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Author Topic: NANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE  (Read 9504 times)

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NANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE
« on: December 11, 2008, 04:11:13 PM »
NANY 2009 Entry Information

Application NameMiniBrowseIE (pronounced (in US English) "Mini-browsey")
Version0.2
Short DescriptionA small and light web browser with advanced capabilities
Supported OSesWindows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008
Web PageNone yet
Download LinkZIP file
System Requirements
  • A Windows XP SP2 (or newer) based computer
  • .NET 3.0 or greater
  • IE7 required for Personal Data cleaning
Version History
  • v0.1 - Working model with basic functionality
  • v0.2 - Working model with all features except General Options and Keyboard Shortcuts (RSS is in the works, it is much more complicated than planned)
AuthorWreckedcarzz


Description
A basic internet browser utilizing the Internet Explorer rendering engine. I have been attempting to create a fully functional browser that is "so good, I will use it personally", however I have yet to achieve that goal- this app aims to change that (for the 3rd time encounting, again from the ground up).

Previous builds were:

  • Fully functional (basic tabbed browser) yet buggy "BasicBrowser" - using the IE engine. It was alright, but I only used it on rare occasion, and it didn't "feel" like a good quality program.
  • Semi-functional (basic tabbed browser), slightly less buggy "MiniBrowse" - using the Gecko engine. Still in development, although I am giving up hope rapidly for it.

Features
It *should* (due to time constraints) include (by the NANY deadline):
  • History (complete)
  • LinkView (complete)
  • Favorites (complete)
  • Website security notification (complete)
  • RSS (in-progress, will be released in an update)
  • Printing (w/ previews)
  • Privacy options (complete)
  • General options (will be released in an update)
  • Keyboard shortcuts (will be released in an update)

Planned Features (in addition to above)
  • Parental controls
  • Password saving
  • Better tab control (close button directly on tab, etc)
  • Switch back over to the Gecko engine (eventually)

Screenshots
Main interface:
MiniBrowseIE.pngNANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE

Clear Personal Data:
Clear Personal Data.pngNANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE

History and favorites center/sidebar:
HistoryFavorites.pngNANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE

LinkView:
LinkView.pngNANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE

Security notifications (site encryption, Web Security Guard link):
Security.pngNANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE

Usage
Installation
Go to the Download Link above and Open/Save (whatever you like) the ZIP file. Extract the files contents to a folder of your choice. Make sure all 4 files are in the same folder, or errors may occur (if the history.his or favorites.fav are deleted, MiniBrowseIE will error BUT re-create them after the error message).

Using the Application
There is no "setup" time (after installation, that is :P).

Note: The current version does not require installation and can be run from virtually any media (its under 500k in size!)

Uninstallation
Delete the MiniBrowseIE folder and contents (wherever you extracted it to)

Known Issues
None at this time, however be warned that this program is unstable at this point (as of this post) - I am using it currently, however I am still debugging it "constantly" (every few minutes). I won't release a beta until it is at least stable for normal usage (meaning that I can't find any bugs during a couple days use).

EDIT: Spelling, grammar, bad BBCode
EDIT: Updated items on list
EDIT: Screenshots moved and labeled, added download
EDIT: Updated information, official first release

Update: RSS should be done by the deadline, printing will be worked on afterwards (I will setup automatic updating :)) - I had to backtrack due to lost data (!) but I have recovered and made a few tweaks and improvements, more info soon! :D

Update: RSS is implemented but not fully working, I will have it fixed in an update. Automatic updating is a go! :D
« Last Edit: January 01, 2009, 10:55:01 PM by wreckedcarzz »

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Re: NANY 2009 Teaser: MiniBrowseIE
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008, 04:20:27 PM »
Nice idea. I hope it will be better than The World Browser.

Suggestion: add opened pages thumbnails in panel.

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Re: NANY 2009 Teaser: MiniBrowseIE
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008, 07:58:24 PM »
Just an update on MiniBrowseIE...

  • Slight modifications to the tab, stop/reload, and other controls have been made
  • There is now a functional Clear Personal Data function, somewhat similar to Firefox's - except it has the added ability to close the browser OR close all tabs and return to Home
  • There is now the ability to see a website's Web Security Guard rating by clicking on the security icon in the top bar (next to the Search button)
  • Search now works (currently Google only)
  • History and Favorites are now fully functional, and share the same sidebar
  • Misc bug fixes, massive code cleanup

Images attached :)

EDIT: Forgot the Favorites/History image! :-[
EDIT: Images now attached to first post, first post will be updated as new info is available
« Last Edit: December 17, 2008, 11:48:15 AM by wreckedcarzz »

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Re: NANY 2009 Teaser: MiniBrowseIE
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2008, 11:54:06 AM »
Just a notice, I've added a download link to the top post - for convenience, it is also here: http://wreckedcarzz....ads/MiniBrowseIE.exe

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Re: NANY 2009 Teaser: MiniBrowseIE
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008, 09:32:41 PM »
For quick reference (added to main post as well)...

RSS should be done by the deadline, printing will be worked on afterwards (I will setup automatic updating :)) - I had to backtrack due to lost data (!) but I have recovered and made a few tweaks and improvements (works a lot like IE7, that could be good or bad), more info soon! :D

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Re: NANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2008, 03:25:58 PM »
Just for convenience (those of you using DC Post Notifier) - MiniBrowseIE 0.2 is up now! Still portable as well! :)

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Re: NANY 2009 Release: MiniBrowseIE
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2009, 02:10:55 AM »
A heads up, I plan on releasing an update to MiniBrowseIE sometime within a week or so, provided something doesn't change at school.