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| April 30, 2011
Terra: A Fast, Free Web Browser - If You're Not A Fan Of Safari, Check This Out!
Terra is a third party Web browser for the iPad that features tabs, support for offline reading and a full screen mode. Currently, this handy Safari alternative is available to download in the App Store for free. Key features of Terra include unlimited tabs, full screen mode (which is great), offline reading, text search and swipe gestures. Unlimited tabs is a brilliant feature: Users can continue opening webpages within the app, and no limit on the number of open tabs is imposed by the application. The ability to save webpages for offline reading (which preserves both text and images) is another handy feature, which users will undoubtedly appreciate. For me, full screen mode is undoubtedly one of the greatest features of this app: Simply touch an icon in Terra's top right corner, and the app will take over the entire screen of your iPad, as you can see in the screenshot below. [caption id="attachment_170577" align="aligncenter" width="642" caption="As you can see, full screen mode is great when you just want to interact with the webpage you're currently viewing, and nothing else"][/caption] Text search allows users to search for key words or phrases within the app. And swipe gestures allow users to quickly navigate the Web via the application. One other feature of Terra includes an "incognito mode" (something that also features in the desktop version of Google Chrome). When in this mode, the app will "close tabs, erase cookies and history on each Terra start" - leaving no traces of exactly where on the Web you've just been! A recent update to the app (version 1.2) added a "Safari like interface," the ability to import bookmarks and file sharing. As outlined in Terra's release notes:
As mentioned, Terra is currently available to download in the App Store for free. Check it out, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. We've also included a series of screenshots below for you to take a look at. [gallery columns="2"] [via MacStories]
- Safari-like Open In interface - Now you can open any document or file with associated application (doc, docx, rtf, xls, xlsx, pdf, webarchive) by simply tapping on it.
- Import bookmarks - Import bookmarks from any desktop browser with iTunes.
- File sharing - Now all your downloaded files are available in Documents folder with iTunes.