The Most Useful Mac Browser On Planet Earth Is Free

A long, long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away… was a browser that did everything. It browsed. It handled email. It built web pages. It manages newsgroups and chat. It was the Swiss Army Knife of browsers.

Netscape Communicator was my first browser. It did everything. Communicator was a suite of apps all rolled into what was then the most popular browser, Mac or Windows.

It featured an email app, a newsgroup manager, an HTML editor, even an address book.

Today, Netscape is no more (thanks to illegal operations by the criminal company, Microsoft). What carries the flame of the all-in-one-crowd?

SeaMonkey. It’s Mozilla’s answer to Netscape Communicator. As a Mac user you’ve tried Safari, probably used Firefox, and maybe even had a flirtatious relationship with Google’s Chrome browser.

What you haven’t experienced is what it was like to use a browser back in the last century. That’s SeaMonkey. Underneath, it’s Firefox. That makes it fast, secure, and comfortable.

Tucked into SeaMonkey is the browser, of course, but email and newsgroups, plus an address book, and an HTML editor (with a few other tools). And, it handles many of the add-ons made for Firefox.

It even looks a bit like Firefox, but with a different set of options.

 

Email handles multiple accounts, too, so there’s no reason you couldn’t use it for all your email (though it’s not as full-featured as Mozilla’s Thunderbird).

The list of features built-in to SeaMonkey is staggering. Themes are available to customize the look and feel. Browser windows open in tabs. There’s a pop up ad blocker. Even the email is tabbed and there’s a junk mail control option.

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Composer is the HTML editor which also handles tables, image resizing, and CSS. There’s a DOM inspector (yes, I know what that is), and a JavaScript debugger.

All things considered, SeaMonkey does much more than Safari or Chrome. It may not be quite as fast at loading web pages, but it’s close. And pages render the same as in Firefox.

Why is SeaMonkey free? I don’t claim to understand the business model of open source apps, but whatever it is, I hope Mozilla keeps on trucking because it’s great to have so many apps that do so much and cost so little.