[ib-announce] IBrowse 2.5 Released!

Oliver Roberts oliver at futaura.co.uk
Fri Aug 30 19:20:17 BST 2019


30th August 2019 - Oliver Roberts and the IBrowse Team are pleased to
announce the immediate release of IBrowse 2.5 for AmigaOS 3.x and 4.x.
After many years in the making, development has been on a roller
coaster since IBrowse 2.4, with challenging personal, technical and
commercial issues complicating the release schedule. However, we are
extremely happy to finally make this new version available to all the
valued users who have been waiting so patiently.

IBrowse 2.5 fixes many bugs, making it the most stable and fastest
version yet, but more importantly brings modern SSL/TLS support and a
fully native AmigaOS 4.x build. Below is a very brief summary of the
key changes since version 2.4:

- Brand new OS4 PPC native version. This is not a simple port, but
  we have taken great care to ensure it fully utilises of all the
  relevant new features avaiable in OS4 and as such requires a
  minimum of OS4.1 Final Edition. Uses the new graphics.library RTG
  system, dropping CyberGraphX support completely. Other features
  include faster image rendering using hardware compositing,
  anti-aliased text rendering and proper daylight saving time

- Support for AmiSSLv4 has been added to IBrowse 2.5, allowing the
  use of the most up to date SSL implementation available for
  AmigaOS, including TLSv1.3, based on the most recent versions of

- Integrated with new MUI 4.0 and 5.0 features, including new context
  sensitive mouse pointers, support for various built-in MUI menus
  and other new GUI additions. MUI 3.8 is still supported (although
  we recommend 3.9 as a minimum).

- Browser spoofing strings can now be customised in a variety of
  different ways with up to 128 user defined strings available in
  the preferences.

- All the internal image decoders have been improved, with various
  fixes, alpha channel handling, and speed optimisations. The JPEG
  and PNG decoders now fully utilise the decoding improvements and
  optimisations from the current Warp Datatypes, which also
  includes AltiVec acceleration in the JPEG decoder.

- Full alpha channel support on >= 15-bit displays (OS4 only).

- 4Gb+ file handling and downloads, with files bigger than 2Gb now
  being handled properly in the GUI (OS4 only).

- The OpenSearch standard is now supported for allowing search
  engines to automatically be added to the search bar, in addition
  to the existing older Sherlock/Mycroft support from IBrowse 2.4.

- TextEditField object has had an overhaul, fixing various issues
  and adding new features. Rendering is done in a more MUI4/5
  compatible manner allowing these objects to inherit your MUI
  settings. Your mousewheel can now be used for scrolling and
  various MUI defined keyboard shortcuts are now honoured.

- Improved general stability and memory leaks plugged.

- Hundreds of other minor and major bug fixes + improvements, and
  increased tolerance of broken sites for better compatibility.

IBrowse 2.5 is available directly from our website - to purchase
the full version, please visit https://www.ibrowse-dev.net/store/
(special discounted upgrades available to registered users of
IBrowse 2.x and 1.x).

To download the demo, for further information, news and product
support, please visit http://www.ibrowse-dev.net/

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