Where’s Chrome for the Mac? Wherever it is, it’s obviously not a high priority””nearly nine months after the PC version was released””because to date Google has offered users little more than vague promises.
Last September””say that again””last September, Google’s Sergey Bring said the lack of a Mac version of Chrome, the company’s innovative WebKit-based (yes, that is Apple technology) was “embarrassing.” Perhaps, but not in any meaningful way.
Thereupon, if you haven’t tried Mesa Dynamics’ browser of a similar hue lately, then you really owe it to yourself to give it a shot. Stainless 0.6 arrives bearing several fairly non-descript new features (ie a global history manager) and a passel of bug fixes. Nevertheless, this a Chrome inspired multi-process, tabbed Web browser which was once considered just a technology demo that has really matured nicely and includes several not to be found anywhere else features.
One of those is parallel sessions, which allows you to log into a site using different credentials in separate tabs at the same time. Further, this feature is integrated throughout Stainless, from the private cookie storage system, to session-aware bookmarks that remember the session in which they were saved.
This should come in handy for the webmaster of a WordPress Web site who’s also ordinary poster, as well. Users of Google’s many, many services likely will enjoy parallel sessions, too.
A bird? A plane?
On the subject of Google and its many splendored offerings””nothing completes a Google search faster on the Mac than Stainless. You don’t even get to blink; the response is instantaneous.
Also, on simple websites (ie WordPress), performance is likewise nearly instantaneous. In fact, although there are occasional slow downs, which I can’t yet pin down to any one site or set of circumstances, I am increasingly of the opinion that Stainless is the fastest browser available on the fairer platform.
Such a claim would have been pointless a couple years ago. Today, however, with Safari and Firefox both offering first rate performance and features, that another Webkit browser can come out of nowhere to contend for the speed title says a lot about Mesa Dynamics’ coding abilities and commitment to this product.
It also says a lot about the fundamental excellence of WebKit, which is also the basis for (*cough*) Google’s Chrome.
And, hey, are you tired of waiting for Chrome? Don’t be, ’cause you’ve gotta put Stainless on your list! Get your copy of Stainless 0.6 here (557K).