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Raven – A New Mac Site-Specific Web Browser

Posted · Category: License Free, Tools

Raven is a new Mac site-specific web browser that will help you be more productive. They created Raven with the belief that if a browser provided a more helping hand that web apps would not have to work as hard to mimic their desktop counterparts. Browsers could provide more ways for developers to leverage their functionality and do so safely.

Raven leverages a technique called site specific browsing to create a dedicated web browsing instance for each one of your favorite web apps. His history browser provides a clean, easy to read list of the pages you’ve visited with a preview pane. When you found something you want to read later simply bookmark it.

You can also simply start typing what you want and Raven scours your history, bookmarks and favorites. Not what you want? Simply hit return and it will search Google. Raven has selected Webkit, which the fastest, most secure and best HTML rendering engine on the planet. Web content should look as exactly as intended from browser-to-browser.


Requirements: Mac
Demo: http://raven.io/
License: License Free

  • I take offense at seeing WebKit being called the best HTML rendering engine on the planet.

    While it may do a pretty good job of staying neck-and-neck with Opera for fastest and it probably IS the most secure, it has plenty of obscure bugs that have been sitting around for ages if you know where to look.

    For example, for years, you’ve been able to set a background properly on a table row in other browsers like Firefox and Opera, but anything WebKit based will repeat it as if you set it on the individual cells (and click handlers on TR elements wouldn’t fire until about a year ago).

    …or, another example, Piwik analytics recommends that you open external links in new windows to make external-link click tracking work reliably because, navigating the page in WebKit aborts XMLHttpRequests in a stricter manner than other browsers.

    There are more, but this is a comment, not a blog post in itself.

  • I have to agree with Stephan. Webkit has some really annoying bugs. I am finding less trouble with IE9 than the webkit crew of browsers. And none of them have their own conditional commenting…

    And if we are just making overblown statements with no real proof, then Firefox also gives foot massages while being the best browser on the planet.

    lol… the rest of the article was good though and Raven is pretty cool. At least I know if it is working in Chrome and Safari, it prolly works there too :)

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