Shiira 2.0b2 review

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Shiira is a web browser based on Web Kit and written in Cocoa.

License: Freeware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 3043K
Developer: MKino
Price: $0.00
Updated: 13 Dec 2006
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Shiira is a web browser based on Web Kit and written in Cocoa.

The goal of the Shiira Project is to create a browser that is better and more useful than Safari. All source code used in this software is publicly available.
Shiira 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.

The Shiira Project is an attempt to development a web browser using Web Kit. 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.

Here are some key features of "Shiira":
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:
The authors have created a new user interface for version 2.0, since it was difficult to extend the 1.x style interface. In version 2.0, Shiira has a variety of interface changes, but it remans Shiira.
The purpose of this release is to introduce the new design, although some features remain to be implemented.
Shiira 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4, because one of the purpose of the Shiira project is to leverage the latest Mac OS X features, e.g., Core Data. However, the authors have plans to release a successor to the current 1.2 version that works on Mac OS X 10.3. (Please note that this is a beta version software, it is considered "very unstable," and many features are not implemented yet).

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