Top Five Browsers, plus one

I like to compartmentalize my work. I like to open something–a box, a notebook, whatever–and have all the tools I need handy, without distractions from other projects. It’s one of the ways I maintain focus.

So, a little over a year ago, I realized that I needed to compartmentalize my Internet-related work, too. I needed to log into one set of accounts for a project and do all that work. In some cases, I couldn’t be logged in to multiple accounts at a time, so I figured I’d get a new browser for each main task.

I did a little research and, thanks largely to Twitter, found some new browsers.  It took about three months to find/test browsers for my needs, but once settled, I’ve never looked back. The bonus is that, at my home computer, I can set it to remember all the passwords, so small tasks are quick and efficient instead of burning my time with a lot of logging in.

These are my five six favorites for the Macintosh OS.

Opera

http://www.opera.com/

LoriLuza.com. For all my training, editing, and writing work, I use Opera. I find this browser to be wonderfully stable. I like being able to navigate dialog boxes with the keyboard (one of the only things I miss about using a PC instead of a Mac). The shortcuts are extensively customizable, making this browser good for advanced users. It’s a fairly lightweight program, too, which I’m sure it part of the reason it’s so fast.

Chrome

http://www.google.com/chrome

AsYouWishAustin.com and all of its connected accounts, I access through Google Chrome. Chrome is a heavier program but it is stable and comes with lots of options.

Sunrise

http://www.sunrisebrowser.com/

I maintain the web and social media presence for the Austin Alumni Chapter for the University of Miami. When I open sunrise, all the tabs are for our site and accounts. This broswer is the lightest weight, making it perfect for netbooks and maybe even tablets.

OmniWeb

http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniweb/

For another group I volunteer with, I use OmniWeb. It’s not quite as fast as some of the other browsers, but it is reliable. I’ve also used Apple’s Safari for this purpose with good success.

Firefox

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

This is my “catch all”. It’s where I receive most of my email and handle all personal tasks. Firefox stays running all day while the other browsers come and go as I meander through tasks. Firefox is stable and it’s popularity ensures many features and add-ons. It can get “heavy” with too many, though, so my advice is to pick a few favorites and dump any add-ons you don’t use on a very regular basis.

If your browser isn’t quite serving your needs, maybe one of these is a better fit for your content and work style.