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K-Meleon

K-Meleon 0.8.2 Release Notes

These release notes outline system requirements, installation instructions, features and known issues for K-Meleon 0.8.2. These release notes were last updated December 30, 2003. K-Meleon 0.8.2 was released on December 23, 2003. The most current version of these release notes are available at http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/docs/relnotes082.php

Contents

What's New, Improved and Fixed in This Release

This release primarily contains bug fixes that affect K-Meleon 0.8 and 0.8.1. The bugs that have been fixed since 0.8.1 are noted below. Most of the new and improved features are included in K-Meleon 0.8. New and improved features added in either 0.8.1 or 0.8.2 releases are noted below. All K-Meleon users are encouraged to upgrade to this release.

New

  • K-Meleon core
    • Current Mozilla 1.5 code
    • Status Bar Spoof fix (0.8.1)
    • Content sniffing when (presumably) invalid text/plain content found in the initial content dispatch (0.8.2)
    • Bookmarks/Favorites/Hotlist nickname lookup from the URL bar
    • Save individual frame in a frameset
    • Show a context menu for pages with background image
    • Show page info and frame info
    • Support for binding actions to mouse buttons
    • Support for editing preferences using about:config
  • Mouse Gestures plugin (0.8.1)
    • A small extension that lets you bind commands to simple mouse gestures
    • Additional commands: Left, Right or Middle button with Shift, Control or Alt key pressed, while performing a gesture that started from a Link and/or Image (or neither).
      Enabling the new gestures plugin will cause conflicts with the mouse accelerators in accel.cfg. (0.8.2)

Improved

  • K-Meleon core
    • File Downloading
    • Browser icons
    • Skin support
    • Better OJI and LiveConnect support (the bridge between Java and JavaScript) (0.8.2)
    • Tooltip display
    • Non-native dialog display (0.8.1)
    • Updated mfcEmbed core files (0.8.1)
  • Bookmarks plugin
    • AddLink from context popup menu or macros 'pluginmsg' command
    • Support for Mozilla keywords
    • Support to read and write UTF8 encoded bookmarks. (0.8.1)
    • FindAsYouType
  • Favorites plugin
    • Support for Internet Explorer Search URL
  • Fullscreen plugin
    • Improved fullscreen display
    • Fullscreen at start-up preference added
  • History plugin
    • Added global history panel
    • FindAsYouType
  • Hotlist plugin
    • Support to read and write UTF8 encoded bookmarks. (0.8.1)
    • FindAsYouType
  • Layers Plugin
    • Basic support for "sessions"
  • Default Profile
    • macros.cfg has a set of new and improved macros

Fixed

The fixes in the 0.8.2 release include the following serious bugs:
Bug 12: K-Meleon grabs focus every time a new URL loads
Bug 574: Kmeleon crashes with MFC42.dll
Bug 578: navigator.javaEnabled() always "false"
Bug 604: Crash when activating a new frame while focus not on KM window

Specific bug information is available in the Bug Reporting System.

System Requirements

  • Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server.
  • 32 MB RAM minimum recommended.
  • 5 MB of free hard drive space for download. 11 MB of free hard disk space for full installation.

Windows DLLs

The dlls shipped with Windows are improved and enhanced with each version. Users of older Windows versions, Windows 95/98 and Windows NT, may have to update some dlls to run K-Meleon. If you experience problems with menus and plugins not displaying, please download the following update:

  • Vcredist.exe
    • To obtain this update, download VC6RedistSetup.exe here. When you run VC6RedistSetup.exe, it will install Vcredist.exe into a directory that you specify. Browse to that directory and run Vcredist.exe to install the appropriate updates.
    • Users on WindowsME and Windows 2000 should go to the Windows Update web site to download the appropriate updates.

Installation Notes

  • If you currently have K-Meleon 0.8.1 installed, please follow the Upgrade instructions to install the 0.8.2 Service Pack.
    After the upgrade, K-Meleon will continue to report itself as version 0.8.1. You can confirm the upgrade by checking the file k-meleon.exe. The version for 0.8.2 has a date of December 23, 2003.
  • If you do not currently have K-Meleon installed or have a version older than 0.8.1, please follow the Installation instructions.

Upgrade:

    1. If you have K-Meleon running, exit out of the browser before running the setup for the upgrade. It is recommended that you exit all programs before running the Setup program.
    2. Double-click on the kmeleon081SP082.exe file to start the Setup process. At any time in the process that you need to stop the K-Meleon installation, click on the Cancel button.
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions in the Setup program. When you reach the "Choose Installation Location" screen, make sure that the "Destination Folder" is showing the location of your K-Meleon 0.8.1 installation. If it is not, browse to the correct location. When completed, you will be given the option of letting K-Meleon start automatically.
    4. There is no uninstall option for this update.

Installation

    1. If you have previously installed a version of K-Meleon older than 0.8.1, make sure to uninstall any previous versions before continuing the installation for this version. Uninstalling the previous version will remove all of the configuration and preference files. If you wish to save these files to use with K-Meleon 0.8.2, please make a copy of all of the directories under "K-Meleon\Profiles" and save them outside the K-Meleon installation directory before uninstalling K-Meleon.
    2. It is recommended that you exit all programs before running the Setup program.
    3. Double-click on the kmeleon082.exe file to start the Setup process. At any time in the process that you need to stop the K-Meleon installation, click on the Cancel button.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions in the Setup program. Avoid installing K-Meleon 0.8.2 in the same directory as an older version. When completed, you will be given the option of letting K-Meleon start automatically.
    5. If you wish to use your old configuration and preference files with K-Meleon 0.8.2, please review the details on Migrating Profiles.

Javascript

  • K-Meleon has built-in support to run ECMAScript (a.k.a JavaScript).

Java Applets

  • You must first install the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to run Java applets in K-Meleon. Once installed, K-Meleon automatically detects your JRE installation and no other configuration is necessary.
  • K-Meleon has been tested with JRE 1.4. You can download JRE 1.4 from http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4/download.html. To see if JRE is properly installed, type about:plugins in the URL bar. If you see Java Plug-in listed, K-Meleon properly recognizes the JRE.

Internationalization/Multi-Language Support

  • Translated menus and toolbar configuration files are available in the K-Meleon Resource area.

Uninstalling

    1. Go to Settings - Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs.
    2. Select K-Meleon (remove only).
    3. Click on the Add/Remove or Change/Remove button.
    4. Click on the Uninstall button.
    5. The K-Meleon Uninstall program will prompt you with a confirmation before uninstalling K-Meleon.
    6. Click on the Finish button to close out the uninstall program when it is completed.

Known Issues/Problems

General

  • Error messages related to MFC42.dll on Windows 95/98 or Windows NT are caused by an outdated or missing MFC42.dll. Please download the following update:
    • Vcredist.exe
      • To obtain this update, download VC6RedistSetup.exe here. When you run VC6RedistSetup.exe, it will install Vcredist.exe into a directory that you specify. Browse to that directory and run Vcredist.exe to install the appropriate updates.
      • Users on WindowsME and Windows 2000 should go to the Windows Update web site to download the appropriate updates.
  • If you save more than one password from the same site, the password manager will not autoload any of the passwords.
  • SSL support allows you to browse to SSL sites. However, if you try to view "Help", you will get an error message. Also, if you close dialogs using the "x" in the dialog frame, K-Meleon may become locked up.
  • When viewing web page source from dynamically generated pages, the current source may not match the displayed page.

Browser Display

  • Text and bookmarks menus may not display on Windows95/98 or Windows NT unless the Vcredist.exe update is installed. Please download and install this update:
    • Vcredist.exe
      • To obtain this update, download VC6RedistSetup.exe here. When you run VC6RedistSetup.exe, it will install Vcredist.exe into a directory that you specify. Browse to that directory and run Vcredist.exe to install the appropriate updates.
      • Users on WindowsME and Windows 2000 should go to the Windows Update web site to download the appropriate updates.
  • The Alt + accelerator (F, E, V, G, H) won't work with the menu bar menus if the rebar menu plugin is enabled. Disable the rebar menu to use the Alt + accelerator key combinations. See How do I enable or disable a K-Meleon plugin?? for more details.
  • The menus don't display properly when you are using the Silver theme in Windows XP together with the bitmapped menus plugin from K-Meleon. The current workaround is to disable the Bitmapped menus plugin.
  • Colors don't display properly when monitor resolution is set to 256 colors since Mozilla/Gecko does not provide proper support for 256 colors. See Mozilla Bug #88560.
  • K-Meleon displays white pages when thousands of images are cached. See Mozilla Bug #205893. Close K-Meleon and restart the browser to resolve this problem.
  • A site not displaying properly is normally caused by one of two issues:
    1. The site is not compliant with current HTML standards.
    2. The display problem is due to a Mozilla/Gecko bug.

Mouse wheel scrolling/Multiple mouse buttons

  • The Mouse Gesture support offered by the new plugin is very limited. Users in need of more advanced gestures are advised to use a third-party program, such as StrokeIt.
  • Mouse wheel scrolling does not work with all drivers. If you have problems, try updating your driver or disabling any "helper" programs that your mouse uses.
  • K-Meleon may not recognize secondary control buttons on mice with multiple buttons. If your mouse software permits programming, you may want to try binding those buttons to the respective keyboard commands that K-Meleon uses for navigation.

Third party Plug-ins

  • Most Mozilla-compatible plugins work with K-Meleon. If you already have Mozilla-compatible plugins installed, K-Meleon will detect and use a number of these plugins. You can download Mozilla/Netscape-compatible plugins from Netscape here: http://home.netscape.com/plugins/
  • The most current versions of Flash Player and Shockwave Player support K-Meleon 0.8.2. To check to see if these are installed properly, visit Shockwave's test site. When installing either program if you are asked for the location of the plugins directory, use the following location: \Program Files\K-Meleon\plugins

Proxies

  • K-Meleon can be configured to work properly with proxies such as Junkbuster that do not support the most recent HTTP specification. By default, K-Meleon tries to use HTTP 1.1. To use K-Meleon with a proxy that only supports HTTP 1.0, change the HTTP version under Edit - Preferences - General.
  • K-Meleon only accepts hostnames for manual proxies.

About K-Meleon

K-Meleon 0.8.2 is released under the GNU General Public? License. K-Meleon uses the Gecko rendering engine developed for Mozilla which provides excellent support for current HTML, CSS and DOM standards. This version contains portions of Mozilla 1.5.

The K-Meleon Team

Core Developers

Jeff Doozan
Ulf Erikson

Patches and Bug Fixes

Vernon Brooks
Jordan Callicoat

Project Documentation

Andrew Mutch

Past Contributors

Brian Harris
Rob Johnson
Mark Liffiton
Chak Nanga
Sebastian Spaeth
Christophe Thibault

Thanks

K-Meleon uses some bits from:
NSIS Installer (c) 2003 Nullsoft
Gecko and System Icon from Mozilla
Project hosting: SourceForge

More Information

K-Meleon provides a number of resources to support your use of K-Meleon:

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