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Software News   Software News : Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
   posted by Zylesea on 7-Jun-2009 0:41:45 (3086 reads)
Fabien 'Fab' Coeurjoly has released version 1.3 of his OWB port for MorphOS. The list of changes since V 1.2 (from the read me):

- Updated to OWB SVN r994.
- Network can now optionally run in a dedicated thread. Just for information, CURL network backend has always been asynchronous, but some specific parts can unfortunately block depending on the network link (e.g dns resolution), hence the need for a dedicated thread.
- Improved CURL buffer management to cope more easily with higher download speeds.
- Added resume support to download manager.
- Display more information in download overwrite/resume requester (local/remote file dates and sizes).
- Added failure reason column in download manager 'Failed' tab.
- Added URL column in download manager.
- Added a gauge for each entry in download manager.
- Added a retry button for failed downloads.
- Download speed is now measured as an "instant" value (before, it was computed as an average since the download start).
- Added a confirmation requester if POST data is about to be resent (should avoid duplicated messages on fora, for instance).
- Added content blocking based on 'adblockplus' (optional). See conf/blocked.prefs (it will be made configurable from settings/contextmenu later).
- Bookmark tree can now be shown as a side panel.
- Reworked refresh method (behaves better and faster with 2dlayers when moving windows over browser area).
- Added mimetype configuration: for each mimetype, "view", "download", "external command" and "ask" actions are available.
- Added configurable contextual menus for link, page and image objects, which can now be extended with user actions.
- Added session saving/restoration (optional). F9 and F10 keys also respectively allow to manually select a session file to restore from/save to.
- Added "Load in New Background Tab" contextmenu item (which was already available before by pressing MMB).
- Added HTML (embedded) error reporting mode. Requester and HTML modes can be selected from settings.
- Quit requester is now optional.
- Added "Paste to URL" menu entry.
- More work on PDF export (saves the whole site into a page-based document, with or without backgrounds depending on settings).
- Added drag'n'drop support to browser window (each dropped file creates a new tab).
- Added mailto: support (through OpenURL).
- Added java script: scheme support from URL string.
- Space key now also scrolls page down.
- New bookmark entries are also added to pulldown menu by default.
- asyncio.library is now used for file input/output.
- Added BACKGROUND switch to "Open" ARexx command (only relevant when used with NEWPAGE).
- Fixed SAVEURL ARexx command 'quiet' mode.
- Removed a 256 characters limit with bookmark entries.
- Changed widgets default colours to give more contrast.
- Added htm/php extensions for local browsing.
- Fixed an issue with duplicated entries in network window when using several windows.
- Fixed an issue with file upload (full path could be sent instead of just the file name).
- Moved history.db and cookieCollection.txt to conf/ directory (move your old ones there, sorry for that :)).

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
Posted on 7-Jun-2009 1:26:20
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Great work

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
Posted on 7-Jun-2009 1:35:19
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Awesome! Hopefully, the OS4 version will get some of these features too in the not so distant future!

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
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Impressive work, great browser with great features!
IBrowse can now be put to rest for good...

Fab for president, you're #1

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
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Sounds like a great improvement, with lots of stuff I'd like to see in the OS4 port. But damn stupid we have at least 3 ports, one per Amiga-like OS, instead one port that runs on all Amiga-like OSes.

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
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True ChrisH

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
Posted on 7-Jun-2009 12:35:06
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Great work by FAb! We've come to expect no less


We need an MUI4 port for AOS4. This would be a good thing for AOS4 but I also think this could be a good thing for MorphOS as well as it would make it easier for AOS4 apps which start to use MUI4 to be ported to MorphOS.

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
Posted on 7-Jun-2009 22:00:56
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Does OWB have download/reload/flush/view operations for images as IBrowse does?

I miss draggable screens in MorphOS... and do you? I know I'm in a minority unfortunately.

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
Posted on 7-Jun-2009 23:55:25
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Excellent news, downloading now. I must admit OWB (in its various guises) is becoming my favourite Amiga browsers on my Peg II, AmigaOne and iMica.


Last edited by TrevorDick on 08-Jun-2009 at 12:18 AM.

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
Posted on 9-Jun-2009 1:59:31
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I downloaded and installed this on my PegII last night. It seems to be quite a bit faster and more responsive than v1.2. Keep up the good work Fab!

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Re: Browser: OWB 1.3 released for MorphOS
Posted on 10-Jun-2009 0:56:16
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it has an option to choose if pictures should be loaded or not and to download or view them separately, but not these runtime load/reload/flush options from ib. Wouldn't be a bad idea to have that indeed (if it can be integrated easily).

Last edited by Fab on 10-Jun-2009 at 12:57 AM.

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