iCab: a better browser for iPad

iCabScreen One of the nice things about the iPad is the Safari browser.  It does a decent job rendering what it can but it is far from perfect and lacks many features that we have become accustomed to on the desktop.  Things like tabs, plug ins and the ability to search within a page are all missing in Safari for iPad.  The lack of plug ins does not bother me all that much, however the lack of tabs and the ability to search within a page do bother me.  The inability to search in a page is a real drawback for the browser. Fortunately, there is a solution.  iCab from Alexander Clauss fills the bill nicely.

iCab looks more like a desktop browser.  It has a nice, clean appearance and is fairly easy to use.  It has far more configuration options and you can select a search provider from more than just two options.  It comes with five search providers and it is easy to add others.  Safari lacks this ability.

iCab contains a built in download manager, improved bookmark handling and built in filters to keep those pesky ad banners at bay.

The application has one irritating drawback: it does not import your Safari bookmarks.  It will import your contacts as bookmarks (!) but not those from Safari.  Really odd.

It is available from the App Store for $1.99 and is well worth the two bucks.  You can go here for more information.


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