Today I am going to look at the new iPad web browser called iLunascape made specifically for the iPad. The new browser was officially launched today and promises to add in some of the features that Safari is missing when it comes to web surfing. Read on for all of the details on iLunascape.
iLunascape is a web browser specifically for the iPad. The browser offers tabs, screen shot capability, bookmarking and rotational lock among other things. I am looking at v1.0.2 of iLunascape on my iPad.
I really like my iPad and use it a lot when I just want to check something really fast online from the couch or somewhere in the house away from my computer. The iPad is lightweight and has enough screen space to make surfing the web fun. The problem for me is that I am so used to tabs when browsing from using Firefox on my desktop PC, that not having tabs on Safari really bothers me.
When I heard that iLunascape had tabs I loaded the browser up to see how well lit worked in the real world. I have tried alternate browsers on my iPhone before and found them very lacking so I wasn't expecting much from iLunascape since it was a company I had never heard of. Surprisingly the browser is as fast as Safari in my testing. Images and web pages load quickly and the only way you can tell you aren’t using Safari is by the different browser interface.
The interface that iLunascape uses is very simple but very intuitive and functional as well. I love the fact that all of the tabs and menus for the browser other than the address bar are on the bottom of the screen. That means when I am sitting on the couch wanting to check a forum the tab controls are right where my hands are and I don’t have to reach across what I am viewing to open them.
The iLunascape browser supports only six tabs at one time. That means if you want more than six things open at once, you are out of luck and will need to close a tab. On Safari, you have to change pages, but you can have more than six open at once. Still, for my use I have only had four or so windows open on the iPad at once so this really isn't that big a limitation for most of us.
The screen shot function of the iLunascape browser is very cool. All you need to do to make a screen shot is press the page button on the menu and hit screen shot and the picture is pout into your photos album on the iPad. From there you can email it or edit the photo in whatever photo app you might have installed.
I do wish that the browser had some sort of function that would allow me to open a link on a page I am viewing in a new tab. I use that feature constantly on Firefox with my desktop. It seems that putting that feature into the menu that pops up for copy and paste when you touch a page for a long time would be possible. That said I am no developer so there may be a good reason you can't do that sort of thing. Still, there has to be some way to get an open in new tab function into the iLunascape. That is the only thing that iLunascape is lacking in my opinion.
- Tabbed browsing for iPad
- Screen shot mode
- No open link in new tab option
The iLunascape browser for the iPad is fantastic and has now replaced Safari as the browser I use for surfing the web.
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