rekonq: October news!

Let’s start with this…

rekonq 2.0 tech preview ready!
While it is yet in my personal scratch area, rekonq 1.70 (aka 2.0 tech preview) is now ready to get a first evaluation.
Please, let me list again the new features there for those allergic to youtube videos:

  • tabs up (with a new opening management system, similar to firefox one)
  • inline spellcheck (against qtwebkit 2.3 and available also in rekonq 1.3)
  • reviewed incognito mode (now similar to the chrome one)
  • new startup options:
    • rekonq –incognito URL (to start a rekonq window in incognito mode)
    • rekonq –webapp URL (to start rekonq in webapp mode)
  • pinning tabs (yes, you read it well…)

While there are obviously some glitches yet to fix, I started yesterday to use it as my usual web browser, thing that allowed me to finally start with a 2.x release.
I have to say that the general review done in rekonq code that costed also changing code repository forced me to have a give a look to ALL our features. Some didn’t pass that for different reasons, so you are NOT going to find them in rekonq2 and they are:

  • bookmarks & history panels (pushing on bookmarks & history pages instead)
  • network analyzer
  • the old zoombar (needs proper replacement)
  • some more I probably forget ;)

Last comment about this big change in rekonq code: we are NO MORE using a MainWindow there, but implemented an easy QWidget where it has been added session support (10 lines copied from KMainWindow) && a RekonqFactory, allowing us to read the usual ui.rc files, but just creating the UI object (a menu, a toolbar, etc…) without positioning it as usual here…

…and letting you choosing what create and where put it. You need just an actioncollection, the name of the object to create (as listed in the ui.rc file) and a QWidget parent. Don’t know, maybe it is a nice idea for KDE5, maybe not.

Last, but not least. Rekonq 1.3 stable release with some bugfixes over 1.2 + a nice patch from Ivan Cukic, allowing activities support for rekonq, too! It will be applied to rekonq2 as last feature to be included there.

Yet here? Download, compile, test, enjoy rekonq!

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18 responses to “rekonq: October news!

  1. It is nice that rekonq is continiously developed. What really prevents me from using it, is the lack of extension support and/or userscripts. Are there any specific plans for that?

  2. It’s kind of funny to see you speaking about rekonq 2 since it only took like three and a half years to release rekonq 1.0!

    On a serious note, I’m glad to see rekonq including spellcheck support (since rekonq is my default web browser). Keep up the amazing work. .

  3. Like a boss!

  4. Very nice work :) What happend to the chrome extension support branch? Has this been discontinued? Are there any plans for extension support?

  5. Its a wonderful application. Keep up the good work.

  6. It is a well designed web browser deserving much more publicity. Please, keep the release cycles as short as possible to ensure continuous excitement. Thank you for all your effort!

  7. Awesome work, it’s getting better and better.
    What happened to the Menu on Appmenu?

    Keep it up :)

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  9. the “combobox” using oxygen content does not display well, for example, dates, 2002, 2003 is 2 … 3, 2 … 3. the solution is to reduce the width of the scroll bars of 15px to 10px.

    but that’s not the idea, the combobox should see well, using 15px, which is the default width of kde.

    look this web page http://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/205100/

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