Shiira
Shiira 2.3
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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
What's New
Version 2.3:
  • Totally refreshed interface
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Shiira User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Penguirl commented on 06 Jan 2013
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.
[Version 2.3]


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Jolyjumper reviewed on 11 Apr 2012
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.
[Version 2.3]

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THEE:LEE replied on 05 Dec 2012
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
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Pripyat commented on 02 Apr 2011
Preferences don't work. Lots of bugs.
[Version 2.3]


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Pama91 commented on 07 Dec 2010
Dead link.
I´m afraid the development stopped. The latest version (2.3) is terrible buggy...
[Version 2.3]

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Pama91 replied on 07 Dec 2010
Ok, download still works, but the site is down.
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Jichi replied on 03 Jan 2011
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.
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Robby.is.on replied on 10 Feb 2011
The Japanese site's blog is pretty busy: http://shiira.jp/blog/.
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Hal2007 commented on 22 Feb 2010
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.
[Version 2.3]

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Computerdesign replied on 12 May 2010
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!!
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Dana Sutton commented on 22 Feb 2010
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.
[Version 2.3]

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cksum replied on 23 Feb 2010
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 ;)
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cksum reviewed on 22 Feb 2010
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...
[Version 2.3]


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Fyreflye commented on 21 Feb 2010
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.
[Version 2.3]


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Merimac commented on 21 Feb 2010
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!
[Version 2.3]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 21 Feb 2010
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.
[Version 2.3]


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RiseOfChaos had trouble on 24 Apr 2009
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.
[Version 2.2b090216]


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alfredo_tomato had trouble on 16 Feb 2009
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.
[Version 2.2b090216]


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drewx0r had trouble on 20 Jun 2007
Doesn't display close box when I create a second tab. Sometimes crashes when I create a second tab. Running on a MBP C2D.
[Version 2.1]


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Abalem ^_^ had trouble on 09 Jan 2007
How do you turn on the "turn page" effect as seen in the preview ??
[Version 2.0b2]


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jingjing320 had trouble on 13 Dec 2006
Cannot open the general preferences
[Version 2.0b2]


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zws had trouble on 25 Mar 2006
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!
[Version 1.2.2]


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ctt1wbw had trouble on 23 Jan 2006
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...
[Version 1.2.1]


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Awareadams had trouble on 29 Apr 2005
It's early Friday morning in Chicago. I have tried two times to download Shiira 1.0-----It will NOT OPEN UP AFTER BEING PUT IN THE HARDRIVE.

Please check your download for a defect that prevents from being downloaded.
Ware Adams, Chicago
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 29 Apr 2005
Please remember that if you do not have Tiger installed, launching Shiira will just cause it to implode back onto itself... 10.4 is required...
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Date:21 Feb 2010
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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 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


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