OmniWeb
OmniWeb
632.0.97

3.9

OmniWeb free download for Mac
21 July 2020

Web browser with Safari engine and many enhanced features; now free.

Overview

OmniWeb is designed to provide you with the best user experience you'll find in a Web browser.

People who use and love the Mac (and Mac OS X in particular) do so because of the sum of all the little things; the attention to detail that makes the Mac user experience superior. Omni knows this, and built the only browser that has the same level of detail. OmniWeb draws on the full beauty of Mac OS X's Quartz graphics, and truly leverages the Aqua interface with drawers, sheets, customizable toolbars, and more.

More than just a pretty face, OmniWeb comes packed with cool features that make your time on the Web more efficient, and more fun. OmniWeb puts you in charge of your browsing experience rather than viewing you as a source of personal information and advertising revenue, as some other browsers do.

What's new in OmniWeb

Version 632.0.97:

A note from developer: these unstable and untested builds are snapshots of our development, updated every few hours. This means that you might actually be the first person to try a particular build and discover that it eats your system. (We hope that doesn't happen, of course, but since we won't have tested the app before giving you access we can't make any guarantees.)

  • macOS 11 Compatibility — Implemented support for catching crashes on macOS 11 (Big Sur)
  • Disable JavaScript — Reimplemented the site and global preference for enabling and disabling JavaScript. (This setting requires macOS 11.)
  • Authentication Prompts — Reimplemented support for authenticating with a web server
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569 Reviews of OmniWeb

Handycam
26 September 2008
Version: 5.8

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Version 5.8 is like Safari with every Safari add-in already in it. I prefer WebKit over Gecko, and OmniWeb offers that plus additional features such as site preferences and workspaces that further enhance browsing. Oh, and I run 5.8 for hours and the RAM hovers just under 250mb.
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Niku1000
27 January 2019
Version: 5.11.2
Is Omniweb compatible with Mojave?
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Derekcurrie
18 October 2018
Version: 5.11.2
OmniWeb lives on in the version 6.0 test series and runs fine on macOS 10.14 Mojave! As of June 26, 2018, the current version is 6.0 test (v630 r313008). I still prefer it for some purposes on the Internet. If you are an OmniWeb fan, fear not the v6.0 tests! I've been enjoying them for years. You can download it from the OmniWeb site under Apps/More. Why hasn't v6 come out of 'testing'? OmniGroup tell me they no longer support OmniWeb. Its testing is something of a hobby, a side interest only. It is set aside when they're busy on other things.
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next-to-the-best
23 October 2016
Version: 5.11.2
It is cool. I love it
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Jazzyguy
26 December 2014
Version: 5.11.2
It loads well in SnowLeopard. I feel that the developer has to get it further developed.
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Jazzyguy
24 December 2014
Version: 5.11.2
Omniweb5.11.2 No longer loads in Macupdate or anything else on Yosemite. I was the very first paid user when they first started up.
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Derekcurrie
09 October 2014
Version: 5.11.2
OmniWeb used to be my very favorite web browser. But OmniGroup moved along into other realms and neglected it. HOWEVER! OmniGroup is now beta-testing version 6.0, a 64-bit version of OmniWeb that I’m running right now! If you’re running OS X 10.9+ and you’d like to play with the beta of OmniWeb 6, or simply read about what they’re up to, head over to this address: http://omnistaging.omnigroup.com/omniweb/ At the moment, the ‘stable’ test build of v6.0 is “6.0 test(v625 r219164).” But there are several more testy test builds beyond that, if you’re daring. It’s great to see this web browser brought into the future of OS X again.
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pixturesk
11 March 2014
Version: 5.11.2
I continue to use Mac Tiger Intel 10.4.11 on an iMac Core Duo 20", 2gigs ram, so using a contemporary browser is a problem because very few support Tiger. Omniweb 5.11.2 meets my requirements perfectly as it is built (not much of a techie!!), I believe, on the Safari Web Kit, so it emulates Safari 5, where with Tiger I can only use Safari 4.1.3. Flash, Java seem to work perfectly, especially with Google Drive, allowing me to upload both files folders. Omniweb is quick, stable, reliable. I was able to import my Ten Four Fox/Firefox bookmarks to this contemporary browser. TFF Intel was very buggy, Firefox was legacy, even Opera was legacy, so with Omniweb, I can continue to use Tiger, my favourite OS, with a newer technology browser.
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sweetp9608
03 March 2014
Version: 5.11.2
Troulbe after I took the update! I visited a site and now every time I open Omni I get That Page! I DID change settings to "empty"! there are several functions that are marked oneway but perform other wise. GRRRRR! WHERE is the Preferences Folder/Files for Omni? In Mnt. Lion 10.8.3, I do not see it.
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Koloraro
08 January 2014
Version: 5.11.2
The Omniweb 6.0 testbuilds can be found here: http://omnistaging.omnigroup.com/omniweb/ About 1 to 3 new builds everyday.
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misterjspencer
05 January 2014
Version: 5.11.2
I am forever searching for a better browser that gives me some features but doesn’t become a bloated everything net app like Firefox or Chrome. I use Safari when I can but add a few extensions and it becomes slow and buggy So then I see Omniweb 6, (used omniweb before and quite liked it, but gave up after a while) used the post below went to the website downloaded and began to use, its excellent. I have to ask where is the money in browsers is it in the search engines, tracking info and surfing and selling it on, why produce one? My fave of all time was Shiira, where is that now?
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Penguirl
17 October 2013
Version: 5.11.2
Of course as soon as I decide to give up and move to another browser a test version of OmniWeb 6 is released. You can read about it here and follow the download link if you like. http://forums.omnigroup.com/showthread.php?t=30557
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Penguirl
03 October 2013
Version: 5.11.2
I paid for OmniWeb 4 and 5 and never regretted it, it was worth every penny to me then. Sadly in it's current state even free is too much. I've been desperately holding onto OmniWeb for years now for it's features such as per-site preferences but it's just become too slow and unable to keep up with current web features. I have reluctently switched to iCab because it most closely replaces OmniWeb's features. If OmniWeb is updated and brought to modern standards I will switch back in a heartbeat, until then it is just a pleasant memory.
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bbw7
02 February 2013
Version: 5.11.2
Haven't used it enough to warrant a full-on review rating; however, I find the side-drawer tabs to be cumbersome and slow. Additionally, I have found that clicking links that would normally automatically open a separate smaller window or new tab for an audio player doesn't work unless one chooses "open with a new tab/window". But the big bummer is that running videos uses major CPU. Activity monitor shows three different processes using over 100% cpu in my duo core machine, and the fan starts a whirring. That said, it seems to be a fast browser, and I use it as an adjunct/auxillary one sometimes with this or that workhorse browser. But ixnay on the video viewage.
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Tom46
12 December 2012
Version: 5.11.2
I love this browser and it has some great features (shortcuts, site preferences), but it has too many little bugs that seem to take forever to fix. I think I'm about to abandon it.
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Jazzyguy
22 July 2012
Version: 5.11.2
I have used Omniweb since 2002. I was glad to pay for it then and I use it now quite frequently. It has numerous features that other browsers lack and they are unique to Omniweb. It is a polished browser and I still love it after years of using it.
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Dana-Sutton
21 July 2012
Version: 5.11.2
I love OmniWeb, but my basic complain is that, since it has been made a free product, it seems to be something like an orphan within Omni's scheme of things, they do very little to update and improve it. I think it needs some equivalent of Safari's extensions, specifically those extensions that prevent Google tracking and otherwise enhance privacy and security. I also really like Safari's Top Sites page and wish that Omni had something similar.
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mackhalid
27 June 2012
Version: 5.11.1
i love it
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Pripyat
20 April 2012
Version: 5.11.1
This is a magnificent web browser. I've been using it for years (back when it was still shareware) and it's never let me down. I discontinued its use for a while when Safari 5 was released, but OmniWeb always worked best for me in terms of RAM & CPU usage. It did however take me a while to get used to the different tabs system again - would be great if an option was added that allowed Safari-style tabs in OmniWeb.
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pixturesk
18 December 2011
Version: 5.11.1
Fast Browser, can use my Safari Bookmarks, but I can't get images to load automatically, have to click the "Load Images" icon for all the images to load on a webpage, then have to click again if I change webpage. How can I fix this in Preferences? Thanks.
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pixturesk
18 December 2011
Version: 5.11.1
Fast Browser, can use my Safari Bookmarks, but I can't get images to load automatically, have to click the "Load Images" icon for all the images to load on a webpage, then have to click again if I change webpage. How can I fix this in Preferences? Thanks.
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Iliketrash
17 December 2011
Version: 5.11.1
I've tried _all_ the rest and OmniWeb is still the best.
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Xenos
17 December 2011
Version: 5.11.1
a modern browser without 1Password integration in a world consisting of hundreds of personal sites with identification need ??? consequence: all in the same boat will have to move to little beloved Safari or worse ?
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Ericg
17 December 2011
Version: 5.11.1
Very ironic. A once very popular and compelling and hugely distinctive Mac Browser comes out with its first public upgrade in over a year ostensibly to incorporate Lion OS Yet it cannot go full screen and doesn't make use any of the Lion screen gestures. Could it be an Omnijoke?
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silverhand31
03 December 2011
Version: 5.11
Just install this the first time. Look quite interesting but -Full screen -Extension -Smart Zoom Do we have it?
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wickedsp1d3r
01 August 2011
Version: 5.11
Great and speedy browser! Although the current alignment of tabs is an unique feature of OmniWeb, I'd like to see an option to use a regular tab bar like the other browsers out there. In my opinion it takes a bit too much space from the window.
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friautz
22 July 2011
Version: 5.11
Excellent work and nice that it's free now. Only the strange tab bar makes me a bit crazy, lol. But it's something other browsers don't have. Ye and thank you for still supporting PPC and Tiger!
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Thresher-the-Shark
05 July 2011
Version: 5.11
Att. MacUpdate. It may be time to update OmniWeb page's icon and screenshot.
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Lord-Lightning
02 July 2011
Version: 5.11
The Omni Group - Weʼre passionate about productivity! That right? Really?
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Thresher-the-Shark
22 June 2011
Version: 5.11
Thank you OmniGroup for continuing to support PowerPC and Tiger Users!
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Lvdoc
21 June 2011
Version: 5.11
Back in the day, this browser was not free. I paid for a license. I not regret that, nor do I feel bad that it's now free. I would still pay for a license if it were required.
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Cortig
21 June 2011
Version: 5.11
Still the best as far as I am concerned.
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Lord-Lightning
12 June 2011
Version: 5.10.3
Easily has the measure of every other browser except for the needlessly annoying inflexible search bar. Just that one fix and I would use ahead of Camino - the only thing that comes close for every day use. Please fix the search bar Omni.
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St00pid-M0nk3y
15 March 2011
Version: 5.10.3
Holy crap, this browser is fast... and the default ad blocking is awesome. o_O
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Nomad11
06 December 2010
Version: 5.10.3
Has an old fashioned UI, but it's the fastest browser I have. My default browser: Safari is way too slow, and Firefox isn't integrated well enough in the mac system (no formatted copy and past / services). Important: OmniWeb ad-blocking works well
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sbchavel
26 November 2010
Version: 5.10.3
I love the look and customization that is possible. But through various versions I have had repeated trouble, in which streaming of either voice of video hands the application. Safari never has this problem. Any help welcome.
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OliverTerrier
18 November 2010
Version: 5.10.3
I still love this browser too; it's a great alternative to Safari. A slight modernization would be welcome but it still looks great to me. I LOVE the tab previews in the drawer it's a killer feature that I wish Safari had.
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Lesoth0
26 October 2010
Version: 5.10.2
Still my favourite browser overall. The side Tabs are just so elegant compared to the rest, and I just love the Favourites bar with the .ico file beside the bookmark. Glad Omni fixed the "stale cookies" bug.
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zx
26 October 2010
Version: 5.10.2
I'd pay good money for some real development on this wonderful browser! Also, a redesign will be nice....
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Libertyforall1776
26 October 2010
Version: 5.10.2
Still not 64-bit like Safari...
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Biker4mac
23 August 2010
Version: 5.10.1
This has been my favorite browser since switching to OSX many years ago. However, after it became a free program support for it has been dwindling and I've been having to use Safari or other browsers for certain sites. A shame, because OmniWeb still does a number of things I value that no other browser can compare to. Perhaps I'll have to check out more of the plugins for Safari and FireFox to see if I can make one of them behave like OmniWeb enough to switch.
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Aetnaria
29 May 2010
Version: 5.10.1
For those that don't want to wait until the next official release of OmniWeb, check out their latest SneakyPeek: http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniweb/download/sneakypeek/ Just be aware that it is an ongoing alpha, and thus prone to untested issues.
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Penguirl
26 April 2010
Version: 5.10.1
Still my favorite browser, primarily for the Workspaces, graphical tabs, page markers, and per site preferences. I used to have occasional crashes with OmniWeb but now I can't remember the last time that it crashed. I only wish they'd update the version of WebKit in OmniWeb more often.
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Ahkira28
03 April 2010
Version: 5.10.1
Would be my favorite browser except, in its current incarnation, it typically uses 600 - 800MB memory. Omnigroup needs to address this. I am currently using Chrome which draws much less resources. Though they are not frequent I also experience more crashes with OW than with any other browser.
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zx
21 March 2010
Version: 5.10.1
Best browser by far! I wish that the OG will putt some more effort into it. Anyway, I'll gladly pay for it★★★★★
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Libertyforall1776
05 February 2010
Version: 5.10.1
I loved OmniWeb, and they have lead in browser design, including the NEXTSTEP days, but wake me up when they finish the 64-bit version, until then Safari for me...
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L-G-S
21 December 2009
Version: 5.10.1
Very nice web browser with a very useful features. However the interface is old and ugly will be nice a new one more leopard alike. Specially with the tab drawer thing and the search box. It's time to change that. They are some problems with javascript links in diferents webs like hotmail. Actions doesn't work. Also they should add some default rules for some websites like MobileMe which dont let use the web interface with Omniweb unless you change the web browser identity to Safari or Firefox.
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Leonledragon
23 November 2009
Version: 5.10.1
No services avalaible !!! Not completely compatible with mobile me...
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Syzzygy
17 November 2009
Version: 5.10.1
While OmniWeb is generally fast its rather cumbersome, inefficient method of handling bookmarks make it a pain-in-the-ass to use. With all other browsers, one merely clicks on 'bookmarks' in the browser's menu bar and then clicks on the bookmark one wants from the drop-down menu; and voila....that's all. With OmniWeb, one clicks on 'open bookmarks window', then clicks on one's bookmarks list and then scrolls down the list to find the bookmark one wants, then double clicks on it to go the bookmarked website. How is that any better than the tried and true expeditious method employed by all other browsers? I'll stick with the lovely, fast and feature rich Firefox; the latest version 3.6b2 being very stable.
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Maclover1-1
02 November 2009
Version: 5.10.1
Could easily be my favorite if I did not find the icons and overall appearance so appalling... I seriously wish it has a Safari skin ;-) Ugly girls don't get any sorry, no matter how smart. Ok behind closed doors with a bag over the head I lik'em smart and possibly ugly.. Kiss don't tell. But do get a makeover anyway OmniGirl will ya' ?!! Ya could be MUCH prettier.
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Southpawami
02 November 2009
Version: 5.10.1
It just doesn't get better. It's stable, it's solid, it has a library of options that aren't elsewhere out of box. How can you not like this? The only thing that really isn't nice about this software is that it isn't on Linux or Windows.
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Robotank
03 October 2009
Version: 5.10.1
I keep coming back to OmniWeb, especially when I get sick of dealing with unsupported Safari plugins. I think there are a couple areas OW could really improve in to bring it into line with the latest iterations of Safari and Firefox. If it addressed some of these things, it would blow Safari out of the water. Here are what I see as its pros: 1. Advanced features with minimal need for plugins: OmniWeb has several essential features lacking in Safari. In particular I like: workspaces (session saving basically, though it allows you to save multiple sessions); single-window mode; fine control over cookies, pop-up windows, etc.; site preferences; ad blocking (I'm currently using GlimmerBlocker instead of OmniWeb's built-in blocking; it's an all-in-one solution, and I don't have to make my own filters.); customizable search engines and search keyword shortcuts; form editor window for text fields. Some of these features can be added to Safari, but then you get all the attendant annoyances of unsupported plugins. The only hack-ish plugin I need in OmniWeb is 1Password, which is absolutely essential, not to mention well-supported, stable, and always up to date. I also use ClickToFlash, but this is a WebKit plugin, not an unsupported hack. Also, compare the implementation of some of these advanced features to their implementation in Opera or iCab. OmniWeb's settings are comparatively very easy to navigate. 2. Side tabs: I find the vertical thumbnails on the side make it easier to quickly switch tabs, because I can see what's on the page. They also preserve vertical window space, which in more important than horizontal space in a web browser. Areas where I think OmniWeb needs to improve: 1. Interface: The interface is alright, but it seems clunky and old compared to Safari's slick UI. This is just an aesthetic point, not really a big deal. 2. URL bar auto-completion and search box suggestions: OmniWeb could really benefit from some of the strides made recently in these areas by Safari and Firefox. I'd love to see Glims-esque drop-down search results, but I'd settle for Safari's suggestions. Also something like Firefox's Awesome Bar that has better URL completion as well as access to history and bookmarks would be fantastic. 3. Find feature: OmniWeb's find feature is like that in a word processor or text editor. I'd love to see something like Safari's find feature where you get a little drop-down text box at the top of the page and it instantly highlights results as you type. An option for type-ahead support (find as you type) would be great too. 4. Miscellaneous: Something like Opera's Speed Dial or Safari's Top Sites would be cool. I'd also love to see something like the visual Cover-Flow history search from Safari 4 (IMO the best new feature in Safari 4). In conclusion, though OmniWeb has been in maintenance mode for several years, it still has many useful features that set it apart from the more popular browsers. It wouldn't take much to make OW the hands-down best browser on the Mac. The Omni folks have hinted at a 64-bit version as well as a version 6, but there's no clear indication of when we may see either of these improvements materialize. Here's to hoping.
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star-affinity
17 September 2009
Version: 5.10.1
Please add the possibility to use ”ctrl tab” to switch between tabs.
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Steven-Goodheart
14 September 2009
Version: 5.10.1
One of the things I loved about OmniWeb is it's built-in shortcuts....powerful, and unlike KeyWurl and other SIMBL or Safari plug-ins, it doesn't break when a new OS comes out. But to my chagrin, after crafting my own shortcuts "by hand" I just discovered you can add a customized search and shortcut in OmniWeb with just a few clicks. I don't know *how* I managed to miss this after all this time of use, but in case others have too, here's all you have to do (yes, it's in the Help file, but somehow, I missed it) *** The search field that appears in the default configuration for the Navigation toolbar comes with many popular sites that are available for searching. Simply choose a site from the menu that appears when you click the magnifying glass, type your search term(s), then hit Enter, and the results will be returned in the browser window. Each Search Shortcut that appears in the menu is configured using the Shortcuts preferences. You can easily add new sites to the list by visiting the site you want to add, clicking into the search field available on the site, and then clicking the Add Search button that appears on the status bar ( ). You can also right-click or control click in the search field on the web page and choose Add Search Shortcut... from the contextual menu. If the search form on the website contains various options for configuring the search you will want to set those to the appropriate values before creating your new shortcut to ensure the correct query is submitted to the website when you use the search from the toolbar in the future. When adding a new shortcut a dialog will appear that lets you choose a name for the shortcut as it will appear in the menu of available sites to search on. *** Once I discovered this nifty trick, adding shortcuts is as easy as in FireFox. Way cool, quick, easy, and powerful. Can't believe I missed it! Hope this is of help to others who may have too.
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Foulger
30 August 2009
Version: 5.10.1
Click on download, black screen with audio bar & loudspeaker saying loading - doesn't happen
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Fyreflye
29 August 2009
Version: 5.10.1
Not me. Ask for help at the Omni Forum: http://forums.omnigroup.com/forumdisplay.php?s=354062fd9db9016e376089fbb1eb9d39&f=3
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Ericg
29 August 2009
Version: 5.10.1
This is bizarre, but the latest version of Omniweb fails to open gmail. Has anyone else had this problem?
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OliverTerrier
29 August 2009
Version: 5.10.1
I just love this software. It works great, has many more features than Safari and the tab implementation is just terrific. My only wish is that it have a context menu item for looking up a word in the Dictionary.app. Otherwise it's perfect.
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Southpawami
05 April 2009
Version: 5.9.2
As for 5.9.2... it does what you expect a browser to do... including a hundred options you don't expect from a browser. It passes Acid test, Acid 2 test, but not Acid 3 test. It can be fairly memory intensive compared to Camino, though the extra options and options on how the tabs are displayed can make it much more of a comfort. As for 5.10 sneaky peek. It's a gem. Engine wise, seeing Acid 3 test pass 100 out of 100 really shocks a person used to seeing it fail browser after browser. Loading is faster than 5.9 which is to be expected, and the numerous options OmniWeb gives you in a one stop shop format are always welcome and don't seem to be anywhere else. I would compare it to Firefox 3.1 testing version and Safari 4 testing version... but I didn't find either stable enough to browse with for where I normally browse. However, thus far, Omniweb 5.10 sneakypeek is stable through where I normally browse(though I cringe every update, hoping for the best)
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Darukaru
03 April 2009
Version: 5.9.2
With the latest 5.10 sneakypeeks, OmniWeb has all of the best features of Safari 4 (blazing fast rendering and JavaScript performance) with none of the drawbacks (Safari 4's bizarre tabs), and a bevy of additional features. The Site Preferences alone are indispensable-the ability to set custom style sheets on a per-site basis is something that every browser should ship with by default. Its adblocking isn't quite as powerful as Firefox with Adblock Plus, and I wish it supported GreaseKit user scripting, but there's very little else to complain about.
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Fyreflye
01 April 2009
Version: 5.9.2
Now loading almost as fast as Safari and already heading toward OmniWeb 6. See http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/download/sneakypeek/ for the 5.10 nightlies.
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Robotank
01 April 2009
Version: 5.9.2
Strangely, this release doesn't seem to include the Safari 4 WebKit that has been in each of the 5.9.2 Sneaky Peeks, though it includes support for something I've never heard of called the Gopher Protocol. I think I'll stick with the latest Sneaky Peek for now.
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Dana-Sutton
01 April 2009
Version: 5.9.2
My understanding was that Omni was making OmniWeb free because they were ceasing its development, and I am very pleased to see that they are going ahead with it and haven't broken up the development team. Good work, guys.
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iindigo
29 March 2009
Version: 5.9.1
I've been using the latest SneakyPeek build for a while now, and I gotta say, it's doing very nicely. I can't even really tell it's a beta. One feature of OmniWeb that I've really come to love is the ability to apply custom stylesheets on individual pages - it gives me the power of the Firefox plugin "Stylish" without the nasty clunkiness and un-Maclike/"I'm faking it" feel that comes with Firefox. Overall, the browser is great and I can't wait to see what version 6 holds in store.
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libecchio
22 March 2009
Version: 5.9.1
This must be an almost unique case of software moving from commercial to free (not open source) and speeding up in development ... The difference between 5.9 and the new 5.9.2 Sneaky Peeks is spectacular. Not only is rendering improved (I can now use several financial sites which were unusable with 5.9 and the old WebKit) the whole application has become much more predictable in its behaviour, particularly when opening dozens of tabs at once; 5.9 frequently ground almost to a halt, or even crashed, in that case. An unexpected surprise is that what looks like a trivial change on paper (automatically closing the tab drawer when the last tab is closed) improves the whole "tone" of the browser. The user interface may not have changed much in some time, but it still looks and feels good; there is nothing superfluous and I hope that OmniGroup resists the temptation to add CoverFlow or similar worthless bling as it moves towards 6.0. After some time away I am back with OmniWeb as my default browser.
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Ir-edjucated
13 March 2009
Version: 5.9.1
Some comments say that this browser (version 5.9.1) passes the Acid3 test. This is simply not true. It scored a 75/100 which is the exact score Safari 3 places. Other comments posted say this was the same engine as Safari 4. I have my doubts about that. Especially with the score being exactly the same. http://acid3.acidtests.org/ - Try it for yourself. I am not saying that this is not a good browser. Just ensuring that the public is well informed.
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Leopoldbloom
13 March 2009
Version: 5.9.1
I'm so glad to see development of OmniWeb picking up again. I used it as my default browser for a while, and the reason I stopped was because development was extremely slow, and it was always lagging months behind Safari in its WebKit version. Now that development has picked right back up, I'm going to give OmniWeb another run. The 5.9.2 SneakyPeak builds are already using Safari 4's WebKit, and they are blazing fast. The things that set OmniWeb apart for me are its superior control over browsing, particularly site preferences, and the tab side-bar.
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Kraized
12 March 2009
Version: 5.9.1
Please have the option of 'normal' Tabs like every other browser available today.
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Southpawami
12 March 2009
Version: 5.9.1
This is the best browser for Mac. Until it went free, I just used what would do, Firefox/Camino/Shiira/Safari/ etc... Now it's free, and I can afford it. Awesome.
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Yaypea
12 March 2009
Version: 5.9.1
I have been using OmniWeb exclusively for 3 years now. It has served me quite well with minimal problems. I am now using the 5.9.2 version which incorporates the new Nitro WebKIT engine. Although this is an alpha release, it has been rock-solid so far and is extremely FAST! It also passes the Acid3 test along with Safari 4 beta. For me, the "site-specific" preferences are a "godsend". Also, a huge plus, is that they actually have tech-support. When I have had an issue or question, I have never had to wait more than 24 hours to get a helpful reply. Now that it is free, what are you waiting on? Download it and try the best Browser going!
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Fyreflye
12 March 2009
Version: 5.9.1
The reports here of OmniWeb's death have not only been greatly exaggerated, but with the recent installation of the WebKit engine and achievement of 100% Acid3 compliance OmniWeb has become simply the best Mac browser available. As an alpha release it's not yet for everybody, but now that it's free everybody can still play with it and see what the original Mac-only browser has become. Not bug free, but getting there. It's already progressed to 5.9.2 alpha heading toward an eventual OmniWeb 6. The "Sneaky Peeks" page is here: http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/download/sneakypeek/
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Tankknight
28 February 2009
Version: 5.9
Bummer that omni is going to "almost" mothball omniweb. I paid for this back in its infancy and kept paying each upgrade fee as i really liked this web browsers features. I understand why omni wants to get the most bang for their buck with their other profitable products, but lately alot of Mac developers are abandoning their products. This is getting very irritating and dangerous as most of the abandoned work fine until they finally can't handle an OS update and/or conflict with another app. I know this is harsh, but now if 6 months go by without an update to a product or like in this case the company announces its free and/or no longer a priority app, i remove it. I have found this policy keeps my system very stable, but depresses me.
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Lesoth0
26 February 2009
Version: 5.9
It really is still the most gorgeous of the Mac browsers. The tab system out to the left, and the Favourites dock (with your links and their relevant .ico file beside) at the top is by far the most elegant solution to any of the browsers. Only prob I've ever had with it is with HOTMAIL, but Firefox 3 sorts that out. Apart from that 90% of my daily web usage is (was) as a paying customer of OmniWeb. I also hope others now try it. I just never bothered with Safari after version 3 came out due to Omniweb.
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Fyreflye
25 February 2009
Version: 5.9
Now that OmniWeb is finally free I hope more Mac users will try out this excellent alternative to Safari and Firefox. Its ability to customize individual web sites for cookie retention/rejection/erase when closing browser, for ad blocking/ad retention, for font size, etc. is matched by no other browser. Download the ad.subtract CSS from MacUpdate and use it as a style sheet and you have an additional level of ad blocking to use on a site by site basis. It still doesn't pass the Acid 3 test but it's now faster than Firefox and almost as fast as Safari.
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Mbhockey
21 February 2009
Version: 5.8
Terrific alternative to Safari. Bought an educational license years ago and I'm surprised to see that it still works (have been using Safari as primary browser for a while now). I love that it has customizable ad-blocking built right in, that the built-in OS X in place dictionary works in OminWeb, beautiful tabs, webkit engine, smooth scrolling, and a strong development team. For all these reasons, I think it is the best Mac browser when compared with Safari, Firefox, and Camino (the only other real browsers on the Mac).
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Frodo-life
02 October 2008
Version: 5.8
it's getting usable, I bough omni web over a year ago but realised quickly that it was not ready for prime time and stopped using it. I just downloaded latest version and this one is working actually quite well. However it uses consistently around 90% of my quad G5 processors just by running in the background with 6 tabs open. In comparison Firefox uses 12% with 10 tabs open.
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Handycam
26 September 2008
Version: 5.8
Version 5.8 is like Safari with every Safari add-in already in it. I prefer WebKit over Gecko, and OmniWeb offers that plus additional features such as site preferences and workspaces that further enhance browsing. Oh, and I run 5.8 for hours and the RAM hovers just under 250mb.
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Bigdave56
26 September 2008
Version: 5.8
I bought OmniWeb early in v5, when it was $30. I like the customizability and many features, but I have frequent rendering problems too. In addition, I have problems dragging text from one place in another inside a text form, like when you want to rearrange words in a paragraph on a BB. This very basic functionality, which works on every other browser on my Mac, has been broken in OmniWeb for close to a year (Omni is aware of it.) Some of the previously unique features, like graphic tabs and individualized site preferences, have started to show up in open source browsers. As a result of all this, I seldom use it anymore. Makes me sad because I see wasted potential.
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Bill-Clinton
13 August 2008
Version: 5.7
The Omni developers continue to add small touches to OmniWeb but they should be focusing on one and only one job: stop the damn memory leaks. Web browsers have a long tradition of memory leaks but OmniWeb is by far the worst of Mac browsers in this respect. I have to quit and relaunch OmniWeb at least once a day as it consumes 300 MB to 500 MB of memory after a modest amount of use! Firefox 3 has aggressively addressed its memory problems and now it is time for the others to follow suit. OmniWeb is by far the finest browser on the Mac and possibly on any platform but for this one aspect.
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Pat320
17 June 2008
Version: 5.7
OW is simply the best browser. Because everything is customizable, you will develop a new way to surf. And I will never go back to others browser , that look very poor and not easy to use for me now. I use it since 2 years everydays now. Try it like a software, not like a browser ;-)
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Dougster
15 June 2008
Version: 5.7
My favourite browser. Faster at loading pages than Safari and Camino (on my iMac, anyway).
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Ronin-1
28 May 2008
Version: 5.7
I purchased OmniWeb a long time ago and gave up on it some time ago. Although some features are innovative, I find the bookmarking system to be simply unusable in any practical sense. Specifically, it does not work the way the developers say it should/does. It is the worst of the many browsers I have tried in this regard. For this reason alone I have quit using it after many communications with the developers which have been unproductive. If you keep many bookmarks and add to them I do not recommend this browser.
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Robotank
14 May 2008
Version: 5.7
Leo Spill: Please provide examples of some of these alleged site problems and security holes. I've had very few issues with pages rendering in OmniWeb, and in the problem cases it seemed to be an incompatibility with WebKit, as the same problems occurred in Safari. In some cases, simply changing the user agent in site preferences to something compatible will cause a page to behave better. If some sites are designed to work with IE and don't work properly with WebKit, it is Microsoft that should be taken to task for refusing to adhere to web standards. As for the security holes.... All browsers have vulnerabilities that pop up from time to time. I don't see OmniWeb being very problematic regardless, since with its tiny market share I can't see many malicious web sites making a point of attempting to exploit OmniWeb vulnerabilities. Furthermore, though it uses a version of WebKit close to that used by Safari 3.0, it's not exactly the same, so old Safari WebKit vulnerabilities may not apply either.
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Leo-Spill
12 April 2008
Version: 5.7
To reviewer 'BILL CLINTON ' and other myopic listeners. If you think that OmniWeb is just fine surfing all sites you are living in a cocoon... and shouldn't be allowed out of your schizophrenic observation room. I wish it weren't true but OmniWeb balks at thousands of sites and Firefox ( With all it's faults and bad GUI ) is the only true cross-platform browser for the Mac. Buy this excellent Mac browser if you just surf Mac sites but just try banks and other heavy windozed world sites and you won't get far, won't get support and are open to huge security holes.
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Bill-Clinton
10 April 2008
Version: 5.7
I've tried _all_ the other Mac browsers, most for several days each, and I always come back to OmniWeb. It simply has features that the others don't have or that require adding with plug-ins of variable quality (which then go obsolete when the browser itself is updated). Why do I keep trying other browsers if I love OmniWeb so much? Memory leaks. I've tested the memory use of most of the Mac browsers and those that use WebKit all leak badly. OmniWeb seems to add on to this bad situation, using more memory than Safari. The more memory my computer has, the more memory OmniWeb uses. I have 2 GB and OmniWeb, over a couple of days, depending on usage, will typically hit 450 MB of Real Memory used, as reported by Activity Monitor. I can watch memory use grow as certain functions and certain pages are loaded; when the pages are closed, memory is not released or is only partially released. (Some people explain that the numbers reported by Activity Monitor require expert interpretation, saying e.g. that the memory required by certain frameworks is reported as all belonging to each of the applications that is using the framework. So what. That doesn't explain 450 MB. Furthermore, I can quit OmniWeb and relaunch it--the exact same state is restored when you relaunch, one of OmniWeb's nicest features--and the memory used is hundreds of MB less. So much for the "you don't understand Activity Monitor" theory.) Anyway, the cure for this is to relaunch OmniWeb from time to time. Aggravating to be sure, especially if you were logged into one or more web sites since you'll have to log in again. But the saving grace, like I said above, is that OmniWeb exactly restores the complete state of the browser upon relaunch (related to one of its coolest features, saved workspaces). All browsers in the history of the universe have leaked memory. However, I have used the beta 3 version of Firefox and it isn't too bad--it leaks much slower and seems to not hit sky-high memory use like most of the others. But adding and maintaining plug-ins to make a poor approximation to OmiWeb's features, and then operating with only a subset, is more work for me than relaunching OmniWeb from time to time. The support from the developers is top notch, always resulting in a quick personal reply by e-mail. Crashes are extremely rare but when they do happen the cost is slight because, once again, relaunching brings you right back where you were. $15 for the top browser is a trivial amount (I think I paid $30 several years ago--not sure).
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Leo-Spill
10 April 2008
Version: 5.7
I love this browser. It adds the bits n' pieces I need a browser to do. But and this is a huge 'But' it still doesn't offer the near 100% integration that is needed on the mostly 'Windows-wide-web' Firefox is still the only browser that most 'tricky' sites recommend or will even answer support questions about. It would obviously be a mammoth task to make a browser 100% but even Safari is nearly useless on so many sites. Designers 'especially those on a tight budget' only make sites windows compatible and that isn't going to change any time soon. So this browser is a little like a low-end Mac. Good for a little bit of surfing but you can't really recommend it without reservation. It's such a pity as Firefox is so ugly and un-mac-like in it's look and feel and in use and Safari so limited.
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Penguirl
10 April 2008
Version: 5.7
OmniWeb is my favorite browser, however 5.7 does not work for me. The File and Edit menus are missing completely, and the application menu does not show up. I cannot cut, copy or past, create new tabs, etc... Reverting to 5.7b1 fixed the problem.
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Mac-Adam
10 April 2008
Version: 5.7
who buy a browser ?
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Chris-Walken
10 April 2008
Version: 5.7
I usually try the final releases to see if they ever become stable enough because I really do like the browser otherwise. Freeze, force quit, see ya next time. I guess other people have success with it, but other browsers hardly ever give me any trouble while OmniWeb always does. And I'm on a brand new MacBook too.
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Sigil
10 April 2008
Version: 5.7
This is a great alternative to Safari. Omniweb is fast, stable and quite user-friendly. The developer is top-notch. They make great software at fair prices and offer awesome customer service. I only have two small gripes about this browser. First, I wish the interface was more eye-pleasing. Second, I wish the search interface was more like FireFox's search.
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Tom46
21 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
After the fiasco of Safari 3.1, I switched to OmniWeb as my main browser. It does all Safari did and more. Cookie management is excellent. Definitely a keeper!
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Ronald-Price
20 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
Not bad, lots of features, decent overall performance. The preferences allow lots of customization and the individual site preferences make this even better. Unfortunately OmniWeb has gone in a direction that is no longer relevant to me. I want things like the ability to remember my default window size/position. Some control over fonts would be nice too, though this is a problem with every WebKit browser I have seen. The big cartoonish tab drawer makes me wish I could disable tabbed browsing altogether. So, while it works well enough, OmniWeb just doesn't work the way I want.
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Biker4mac
17 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
I've been using OmniWeb ever since I first started with OSX.2 many years ago. Not only does it have the features that I want, but the folks at Omni are very quick to respond to any issues or suggestions. I've watched a couple of my suggestions (granted, probably suggested by hundreds or thousands of others as well) get incorporated into OmniWeb through the years. Glad to see another major update come out with even new features to try out.
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Slob
17 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
I agree with DONKEYOTAY - after years of being registered and then giving up on it a while back, this is the best version I've ever used. No crashes after days of heavy use, unlike Safari (for me anyway); no need for any add-on plugins, good configuration as has always been, and most of all - great performance.
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TSMelo
17 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
I don't know if up to 5.6 I had some sort of non-standard interface (don't think so), but the icons in 5.7 remind me of Firefox... Why, in a moment where Apple itself is changing it's interface style (iTunes, Finder, etc) would Omni go the other (ugly) way?
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Donkeyotay
16 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
This seems to be the best version of Omniweb for some time. Stable since I downloaded it. Very fast. And compliant with the web sites I use regularly. Very impressed for beta software.
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Macsterdam
15 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
to switch back to OW, I'd need the following: find-as-you-type & less ram use. A more up to date interface wouldn't hurt either (think Shiira!). I still think it's a great browser, well worth the money, but without the requested features I don't see myself using it any longer.
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Lee123
15 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
Wow, If there are people still buying OmniWeb you should definitely check out iCab. It is a far superior browser than omniweb and it is blazing fast. Just my opinion, I have actually purchased omniweb in the past but now have moved to icab.
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Sunbeam
15 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
I've always loved this browser and use it about 50% of the time. Great features for a web developer such as myself. It's not perfect and Omniweb has ignored many of my feature requests for years but it is a pleasure to use and the wonderful implementation of 'tabs' sets it apart.
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anonymous-dingo-729
15 March 2008
Version: 5.7 beta 1
OmniWeb is the best browser for me at the moment. I wish it was as stable as Safari, but Safari doesn't have the features I like and use, like visual tabs, saving sessions, shortcuts and site preferences. Also i hate that Safari doesn't tell you that it's blocked a pop-up. Two things that I hope for is more stability and direct bookmark syncing with .mac (not with iDisk).
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Hotfreaks
08 February 2008
Version: 5.6
I've pretty much given up OW for dead. There are "Sneaky Peek" versions of 5.7 available, but they dont seem to have progressed much past 5.6. Many very sloppy bugs remain unfixed, particularly on the RSS handling front. Once far and away the leader in innovation for Mac browsers, OW now lags far behind. Even the UI, for which OmniGroup apps are famous, is disjointed and incoherent, not quite in Leopard and not quite in Tiger. I recommend Camino or WebKit nightlies for power browsing.
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