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Software News   Software News : NetSurf 2.0 released for OS4
   posted by Chris_Y on 25-Apr-2009 7:07:58 (5452 reads)
The NetSurf developers are happy to announce the immediate availability of
NetSurf 2.0. This release contains many new features and enhancements as well
as many minor bug fixes and improvments. It is available for download from
http://www.netsurf-browser.org



Here is a change log detailing the important changes in this release:

Core / All
----------

* Completely new HTML parser (Hubbub).
* SVG support. (Can be used as normal images and background images.)
* PDF export support.
* Many improvements to page layout and rendering.
* More CSS properties supported.
* Improved text selection behaviour.
* Charset fixes.
* Portability improvements.
* Configurable multi-platform build system.
* Tabbed browsing awareness.
* Corrected behaviour of backgrounds on root element.
* Many fixes related to floated content.
* More lenient meta refresh delay handling.
* Improvements to cut, copy and paste behaviour.
* Better cookie handling.
* Improved form functionality.
* Improved form control display.
* Stability fixes for handling nonsense data.
* Better handling of HTML attributes.
* Fix broken layout on systems which don't use '.' as the decimal
separator.
* Fix inline height not affecting line height.
* Handle whitespace in URL bar.
* New throbber animation.
* Fixed occasional white flicker of page area during layout.
* New default homepage.

RISC OS-specific
----------------

* Restructured menu with access to more functionality.
* Remembers save / download paths.
* Improved style-guide compliance.
* Wimpslot size adjusted at build time.
* Alt+click on close icon closes all NetSurf windows.
* Escape aborts drag save.
* New object > link submenu.
* SVG to Drawfile conversion.
* Zoom/scale with shift+scrollwheel.
* Improved drawfile export.

GTK-specific
------------

* Tabbed browsing.
* Global history.
* Download manager.
* Enhanced interface.
* Text selection.
* Print support.
* Improved context menu.
* Handle desktop DPI setting.
* Can support RISC OS Sprite bitmap format via librosprite.
* View source.
* Content language selection option.

BeOS/Haiku-specific
-------------------

* First release.

AmigaOS-specific
----------------

* First release.

Framebuffer-specific
--------------------

* First release.

Also included are many smaller bug fixes, improvements and
documentation enhancements.

Thanks to everybody who has contributed to this release!

About NetSurf
=============

NetSurf is an Open Source web browser for RISC OS, Linux and other Unix-like
platforms, BeOS, Haiku, and AmigaOS 4. For further information, please see
the website at http://www.netsurf-browser.org

    

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Re: NetSurf 2.0 released for OS4
Posted on 25-Apr-2009 9:28:09
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Great, many thanks!


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Re: NetSurf 2.0 released for OS4
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Great job!

There is short text on Netsurf websiteabout hardware requiremenets

Quote:
Lean requirements From a modern monster PC to a humble 30MHz ARM 6 computer with 16MB of RAM, the web browser will keep you surfing the web whatever your system.


Any idea how usable it can be on 68k system lets say 060/50 and 64-128MB of RAM?

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That's a nice one, Chris! Thanks for the effort.

It's also nice to see good ol' bro ExiE's still alive


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It crashes here bringing the system down. Where can I report a bug?


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Re: NetSurf 2.0 released for OS4
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hmmm...

not even this page here is displayed correctly? black text boxes i see. seems some more work is needed.

byebye...


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Re: NetSurf 2.0 released for OS4
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@elwood
There is a bug tracker linked from http://www.netsurf-browser.org

If you think it is related only to the OS4 port you can log it at http://www.unsatisfactorysoftware.co.uk/bugs

Sometimes NetSurf shows an assert - because the process has terminated you have to be very careful not to click on the NetSurf window as it will lock up (probably an Intuition deadlock of some sort). Flipping back to the WB screen may show an error in a console window. If not, try running it from the Shell and again be very careful not to click on the window after it goes.

@MichaelMerkel
Run it on a 32-bit screen - alpha doesn't work properly on lower depths.


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Re: NetSurf 2.0 released for OS4
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This version sadly does not work very well for me. It starts up in a new screen with a small window but instantly freezes if i try to resize it. I did not have this problem with previous version.

This is on a Sam running OS4.1

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@ExiE

Quote:
Any idea how usable it can be on 68k system lets say 060/50 and 64-128MB of RAM?


68060 50 MHz is (more than) two times faster than 30 MHz ARM610... but I don´t think it is enough for modern web browsing. Maybe there are some Risc OS users who have experience with NetSurf on preStrongARM computers?

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Seems to be doing fine here. Tried both versions of the executable in hope that one would have smoother scrolling, but it didn't. Good release still.


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This is good other Amiga browser in the championship for the best Amiga browser but we need besides of many browsers that these can show CSS, javascript and Flash, because other languages we can wait, for example php, etc.


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@Templario

As if any support from browser was needed to "handle" PHP... :)
PHP is handled on server side. The client just receives standard html/js/whatever that a client browser can deal with.

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The same problem here...I cant start it... crash on startup


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@VooDoo

Send me a crashlog... actually, don't - send me an email and I'll send you a debug build which might produce a crashlog with some useful information in it.


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Anyone tried this version yet on OS4 classic?

I seem recall the last release was quite slow, even with a 604e, clocked @ 233Mhz


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seems the amiupdate autoinstall script did NOT install the new version correctly...
i was reminded just again that an update is available and rerun it. still not the newest version installed. so i copied by hand.
the main executable was not updated!

seems to be better now!

byebye...


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Re: NetSurf 2.0 released for OS4
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@MichaelMerkel

Thanks for mentioning that - the reason is the executable names don't match (you'll find NetSurf_Cairo in the original install location). NetSurf_Cairo needs to be renamed to NetSurf, replacing the existing NetSurf executable.

I've fixed the script, I'll get the archive updated.


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Doesnt seem too bad so far, but images had little black squares next to them. Also the text input was reading charactors too fast, thus duplicate chars.

btw im on OS4.0 on AmigaOneXE-512mb

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@Chris_Y

Quote:
Thanks for mentioning that - the reason is the executable names don't match (you'll find NetSurf_Cairo in the original install location). NetSurf_Cairo needs to be renamed to NetSurf, replacing the existing NetSurf executable.

I've fixed the script, I'll get the archive updated.

I have renamed NetSurf_Cairo, and now I get an Elf Library error "Failed to load shared object libmng.so.1"


edit---

Digging deeper the sobjs are not copied accross, nor the changelog.
I have copied them manually, and netsurf now locks up my system, eveytime ???????

Last edited by Swoop on 25-Apr-2009 at 08:14 PM.


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Posting from amigaworld with NetSurf 2.0 Cairo version. On this site, all news items appear as black retangles. Only links are visible within the news items. Forums appear to be ok.

As I found on amiga.org and amigaworld, there is no outline around the text entry area as I am typing this post. Seems to work ok though.

Also noticed that the post comment button is inactive on three amiga related sites. I have to reply to someone else's post.

Cheers, thanks for the effort guys. This web browser is coming along quite nicely.

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Thanks for this peace of software for AOS4!

Unfortunately I cannot install NetSurf since the installer tells me that there is an error in line 212 according to an incompatible type at CHOICES:

This part of the script deals with the AISS installation.

I had one some time ago and maybe removed it incompletely!

But how can I get NetSurf installed in order to test it?

Many thanks in advance!

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