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OmniWeb 5.5 Goes Universal, Switches to WebKit

by Adam C. Engst

The Omni Group has completed a deceptively minor update to OmniWeb [1], their feature-laden Web browser that sports iconic tabs, workspaces, RSS news feeds, site-specific preferences, and more. New features in OmniWeb 5.5 [2] include support for saving pages in the WebArchive format, a warning that appears upon reloading a page that would resend a form, and a global and site preference for user-defined style sheets. But OmniWeb 5.5 isn't about features - the real news is that it's now a universal binary, providing better performance on Intel-based Macs, and it's based on a slightly customized version of Apple's WebKit browser engine framework [3], which means greatly improved Web site compatibility, rendering performance, and stability. In short, OmniWeb should now perform like Safari, which also relies on WebKit. The $30 OmniWeb 5.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later, is a free update for owners of OmniWeb 5.x, and is a 10.1 MB download [4].

[1]: http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/
[2]: http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/releasenotes/
[3]: http://webkit.org/
[4]: http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/download/