Mac Users and Cross Platform Apps

About a month ago I blogged about my feelings on Mac browsers in Mac Browsers and Non-Native UI. My basic feeling was that the best browser that’s made for a Mac always wins. Firefox is a great browser, but it’s not made for a Mac.

A recent article on Theocacao has basically reinforced what I said in my previous post. It’s well worth the read.

Stevenson’s main rule of thumb for Mac development:

Mac users will generally favor an app with a better experience over the one with more features.

Make sure to read that twice. He’s absolutely right.

Getting back to the browsers, Stevenson uses Firefox as an example for the above point:

A textbook example of this is Firefox. A great browser, but Safari is far more popular on the Mac because it’s designed for a Mac user. In fact, this runs so deeply that Camino — a Mac-only app which uses the same Gecko engine that Firefox does — enjoys a fairly strong following.

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