SeaMon­key 2.46

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APC Australia - - Software - Alexan­der Tol­stoy

SeaMon­key, born from the clas­sic Mozilla Suite, is one of the most com­plete, pow­er­ful and fea­ture-rich browsers around to­day, even when put against the likes of Fire­fox or Chromium.

The SeaMon­key Suite con­sists of a web browser, email client, WYSIWIG web page com­poser and an ad­dress book man­ager. Other fea­tures can be found as add-ons from the Mozilla store, such as Chatzilla (an IRC mes­sen­ger), Light­ning (cal­en­dar), DOM in­spec­tor and more — many add-ons from the vast Mozilla col­lec­tion are com­pat­i­ble with both Fire­fox and SeaMon­key as the browser en­gine code in SeaMon­key is synced with the en­gine from Fire­fox.

For in­stance, the lat­est SeaMon­key 2.46 has the same Gecko en­gine as Fire­fox 49, so both browsers ren­der web pages iden­ti­cally, in theory. SeaMon­key keeps the tra­di­tion of the clas­sic web browser, as it was seen back in late the 1990s (no Aus­tralis-like in­ter­face, for in­stance). For many users, this de­sign is more ap­peal­ing than fancy mod­ern browsers, but you can cus­tomise SeaMon­key with a cus­tom set of use­ful add-ons if you wish. This way, you can bring back close but­tons to tabs, turn the menu bar into a com­pact but­ton and ad­just the ap­pli­ca­tion be­hav­iour to your lik­ing. The es­sen­tial Fire­fox add-ons, in­clud­ing the broad se­lec­tion of ad block­ers and au­dio/video down­load­ers are also com­pat­i­ble with SeaMon­key.

Apart from the browser com­po­nent, the suite also has a ro­bust email client, which works with all mod­ern mail ser­vices, such as Gmail. It’s no­tice­ably lighter than Thun­der­bird and doesn’t have as many ad­vanced fea­tures (for ex­am­ple, you’ll need to man­u­ally fill in your in­com­ing and out­go­ing server de­tails), but it works beau­ti­fully.

The Mozilla Com­poser is an­other nice ad­di­tion for those who want to study HTML ba­sics. Sim­ply de­sign a page in the vis­ual ed­i­tor and ex­plore the code in the next tab.

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