SeaMonkey 1.1

SeaMonkey is Mozilla’s browser that is more of an all-in-one type of solution with a built-in email client. I think this overview from Mozilla sums up SeaMonkey quite well for those:

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to deliver production-quality releases of code derived from the application formerly known as “Mozilla Application Suite”. Whereas the main focus of the Mozilla Foundation is on Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird, our group of dedicated volunteers works to ensure that you can have “everything but the kitchen sink” — and have it stable enough for corporate use.

SeaMonkey 1.1 was released just the other day, and I have to admit that it features some nice enhancements. It is mostly stuff that can already be found in Firefox 2 since that is the basis for the browser. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Inline spell checking
  • About:config warning page
    About:config warning page
  • Drag and drop URL’s between existing tabs
  • Tab preview
    Tab Preview
  • Improved phishing protection in the email client

The tab preview functionality is pretty cool, but Firefox users can get an extension that does that. I have always found that feature to be useful when you have a bunch of tabs open and can’t see the name on it, but I’m not a very big fan of installing a lot of extensions to help keep Firefox slimmed down a little. It would be cool to see implemented in Firefox but there are a lot of other things I would rather see first.

I think SeaMonkey might be a good solution for some people looking for a packaged deal, but I still find it funny that the theme used with SeaMonkey is the old-school Netscape style.

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Thanks to “Jack of all Trades” for the tip!