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K-Meleon

K-Meleon 0.9 Release Notes

These release notes outline system requirements, installation instructions, features and known issues for K-Meleon 0.9. K-Meleon 0.9 was released on January 18, 2005. The most current version of these release notes are available at http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/docs/relnotes09.php

Contents

What's New, Improved and Fixed in This Release

New

  • K-Meleon core
    • Current Mozilla 1.7.5 code
    • Copy image to clipboard
    • Force Character Set
    • Offline Browsing
  • New Default Skin - Phoenity
  • Privacy plugin
    • Enables deletion of collected browsing data: Cookies, Disk Cache, History, Passwords and URL Bar History.
  • Flashblock
  • Aggreg8 RSS Newsfeed Reader

Improved

  • Toolbar plugin
    • Menus for toolbar buttons with related items. Available via left-click & hold or right-click. Default setup contains new button menus for: Reload, Home, Bookmarks, History, Print, Mail, Zoom, New Layer/Window, Close Layer/Window, Go & Up.
  • Macros plugin - Various features available by default:
    • Enhanced Search - Support for multiple engines. Search from the URL Bar, via prompt or for any highlighted/selected text on a page. Additional options are available.
  • Groups & Session support for layers.
  • Page Zoom - Full Page, Images Only, Text Only
  • Mail and News integration.
  • View Pages in IE - For non-standards compliant webpages.
  • View Page Links - To accompany Page Info.
  • Configurable Domain Completion
  • Specify Save Directories - For "Save Page As", "Save Link As", & "Save Image As".
  • Open New Page & Close Page Buttons - New Page button also recognizes highlighted/selected text on the page and serves as a "Go to URL in New Page" feature if text is selected.
  • Paste & Go, Paste & Search - From the Go Button menu. Pastes clipboard contents to the URL Bar and processes it.
  • Privacy Menu & Tool Bar w/User Agent Switcher - Integrated with the privacy plugin with additional privacy features.
  • Easier Configuration - Options from the Tools menu: Find As You Type, Keyword Autosearch, Mouse Gestures Configuration Guide, Additional Bookmark/Favorites/Hotlist options, Advanced editing with Notepad for configuration files.

Fixed

The fixes in the 0.9 release include the following serious bugs:

  • Bug 315 GDI leak from viewing many images causes the screen to white out.

Specific bug information is available in the Bug Reporting System.

System Requirements

  • Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server fully supported. Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, Windows NT 4.0 generally supported with updated Microsoft libraries.
  • 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.
  • If you do not have Internet Explorer installed or are using a version older than 5.0, you need to install an update to comctl32.
  • Users on WindowsME and Windows 2000 should go to the Windows Update web site to download the appropriate updates.

Installation Notes

Installation

    1. If you have previously installed a version of K-Meleon older than 0.9, 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 0.9, 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 kmeleon09.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 0.9 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 0.9, 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.com/. 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. 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.
  • The Close Download Dialogue automatically disappears after a download is complete when left-clicking download files. Automatic downloads were changed in Mozilla 1.7alpha due to memory leaks. The changes include that Gecko closes the dialogue box right after download. This causes a crash in K-Meleon when the dialogue is set to stay open after an automatic download is finished. To avoid crashes, a temporary "fix" has been implemented that disables this option.

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 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.
  • 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 Mozilla here: https://addons.update.mozilla.org/plugins/
  • The most current versions of Flash Player and Shockwave Player support K-Meleon 0.9. 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.

About K-Meleon

K-Meleon 0.9 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 1.7.4.

The K-Meleon Team

Core Developers

Ulf Erikson

Plugins

Romain Vallet: Privacy Plugin

Development Support

Jason J: Macros and Forums
Andrew Mutch

Past Contributors

Vernon Brooks
Jordan Callicoat
Jeff Doozan
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 Aggreg8 RSS Newsreader provided courtesy of Philip Roche. All Rights Reserved. Flashblock extension developed by Theodore Drake, Ted Mielczarek, Jesse Ruderman and hosted at Mozdev . All Rights Reserved. Phoenity skin included with permission of Lim Chee Aun. All Rights Reserved.

More Information

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

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