Meet the Flockers

Meet the Flockers

Summary: My favorite Web browser these days is Flock. It's built on the Firefox engine, supports my various blogs and cool features built-in like hooks to the social networking services that I use...

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flock.jpgMy favorite Web browser these days is Flock. It's built on the Firefox engine, supports my various blogs and cool features built-in like hooks to the social networking services that I use:

- You can share your photos, browse your friends' with the help of Flickr.com.

- Easy blogging tools are built in to let you draft, format, and publish and allows you to blog from one window.

- Instead of having numerous bookmarks in numerous browsers on numerous machines, Flock allows you to save and share your favorite sites to your del.icio.us or Shadows account.

The only problem is that even though they just released a new version (0.5.13) Flock is still not Universal Binary. The good news is that according to a blog posting, the upcoming Cardinal release will have some very cool upgrades. Some highlights:

- Photos - easier to keep up to date, drag photos to a text area to upload
- Feeds - improve feed reading and subscription process
- Favorites - improve import, easier navigation of favorites
- Shelf - move shelf to bottom of screen with open-on-hover
- Blogging - simplified & streamlined
- Usability, performance and stability improvements

Regarding a Universal Binary version of Flock, Robin posted this on his blog:

We do plan to eventually offer Universal binaries.  We will follow Mozilla’s lead on this, after they release 1.5.0.2+, we will use the system that Mozilla is using documented at: http://wiki.mozilla.org/Mac:Intel.  So assuming we have some MacIntel boxes in house dedicated for testing, we will probably have testing builds some time in May 2006.

What's your favorite Mac browser and why? Post your comments in the TalkBack below. 

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  • Met, Then Promptly Said, "Adios, Flock!"

    Flock crashed repeatedly for me, so I am going back to Camino with no issues so far. I knoow they both use the Mozilla engine, but Camino seems far more stable, IMO.

    1.5 RAM
    OS 10.4.6
    iBook G4, 1.42 GHz
    Amyisraelchai
    • Please say "Hola" again with the next release.

      Flock is currently a technology preview. This May's release will be a first beta. We have been particularly working on the performance and stability of Flock on MacOS.

      If I can help with your crashes, please email me directly.

      --
      All the best to you,
      Lloyd D Budd
      Flock QA (Qommunity and quality Assurance)
      Flock / http://flock.com
      Email / flockoyd@gmail.com
      Blog / http://foolswisdom.com/~lloyd

      PS. Camino is a great browser!
      foolswisdom
      • Thanks

        For taking the time to directly reply to my post. I am experimenting with different browsers, as I don't care for Safari at this point. So far, Camino has worked the best for me. I'll definitely give Flock another look in May.

        Ted
        Amyisraelchai
  • I don't see the advantage

    Couldn't the features of Flock be implemented into Firefox using extensions? I'm not seeing what's so great about it.
    anythingbutmine0
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      Very good question. Bart answers this well.
      http://www.decrem.com/bart/2005/10/creating-sustainable-value/
      foolswisdom
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