surfDude
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  • surfDude has been discontinued
  • Developer
    John Wells
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
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 support for "https://" URLs.
  • "ftp://" links and URLs should now be forwarded to your default FTP client.
  • Stripped some dead code, cleaned up active code.
  • Preliminary work on the bookmarks menu started.
Bug fixes:
  • External links (links in Mail.app etc) should now open in surfDude when clicked if surfDude is the default browser.
  • Links in pages that open new windows should now do so.
  • "Open in New Window" in link contextual menu now functional.
  • Status bar text should now act more consistantly and more as expected.
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
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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carzymac reviewed on 10 Aug 2006
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.
[Version 0.4]


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Schmelding commented on 01 Aug 2006
Why?

It's easy to create you own minimal Safari interface by turning various features off. So what's the point of this?
[Version 0.4]

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Iindigo3d (developer) replied on 01 Aug 2006
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...
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Iindigo3d (developer) replied on 01 Aug 2006
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...
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osxrulz commented on 14 Jul 2006
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.
[Version 0.2]

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St00pid-M0nk3y replied on 28 Jul 2006
Tabs aren't a necessity? o_0
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St00pid-M0nk3y commented on 14 Jul 2006
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.
[Version 0.2]


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+115

appledogx reviewed on 14 Jul 2006
Faster than any browser I've used, but won't load some pages. Still needs bookmarks. Lots of promise!
[Version 0.2]


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St00pid-M0nk3y commented on 09 Jul 2006
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.
[Version 0.1a6]


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St00pid-M0nk3y reviewed on 09 Jul 2006
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.
[Version 0.1a6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Oct 2005
Fastest web browser ever. However, no multi-tab support and boomarks :(
[Version 0.1a6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Oct 2005
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.
[Version 0.1a6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Aug 2005
Surf dude is a excellent light weight browser. I have at least five browsers at my finger tips, however surfdude happens to be my favorite,because it is very user friendly. It seems to run smoother and load faster web pages than my other browsers. It's a great choice for quick surfing.
[Version 0.1a6]


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Downloads:8,606
Version Downloads:5,073
Type:Internet : Browsers
License:Free
Date:01 Aug 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 match without any extra work by the themer or user.


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