As usual I read it on techcrunch, this time about Flock.
Flock is a free web browser that makes it easier than ever to share photos, stay up-to-date with news from your favorite sites, and search the Web.
And of course I tried the browser, again. The first time I tried it was a couple months ago, when it was still some very early version and it was somehow not easy to understand how to use it and it was eating up all my resources.
Flock has officially released it’s first beta last week, and since then you can see a lot more press about it. Which is great I think. The browsers more or less haven’t changed during the last years. Flock is the first browser to integrate the web into the browser. That is very nice.
So I tried my flickr account with flock, and that was really nice, you get the pictures in a kind of a toolbar up on the top of the screen and can drag them in your blog post, or whereever you like. That is easy to use.
Flock lets you star sites - I don’t understand how it works. And if I have to read about it, it is probably too complicated to use. So I stared a couple of things and left the feature behind. I didn’t see no outcome.
Next was the RSS reader. Well, I exported my feed list from NetNewsWire Lite and imported them into Flock. First bummer: the groups were either not exported or not imported. Sux. Ok, I need to resort my feeds anyway. But feed reading is so much less attractive with Flock, that I tried to change the viewing mode, since I am a guy who needs a quick overview of the articles and then on my click I want to read it. Flock is wasting a lot of space and the overview it provides is not as effective as NetNewsWire, imho.
I thought adding a feed to the feed list is as easy as dragging the rss-icon to the list. Of course not, that would have been too easy. I tried some other things that I thought would do it, but none did. Next feature that doesn’t attract me.
Still, I made Flock my default web browser. That was about one or two weeks ago. Today I am switching back to WebKit. Flock’s RAM and CPU usage is just outrageous. I got 2GB of RAM and a G4 with 1.25GHz, which is not the newest but still the lowest high end. I have all my nine virtual desktops filled with any kind of applications, so my computer is packed and greedy apps are not welcoome. And those that start my fan too often and raise my load above normal levels are even less welcome.
I need a browser that does play nicely with my system. Flock definitely doesn’t!
The nightly WebKit can also be called the latest developer version of Safari.
Actually I saw no reason to go away from WebKit, if Flock hadn’t come along with a set of really interesting features. The system integration of WebKit is probably the smoothest, the browser is rendering pages the fastest and it just feels handier than all others. For developing I am of course using FireFox with the latest FireBug - that is still unbeaten.
I can see the browsers are evolving and getting better, but there seems a long way to go. I am keeping my eyes open with curiosity.