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what web browsers are available for the mac that doesn't suck my physical memory dry?

It just seems like firefox likes to eat up a lot of memory. I've already done the memory tweak command line in the config file but I was wondering if anyone here usess camino and internet explorer from microsoft.

I have been quite happy with firefox but I want to make sure that I get accustomed to a browser that is the best for the mac platform.

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If you want a browser that is best for the mac platform, why don't you stick with safari, its a really nice and fast browser developed by apple so it works well with their software and hardware.

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what web browsers are available for the mac that doesn't suck my physical memory dry?

It just seems like firefox likes to eat up a lot of memory. I've already done the memory tweak command line in the config file but I was wondering if anyone here usess camino and internet explorer from microsoft.

I have been quite happy with firefox but I want to make sure that I get accustomed to a browser that is the best for the mac platform.

thanks
When I bought my iMac 10mths ago I had been used to using FireFox on my PC. Straight away I hated Safari and ran for the safety of FireFox for Mac.

Pretty soon though I discovered that Safari actually offered everything that I had grown accustomed to while using FF on my PC.

Now I use Safari, it's my first choice. Sure it's good to have a few browsers on hand for one reason or another but Tabbed Browsing is all I need at the present and Safari does that.

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what web browsers are available for the mac that doesn't suck my physical memory dry?

It just seems like firefox likes to eat up a lot of memory. I've already done the memory tweak command line in the config file but I was wondering if anyone here usess camino and internet explorer from microsoft.

I have been quite happy with firefox but I want to make sure that I get accustomed to a browser that is the best for the mac platform.

thanks
Safari is my first choice (though it'll be much nicer when they make the next release, judging by the nightly webkit builds) simply for what its zoom button does rather than maximize or enlarge to some arbitrary size. Between those two, I would definitely go with Firefox simply because it's much easier to add new stuff to the configuration (about:config) and it actually has extensions.
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I fell in love with Safari when I first used it in Jaguar, but it had it's problems back then but got better till now it's my favorite browser for 95% of what I do on the web. I do keep FireFox, Camino, Opera and a few others there just in case and when doing web sites to be sure the site works with everything out there.

You might try Camino though, It's the Mozilla engine like Firefox but made to fit in with OSX a lot better than FF.
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Safari is my main choice, sadly its been crashing a bit for me while using iTunes, though I only noticed this since I updated to 10.4.8, not sure if thats the reason.. Anyway FireFox I am not all that keen on but then again I never really liked it that much for PC once I started using IE7 beta.
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I stick with firefox, simply because I use a variety of platforms and I can have it configured in exactly the same way... nothing new to get used to.
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Right now I am using Camino because I got so frustrated with the launch time of Safari. But I do love Safari because everything just works =] for a while I was using Shiira and I will probably go back to it when the new version comes out.

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I just recently came over to Mac and was using Opera, which I have used for years. I switched over to Safari and like it fine and intend to stay with it.
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Is there a way to prevent FF from using up so much of the memory?
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I only switched this week and was planning to use Safari. However, as soon as I went to Protopage (which is my Startup Page) I got a message telling me,

"Unfortunately, Protopage.com uses browser technologies that Safari does not yet support. We hope to bring back Safari support soon. Until then, we highly recommend you use the Firefox web browser (download it from www.getfirefox.com)."


Must be a problem with AJAX I imagine.

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Well I don't know how it works but most people build there websites to suit either Firefox or IE.

So a safe bet would be with Firefox but considering,as has been mentioned, Camino is built of OSX instead of simply being ported thats also a good bet.

I've got Safari, Firefox, Camino and Opera. I use Safari mainly but I find Firefox is handy for viewing IE Sites and the others are just there for show. Although I do prefer the look and feel to Camino and Opera compared with the others.

In the end it all comes down to preference.

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I only switched this week and was planning to use Safari. However, as soon as I went to Protopage (which is my Startup Page) I got a message telling me,

"Unfortunately, Protopage.com uses browser technologies that Safari does not yet support. We hope to bring back Safari support soon. Until then, we highly recommend you use the Firefox web browser (download it from www.getfirefox.com)."


Must be a problem with AJAX I imagine.

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What browser technology do they use? Safari and Firefox have always been on par with each other.

Not to mention the page looks exactly the same to me on both firefox and safari. All the functionality seems the same as well. Weird...
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what web browsers are available for the mac that doesn't suck my physical memory dry?

It just seems like firefox likes to eat up a lot of memory. I've already done the memory tweak command line in the config file but I was wondering if anyone here usess camino and internet explorer from microsoft.

I have been quite happy with firefox but I want to make sure that I get accustomed to a browser that is the best for the mac platform.

thanks
What's the tweak? I'm assuming it prevents Firefox from keeping all tabs cached even after they've been closed, which causes it to use hundreds of MB of ram.
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After googling, it was surprisingly hidden but here it is:

1. Go to about:config
2. search "browser.cache.disk.capacity"
3. Change the value to something lower.

According to Computerworld:

For RAM sizes between 512BM and 1GB, start with 15000. For RAM sizes between 128MB and 512M, try 5000.
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