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Camino 1.5: better tabs, session restore

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue June 5, 2007

Camino 1.5

Camino 1.5 has been released, bringing several major improvements to the Mac OS X-specific offshoot of the Mozilla web browser project. Primarily, this release now displays web pages with Gecko 1.8.1, the same rendering engine used by the Firefox 2.0 web. The updated engine provides thousands of bug fixes and support JavaScript 1.7 and other new technologies.

In addition a slew of bug fixes, the new release includes spell-checking based on the Mac OS X spelling dictionaries, applicable to Web fields. Like Safari and Firefox have already implemented, Camino 1.5 will also display an icon in the location bar for Atom and RSS feeds, and clicking the icon will pass the feed to the system's default feed reading application. Also like Firefox, Camino will sport a "session restore" function, that will bring back all tabs and open browser windows in the case of an unexpected quit or crash.

Camino can also now share Keychain entries with Safari, meaning other applications can read entries created by Camino.

The ability to disable all plug-ins should prove a boon for managing stability, while a 'Block Flash animations' option prevents Flash from starting until the user clicks the play icon. There is also a new option to accept cookies only for the current session.

Current users will have to do a little re-learning after applying the new version, as keyboard shortcuts and menu items have been drastically reorganized.

Finally, a zoom command now resizes the window to fit the current page's content instead of making the window full-screen, and the interface has been revised slightly.

Camino 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and 50 MB free hard drive space.




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  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not so fast

    Safari on Tiger is still the fastest browser.

  1. broohaha22

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    For you maybe...

    But I've found on my G5 that Camino is still faster than Safari. It's why I use it as my primary browser.

  1. boomer0127

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    best

    browser...ever

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    yay!

    "Camino can also now share Keychain entries with Safari, meaning other applications can read entries created by Camino."

    YES.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    On 2.33 MacBook Pro

    Safari renders pages much faster than Firefox 2.0.0.4 and Camino 1.5 (at least on my network). The others are fast, but Safari is much smoother and more instant.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Better than Safari?

    This is finally turning out to be a very capable competitor to Safari.

    I will definitely give it a go.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    be careful...

    Every and any version of Camino beyond that last release (1.0.4) has issues with JavaScript rendering to the point where it is impossible to use it with my banking site (Citibank). With several days of testing, it is 100% clear that Safari, Firefox and Netscape have no problems/issues troubles, but ANY Camino version past 104 will not render the top half of the page correctly, even if Camino is set to spoof Firefox (104 and earlier did NOT need to spoof anything, it generated a warning page from the bank but ALWAYS worked 100% correctly).

    The 2 comments I elicited from the devs was that 1. None of them had an account there and 2. It's the banks fault for not doing "correct" browser detection.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: be careful...

    your comment #2 from the Devs is correct_

    It's NOT Camino giving you trouble accessing your bank [Citibank] - it is the bank_ They probably tweaked their website specifically for Internet Explorer_

    Progressive Insurance [up thru last year - not sure currently - different insurance company right now] did this on their site forever_ Images - formatting and functionality were constantly broken_ Every single time I logged in I made a complaint to management and the Website team for a couple of years_

    Also - right now I have Insurance benefits at work thru a state agancy_ The website they refer me to is Primarily optimized for Internet Explorer Only_ I called tech support directly on this and that was the answer they gave me_ They said and I've tried - that I can not use Safari or any Mac specific browser to access my account_ I can use Firefox [Mac] and limp thru it to do what I need - but that's usually too much of a pain in the ass_

    The main problem with my benefits online having this major issue - is that I work for the State Government - which is ALWAYS touting equal opportunity and equal access for everybody and everything - but then they design their website with specific to Windows coding and intentional block out for non-Explorer based browsers_ I'm a web developer and I have gone thru a butt load of different methods to "force" a Mac browser around some of these "blocks" - but when the website relies on Windows system level coding there's not really much that can be done about it_ Which is also ironic 'cause my boss dictates that I code for compliancy and accessibilty to the lowest common denominator [most browsers possible]_

    Probably the main problem arises from the web developers for these sites_ I come across system level programmers that migrate to writing code for the web and they always "use what they know" - which tends to be [dot]NET and DLL Classes and Visual Studio Pro - which Macs simply cannot read_

    There are also Scripts that can look out for a browser and if it doesn't match the refernce in it's coding it will force the user to a "sorry we are morons and can't seem to code for correct and accurate HTML calls - so you as a Mac or Non-Explorer user are pretty much screwed_ Come back when you are using a copy of Explorer_ Now Go Away!" error message page_

    I have one of those folks in my office currently_

  1. Sprocket

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I find that

    Camino 1.5 on my G4 PowerBook (1.5ghz) scorches Safari when it comes to page loads. The font renedering has dramatically improved as well. I've switched entirely and Safari is no longer even on my PowerBook.

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