Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New Binaries with Qt 4.5 snapshots

We have two new binaries bundles for people to play around with.

Windows: Arora Snapshot (10-7-2008) Installer.exe
OS X: Arora-intel-qt4.5.dmg

Both binaries use the Qt 4.5 snapshot so you will get the faster javascript and plugin support. The previous Windows binary which was a little old now and had been up there for two month had been downloaded over 20K times. It is fantastic the number of people who have downloaded and checked out Arora. The new OS X package was made using the new macdeployqt which is include in Qt 4.5 and makes creating an application bundle with Qt much easier.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

QtWebKit trunk is now in Qt snapshots

Up until now if you wanted to enjoy YouTube you had to link Arora to a hand compiled version of QtWebKit, aka QtWebKit trunk. This was an extra annoying step that many people have done. But no more! QtWebKit trunk has been merged into Qt main (what will be Qt 4.5) so to enjoy all of the latest QtWebKit features such as flash and the new javascript engine all you have to do is compile Arora against a Qt snapshot. When upgrading to qt-snapshot you will also get disk cache, a new tabbar and other improvements. For your convenience here are links to the correct spot to report issues you find:

Bugs for Arora Dialogs, bookmarks, download manager, i.e. everything , but rendering.
Bug for QtWebKit Webpage rendering issues
Bugs for Qt Qt specific bugs or Qt compile issues.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Reaching the end of the month and so Arora 0.4 has been tagged. No major features this time, just consistent improvements and polish (there was some downtime as I moved back to the states this past month). You can download the Arora 0.4 source or head over to the Arora project page where binaries for your favorite distro are be uploaded (and if it is missing feel free to contribute one!).

- New source viewer with search and syntax highlighting.
- Make middle click on bookmarks menus open the user in a new tab.
- Added the ability to change the language from the Help menu.
- Double left click location bar selects all of the text.
- Incorporate Jens Explorer style into Arora on Window for a better look and feel on XP and Vista. http://labs.trolltech.com/blogs/2007/06/08/explorer-style-toolbars/
- Change the "icon" on the next/prev search for RTL desktops: next points to the right, and previous points to the right
- Various RightToLeft fixes for for Mozilla's bug https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=219070
- When the url scheme is https make the location bar background turn yellow.
- When the history is cleared also clear the recently closed tabs list
- Always populate the location bar with the completer
- Only shrink the toolbar icons on OS X.
- Only offset the search widget text when using Qt 4.5
- When clicking on a bookmark in a folder in the toolbar emit the proper signals to the url is opened.
- When dropping text on the webpage load the url
- When the location bar has focus don't change the text.

A big thanks to everyone new who contributed to this release.

Benjamin C Meyer ben@meyerhome.net
Diego Iastrubni elcuco@kde.org
Jason A. Donenfeld Jason@zx2c4.com
Jakub Lužný limoto94@gmail.com
Christian Franke cfchris6@ts2server.com
Matvey Kozhev sikon@ubuntu.com
Ariya Hidayat ariya.hidayat@trolltech.com
Josef Kufner jk@myserver.cz
Adam Treat treat@kde.org
Daniel Albuschat d.albuschat@gmail.com
cfchris6 cfchris6@buster.xtense.dyndns.org
Vincenzo Reale smart2128@baslug.org
Tor Arne Vestbø tavestbo@trolltech.com
John Schember john@nachtimwald.com
Chris Lee clee@mg8.org
ABuus amb@lafnet.dk
Zack Rusin zack@kde.org
Simon Hausmann simon@lst.de
Marius Bugge Monsen mariusbu@pvv.org
Gergely Nagy gergely.nagy@interware.co.hu
Chris Hills chaz@chaz6.com
Carlos Júnior carlos@milk-it.net

Things are looking up for the future releases. Beyond what is planned for Arora, WebKit trunk has been merged into the Qt snapshots which will bring lots of goodies from SquirlFish Extreame to OGG video.