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Review: Browse the Web and access your favorite apps using Raven

View Web sites and enjoy some useful new features offered by Raven for Mac.

As a Web browser, Raven for Mac performs adequately and its interface is interesting, making all common features easily available. Most notably, the browser's Smart Bar offers a unique and more streamlined browsing experience for each Web app you install.

Raven for Mac starts up quickly. Its default window size is good, keeping large areas of the screen visible, but allowing for access to all major buttons. A bar along the left side contains well-labeled icons for the typical fare -- home page, history, favorites, and downloaded files. The top of the window contains a URL bar, and the traditional navigation controls. Navigating Web pages was easy, and each loaded quickly without any errors. One of the program's main features, a Web App Shop, took a bit longer to load; but once it did, it operated smoothly. The Web App Shop won't disappoint with its multiple categories and inclusion of social networking apps. By clicking on the install button under each app's icon, the app successfully installs within a couple of seconds and its icon will be visible on the Smart Bar. Additionally, the installed app completely integrates with the browser's Smart Bar and, once clicked, displays app-specific commands. Each installed app can be easily removed by clicking on a small icon at the bottom of the Smart Bar and then clicking on the "Edit" button. If you don't like the Smart Bar, you can also easily hide it, and the same goes for the app's toolbar.

Raven for Mac fits the bill for users looking for a browser with a unique design and great app store. This browser is innovative, smooth, and beautiful. It will be especially appealing to users who use popular social networks on a regular basis.

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