Category: Web Browsers

Flock 1.0 Released

By | November 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

Flock 1.0So what is Flock is? Flock is a social web browser (that’s how Flock developers call it) which is based on Mozilla’s Firefox platform. I’ve just installed it and it looks fascinating. I even don’t use most of those integrated services (expect Youtube, Flickr and del.icio.us) but this interface is so well balanced and looks astonishing. Latest Flock release (1.0) includes all the security fixes from Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.8. What else is new in Flock 1.0?

Flock 1.0 Screenshots
Click on the Picture to Enlarge.

Changelog:

  • Flock 1.0 has added a “People” sidebar to support new service integration with Facebook and Twitter.
  • Flickr and Youtube have been promoted to “People” services.
  • Several performance and stability enhancements have been implemented and several memory leaks have been fixed.
  • Added People services for Facebook and Twitter
  • However, there are still so many known issues which have to be fixed.

  • Several Firefox extensions including FireFTP and Chatzilla are known to be incompatible with Flock’s toolbar causing icons to be misplaced or missing.
  • Your Windows account must have administrator priviliges to install Flock. This restriction will be removed in an upcoming Flock release.
  • Flock has been tested for users with up to two thousand friends. Beyond a thousand friends, unforeseen challenges may exist. Closing the People sidebar may return your surfing speed to normal. If you are incredibly popular with more than 2000 friends, we would love to hear about how the People sidebar is working for you. Please send your feedback to popularitycontest at flock.com.
  • Facebook friends will occasionally not show up in the people sidebar. To fix this problem, open the Accounts and Services sidebar (click on the key symbol) and find your facebook account in the topmost field. Click on “Forget Account.” Then log back into facebook, and your friends should appear in the people sidebar.
  • When uploading to Facebook, if no album is specified, the photo will be uploaded to a default album for the application, which will be created if necessary. Regular albums have a size limit of 60 photos. Default application albums have a size limit of 1000 photos.
  • Clearing your Twitter status causes an alert to show up indicating “An Error Updating Your Status”. Twitter does not allow an empty status message.
  • Flock is unable to upload files with the “.jpeg” extension to Piczo.
  • Accessing own private Photobucket photos when not logged in to Photobucket does not bring you to the Photobucket login page.
  • If for some reason the upload process fails, perhaps a network connection issue, tags and descriptions associated with the photos will be lost.
  • When using Hotmail in plain text, dragging a picture from the media bar the email recipient will receive blank content.
  • Some valid Flickr accounts are not discoverable through the media search bar.
  • Flock will not auto discover your account when logging into Ma.gnolia using your Facebook account ID.
  • If your computer’s clock is too slow or fast, you may experience errors when publishing your favorites to Del.icio.us or Ma.gnolia.
  • Drag’n Dropping a local favorites folder onto your Online favorites does not work correctly. A folder with no name is created that includes a blank favorite.
  • When customizing the blog editor toolbar, the customize window has duplicate icons.
  • Replacing a Blogsome blog entry does not work correctly.
  • Replacing a self-hosted WordPress blog entry does not work correctly.
  • Craigslist searches will not show up in the search flyout when searching from the browser’s search box.
  • Web clipboard content don’t always migrate when updating Flock from 0.9 to 1.0.
  • Photos dragged to the uploader but not yet uploaded will not migrate when updating Flock.
  • When importing IE settings and starting Flock for the first time, if two or more sites are set as home pages, Flock will only import one of those page.
  • Firefox live bookmarks not always handled properly during import.
  • Firefox bookmarks are not being indexed when imported. The Flock star will not highlight when one of these pages are visited nor will it show up in search from the search bar.
  • Download Flock 1.0.

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    Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.3 Released

    By | November 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.3Both, Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.2 and after bit more than a day, 9.0.0.3 came out. Version 9.0.0.2 changes:

    Issued fix to point Netscape search to updated search engine.
    Removed “Report Bug” button

    Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.3 includes security fixes which were originally fixed in Firefox 2.0.0.9.

    Download Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.3.

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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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    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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    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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    Netscape Navigator 9 Release Candidate (RC) 1 Released

    By | October 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Netscape Navigator 9 Release Candidate (RC) 1Not so long time ago Netscape Navigator team released Netscape Navigator 9 Beta 3, today they are even closer to the Netscape Navigator 9 Final as Release Candidate (RC) 1 was just released. What are the changes since Beta 3 was released?

  • Added splash screen
  • Fixed formatting bug in Mac license
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing custom background colors
  • Mini-browser enhancements
  • Removed social news integration
  • Exposed more preferences in the Preference Dialog for tabs and the mini-browser
  • Fixed reversed preference for opening searches in new tab
  • Fixed Mac bundle signature
  • Fixed default icon and file assocations
  • Moved custom FTP style out of userContent.css
  • Added URL correction preferences to Advanced Preferences page
  • Added drop-down menu to print button
  • Added drop-down menu to home button
  • Added Firefox profile importing
  • Added support for importing Netscape 8 bookmarks after the initial install
  • Fixed theme issues on Linux
  • Fixed truncation of Reload button label
  • Fixed bugs with URL correction and country codes
  • Added “Save to Linkpad” option to History context menu
  • Why did they removed social news integration? They’ve decided to be “a traditional news site” instead of being a social new site. However, as Netscape Navigator team explained, those features will be available as a Propeller (new Netscape site) extension soon.

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    Adobe Launches Flash Lite 3

    By | October 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

    From their press release.

    Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the availability of Adobe Flash Lite 3 software, which now supports Adobe Flash Player compatible video and enables the delivery of dynamic Web content on mobile devices. Flash Lite 3 allows mobile device manufacturers, operators and content providers to differentiate their offerings by giving users the ability to watch Flash Player compatible video, the world’s most popular video format, and browse Flash enabled Web sites when integrated with a mobile Web browser.

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    2007 September Browsers Market Share Results

    By | October 1, 2007 | 6 Comments

    2007 September Browsers Market Share ResultsIt’s time for yet another post about web browsers market share. You may check August results here.

    It’s the second month since Internet Explorer is losing its market share. This time it felt from 78.68% to 77.86% (0.82% decrease).

    What about Firefox? Good news for Firefox fans, this web browser managed to increase its market share from 14.56% to 14.88% (0.32% increase). Maybe will reach 15% soon. Who knows…

    Safari is doing very well. Actually it managed to increase its market share from 4.68% to 5.07% (0.39% increase) and reached 5% of the market share. Congratulations.

    Opera continues to lose its market share since July, even Opera 9.5 Alpha release haven’t increased it’s market share. This time it felt yet another 0.01%, from 0.88% to 0.87% (0.01% decrease).

    Netscape slightly increased its market share after the previous 0.04% drop. From 0.71% to 0.72% (0.01% increase).

    While Opera doing not so well, Opera Mini as always continues to increase its market share from 0.27% to 0.39% (0.12% increase).

    That’s all.

    Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.

    Market Share 2007 August

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    Internet Explorer vs Firefox vs Opera (Not Just Another Topic)

    By | September 26, 2007 | 4 Comments

    Firefox With Extensions

    Firefox No Extensions

    Opera

    Internet Explorer

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    ZoneAlarm ForceField Beta Released

    By | September 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

    ZoneAlarmZoneAlarm Forcefield beta has just been released for Windows XP and Windows Vista. It should be working with Internet Explorer 6-7 and Firefox 1.x-2.x versions. So what is it all about? It can protect you from various “bad things”. And as they say: “Protect yourself by creating a virtual “You” on any PC…”

    ForceField lets you connect and communicate the way you already do online, only with a combination of protective measures that makes you impervious. It uses a virtualization engine that shields your computer and personal data from Internet and computer-based threats. It also includes numerous protection layers to combat phishing, spyware and dangerous file downloads.

    Isn’t that a good idea?

    More details.

    It’s a Beta only, still many issues needs to be fixed. However, feel free to try it if you are interested.

    Known issues:

  • Virtualized surfing – Creates a “bubble of security” around your browsing session that works two ways: it protects your PC from Web site threats such as drive-by downloads; and protects your browsing session from threats on your PC
  • Seamless use – surf as you always do without any special knowledge required and no interruptions
  • Keylogger jamming – protects your browsing, banking and shopping by disabling keyloggers/screengrabbers that may reside on your PC
  • Anti-spyware scanning during your browsing session to protect you as you bank and shop
  • Phishing and fraudulent Web site warning and protection
  • Dangerous download scanning and protection
  • Private browsing to completely erase your surfing tracks from your PC (not yet in the beta)
  • Svelte proportions – ForceField can be deployed to any PC within about 30 seconds in its Instant ForceField form (not available in current beta), making it convenient for on-the-go use on shared public computers.
  • Full known issues list.

    Learn more.

    Download ForceField 1.0.158 Beta.

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