound like a broken record, but they STILL have not fixed basic functionality of a web browser, like bookmarking. I can't bookmark, I can't browse. It's useless, as pretty as it is, it is useless. FYI each time I try a new version, I remove all related files from application support and preferences. I don't understand what they are thinking here. They are going to discourage their user base. I am giving all very low ratings for this because they apparently don't care about functionality, but only about glitz.
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Heathermason
22 July 2007
Version: 2.2
Had to force quit within ten minutes. Some pages still so buggy that you can't even navigate through them. This is sad because this browser looks so nice and has such great features. But I would rather not have my browser freeze up on me every few minutes.
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Hotfreaks
22 July 2007
Version: 2.2
I'm not sure how the developers can call this a release. This is beta, if not alpha software. Its not even clear how to rename a bookmark folder. How about adding an RSS feed to the feed HUD. I tried for 10 minutes, and could not successfully add one. Tooltips dont seem to be working. This is a promising browser, but you need to put a little more work into software before you release it.
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Easer
06 July 2007
Version: 2.1
I just gave this a try. It's not crashing on my G4 Powerbook (running 10.4.8). Seems like a nice browser. I agree, though, that the bookmark feature needs a lot of work. But it seems like a fast browser. I hope development continues.
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drewx0r
20 June 2007
Version: 2.1
Doesn't display close box when I create a second tab. Sometimes crashes when I create a second tab. Running on a MBP C2D.
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Ggore
20 June 2007
Version: 2.1
Crashes after 10 seconds every time I open it on my G4 Powerbook. Works fine on Inte.
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Macsterdam
20 June 2007
Version: 2.1
An amazing developer with some really outstanding interface ideas. Not ready for prime time yet, but extremely promising. Thank you very much for al your hard work!
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Intellect-Inside
26 April 2007
Version: 2.0
watch out... Keep your old version of Shiira for now. The new version is buggy and not feature-complete. One thing it's missing, which was immediately noticable, is the old version's ability to scale large images to fit the window. This is especially needed in the new Shiira with its huge thumbnail tabs dock. I'll be using old Shiira for now...
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Treasons
25 April 2007
Version: 2.0
I had high hopes when I downloaded this app. It looks beautiful and has a unique approach to tabbed viewing. But it is completely unusable, little more than a tease. After working an hour to add folders to the toolbar, a task complicated by serious bugs, all the folders were gone the next time I launched the app. Neither will it remember passwords for frequently visited sites. I would like to see this app. when it's done, but right now it's not even worthy of beta status.
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New-User
23 April 2007
Version: 2.0
The interface include several innovate features. But this is offset by numerous bugs throughout the program. And it doesn't play WMV files even though I have Flip4Mac installed and Safari plays them fine! Additionally they don't use tooltips at all in this program. This over-sight really needs to be corrected. Proper tooltip usage can replace the need for a help system. This is definitely a beta release, not worthy of a 2.0 final release. Go back to the drawing board with this one guys.
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Tuishimi
23 April 2007
Version: 2.0
Using WebKit it is pleasingly quick and renders nicely. The application itself is (IMO of course) well laid out, and being an omniweb user I like the thumbail tabs. But my joy ends there as many of the preferences do not work and I cannot manage my bookmarks. There are also visual glitches that occur in the bookmarks shelf window. Really, if I could just manage my bookmarks I'd be willing to try using it more often. It should promise, but I don't know why this would even be considered anything other than late alpha, early beta quality.
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Jbarnes
23 April 2007
Version: 2.0
I've been a shiira user for some time now, constantly checking up on the new beta's for 2.0. Unfortunately what is marked here is not a final 2.0. Numerous preferences are still disabled, buggy etc. In fact, as numerous people in Shiira forums point out, some of the available nightly builds are more fleshed out than what is being offered as a non-beta 2.0. Lots of promise, but still not implemented in full. However, it is even quicker than its 1.2.3 sibling (newer version of webkit?). Promises to be a 5-star showing if it gets all the new features working
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Markoh
23 April 2007
Version: 2.0
I don't know...with Fasterfox, AdBlock and AdBlock Filterset G.Updater installed it's hard for me to use anything but Firefox
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Jettyboy
23 April 2007
Version: 2.0
Still some things missing as others have said. One big draw back for old eyes is not being able to set mimimum font size. Also bringing in bookmarks to the bookmarks bar is somewhat confusing.
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Neonblue2
23 April 2007
Version: 2.0
I wouldn't call this 2.0 yet. It lacks many of the features of 1.2.2 and still has a lot of bugs.
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D0112358
22 April 2007
Version: 2.0
I don't know...with saft installed it's hard for me to use anything but safari
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ochyming
22 April 2007
Version: 2.0
Faster than Safari. Spell checker, when?
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star-affinity
22 April 2007
Version: 2.0
I quickly noticed that Shiira 2.0 scrolls smoother than the current version of Safari. How can this be? Try both browsers by scrolling the main MacUpdate page up and down with the browser window covering the enire screen.
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5
Phaleron
22 April 2007
Version: 2.0
This is one fine browser! The only reason I use Safari more, is out of habit.
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Flying-Ace
29 March 2007
Version: 2.0b2
It's a real pity that this doesn't get updated more often. It has the opportunity to become great, but because of the ridiculous amount of time between betas it's losing out.
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Eliashc
13 January 2007
Version: 2.0b2
Only works in Shiira 1 (as of yet), I believe
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Abalem-^-^
10 January 2007
Version: 2.0b2
How do you turn on the "turn page" effect as seen in the preview ??
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Eliashc
28 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
I think the reason is that simply hasn't been implemented, yet.
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Jingjing320
13 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
Cannot open the general preferences
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Bedstuy65
13 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
Imports bookmarks from other browsers but not in the same order from what they were previusly. would love to be able to alphatetize them and get rid of the superulous anceient other browser listings but can't seem to locate an intuitive delete button.
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5
Niamor
13 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
very fast browser with a very elegant UI. The best for me ! Bravo for the developpers ! And many thanks !
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one-1
12 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
My favorite. Simple and quick! Five star!! Works flawlessly on my computer.
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Widge34
12 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
Cannot open the general preferences. I click on the General tab and Shiira quits.Whats the point in releasing this if the basics do not work?
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Jlennon314
12 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
I'm only noticing a few cosmetic problems. Right now, I am eager to see the final product. I absolutely love Shiira.
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Thevalrus
12 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
Good God what has happened to this browser. Crashy; opens ads in a separate, frontmost page (I briefly thought it had somehow become a magical browser that *only opened ads*); huge tab bar taking up the bottom eighth of the window. Beta though it may be, this needs cleaning up, bad; it makes me not want to use the final product.
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Jb4
12 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
I love Shira. Fast and with all the features I need, but this new version loads three google pages everty time I open a new page. Must fix soon. Unusable, as is.
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X9
29 November 2006
Version: 2.0b1
PLEASE for the love of all that is holy and good, release the next update already! Safari is killing me and firefox is worthless. Omnieb wants money and iCab is... iCab... It's been over 3 motnhs since the last release, dev. C'mon now.
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Abalem-^-^
13 November 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Quite unstable at times still, but promising. I'd say that the botton bar is too big !! Btw, how do you get this "turn page" effect as seen in the preview ?
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Flying-Ace
08 November 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Any more advance on this? It's been beta 1 for months now...I'm dying to try out a more functioning version!
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Jlennon314
13 September 2006
Version: 2.0b1
After yesterday's release of iTunes 7, it almost seems that the Shiira developers had a sneak preview of iTunes before they released their 2.0 design. They look so beautiful together that it almost seems like they were designed together. When this is out of Beta, I may finally switch over from Camino.
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3.75
Oceanelement
19 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Shiira 2.0b1 looks great. Understandably, since it's still in the beta phase there is unstability. Aside from that the features and creativity put into this browser is amazing. Two thumbs up on the work. Once the stable version comes out you bet that this browser will set a new standard for new generation browsers on the OS X system.
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4.5
Gaoshan
18 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Neat! The graphics of this beta's user interface are beyond anything else available (except for certain elements of WebKit nightlies). The shelf, pagedock, privacy features and HUD panels (click on the History button to see a HUD panel) are really cutting edge. Love it! Aside from Safari it is the only other real web browser that has the cocoa/aqua feel to it. Really feels like a Mac program. Be aware that this is a real beta. Many things don't function or don't function like they should. If you want a smooth browsing experience, get the stable version. However, if you want a sneak peek at your birthday present, check out this beta. Note that in my review, the only reason this doesn't get a solid 5 stars is because it is a beta and simply cannot have a 5 in Stability.
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Texspleen
08 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Too many features disabled to be able to give a proper review of this beta? But is quite different from previous version (1.2.2). Still very buggy as well. Looks promising though. A bit like iphoto, a bit like Omniweb? Will be well worth a look when a little more developed.
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St00pid-M0nk3y
07 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Now that I've toyed with it, this release is actually quite buggy and many of the features aren't turned on. I hope a new stable released gets released soon.
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St00pid-M0nk3y
07 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
I love the new interface. It's very "different". It's also very fast. It still doesn't loading websites like Gmail correctly (it goes into HTML mode), so that's one of the few reasons I can't switch over completely. Anyway...keep up the good work!
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3.75
Thevalrus
07 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Gorgeous, for sure, but Haplo has some good points. The page dock is better in theory than in practice, due to the massive amount of space it takes up at the bottom of the page. Perhaps if it were transparent and the page could be seen behind it...? I don't know. Also, no bookmark bar; instead, I have to use this panel thing. It looks nice, but it takes me a hell of a lot longer to get to bookmarks in folders that were in Safari's bookmark bar. I'm always eager to try a new version of Shiira, but it seems like they sacrificed a lot of usability in this one.
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Hal2007
07 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Wow! Impressive and full of potential. Beautiful and elegant UI. New definition of browsing. This could be the browser of the future. But it's a beta, many functions are still to be implemented. I can't wait until this is final to further evaluate. Keep up the good work!
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Haplo
07 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Ok, firstly as much as I like the new interface, it's way too big and bulky. The page dock is cool, but both the dock and the tab bar are now about double or quadruple in size from the original. One thing that makes or breaks a browser is how much screen space it gives you for actually viewing the page. Now if you're running a freaking 30" screen the new interface would be great since you have more screen space than a page would use anyway, but for my little 14" iBook this is fairly horrid. Also, there's a good two inch thick bar below the main toolbar that seems to do absolutely nothing. Yes, you can collapse the dock, but the status bar below is also pretty intrusive, and you really don't get much space with this. Secondly, full screen looks nice but is highly nonfunctional. The draggable Quicktime-esque control bar is kinda nice but there needs to be a better way to show/hide it, to make it smaller (ie small icons) and to include an address bar so it can actually work. Overall, even for a beta, just assessing the new layout, it's really too much superfluousness and not enough function.
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4.25
Macsterdam
07 August 2006
Version: 2.0b1
Maybe not the most stable of browsers, but then, it's only beta. If you want stable, download the 1.2.2 release. The new GUI and features in this 2.0 release, however, are something else. Very, very impressive indeed. Love the new shelf, tabs and full-screen mode. Can't wait for the final release. Hats off for the developer of this!
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Heathermason
07 August 2006
Version: 1.2.2
Crashes constantly since updating flash player
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4.75
Gazman
16 July 2006
Version: 1.2.2
Excellant. Fast and stable. You can choose between aqua, unified and metal interfaces. There are different themes to choose from. You can choose different search engines. The one and only feature it needs to replace Safari full-time is the ability to check spelling as you type. P.S. don't bother going to their support forums, its mostly spam.
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Igabe
13 July 2006
Version: 1.2.2
Absolutely amazing. Try it. I've used OmniWeb & Firefox & Safari extensively, also used Camino and Opera. Shiira is the first browser I've used on the Mac where I keep saying "WOW, they did it right! Why is safari not like this!?" in my head _almost every day_. Please, try it. P.S. I personally found that changing the User Agent (in Shiira's preferences) to Safari makes the browser much more stable. Try it, you'll see... a whole lot less crashing, at least on my Mac OS 10.3.9 Powerbook G4.
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Heathermason
29 June 2006
Version: 1.2.2
There isn't much this browser can't do. Whenever I run into a problem with my default browser I copy and paste the link over to Shiira and the problem is solved. Yoku dekimashita, Shiira team!
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Doc-Renaud
22 June 2006
Version: 1.2.2
The best web browser for my needs. Not bloated but with very good features. Load pages faster than Safari, is more stable, have an elegant interface, with the possibility to customise it. I especialy love the handy side drawer. One request: Would it be possible to add an ads blocker, like PithHelmet ?
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4.75
Attentionwandered
22 June 2006
Version: 1.2.2
nice. i really like this program. I thought camino was as good as it gets, and never really thought to try this. it is so fast: loads quicky, loads tabs quickly, browses the internet quickly despite the lack of http pipelining (which i agree should be added), and even closes quickly it has a standard interface that can be customized easily. its really stable renders pages well my only problems are: that there are no spacers in the bookmark bar, and its kind of a hassle to get the bookmarks to work(convert to safari, then safari to firefox, then to shiira) because of no easily found import
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4
Birty
30 April 2006
Version: 1.2.2
I now use Shiira 95% of the time now, it used to be 50% Safari and Camino. Page load performance is exactly the same as Safari (Shirra uses WebKit), but Shiira is as stable is a ROCK and the UI is faster. Wow. The features are many and are great, but it's Keychain access seems to be a bit premature. Camino is a lot faster loading pages, (HTTP Pipelining), too bad Shiira/WebKit doesn't support Pipelining. http://www.caminobrowser.org/support/hiddenprefs/#EnablePipelining
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4.75
Shadownight
22 April 2006
Version: 1.2.2
I think Shiira is the best browser. The features are so well implemented, the interface is pleasing, clean and smooth. It has very innovative features, just download it to realize that. This is an application that makes you realize how badly the other browsers have been doing things for years. Innovative is the word to describe Shiira. It feels similar to Safari, but so much smarter. I really encourage you to download it and take it for a psin, you have to use it to realize how good it is. There are a number of bugs or glitches, but really nothing to annoy you daily. Go ahead and see what you've been missing.
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4.5
St00pid-M0nk3y
29 March 2006
Version: 1.2.2
Wow...this latest version seems to be even faster than Camino. This is possibly the fastest browser I've ever used. I'm glad it doesn't crash now like the previous release. This program also seems to hog less RAM than a lot of other browsers. Nice. =)
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3.75
Bobster
27 March 2006
Version: 1.2.2
Shiira will NOT download anything!!!!!! What is up with that???? This is really too bad, because I have been enjoying Shiira.
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4.25
Zws
25 March 2006
Version: 1.2.2
I love this new browser and is SO close to being my one and only but the issue with not being able to add search engines to the toolbar search needs to be fixed as well as the sidebar (which is a solid idea) which needs to be more aesthetically pleasing and effective (not everything can be read in it). Thanks for making this great app!
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Chrome
17 March 2006
Version: 1.2.2
Well, i was to fast with my happy review because the textencoding-problem still exists. The strange thing is, sometimes it works and sometimes i had to set it manually to ISO Latin 1 on the same site. If i do that directly after starting shiira in the preferences the most sites are shown correctly. I think the developer have to fix this soon because it nerves a lot.
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5
Chrome
16 March 2006
Version: 1.2.2
ItLs my default browser because itLs fast, smart and stable under Panther 10.3.9. With this newest update they fixed the Text-encoding problem that comes with the 1.2 version. ILm really happy with it!
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4.75
Philcozz
15 March 2006
Version: 1.2.2
Very fast, great features... Add a "find-as-you-type" feature (ala Camino) and it's my default. Well done.
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4.25
Texspleen
15 March 2006
Version: 1.2.2
I've been using Shiira as my main browser almost since it came out and have had few problems with it. Although I have turned off the Page Transition effect (which I suspect may cause shiira to crash from time to time?). It's a terrific browser, especially the sidebar feature. I'm also a wrap for the icon preferences which allow you to change icons and the look from metal to aqua. One thing that could be improved is the password management. The keychain access method used by Safari is far more stable and reliable. Maybe the Developers can build improved password management into Shiira in a future release (a-la-firefox). Overall I highly recommend this browser. If you like Safari you should enjoy Shiira.
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4.75
Mbhockey
26 February 2006
Version: 1.2.1
Wow...this browser is really, really awesome. Fast, light-weight, and tons of features with a beautiful UI...it's probably the best Mac app you don't know about!
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Dongo
27 January 2006
Version: 1.2.1
I adore this browser, but the autofill in this version obviously wasn't ready for prime time. The browser virtually always crashes when loading sites that have login/passwords that it remembers. Hope this gets fixed very soon!
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Macmend-com
26 January 2006
Version: 1.2.1
great browser but since the upgrade to 'universal' it crashes all the time
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4.75
Beep-Beep,-Beep-Beep-Yeah!
25 January 2006
Version: 1.2.1
Great browser! + Nice clean look with unified aqua-texture. + Sidebar with many functions + Tab ExposeL function is fantastic! - Crashes are still a little too frequently (@ version 1.2.1) - Page transition is a nice 'show-off' feature but the effect is a little too slow (for my taste) when browsing
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Slung
24 January 2006
Version: 1.2.1
Nice implementation of a Cocoa browser, however this 'universal binary' verision, 1.2.1 keeps crashing on my ancient G4. Am going back to the 201205 version which was stable on my machine but without the new features. Keep at it guys! Gambate.
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4.5
ctt1wbw
23 January 2006
Version: 1.2.1
Oops, the new version keeps crashing on me with the passwords feature working. I try to sign on to Ebay, say, and the password is already there, and Shiira crashes...
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Informatix
23 January 2006
Version: 1.2.1
Does Shiira share bookmarks with Safari so users can easily switch between the two browsers?
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4.75
O5220803
23 January 2006
Version: 1.2.1
Well, each version of this browser is better than its previous incarnation! Now, it includes AutoFill for passwords and Logon's. Truly, Shiira is becoming a mature (serious) contender in the Mac/Browser arena. I am especially pleased that the author(s) have retained support for OSX 10.3.9. Domo Arigato!
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4.75
Macmend-com
20 January 2006
Version: 1.2
This is an superb browser, I got tired of firefox and its endless plugins so instead of a browser you end up with a christmas tree. On my mac G4 1.67 laptop it is very stable, very fast and has a good user feel. I like its user configurability the sidebar and alot aboput the way it works. It does some getting your head around and its very much more than just an improved safari. it has a number of themes and I have found more; I think it could do with a few more features but lets not go mad.
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4
Sixer-2
21 December 2005
Version: 1.2
Looks awesome after I configure it to look the way I like, but crashes _all the time_. Latest OS X on a Dual 1GHz G4 PowerMac.
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5
Hal2007
21 December 2005
Version: 1.2
This is a significant update that I recommend to anyone! The new icon is remarkably better, too.
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