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Software News   Software News : IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
   posted by DaveyD on 22-Dec-2006 20:16:29 (7097 reads)
Original press release from the IBrowse developer team

LUND, Sweden, 22nd December 2006 - Stefan Burström and the IBrowse Team are pleased to announce the immediate release of the much anticipated update to IBrowse 2.3.


IBrowse 2.4 brings web browsing on AmigaOS to a new level - below is a very brief summary of the changes since version 2.3:
  • New integrated Search Bar, allowing you to easily perform searches of your favourite sites. Search engines can be added manually or automatically via the Mycroft project site


  • The Status Bar has been overhauled to optionally provide the status of IBrowse graphically. Due to requiring less space than text, this has allowed us to show additional statuses such as when Javascript is being processed


  • Plugin API system for embedded objects based on the v4 NPAPI (Netscape Plugin API) to allow for easier porting of NS compatible plugins, this is used to allow IBrowse to display embedded objects (such as flash animations) within the browser when a suitable plugin is available.


  • Support for AmiSSLv3 has been added to IBrowse 2.4, allowing the use of the most up to date SSL implementation available for AmigaOS.


  • Context sensitive mouse pointers have been added, providing different mouse pointers in different areas of IBrowse.


  • Background tab loading has finally been added to the Browser Tabs. Links can be opened in new browsers which remain inactive, allowing you to continue browsing the original page uninterrupted.


  • The spoofing engine has been totally re-written for 2.4, and provides a range of pre-defined spoofing options.


  • The JavaScript engine has been improved yet further providing support for more event handlers, and improved DOM support, along with some significant speed increases in certain areas. It now supports the complete JavaScript 1.6 extension, as found in Firefox 2.0, along with the majority of JavaScript 1.5 and the revision 3 of the ECMAScript (ECMA-262) specification.


  • HTTP compressed content support has been added, which includes both gzip and deflate algorithms.


  • On websites which ask for a username and password in a HTML based form, IBrowse can now (optionally) save these details for future visits.


  • Web Advert Control Language (WACL) is a feature of IBrowse based on a proposal by Stefan Stuntz for a user configurable, flexible scripting language to control the display of adverts on webpages.


  • Improved general stability and memory leaks plugged.


  • Hundreds of other minor and major bug fixes + improvements, and increased tolerance of broken sites for better compatibility.

All these improvements greatly improve the browsing experience, and allow IBrowse to offer compatibility with many more websites than before.

IBrowse 2.4 is available from IOSPIRIT - to purchase, please visit http://amiga.iospirit.de/ (registered users of IBrowse 2.x can upgrade for free, and there is a special upgrade price available to registered IBrowse 1.x users).

For further information, news and product support, please visit http://www.ibrowse-dev.net/.
    

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Re: IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
Posted on 22-Dec-2006 20:25:44
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Damned good news.
Thanks folks, hope you have a good Christmas - I'm sure everyone here and at a.org appreciates your hard work.

Best present yet!


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@IBrowse team

Very Very Very VERY BIG IBrowse team



This is great !


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Re: IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
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Ibrowse 4ever! Yay!!!


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Re: IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
Posted on 22-Dec-2006 20:35:35
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Awsome!!! I'm assuming this is still a 68k binary, but which is fully AOS4 compatible?


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@elatour
That's how I understood it.

I think the first ppc-native version will be 3.0.


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Re: IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
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EXCELLENT ! Thanks a lot !
I can now even log into my online bank account.
Unfortunately, I still cannot browse the site due to javascript error:


Type error on line 10 of function setForeColor
Wrong type of object for operation
bgOBject && (bgObject.style.backgroundColor = colorId);

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Re: IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
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Really good news
But it doesn't work with my keyfile.


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Re: IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
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@elatour

It's still 68k and works on OS4. However, if you have a keyfile, you need to disable JIT (i.e., put it on the blacklist) if you're using update 4. They're looking into that problem right now.

Hans

EDIT: The JavaScript library for OS4 is supposed to be PowerPC.

Last edited by Hans on 22-Dec-2006 at 08:57 PM.


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Posted on 22-Dec-2006 21:12:19
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Excellent news. Will download and try it out tonight.
Thanks for the long delayed version.


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Re: IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
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Excellent news. Well done and thank you to everyone concerned.


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Posted on 22-Dec-2006 21:29:49
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Many thanks to IBrowse team for this update!


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great news!
thx ibrowse team!

looked at the feature list (and knowing ib2.3 well) i think we can say: finally the amiga has got the best browser on any platform - again ! (best as the browser, not the rendering engine.) by version 3.0 it will kick out all of other browers asses:)

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@IBrowse team

Very Very Very VERY BIG "THANKS" IBrowse team



This is great !

I second that!


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Woo-hoo!

It's my Birthday today, and this is the best Pressie I've had today!


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Re: IBrowse 2.4 immediately available
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It rocks. And it is faster than V2.3 on my A4000T/68060-PPC

Happy xmas to everyone.

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A VERY big thankyou and well-done to the whole IBrowse team!



I'm using IB2.4 right now to post this and it is very noticeably faster (68060 AGA). And that change-log is one hell of a long list of stuff been fixed!

A fair number of sites still don't lay out properly (although many are better than they were), but I'm assuming that is some sort of CSS or other unsupported issue... Never mind, we can all anticipate 3.0 now!

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Great work guys...

BTW: When will a FLASH plugin be available?

Keep up the good work!

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Installed it, ran it. Grim Reaper DSI error. Clicked on More and it froze. Soft reboot, same, hard reboot same...

Will try to reinstall later.


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@Nuder_Try

You have to blacklist IBrowse in prefs/compability - for some reason the registered IBrowse won't work with Petunia.


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Excellent, thanks a lot guys !!


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