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Software News   Software News : OWB - The first (in)complete modern Web Browser
   posted by afxgroup on 24-Dec-2007 10:12:50 (16340 reads)
OWB - Origyn Web Browser for AmigaOS4
The first (in)complete Modern Web Browser for AmigaOS4

I'm happy to announce that today we have a web browser for AmigaOS4 that supports almost all modern web technologies.

Since it is a project in an early state I'll write first what doesn't work.. Don't expect at moment Tool bars and all other things present in all browser. But i assure you that we are working on this. But i would release something for Christmas also to see your feedback about this browser.

OK. Let's go...



WHAT DOESN'T WORK:
# FILE TRANSFER
# Cookies: sometimes and on some sites login is impossible.
# Crashes: There are some sites that crashes and you could have some crashes on
exit. Don't send me crash logs.. the functions that crashes are known..
# Chars: Some chars like () in the Italian char actually are not printable.. :(
I can write to you a special version but is better to wait new releases
# Sites Display: 99% of sites works correctly.. but you could find some sites
that doesn't render well. On some sites you could have problem on window's
redraw
# Chinese fonts are not rendered (i think.. or i haven't found a right ttf
font..)
# Don't expect Flash/Movie plugins (at moment..)
# Sometimes the browser could send a bad request to the web server. Go back and
re click on the link
# Copy/Paste of text doesn't work at moment
#There isn't a scroll bar at momen
# maybe other

WHAT WORKS:
# IT IS FREE.. ;)
# NO BOUNTY OR OTHER.. ;)
# Javascript should work on 99% of the web sites
# CSS and all web technologies work perfectly
# True Type fonts are used to display fonts (see notes on how it works)
# SSL works (see notes)
# It is quite fast also on A1200 (well.. doesn't expect the same speed as on an A1..)
# Is updated daily by the OWB developers (and me..)

INSTALLATION AND USAGE:
Copy the fc-cache file included in C/ dir into your C: directory (even if is not is needed) and run it.
Copy the files included in the FONTS/ directory into your FONTS: directory
Copy the files included in the S/ directory into your S: directory
Mount the RANDOM: device from SYS:Storage/DosDrivers/ (or copy it into DEVS:DosDrivers/)

To launch OWB just click on its icon or run from the shell with this syntax:

owb URL

The first time you run it, it will search the FONTS:_TrueType/ directory to see what ttf fonts are available and create some cache files, so you may have to wait for some seconds, depending on how many files you have there. If you run fc-cache first, the owb launch will be fast

To navigate back and forth, use:
ALT -> to go forward
ALT <- to go back

Thanks to everyone working on or testing it!
Thanks to Mason and Kens for their icons!
It's Christmas.. remember me! :)

Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Andrea Palmat
http://www.amigasoft.net

File is availabbel on OS4Depot..
    

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Re: OWB - The first (in)complete modern Web Browser
Posted on 24-Dec-2007 13:27:21
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Wow! This is really great news for OS4. Thanks for the hard work!


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Nice to see pages how i never saw them on any amigabrowsers. :) Keep up the good work.

EDIT: It asks for cygnix. Does it really need it ? I assigned it to progdir and it worked. I dont have cyngix installed.

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Indeed, I concur

and by the time hardware finally becomes available Gnash should be installed as well !!


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w00t! this was pretty unexpected.

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Great news, cool.


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very good news indeed, can we have some screenshots please?


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Yes, some screenshots would be apritiated.

BTW, this is great news. Great work.


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http://wookiechat.amigarevolution.com/owb/

If anyone wants to request a grab of a site, I can do it for you. I'm going to bed for the next 10 hours though, its 3am here.

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A screen shot ! And I'm really optimistic about this one!

The happiest of hollidays to all!


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nice,
btw. why is this version unstripped (28 MB exe!! :) ) ?

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Great news!

I was able to log into gmail an it did not complain about me using an old browser!

I am looking forward to seeingthe net release. ;)


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Great job Andrea! lowering the stack to 10 megs, i can browse some pages without crashes on Classic (low memory)

Thanks!


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Congratulations!!


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Wow! This is excellent news! What a shock - there is a Santa after all! :)

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Great job !

What is your rendering engine ? Is it custom or borrowed ?

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Very nice start!

Was this done from scratch? I'm not seeing any real dependencies listed..?

Now, for a tool bar + tabs

Merry Xmas, thanks Andreas!


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Looks amazing, the rendering looks as good as Firefox on Windows & Linux!

Very, very nice! Just hope by some miracle that I can get a machine for running OS4 soon!

Good work though and can't wait too see this with a nice GUI! (Also, I'm willing to design GUI buttons if your interested... However there are other great artists out there who I'm sure could help)

Oh and, keep up the good work!



[Edit: just fixed a spelling error]

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It's very interesting that we have two Andreas delivering awesome news to two different camps (Amiga and Haiku) on web browser technology based off the same codebase (webkit)!

http://haiku-os.org/blog/leavengood/2007-12-18/our_first_decent_webkit_rendering

Great news!


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Its similar to Safari... Webkit...

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Wow! Fantastic news.


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