Author Archive: Vygantas

Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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Opera 9.5 Beta Released

By | October 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

Opera 9.5 BetaIt’s here, first Opera 9.5 Beta release. It’s been a long way for it to reach this, beta stage, hundreds of bug fixes, various improvements and lots of testing. You can find all the changes here:

Changelog for Windows
Changelog for Mac
Changelog for UNIX

I kinda like this quote from their web page:

the Opera Web browser is over 30% faster than IE, and faster and more secure than Firefox. Recent benchmarks show that Opera even exceeds the speed of Firefox with multiple tabs opened. Opera delivers robust security and a far-richer feature set than any other Web browser and it’s free.

Similar to Safari’s “browsers comparison”, just bit more sophisticated.

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OmniWeb 5.6 Released

By | October 26, 2007 | 2 Comments

OmniWeb 5.6Good news for Mac OS X users, OmniWeb 5.6 was just released (requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 and later) which now supports OS X 10.5 “Leopard” and ads some new features. By the way, in case you didn’t knew… OmniWeb is not a free web browser; you will have to buy a license if you really like it. “OmniWeb runs in demonstration mode when unlicensed. The demo period is 30 launch days.”

OmniWeb 5.6 Screenshot

Changelog

WebKit

  • The version of WebKit that OmniWeb is based off of has been updated.
  • We now use the WebKit icon database. This means that favicons saved to the disk should no longer grow infinitely and decrease performance.
  • This includes the new Web Inspector as seen on Surfin’ Safari
  • Addresses many site compatibility issues, improves performance and addresses various other bugs found in 5.5.4.
  • The Drosera JavaScript debugger now works in OmniWeb. (It is packaged with WebKit nightlies)
  • Improved JavaScript and plug-in performance.
  • Flash and other plug-in performance has been improved.
  • Interface

  • By default, OmniWeb will now display PDFs inside the browser. Right clicking on a PDF will give you display options including a way to open in preview.
  • The zoomed text editor button has moved out of text areas’ scroll bars. To access the zoomed text editor for a text area…
  • Select “Show Zoomed Editor” from the Edit menu (keyboard shortcut Option-Command-E)
  • Select “Zoom…” from the context menu (Control-Click or Right-Click on the text area)
  • There is also now a status bar icon for the zoomed text editor that appears when you click in a text area.
  • The Favorites menu now consistently appears in the Bookmarks menu.
  • Added the iPhone to the list of browsers available for spoofing.
  • Added a new automatic Software Update interface. Next time OmniWeb is updated you will automatically be notified like normal along with release notes and the option to download and install.
  • Localization

  • Added a simplified Chinese localization.
  • Updated French, German and Japanese localizations.
  • Performance and Stability
  • Fixed a long-standing issue with bookmark synchronization where changes made on another computer would show up on the next launch, but then disappear again on the subsequent launch if you hadn’t made any further changes on the local machine.
  • When asked to Quit, OmniWeb will immediately stop optional tasks like checking RSS feeds and bookmark changes.
  • Fixed a long-standing bug which could cause OmniWeb to hang while updating its history index.
  • Other

  • Added a hidden preference to enable resizable text areas (like those found in Safari 3). To enable just open a terminal window and enter “defaults write com.omnigroup.OmniWeb5
  • ShowResizableTextAreas -bool true” at the prompt without the quotes. Restart OmniWeb for the change to take effect.
  • Download OmniWeb 5.6
    Download OmniWeb 5.6 (English only)

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    Mozilla Finances, Year 2006

    By | October 25, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Year 2006 was great to Mozilla, not so long time ago they have released their financial statements for 2006 and results says everything.

    They have reported a total of $66.8 million revenue for the year 2006 which is more than 25% increase from the year 2005. Most of its revenue is from Google Search of course.

    Mozilla Finances, 2006

    As we can see from this picture, Mozilla’s earnings depends on Google a lot. What if there would be no Google search partnership program?

    Download financial statements (PDF).

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    Opera, Don’t Forget To Update Your Site

    By | October 25, 2007 | 1 Comment

    From Opera Mini 4 Beta page:

    Share with your friends
    Send an email letting your friends know about Opera Mini 4 beta 2.

    Should be Beta 3 I guess…

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    Opera Mini Crew “Working” (Video)

    By | October 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Ever wondered how do they work?

    See Video.

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    Opera Mini 4 Beta 3 Released

    By | October 25, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Opera Mini 4 Beta 3Got some great news for Opera Mini users. Opera Mini 4 Beta 3 was released today and introduces some nice new features as well as many changes. Most interesting new feature in Beta 3 is “Opera Link (click for more details)”, basically it is bookmarks and speed dial synchronization between Opera and Opera Mini. Here’s the full changelog for the Opera Mini 4 Beta 3.

  • Added Opera Link support
  • Added Speed Dials
  • Added RSS feed support
  • Added shortcut *+0 for feeds
  • Added shortcuts for speed dials (‘*’ + speed dial number)
  • Added function to ask the transcoders for the title and favicon of a new bookmark or speed dial
  • Stylus devices can now scroll shortcut help overlays
  • Changed “Fit to width” to “Mobile view”
  • Changed “Autozoom” to “Show overview”
  • Low, medium and high image quality setting
  • Images fit better to the screen (no panning)
  • Improved BiDi support
  • Page position and scaling is now preserved after reload of page
  • Stylus devices without pointer motion events should be able to scroll anyway, just not in realtime
  • Faked transcoding progress when using feeds
  • Show numbers in ordered lists
  • Improved stylesheet handling
  • Focus highlight now looks inactive when loading
  • New and improved server side cookie handling
  • Download.

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    Opera Mini Clone – TeaShark

    By | October 23, 2007

    When you see something new in the web browsers world it always excites you, right? Not this time. TeaShark (alpha) is a mobile web browser and as they say “TeaShark is a new way to use the web when mobile.” It might sound good but it isn’t, it’s a clone. Just take a look at this demonstration.

    TeaShark

    TeaShark offers few new features although, it’s a smart address entry.

    TeaShark Smart Entry

    The engine remembers common patterns – popular sites, URLs – and the addresses you have visited*, incrementally filling the address bar as you type.

    Find text on the page, del.icio.us bookmarks import, RSS reader and… Ad blocking (sounds cool).

    Now I am not sure if they’ve just got some leaked Opera Mini 4 Pre-Beta 3 source or did that on their own, will see I guess…

    TeaShark home page.

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    Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.1 Released

    By | October 22, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.1We’ve just got an update from Netscape Navigator team, build includes various security fixes which were fixed in Firefox 2.0.0.8 (see post).

    Download Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.1

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    Firefox 2.0.0.8 Released

    By | October 19, 2007 | 4 Comments

    Firefox 2.0.0.8New Firefox version is now available to download. Firefox 2.0.0.8 supports a few more languages and includes security as well as other fixes. Here’s the changelog.

  • MFSA 2007-36 URIs with invalid %-encoding mishandled by Windows
  • MFSA 2007-35 XPCNativeWrapper pollution using Script object
  • MFSA 2007-34 Possible file stealing through sftp protocol
  • MFSA 2007-33 XUL pages can hide the window titlebar
  • MFSA 2007-32 File input focus stealing vulnerability
  • MFSA 2007-31 Browser digest authentication request splitting
  • MFSA 2007-30 onUnload Tailgating
  • MFSA 2007-29 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.8.1.8)
  • Added Georgian (ka) language
  • Added Romanian (ro) language
  • Added Kurdish (ku) language (beta)
  • Firefox 2.0.0.8 is almost compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), see known issues for more information.

    Download Firefox 2.0.0.8.

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    Meebo For Firefox

    By | October 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Meebo for FirefoxWhat is Meebo?

    It’s basically a website for instant messaging on AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber networks.

    And here’s why you need this add-on (if you are using Meebo and Firefox or any other Firefox based browser).

    Get a sidebar with all of your buddies visible while you’re browsing. Get visual notifications when your friends IM you. Drag and drop links and images from web pages right onto your friends.

    Download Meebo for Firefox.

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