I’m the worst blogger in the planet, I know.. It’s probably that I have no enough time to and when I have some, I prefer spending on my pet project(s). So here you are the news with the upcoming new rekonq version.
Lionel “megabigbug” Chauvin is the rekonq developer that designs it. He started talking about concepts (the “gear”, the “world”, the “dragon”, the “ouroboros”) and came out with this.
I think it’s fantastic. Isn’t it?
A new UI
We like simplicity. And we think a browser has to be simple, exposing all things you need in one click and leaving as much space is possible to the (web) page. So, here is our new UI (quite final, just some elements missing).
In the new UI you’ll find also some “special effects” like the unfocused tab preview and the enhanced notification system (and no more flickering there).
New Tab Home Page
In this release we are proposing also a tech preview of a “new tab page”, a sort of speed-dial inclusing (for now):
- favorites, some sites you always want near your pointer
- last closed tabs, to not browse your history searching them
- bookmarks, a re-proposal of the bookmarks kio-slave
- history, simpler searching all history in a full page
We are thinking on some sort of rss support and more for the next versions. And also searching a good name for this feature. has someone something to suggest us?
rekonq saves now the urls of the actual browsing sites to restore them in the “impossible” case it crashs or to let user restart from them on startup.
From this release, rekonq can manage more than one window.
Some people asked about, here it is 😀
KIO (full) integration
Thanks to KDE 4.3 KIO improvements, the KIO::AccessManager new class providing integration between QtWebKit and KIO (and some classes “stolen” from kdewebkit, that we’ll find in KDE 4.4) we rich full KIO integration. And saying full, I mean support for:
- KDE proxy setting
- KDE cookie system
- KIO system download
So, quite everything a browser needs to “kde browse” the net. Many thanks to all devs contributing there. As the next rekonq release (0.4, late Q1 2010) will be kdewebkit based, we’ll also start contributing there. At least with our 2 cents.
And last.. the HandBook!
Thanks to Rohan Garg work there, in rekonq 0.3 we also have an handbook. It needs improvements, obvious. But it will be simple improving something we have 😀
Here we are. I did my best and I tried exposing all news about. Expect just another blog in the next weeks to inform you about the 0.3 release and to let me present you the “rekonq crew” !