Monday, October 29, 2007

10 web browsers that aren't IE, Firefox or Opera

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If you ask me to pick up one browser, it will always be Opera. When I started browsing the internet some 8 years ago, I began with Internet Explorer like everybody else. I was happy with IE because I was ignorant and there weren't many alternatives at that time. When the Firefox revolution arose I switched to Firefox. But I had hardly used Firfox for three months when I discovered Opera. After that there was no looking back and I have been using Opera ever since. But some people out there are still using Internet Explorer. If you ask them they won't be able to name even 3 other browsers. Even most of the people who are using Firefox or Opera are not aware that plenty of alternatives are available. So today I'm going to bring you 10 of the finest browsers that aren't IE or Firefox or Opera. Here we go.

1.Maxthon: Maxthon is a very powerful web browser which runs on top of the IE engine. A very fine browser, if you ask me. Those who can't leave Internet Explorer should definitely try this one. Some of it's features are:

# Tabbed Browsing
# Mouse Gestures
# Maxthon Smart Acceleration: Boosts the browsing speed of your frequent visit websites.
# Magic Fill: Automatically fill forms.
# Feed Reader
# URL Alias: Give a name to your favorite website, and then visit it by simply typing the name in the Address Bar.
# Ad blocker
# Web Sniffer: Web Sniffer can help you find the real URLs of FLV video file on those online video website. An excellent feature.
# Screen Capture and many more

Download size: 4.25 MB

2. Avant Browser: Avant Browser's user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability. Another recommended alternative to Internet Explorer. Features:

# Tabbed Browsing
# AutoFills
# Flash Animation Filter
# Built-in AD/Pop-up Blocker
# Built-in RSS/ATOM Reader
# Additional Mouse Functions

Download size: 1.85 MB

3. Deepnet Explorer: Deepnet Explorer is first browser to come with a P2P client. It's fully compatible with IE and offers good functionality. Some of it's features are:

# Tabbed Browsing
# Multi Start Pages
# Phishing Alarm
# Adverts Killer
# Form Filler
# Mouse Gesture
# Super Drag & Drop
# File Sharing
# RSS News Reader

Download size: 5 MB

4. Gogo Explorer: Gogo Explorer tabbed browser is a powerful web browser. It is based on the Internet Explorer engine, and provide some excellent features. You must have not heard about this one but it has lot's of features. It's usefulness is evident from it's features:

# Auto Hide float Ad.
# Hide float Ad with middle button of mouse.
# Design web page before print.
# Net TV.
# Download tool.
# Translation web page.
# Auto retry to download image when image can not be viewed.
# Access custom web site through custom proxy immovable.
# Test or stat favorites in batches.
# Auto scroll web page.
# View medias within Gogo Explorer.
# Zoom web page

Download size: 1.4 MB

5. K-Meleon: K-Meleon is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight web browser for the Win32 (Windows) platform based on the Gecko layout engine (the rendering engine of Mozilla). K-Meleon is free, open source software released under the GNU General Public License. Features:

# Tabbed Browsing
# Mouse Gestures
# Complete Toolbar, Menu, Context Menu, & Keyboard Shortcut Customization
# Block Popup Windows
# Themes & Skins

Download size: 5.17 MB

6. Flock: Flock is a web browser that is based upon Mozilla Firefox and other solutions from Mozilla. The developers from Flock call it a "social browser", due to the special features included in it, mainly those for interacting with social networking web services, such as Flickr, Del.icio.us, Technorati and some popular blogging and news aggregation services. Some of it's features worth mentioning are:

# The Blog Manager
# The Flickr Topbar
# RSS integration
# Favorites with del.icio.us integration
# The Shelf
# History Search

Download size: 10.3 MB

7. Acoo Browser: Another browser based on the IE engine. Acoo Browser is a powerful multi-tabbed Internet browser based on the Internet Explorer engine (IE 5 or greater required). Acoo Browser provides a user-friendly GUI interface, including tabbed document windows, dockable panel groups and customizable toolbars. It certainly has some impressive features.

# Mouse Gestures
# Built-in syntax highlighted HTML source viewer
# Powerful built-in Web page analyzer
# Built-in calculator
# RSS Reader
# Recoverable Popup Blocker
# Ads Filter
# ActiveX Filter
# Script error suppression
# Web page zooming
# URL Hotkey, URL Alias etc.

Download size: 1.6 MB

8. Crazy Browser: Inspite of it's crazy name, Crazy Browser is a powerful Web browser. It provides many features that make surfing the web more comfortable and less confusing. It uses extremely low resources, the minimum memeory requirement being a mere 16 MB. It looks similar to Internet Explorer 6 but has some good features:

# Tabbed Browsing
# Customizable Mouse Navigation (Mouse Gesture)
# Plug-ins
# Built-in Smart Pop-up Blocker
# Multimedia Data Loading: Control the download of multimedia, ActiveX, Images, Videos...
# Middle mouse button click on links open on new tab
# Full support for P3P privacy policy and zone-based security assignments.
# Zooming Web page

Download size: 687 KB

9. SeaMonkey: The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to deliver production-quality releases of code derived from the application formerly known as "Mozilla Application Suite". Whereas the main focus of the Mozilla Corporation has shifted to Firefox, our group of dedicated volunteers works to ensure that users are provided with a compelling integrated internet software suite — and have it stable enough for corporate use. Some of it's main features are:

# Tabbed browsing
# Popup blocker
# Image Manager
# Inbuilt email client with spam protection
# HTML editor
# IRC chat client

Download size: 13 MB

10. Netscape Navigator: And last but not the least, is the Netscape Navigator. Netscape Navigator was one of the first browsers and quite popular in the 1990s before Internet Explorer took over. The latest version of Netscape Navigator has a lot to offer.

# URL correction
# Link Pad
# Use the Link Pad as a holding area for interesting links that don’t merit bookmarking.
# FF2 Extensions
# Install any Firefox 2-compatible extension.
# Sidebar: Use the sidebar as a "mini browser" to keep a page in plain sight while you surf through other pages.
# and many more.

Download size: 5.77 MB

Phew!! That was some list. Pick out one which you like and start using. Who knows? it might even become your favorite browser. Happy surfing!!

9 comments:

  1. I used Maxthon for quite a while in the past, and liked it. But then, like you, I found Opera and have never looked back!
    But I'm not here to go on and on about how great Opera is, but more so to remind your readers that a "browser" is, at its roots, its rendering engine. For example, Maxthon and Avant certainly add functions that are not present in IE, but you're STILL using IE and are thus exposed to it's dangers (especially if you're pre-IE7).
    Same thing for K-meleon and Flock vis-à-vis to the Mozilla engine.
    Anyhoo...
    Vive Opera!

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  2. @Wandering electrons

    Rightly said. Using browsers that run on top of the IE engines is certainly not secure. Opera and FF are better options. But then there are lot of people who just don't want to change. They still stick with IE6. A few of them who are wiser by a tiny bit upgraded to IE7.

    I want to show these people that a browser can do much more than what they think can do. Browsers like Maxthon and Avant will give them this "more" with the familar looks of IE. Once they get used to the features, maybe they can change to proper browsers like Opera or FF.

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  3. Wandering electronsOctober 29, 2007 at 11:45 PM

    Qouting Kaushik: "Once they get used to the features, maybe they can change to proper browsers like Opera or FF."

    Well there I think you've hit the nail on the head, because you just described my browser history perfectly!

    I was your classic IE5/6 user, I started using Maxthon, and then one day I said to myself, 'hmmm, maybe I should try something else...' I tried Fx, because it was "the other browser", and then I discovered Opera.

    So yes, I agree; using one of the choices you mentioned here can indeed be a jumping off point to other, better things.

    Keep up the good work!

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  4. Opera is no doubt a awesome browser but I use Firefox and Seamonkey.It's like-I'm addicted to these browsers.IE6/7 is bloatware,resource hogger.Not using them any more.Used opera but the slow rendering of pages on my 64kbps connection made me stick with FF.Tried Maxthon and Avant-they have got some pretty features that enrich your browsing experience but then IE engine makes them vulnerable.
    SeaMonkey is a slightly better browser-because it packs an email client into the browser,Html editor,irc chat plus most of the features of Firefox(though finding a right extension or plug-in is pain the head).I love it.

    I sometime use Lynx-the text browser.Fun,safe,no images displayed-great when you want to read wikipedia articles or some lengthy blog spots.
    Ghostzilla is another browser helps you browse pages with a certain amount of privacy.The Ghostzilla window disappears when the mouse cursor is moved away from it, allowing the user to very easily hide it.

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  5. @xntricpundits

    Opera is slow in rendering pages? I doubt that. Anyway, Opera 9.5 is coming which is going to be faster than 9.24. So watch out for that.

    Seamonkey is allright, but I find the interface a bit cluttered.

    And do you know you can use Opera as a text browser too? Other features like "hide non linking images", "show only images" and many more options are available.

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  6. Could've acknowledged the fact that Maxthon, Avant (through Dr. Orca) as well as Scope and Networker browsers can use both Trident and Gecko as their rendering engine.
    (not to forget IEtab)

    How about listing 10 browsers that do not use Trident(IE), Gecko, Presto/Merlin/Kestrel (Opera) or WebCore/KHTML(Safari/Konqueror) as their rendering engine ?
    Ones that you've actually used/seen used, not just picked the names off
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_layout_engines or evolt browser archive.

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  7. @Anonymouse Coward:

    That wikipedia link was informative. Thanks.

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  8. Opera is slow for dial-up, but very fast if you've got good speed. I don't know why.

    I like firefox, because - with the addons - you can really make it your own.

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  9. eye did download DEEPNET EXPLORER

    i wanted to put an extra gmail for chat

    it wont work

    i sent support and email

    that has not been returned

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