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Author Topic: NANY 2018 Release: Gowser, a Gopher browser  (Read 824 times)

Tuxman

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NANY 2018 Release: Gowser, a Gopher browser
« on: November 04, 2017, 04:57 PM »
NANY 2018 Entry Information

Application Name Gowser
Short Description A simple Gopher browser
Supported OSes Compiled for Windows, would probably compile on *ix though
Web Page https://bitbucket.org/tux_/gowser (currently, source only)
System Requirements
  • Binary: Windows.
  • Source: Probably, Linux/Unix with GTK+ and Windows.
Version History
  • 20171104: init. DC build, may or may not break.
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Description
'member Gopher? I 'member.
Why is Gopher Still Relevant?

Features
  • Gowser will browse Gopher.
  • Can make me procrastinate working on ymarks.

Planned Features
  • Support for image and sound files.
  • Support for Gopher's killer feature: searches.
  • Bookmarks.

Screenshots
TMAVeTk.pngNANY 2018 Release: Gowser, a Gopher browser

Usage
Installation
Unrar. Open the .exe. Enjoy.

Using the Application
Enter a Gopher URL.

Uninstallation
Remove the extracted .exe file.

Known Issues
  • Most of plain Gopher works, media files (images and sound files) don't (yet). As they rarely occur, I decided to postpone their implementation.
  • The one big advantage of Gopher towards HTTP is that you can easily search it. Maybe some day Gowser will support that, but it currently does not.
  • This build creates a debug log. If you experience crashes, you can send it to me or something.
  • There are crashes. Sorry.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2017, 01:34 PM by Tuxman »

smaragdus

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Re: NANY 2018 Release: Gowser, a Gopher browser
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2017, 08:22 PM »
@Tuxman

Thanks, but I think there is a lot to be desired:

  • Toolbar- Back, Forward, Refresh, etc;
  • Tabs;
  • Bookmarks;
  • History;
  • Icon (embedded in the executable and title bar);

but I am afraid that implementing these features would severely exceed the initial purpose for this program.

It seems that Gowser uses Internet Explorer.

For Gopher I use OverbiteFF (available at Mozilla add-ons)- it works with Firefox (prior to version 57) and SeaMonkey.

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Re: NANY 2018 Release: Gowser, a Gopher browser
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2017, 08:37 PM »
Yes. (All of it, except:

It seems that Gowser uses Internet Explorer.

^ this depends on the OS. Gowser's GUI is wrapped over whatever is native.)

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Re: NANY 2018 Release: Gowser, a Gopher browser
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 02:49 PM »
FYI: I had planned to write an Android version of Gowser for NANY '19. However, there already is an awesome Gopher client for Android which is exactly what I would have written:
https://play.google....afewroosloose.gopher