Chimera browser’s new name is Camino

Chimera, the popular (before Safari hit, that is) Mac OS X Web browser, has been officially renamed “Camino.” A posting on reads, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the project has been renamed Camino.”

MacDailyNews Take: we guess that’s better than calling it “Dead.” It’s great to have choices, but in “The Battle of the Betas,” we choose Safari (especially v62 with Tabs) over “Camino,” hands down.


  1. “Dead”? I guess those of us that actually use the Keychain wouldn’t call it dead. Tabbed browsing aside, when you access password protected sites, Camino is 10x the browser that Safari is simply because of its elegant interface with the Keychain. I’ve used every beta of Safari (including b62) and Safari doesn’t reside on my hard drive anymore.

  2. I agree with Brian. Chimera – er, Camino has a much more elegant feel to it and the keychain rocks. I’m not a big fan of the brushed metal, it’s okay for iTunes, etc. but I like a more full featured interface.

  3. I think Chimera/Camino is more robust a browser, the keychain integrations is great, though a little buggy, and I can bookmark tabsets. I use both Chimera and Safari a lot.

  4. I with hugh, I use both Safari and (it will always be Chimers to me) Camino. Both browsers blow Internet Exploder out of the water. I like Camino a lot and hope they keep the development work up, the Chimera team should get a medal for their efforts. Safari is also great but has a way to go yet. It sure is nice to have 2 great browsers for OSX.

  5. I don’t see a need for Safari, except for new users who don’t know Chimeno is out there. Chimeno is faster. Do back to back tests and you’ll see. Plus, the login-info-from-keychain feature helps me view sites like the LA Times and New York Times that I don’t have the F#$@# time to remember my login info from every F@#$@#$@#$ time I access the site. Never seen that on any other browser.

  6. Safari aint where its at.
    At least not until I get tabbed browsing and a way to turn off that damn auto-complete I HATE AUTOCOMPLETE.
    Also, it would be nice to control the cache size and history.

    Though, when trying to watch realvideo clips at “” I have to say I prefer Safari’s handling of Realplayer better than Chimera’s (which crashes).

    By the way, Im just curious, I am very impressed with the steaming quality of realvideo at the above site. I had been using quicktime for so long, I hadnt noticed how good streaming can be these days. Does anyone know of any good quicktime streaming pages for comparison? I cant seem to get quicktime streaming to work at all anymore (from 3 different macs).

  7. Safari doesn’t cut it with me so far: (1) no tabs, (2) can’t do online banking with my bank, (3) some websites don’t load/display properly and (4) it doesn’t support shared menus so I can’t use URL Manager Pro in the normal way. Camino/Chimera does all those things that Safari so far can’t, so it’s my browser of choice.

  8. Hey people,

    I’m not sure but I think Safari is a beta? I think that it has great potential and with work i’m sure Apple will make it the best browser on the Mac. I use Navigator which for me is faster than all the other browsers…


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