CNET Editors' review
Camino is a relatively fast and lightweight Web browser that uses the same rendering engine as Firefox, the other open-source browser from Mozilla. This Mac-only browser has long been known for its Mac-like "feel" (unlike Firefox, which is less Mac-like by design), and this last major update only reinforces that experience.
The new Gecko rendering engine (shared by Firefox 3) is arguably the most important change in Camino 2, giving it a big boost to speed and security compared with previous versions, but the browser has also added quite a few thoughtful new features. The most flashy addition is Tab Overview, which provides a visual overview of all your tabs (similar to Safari's "Top Sites" but with tabs), and a few other tab innovations, such as a scrollable tab bar. Camino also now features an "Annoyance Blocker" (blocking not just pop-ups and ads but even Flash animations on a site-by-site basis) and a history of recently closed pages, so you can quickly reopen that page you didn't mean to close.
Many of new features in Camino 2--everything from content zooming to support for Growl, AppleScript, and modern Web standards--just let this browser catch up with Apple's Safari and Camino's sister browser Firefox (and Camino can probably never compete with Firefox's many extensions and add-ons). But users of the "big two" browsers will find a lot to like here, and migration from one browser to another is easier than ever, especially with third-party helper apps. If you're at all intrigued by Camino--or dissatisfied with your current browser--Camino is absolutely worth a try. (Or if you wait, you can count on seeing many of Camino 2's features copied or co-opted by future releases of the competition.)
From The Camino Project:
The Camino Project has worked to create a browser that is as functional and elegant as the computers it runs on. The Camino web browser is powerful, secure, and ready to meet the needs of all users while remaining simple and elegant in its design.
Camino combines the awesome visual and behavioral experience that has been central to the Macintosh philosophy with the powerful web-browsing capabilities of the Gecko rendering engine. Built and tested by thousands of volunteers, Mozilla's Gecko brings cutting-edge innovations and capabilities to users in a standards-friendly and socially responsible form.
What's new in this version: Upgraded to version 126.96.36.199 of the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine, which includes several critical security and stability fixes.
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All versions:4.4 stars
out of 333 votes
Current version:3.0 stars
out of 3 votes
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"...the Saddest Are these 'It Might Have Been'"
Version: Camino 2.1.2
It's a Mac-only browser and it handles cookies better than any other browser.
Buggy as hell and 'way behind the times.
I WANT to keep loving Camino. I've been using it for years, mainly because I love the way it handles all things cookie-related. But the fact of the matter is that it not only gets buggier as time goes by but it's pretty primitive in some ways. You can't view PDF in it and it won't auto-complete anything, both pretty basic browser functions. But the worst is that now, virtually every click or act of scrolling results in a beach ball and a good six seconds of response time. Pitiful.
"But I don't use iCloud!"
Version: Camino 2.1.2
Does not require a new Macintosh.
Works with older versions of OS X.
Far more recently updated than than Firefox or Safari for pre-OS X 10.5.
Works with Web sites that only accept the most recent browser revisions.
Lacks some of the bells and whistles of the latest mega-browsers.
Works better than Firefox 3.6.28 or Safari 4.1.3, which are the most recent revisions that will work on a non-PowerPC Mac.
"Incompatible with iCloud!"
Version: Camino 2.1.2
Seems fast and stable.
Don't understand why it comes so highly recommended when it's incompatible with iCloud.
Not suitable as a solo browser for those who use iCloud.