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 Soon To Come

By | October 17, 2007 | 4 Comments

Opera 9.50 BetaA couple of days ago I’ve asked if anyone know more about “Opera’s Product Launch Party” and of course, no one was able to answer this question. However, today we finally know whole party “reason”. They will be releasing Opera 9.5 next Thursday (25 October).

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Opera 9.24 Released

By | October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Opera 9.24Great update from Opera Desktop Team. They have just released Opera 9.24 which fixes some issues. See the list below.

  • Fixed an issue where external news readers and e-mail clients could be used to execute arbitrary code.
  • Fixed an issue where scripts could overwrite functions on pages from other domains.
  • Download Opera 9.24.

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    Netscape Navigator 9 Final Released

    By | October 16, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Netscape Navigator 9 FinalIt’s finally here. Netscape team just released Netscape Navigator 9. There’s been a lot of changes since the previous final release, but before that let’s check changes since Netscape Navigator 9 RC1.

  • Added security measures when installing extensions from the sidebar browser
  • Fixed error that was displayed after updating (with auto-update) from 9.0b3 to 9.0RC1
  • What’s New in Netscape Navigator 9?

    Visual Refresh
    Netscape Navigator 9′s theme has been updated to save screen-space and leave more room for the websites you visit.

    URL Correction
    Navigator 9 will automatically correct common typos in URLs. For example, if you accidentally type googlecom, Navigator will fix it be to google.com. The browser will watch for nearly 30 different types of common mistakes and correct them for you (asking you to confirm, if you choose to enable confirmation).

    Link Pad
    The Link Pad is a new sidebar feature that allows you to save links/URLs that you want to visit later without cluttering your bookmarks. Just drag a link over the Link Pad status bar icon and drop it to save it in the Link Pad. By default, clicking on an item in the Link Pad will open it in the browser and remove it from the list, saving you the step of deleting it.

    Extension Compatibility
    Navigator 9 shares an architecture with the latest Mozilla technologies; as such, Navigator 9 will let you install extensions that are compatible with Firefox ® 2.

    Sidebar Mini Browser
    You’ve always been able to have bookmarks open in the sidebar, but we’ve improved this functionality and extended it to all links, not just bookmarks. Additionally, we’ve added a navigation toolbar to the sidebar for even easier split-screened browsing. Just right-click on a link and select “Open Link in Sidebar” to get started!

    Restart Netcape
    A smalll but oft-requested feature: you can now restart Navigator (and keep your current tabs intact) by selecting “Restart Navigator” from the File menu.

    Resizeable Textarea
    Drag the bottom-right corners of text fields in forms to add more typing space.

    Tab History
    Opening a link in a new tab will give the new tab the same history as the source tab for a more seamless tabbed browsing experience.

    OPML Support
    Netscape Navigator supports importing and exporting your bookmarks in OPML, a popular format for sharing lists of newsfeeds.

    Throbber
    By popular demand, the Netscape 7-style throbber is back. Click on it any time to visit Netscape.com.

    Combined Stop/Reload button
    To save space in your toolbar, we’ve combined the stop and reload buttons. Because you never need both at the same time, the toolbar will only show the relevant half of the pair.

    Since Navigator 9 is based on the newest Mozilla ® technologies, there are additional features in Navigator 9 that were not available in Netscape Browser 8.x. You can read about those new features in these release notes from Mozilla.

    Enjoy the final release from Netscape team.

    Download now.

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 (Alpha 9?) 2007 10 12 Released

    By | October 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox Alpha 9Yet another nightly from Firefox team. Please don’t forget that this is not a final version, it’s an alpha. Build contains many issues known and unknown ones. Use it on your own risk. This build fixes a total of 25 bugs which is a big amount, Firefox team managed to fix all of them just in a single day. For more details check this changelog.

    Fixed Bugs:

  • #251910 [Firefox:Places]- No hover highlighting (i.e. mouse-tracking) in Bookmarks/History sidebar [All]
  • #339754 [Core:Installer: XPInstall Engine]- Threadsafety asserts from chrome registry when installing extensions [Lin]
  • #368811 [Firefox:General]- Firefox crashes on exit after plugin install activated by InstallTrigger. install(xpi, installCompleteFunction) [Win]
  • #386065 [Core:Layout: Form Controls]-legend {font-size:0;} still shows the text (yahoo.com mainpage) [Win]
  • #386551 [Core:Disability Access APIs]- expose ARIA description on document [All]
  • #386585 [Core:ImageLib]- Update libpng to version 1.2.21 [All]
  • #391740 [Toolkit:XUL Widgets]- listheader in richlistbox appears to right/at bottom of richlistitems [All]
  • #391868 [Core:Layout]- Page Source very small with meta charset=windows-1258 [All]
  • #394805 [Core:Layout: BiDi Hebrew & Arabic]- “ASSERTION: ResolveBidi called on non-first continuation” [All]
  • #396745 [Directory:LDAP XPCOM SDK]- nsILDAPConnection: :Init should take an nsILDAPURL as a parameter instead of three others. [All]
  • #397135 [Toolkit:XUL Widgets]- tree._ensureColumnOrder dies if no columns are defined [All]
  • #397288 [Core:GFX: Thebes]- Missing text without fallback from U+0000-00FF fast path when first font-family doesn’t have necessary glyphs [Lin]
  • #397296 [Firefox:Build Config]- Firefox builds need to use the current NSS CVS tag [All]
  • #397434 [Firefox:Phishing Protection]- Phishing update request is malformed [All]
  • #397518 [Core:MathML]-” ASSERTION: The block in an {ib} split shouldn’t be living inside an inline” with mathml [Mac]
  • #397796 [Toolkit:XULRunner]- Allow XULRunner apps to specify the name of xulrunner-stub via configure [All]
  • #398056 [Toolkit:Breakpad Integration]- symbolstore.py does not recognize srcdirs with SVN when using svn-ssh [Lin]
  • #398363 [Core:Widget]- Removing Cairo Checks in nsBaseDragService [All]
  • #398512 [Core:Widget: Gtk]- crash on shutdown and before restart (gdk_display_close) with gtk xim module [Lin]
  • #399048 [Core:Security: UI]- Add accesskeys to all buttons, make Get Certificate the default button (Add Exception dialog) [All]
  • #399050 [Firefox:Download Manager]- directories created with wrong permissions [Lin]
  • #399136 [Directory:LDAP XPCOM SDK]- 396745 broke nsLDAPChannel.cpp [Lin]
  • #399259 [Firefox:Form Manager]- Form manager shouldn’t cache Login Manager service at startup. [All]
  • #399354 [Core:SVG]- Some SVG filters not checking in2 requirement [Lin]
  • #399440 [Firefox:Menus]- Work offline menu has incorrect state after cancelled request to go offline in sub windows [Mac]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #398156 [Core:Disability Access APIs]- Several wairole to ATK object attributes missing [Lin]
  • #398807 [Firefox:Session Restore]- session restore accounts for 2-3% of talos pageload (make it faster) [All]
  • #399542 [Core:ImageLib]- libpng 1.2.21 update broke a unit test [All]
  • #388564 [Core:JavaScript Engine]- [RFE] JavaScript Tracing Framework [Sol]
  • #391584 [Core:Selection]- double-clicking a word followed by link selects the first word of the link text [Win]
  • #393928 [Core:Plug-ins]- Let Java applets be scriptable through NPRuntime as well. (make OJI obsolete) [All]
  • #397783 [Core:Layout]- Remove lots of redundant nsISupportsArray include/forward definitions from content [All]
  • #399376 [Core:XP Toolkit/Widgets: Trees]- Trees don’t crop cells properly if the header is hidden [All]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • #333965 [Firefox:Places]- Places’ search feature hangs [Win]
  • #337761 [Core:XPCOM]- Folder does not open anymore for dragged link [All]
  • #339804 [Firefox:General]- Multiple login requests for authentification proxies if sessionstore is enabled [Win]
  • #385245 [Firefox:Places]- history sidebar very slow (way slower than fx2) [All]
  • #386343 [Firefox:General]- Breakpad doesn’t work [Win]
  • #388209 [Firefox:Places]- bookmarks menu dnd indicator not visible if I want to drop an item before a separator [Win]
  • #389131 [Other Applications:Reporter]- Reporter should move away from SOAP (Reporter fails to send reports on trunk) [All]
  • #394079 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]- Location bar autocomplete hangs after first character is typed; regardless of speed of character input [Win]
  • #394910 [Firefox:Download Manager]- The download always goes to browser. download. lastDir when browser. download.use DownloadDir is false [Win]
  • #395534 [Firefox:Download Manager]-browser. download.lastDir is ignored when right-clicking and “Save Link As …” when browser. download. useDownloadDir is true. [Win]
  • #398085 [Core:JavaScript Engine]- Crash on Load [@ js_Interpret] [All]
  • #398346 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]- Opening/closing toolbar customize breaks the location bar [All]
  • #398551 [Firefox:Download Manager]- Since checkin for bug 396477 it is impossible to download tar.gz or tar.bz2 files. [Lin]
  • Download now.

    Opera’s Product Launch Gone Wild?

    By | October 12, 2007 | 7 Comments

    This is kinda interesting… Anyone knows more details?

    From Opera’s press release:

    Opera today released details of its rumored product launch party, to be held at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, California on October 25, 2007. What will be unveiled remains a mystery, but helping Opera with the unveiling will be two of the hottest indie bands in the United States: The 88 and The Binges. A limited number of spots on the guest list are available absolutely free. Visit rock.opera.com to learn how you can get the chance to rock out with The 88, The Binges and Opera.

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    Opera 9.5 Alpha, New Weekly

    By | October 12, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Opera 9.50 AlphaIt’s been two weeks since previous Opera 9.50 release, this week Opera Desktop Team pleased us with brand new weekly build. It’s still an alpha version so expect some bugs and/or known issues, but they are fixing them… New build introduces some minor new features; one of my favorite ones is: “The Feeds toolbar got a new button to check for updates”. You may check this page for more details regarding this update, not sure if that’s just me but this Opera 9.5 Alpha build is much faster than the previous one, anyone can confirm that? And now… Let’s check the changelog.

    New Features

  • Layout width detection for thumbnails
  • New “logical searching” code — this means that inline find is now practically instant even on very long pages
  • The Feeds toolbar got a new button to check for updates
  • Added “Make Readable” action. Currently, it’s not available through any menu, toolbar, or keyboard shortcut, but it’s possible to bind it manually. How it works: select some text on the page that is hard to read because the font size is too small, then activate the action. The page will automatically zoom up so that the text becomes readable
  • Added support for pointer-events=”boundingBox” in SVG
  • It is now possible to use an SVG image in an IMG element as well as specify one as a background image in CSS
  • Improved performance of JS Date.getX methods
  • Fixed Bugs

  • Fixed an issue where pages could cause scripts to run in opera:historysearch
  • Fixed display of inline elements within justified text
  • Element borders are no longer offset from the area filled with background color
  • No more crashing on contenteditable in XML
  • Text-shadow with 1px blur radius now actually shows some blurring
  • Widgets whose files are in a subdirectory of the zip archive are supported again
  • The list of chat rooms now shows the correct number of users in each room
  • No more repaint artefacts with the dropdown menu on www.subsys.no
    getAttribute will return the updated value after modifying the element’s style properties
  • Two attributes with the same local name and namespace on the same XML element are now a fatal parsing error, as per XML spec
  • Opera no longer spends a lot of time on startup trying to read every file in the cache
    Pending IMAP and POP commands are now preserved and optionally executed on the next startup
  • Getters and setters are now exposed for properties of native JS objects
  • Fixed fetching of POP mail after purging the trash
  • The outline doesn’t follow the “silhouette” of children elements clipped using overflow:hidden anymore
  • Legend is not anymore pushed into the fieldset by a comment before it
  • Entities sent to plugins are now properly decoded, fixes slideshow on www.vg.no
    setTimeout() is no longer confused when an object is passed instead of a numeric delay value
  • Mail passwords are no longer lost when clearing wand passwords
  • No more crashing when installing widgets
  • The client certificate selection dialog now shows the originating server name
  • Messages wouldn’t have attachment icons and wouldn’t show in the Attachment views; fixed now
  • Styling of opera:historysearch is now consistent with other internal Opera pages such as opera:about
  • Bodies of auto-saved drafts wouldn’t display; fixed now
  • Downloads won’t overwrite existing files without warning anymore
  • Fixed an issue with propagation of bottom margins that affected maps.google.com
  • Multiple optimizations in the internal search engine used for searching in visited pages and mail
  • Dozens of other fixes in the rendering engine
  • Speaking of the rendering engine…

    Google - Opera 9.23

    Google - Opera 9.50 Alpha

  • Fixed some more crashers and memory leaks
  • Opera for Windows Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed crasher when dragging a toolbar button from a webpage to the Start bar
  • Speed Dial sometimes showed thumbnails for wrong pages
  • Ellipses in menus were displaed incorrectly on Windows 98
  • Fixed a DDE communication issue
  • Interlaced PNG images with alpha transparency are now displayed correctly in Windows Vista
  • Nonsensical filter is no more shown in the file chooser for a form upload
  • Opera window is no more resizable in full screen mode
  • Left Alt+Shift doesn’t switch the text direction anymore
  • Opera for UNIX Bugs Fixed

  • Icons in the File menu are now properly sized in QT4 builds
  • Ensured that all Flash 9.0 r6* versions get the GTK main loop they need
  • When avoiding to overwrite an existing file, downloads are now renamed to a more scripting-friendly “filename_N.ext” instead of “filename (N).ext”
  • The GTK file chooser is used under XFCE
  • Opera for Mac Bugs Fixed

  • Command-Option-Left/Right added as shortcuts to switch tabs
  • Fixed repaint issues on OS X 10.3
  • KeyCodes for the arrow keys are now compatible with those on Windows
  • The last character or word in an element with text-shadow and opacity is no more lost
  • The click that activates an inactive Opera window is now also handled (e.g. it activates buttons)
  • U+21A9 LEFTWARDS ARROW WITH HOOK character is now rendered properly
  • It’s now possible to play the Dolphin Olympics game again
  • Removed the Brushed Metal skin
  • Don’t forget known issues.

  • [BUG 290358] Bookmarks cannot be selected from the Bookmarks menu
  • [BUG 290355] Opera crashes when clicking bookmarks in Personal bar
  • If you used the Brushed Metal skin in the previous release, Opera for OS X will crash on startup
  • This build fails the Acid2 test
  • [BUG 284849] Yahoo! Mail beta, Flickr maps, Google reader may crash Opera
  • Won’t run correctly on Windows 95 or 98
  • OS X version may cause persistent freezes on start-up
  • POP server cleaning has been disabled: When disabling the “Leave messages on server” option, existing messages on the server are not removed
  • [BUG 287170] On OS X, UI thumbnails have black backgrounds when using native skins
  • [BUG 184894] Native OS X UI elements cannot be used in skins
  • [BUG 280536] Opera on OS X will sometimes freeze when exiting Preferences
  • [BUG 286384] Yahoo mail is broken
  • [BUG 280261] Removing messages from filters does not work
  • [BUG 213115] Queued mail is sent at the next check, instead of waiting for manual action
  • Download

    Windows (Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 9594)
    Windows Classic (Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 9594)
    Macintosh (Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 4487)
    UNIX (Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 1629)

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    Firefox Mobile vs. Opera Mobile

    By | October 11, 2007 | 3 Comments

    Firefox Mobile vs. Opera MobileYou might think that it’s too early to write topics like “Firefox Mobile vs. Opera Mobile” (but it’s not), I bet there would be pretty much of them really soon.

    We don’t have many details about Firefox Mobile, however, I think that Opera’s Mobile team should be worried already, not because of the features but because Firefox Mobile will be free open-source mobile web browser while Opera Mobile isn’t free or either an open source product.

    Lets’ check finances. Opera Mobile makes good money for the Opera Software. How will it affect Opera’s earnings after Firefox Mobile release? No one knows yet.

    Opera Software already made a mistake once; Opera was a paid browser some time ago, later they have decided to make it free, “bit too late” I would say. As a result, Opera’s market share is still very low; some still thinks that Opera is a paid browser. What about Opera Mobile? Will they make it free as Firefox Mobile is coming? Or will they wait till Firefox Mobile is being released so could see if it’s a “real” competitor or not? Let’s sit and wait.

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    New Internet Channel For Nintendo Wii

    By | October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera Nintendo WiiSeems many news today…
    From Opera’s press release speaks for itself.

    Opera today announced Nintendo has started distributing the much-anticipated new version of the Internet Channel for Nintendo Wii. The Internet Channel now features new ways to share, communicate and enjoy the Internet Channel by adding support for a USB keyboard and enhanced ways to communicate with your Wii friends.

    Hardware support for any USB keyboard makes typing both easier and faster. Simply plug any standard USB keyboard into one of the two USB ports on your Nintendo Wii and you are ready to write email, compose blog posts, comment in forums and much more. Also making text input more comfortable are several new keyboard-specific shortcuts to be used with the existing soft keyboard, such as using the “B” button on the Wii remote as a “Shift” button.

    Send to a friend enables you to send links to your favorite Web sites – or the one you are currently browsing – to your Wii friends whom you have added in your Wii. You can also add a message to send along with the link. When your Wii friend opens the message, they can immediately visit the page in the Internet Channel.

    The new Internet Channel for Nintendo Wii carries additional usability improvements. Users can now copy information from a Web page and paste it directly into the search field. Users may also store nine more favorites, bringing the total to 56. Visit the Wii Shop Channel to download the new Internet Channel today.

    Internet Channel Features.
    Opera for Nintendo.

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    It’s Official! Firefox Mobile

    By | October 10, 2007 | 9 Comments

    Firefox MobileAre you excited? It’s just been announced. There were a plenty of rumors regarding Firefox Mobile and now it’s official. Mozilla are developing Firefox for mobile phone which should be released till the end of this year. Like original Firefox it will be open-source software and that means a lot to developers and users as well. As for now there are still not many details known, Firefox Mobile will be able to run Firefox extensions on the mobile phone and the fact that many people already joined Mozilla in order to help build the best mobile web browser.

    Should Opera Mini, Opera Mobile, iPhone Web Browser and Microsoft Deepfish developers be worried already?

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    Air Mozilla Live this Wednesday

    By | October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Air Mozilla

    Air Mozilla is the live “call in” show featuring influential Mozilla contributors from all over the world. This week’s show will feature Window Snyder, Chief Security Something or Other, talking about Mozilla and Web security.So join us this Wednesday at air.mozilla.com and on IRC or IM to be a part of the fun.Who: The Mozilla community, host Asa Dotzler, and special guest Window Snyder.
    When: Wednesday, October 10, from 14:00:00 – 15:00:00 PDT (UTC -7.)
    Where: View the webcast at air.mozilla.com and participate on IRC, IM, or email.
    * IRC: join the discussion on irc.mozilla.org #airmozilla
    * IM: instant message your questions to the AIM/YIM/GTalk screenname airmozilla.
    * email: send in your questions before and during the show to airmozilla -at- mozilla -dot- com.

    Air Mozilla is now streaming 24/7 with a new live show every month (or as close to that as makes sense.) If you’ve got ideas for shows, please email us and let us know. Even better, if you’re a part of the Mozilla community and you’d like to be interviewed or present on our live broadcast, let us know.

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