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  • 4.0 stars

    "passwords"

    July 24, 2009  |   By i9natz1

    Version: SeaMonkey 2.0b1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Once I enter the master password on a secure website to fill automatically the username and password on the form, these are not filled in as in Seamonkey 1.1.17.
    I imported everything to the new version, but this doesn't work. Also the home button in the menu bar is not present.
    Before switching to this version, I would like it to respect every settings I had before.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Old Netscape with a cute name"

    March 31, 2009  |   By peripo

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.1.15

    Pros

    Pages build almost instantly; I tried eBay, Apple, W'Post & MSN simultaneously and all came up instantly. If you used Netscape then you'll feel right at home, the Mail interface is efficient too. Has Tabs too which is essential. Also has Addons.

    Cons

    Importing bookmarks seems problematic. I haven't found out how to do that yet and that's a deal breaker right there if I can't import them. It doesn't have an AddOn like Foxmarks either so I can't get my bookmarks that way.

    Summary

    Using SeaMonkey takes me back a few years as mentioned above to the old Netscape days. It's super fast and if you have a dial-up service or you're on the move I think it would be invaluable. I can't see myself using it on my Mac at home though - no point since speed and simplicity isn't an issue and I'm very happy with Firefox, but all in all, I'll certainly be keeping this on my faithful old iBook for those days when I'm sitting in the car musing.

    That could change if I can sort out the bookmark thing though.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best Browser and very good Email Client!"

    March 31, 2009  |   By PaulKB

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.1.15

    Pros

    Fast browsing. Very good integration between email and browser (you can open an email link in a new tab.

    Cons

    SeaMonkey 1.1.15 does not use the latest Gecko rendering engine and JavaScript. The good thing is that the 2.0 SeaMonkey release will update both Gecko and Javascript to the latest verions.

    Summary

    If you love Firefox, but wished it included an email client, or have found FireFox's interface 'too dumbed down and IE like" give SeaMonkey a try. If you are new to SeaMonkey, you might want to wait for the 2.0 SeaMonkey release which is due out shortly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Browser!"

    July 22, 2007  |   By Razzledazzle

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.1.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    All my bookmarks were imported on launch. This browser is fast and pared down to the essentials but has mail and newsgroups. I like it as well as Shiira. It does not have some of the bloat that other browsers feature and it is a smooth alternative to Firefox andCamino. In addition it is very Maclike.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best browsers/internet suits for the Mac."

    June 3, 2006  |   By PaulKB

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    If you haven't tried SeaMonkey (formerly called the Mozilla Internet Suite) give it a try and you might happen to like it. SeaMonkey uses the exact same rendering engine as Firefox but includes includes most of the functionality needed for the Internet. Besides a browser there is a Mail Program, Newsreader, Composers (for simple web page development and basic design) and and IRC chat program. RSS is the only missing functionality, but this function will soon be added in a not too distant update.

    I have used Seamonkey (formerly called Mozilla) for about five years ever since Milestone 6 (which regularly crashed by the way :) ).

    Why not use Safari, FireFox or even the Camino (developed specifically for the Mac) browsers instead? My reasons for using SeaMonkey are:

    1. I prefer an internet suite, SeaMonkey allows a tight integration between the browser and email. When I right click on a link in an email it will open in a new tab in the browser.

    2. I am not a professional web designer, so the few times I want to put up a basic web page, Composer gets the job done easily for me. The pages it can produce are good looking.

    3. I find, although this may be a subjective, that SeaMonkey surfs the Internet faster than Safari.

    4. SeaMonkey open 99.9% of the Web sites I surf too, including my banking. For the rare site, the reason this browser is unable to open the page is that browser detection is not letting it in. This is changing as web designers gain more knowledge about the variety of browsers on the internet. Another very rare occurrence were SeaMonkey has had difficulty with a site is when the site uses a Windows only technology and then it would not matter which Mac browser I used.

    5. I prefer the preferences pane over that of other Mac browsers. SeaMonkey's preferences provide me with more options so I can set the browser up the way I want it. One example in Firefox is that there is nothing in the preferences for setting the HTTP Networking settings. So if a Firefox user (who is not very technically knowledgeable) is told that you can speed up FireFox by enabling HTTP pipelining, just go to "about:config" and set it to true, they will not be capable of finding this preference, let alone setting it to "true".

    6. My favorite SeaMonkey feature, is the sidebar which can display many things. I use the sidebar primarily to display browsing history and Bookmarks. I loath pull down menus for the display of bookmarks. I find these pull down menus much harder to navigate, and remember you position in the list. Scrolling a sidebar window is a much simpler way to keep track of your position in the bookmarks list.

    7. I'll admit to my prejudice: SeaMonkey has been my browser of choice since 1999 and my default browser since 2000 when version 1 of Mozilla was released. I am used to Safari and would rather fight than switch. This is my bias, but I also have less biased reasons for loving SeaMonkey, which I have stated above.

    There are more points, but for this review this will do. SeaMonkey is my favorite Mac web browser. It is fast and does most of what I want to do on the internet. It is like the Swiss Army knife for the internet (in a good way).

    Oh and one thing more about tliv's comment about the apperance of SeaMonkey. I really like its appearance using the default theme. With the default theme SeaMonkey fits in well with the Mac's GUI theme. But hey if you do not like the default SeaMonkey theme you can always install a different theme, or develop your own them if you have the necessary simple skills required.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Better than I expected."

    April 23, 2006  |   By mpegmpeg

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    SeaMonkey 1.0 is the program I have used for over a month now. I found it better at loading certain sites than Safari. SM loaded faster. Safari is slow. Painfully slow. Despite what Steve said at the last MW Conf. Safari is stable now - but some sites it just takes forever to load a page whereas SM just whips them down.

    I haven't had any probs yet with SM. Yes, to most posters, the GUI for SM is AWFUL - it's so old looking. If they get the GUI fixed, this could be a contender. Also the GUI waste's a lot of space along the top of the page.

    I just treat it as a RETRO Browser and move along with it. I am not quite confident on their password storage method - however - I have not fully tested that yet - but it's retrieval method works well.


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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Great!"

    April 14, 2006  |   By Razzledazzle

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Just tried it and I like it! So far so good.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Feels like 1994 all over again"

    April 13, 2006  |   By peterpayne

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Wow, 1994 is back with Sea Monkey. I want to like this app, since among other things I greatly desire for HTML editors to be good again (Home Page 3.0, anyone???). Sadly this was unuseable for me, mainly because the programmers can't see past the design of the original Netscape Communicator -- can't add features, can't realize that if an HTML page always opens in the browse, not the editor, I...can't...very...well...use...it...to...edit...my...files. Unless they really tear the whole thing apart and put it back together, I don't forsee it becoming what I need.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good browser"

    February 22, 2006  |   By macsteiro

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is a good browser. At the first look it seems to be identical as Mozilla suite but.. Seamonkey is much faster than Mozilla suite.
    Seamonkey have all the things you need to be on the net. Its not fancy but its stable, fast, use less memory of your computer than other browsers, its safe, i have just tested seamonkey in (bcheck.scanit.be/bcheck/).
    Over the last 2 years i have tested alot of mac browsers, many are good, but no one is so useful as Seamonkey. And its in norwegian :), not many browsers are in these days.
    It had a lack of rss reader but still, this is now my primary browser.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "SeaMonkey is great!"

    February 4, 2006  |   By PaulKB

    Version: SeaMonkey 1.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    SeaMonkey IS NOT a clone of Firefox! One of the design goals for both FireFox and ThunderBird is to design a browser which is easy for the non-technical user, easy for the user switching from IE and a only has the most necessary items in the UI (user interface). Well not everyone agreed that these goals for Firefox/Thunderbird were the best goals for a browser for them.

    Some users do not want a browser which emulates IE in order to win over users. Some peopole want more than just the most basic items in the UI. Also SeaMonkey users want a preferences dialogue which includes more than just the most basic items. Some people feel it is wrong for users to have to go to "about:prefs" to set preference items which should be in the preferences dialogue.

    Also many users want a program which includes bothe a browser and email. This has advatages such as a tight integration between the browser and the email. You can open a link from an email in a new tab. When you are browsing you can recieve new email notifications.

    Also SeaMonkey has a basic (adequate) WYSIWYG web site editor and good web deveoloper tools such as the javascrip console, java console, Dom inspector, and Javascript debugger.

    I have used both SeaMonkey 1.0Beta and SeaMonkey 1.0 (final) and have found both to be very rck solid and bug free. I have NOT experienced any incompatibilities with version tracker. By the way SeaMonkey is fast, even on MY Mac a B/W G3-350ghz.

    Give SeaMonkey a try if you have not been fully satisfied with the stability of FireFox or desire a browser with an integrated email program.

    I have found very little to complain about SeaMonkey except the lack of an RSS reader (which is planned for a future release) and the VERY rare site which has been written only for IE,

    SEAMONKEY IS NOT A CLONE OF FIREFOX. IMHO SeaMonkey is what FireFox should orm could have been if you desire a browser and email which goes beyond the basics.

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