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Software News   Software News : IBrowse 2.5 Released
   posted by Jax on 30-Aug-2019 20:03:08 (3366 reads)
Oliver Roberts and the IBrowse Team are pleased to announce the immediate release of IBrowse 2.5 for AmigaOS 3.x and 4.x. After many years in the making, development has been on a roller coaster since IBrowse 2.4, with challenging personal, technical and commercial issues complicating the release schedule. However, we are extremely happy to finally make this new version available to all the valued users who have been waiting so patiently.

IBrowse 2.5 fixes many bugs, making it the most stable and fastest version yet, but more importantly brings modern SSL/TLS support and a fully native AmigaOS 4.x build. Below is a very brief summary of the key changes since version 2.4:



  • Brand new OS4 PPC native version. This is not a simple port, but we have taken great care to ensure it fully utilises of all the relevant new features avaiable in OS4 and as such requires a minimum of OS4.1 Final Edition. Uses the new graphics.library RTG system, dropping CyberGraphX support completely. Other features include faster image rendering using hardware compositing, anti-aliased text rendering and proper daylight saving time handling.

  • Support for AmiSSLv4 has been added to IBrowse 2.5, allowing the use of the most up to date SSL implementation available for AmigaOS, including TLSv1.3, based on the most recent versions of OpenSSL.

  • Integrated with new MUI 4.0 and 5.0 features, including new context sensitive mouse pointers, support for various built-in MUI menus and other new GUI additions. MUI 3.8 is still supported (although we recommend 3.9 as a minimum).

  • Browser spoofing strings can now be customised in a variety of different ways with up to 128 user defined strings available in the preferences.

  • All the internal image decoders have been improved, with various fixes, alpha channel handling, and speed optimisations. The JPEG and PNG decoders now fully utilise the decoding improvements and optimisations from the current Warp Datatypes, which also includes AltiVec acceleration in the JPEG decoder.

  • Full alpha channel support on >= 15-bit displays (OS4 only).

  • 4Gb+ file handling and downloads, with files bigger than 2Gb now being handled properly in the GUI (OS4 only).

  • The OpenSearch standard is now supported for allowing search engines to automatically be added to the search bar, in addition to the existing older Sherlock/Mycroft support from IBrowse 2.4.

  • TextEditField object has had an overhaul, fixing various issues and adding new features. Rendering is done in a more MUI4/5 compatible manner allowing these objects to inherit your MUI settings. Your mousewheel can now be used for scrolling and various MUI defined keyboard shortcuts are now honoured.

  • 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.


IBrowse 2.5 is available directly from our website - to purchase the full version, please visit https://www.ibrowse-dev.net/store/ (special discounted upgrades available to registered users of IBrowse 2.x and 1.x).
    

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Re: IBrowse 2.5 Released
Posted on 30-Aug-2019 22:07:21
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54.99eu...mhahahaha!

Sorry, thats not very nice. It's great that IBrowse 2.5 got ou.....54.99eu, bhahahaha!

I'm really sorry, let me try again. It's fantastic that development of this great native browser...mhahahaha! I can't!


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Ouch that is a bit pricey. 25-30 at the most. Hell all browsers on other platforms are free. I don't expect free on Amiga but 55 euros come in don't take the pxxxx


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Re: IBrowse 2.5 Released
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Aren't any of you guys eligible for an upgrade?

I'm upgrading from 2.x at 29.99; I find that reasonable (in an Amiga context, of course).

I hope the developers will put the earnings to good use as an incentive for further progress (CSS?).

Best regards,

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Awesome work!!!!

Why not only PPC upgrade version available?


I'll be glad to (continue) update the spanish translation, as I was one of the persons who did old one.

Who should I contact?

TIA

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Re: IBrowse 2.5 Released
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It appears to be for OS4 and OS3. 68020 and up.


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Re: IBrowse 2.5 Released
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The upgrade price isn't too bad. Plus I hope it enables them to get the next update out sooner. I know paying for a web browser is different than other platforms, but if Amiga had a full functioning web browser, I would probably use an Amiga as my primary system again. I would be willing to pay for that ability. So I see this as a start in that direction.

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BTW

Has anyone tried to install it on OS4 in WinUAE? I can't get it to install. I get an error when I try, on three different pcs.

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@Livebyfaith

I downloaded IBrowse 2.5 demo via Netsurf to my SFS partition and then extracted the archive to RAM. Installation was without problem - posting this very post via IBrowse 2.5 under WinUAE/OS4.

IBrowse 2.5 is simply the fastest browser I ever used on OS4. Considering full version purchase.

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Try downloading the archive again. One of the protection bits wasn't set right on one of the files. It was reported on the mailing list and Oliver fixed it.

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@Livebyfaith Try downloading the archive again. One of the protection bits wasn't set right on one of the files. It was reported on the mailing list and Oliver fixed it.

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55 euros for a new key?
Well where are the people that asked a new IBrowse, here you have the monster of 55 euros.
It is becoming fashionable last years the hight prices in every new big program, this is the new bubble in Amiga?


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Yes for MorphOS and AROS not.
Although with 55 euros for OS3.x and OS4.x if they make a version for MOS and AROS will charge us more money.


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ya, 60.00 is a rather high price. But when I get my new Amiga I will get it.. Why?? Because i want a web browser that works on the sites I use. I also want to support those who still spend many hours of their lives coding something as large as a web browser for a niche system like ours. To those complaining about the price, don't buy it. Also, don't complain about the state of web browsers on Amiga.

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Quote:
I downloaded IBrowse 2.5 demo via Netsurf to my SFS partition and then extracted the archive to RAM. Installation was without problem - posting this very post via IBrowse 2.5 under WinUAE/OS4. IBrowse 2.5 is simply the fastest browser I ever used on OS4. Considering full version purchase.


Ok, that's good to know. Glad to know you like it. I went ahead and purchased the upgrade as I would love to be able to use Amiga and Ibrowse on a regular basis again.

I figured it was a problem with my setup. I have been away from Amiga so long, I probably messed something up. I will try downloading again and then maybe try it on a new setup in Winuae.

Thank you

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Thanks pgovotsos, I will try again.

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Rant mode on...

Come on guys... think about it...

IB2.5 has had 476 documented bug fixes and upgrades over 12 years, mostly by Oliver, to two different packages, the ppc and 68k versions are totally different at a source level. I don't think 35 GBP is over the top and iirc it's the same price as was paid for 2.0 and 2.4. People reporting prices of 50 or 60 must be quoting euros and dollars + paypal costs but there's not much can be done about global currency fluctations and paypals greed.

It seems to me that the vocal few who complain about the full price are the same as complained when 2.4 was released, open your wallets, blow off the moths and take the plunge or just used the demo version and put up with the limitations.

Another option is to buy a second hand keyfile but then it's pot luck if you get one that's not already been sold as there are a few dubious characters out there.

The price hasn't changed it 12 years, Oliver could have taken inflation into account and charged a lot more for his work and don't forget the beta testers who dont see a penny (but did get a free upgrade, but then it was a lot of testig over a lot of time)..

Rant mode off.


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@Templario

Quote:
55 euros for a new key?
Well where are the people that asked a new IBrowse, here you have the monster of 55 euros.
It is becoming fashionable last years the hight prices in every new big program, this is the new bubble in Amiga?

How much did IBrowse cost 16 years ago and last time it was on sale? Yes, 55 euros. How much did it cost before then - about the same, although that was before euros existed . It could be argued that the price has even gone done, since we've not taken inflation into account.

Most people already purchased IBrowse from our previous distributors and it is only fair not to devalue the money they spent on it before by discounting it now. Loyalty has been rewarded to those upgrading, who can benefit from good discounts.

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I just purchased and installed the upgrade on my A1. I have only had a chance to play with it for a few minutes but I noticed right away that it is very fast. A big thank you to Oliver and the IBrowse team. I will try it on my 30 year old A2500 later today. Hard to believe we can still buy new software for these machines.

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Funny some complain about the price. The most important software for any OS. With so small community you must support this software. Like someone mention if there was AROS version I would buy it. For classic Amiga I have only interest in the games and demos.

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Just about the price. Comparing the price at the time of 2.4 release is not fair. At that time IBrowse was very usable, which unfortunately does not apply today. Be honest.

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