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    I would like to introduce yet another PalmOS web browser, Universe.

    Universe is an open source web browser originally known as WAPUniverse.

    Universe supports advanced features not seen in other web browsers such as:
    *A tabbed interface (currently limited at 3 tabs, but I hope to remove this restriction very soon)
    *Integrated RSS reader
    *alpha channel PNG images
    *Private Browsing, like the feature found in Apple's Safari web browser
    *And a few others

    As well as common web browser features such as:
    *HTML, XHTML, WML support
    *GIF, JPEG, BMP and PNG image support
    *WAP 1.0/2.0 support
    *HTML form support
    *Cache and cookie support

    With the following planned for the future:
    *Foreign language support (most European and Latin based languages already supported)
    *Advanced 5-Way scrolling (based off of the Nokia S60 Browser)
    *Removing the 3 tab limit JavaScript support (using Apple's JavaScriptCore)
    *gzip Compression for a faster browsing experience
    *Opening and saving files to the local file system
    *And more

    Details about Universe 3.0 can be found at http://www.wapuniverse.com/. At this site are also details for a beta testing program.

    Thanks and Enjoy!

    -Donald C. Kirker
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    Wow... wow... goodluck!!!
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    If that thing runs half as good as it looks you just hit a homerun! I put myself in for Beta testing hope i get picked. Goodluck!!!!!!!!
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    Nice, hopefully I get lucky too
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    I like the tabbed browsing.
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    Looks beautiful! I'm excited.
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    Does it support secure web browsing with encryption? If so, what level of encryption? Does it reformat pages to fit the screen, like blazer does, or do you have to scroll left and right? Is this a Java program, that requires loading the JVM? Most importantly, is it FASTER than blazer?
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    I've been waiting for years for a good no-BS Palm OS browser with active support so I can delete Xiino. I hope this is it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meyerweb View Post
    Is this a Java program, that requires loading the JVM?
    I hope not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aldamon View Post
    I hope not.
    I agree. I refuse to load Java on my Treo.
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    I assumed this browser does not require Java as there is no mention of it on the website. Count me out if it does require Java.
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    Looking at the screenshots, it does not LOOK like a Java app. Two thumbs up for that. Webviewer, GMaps, etal all have those boxy buttons that make the look awful IMO.

    I hate Java browsers because they don't accept URL pass-thrus (I can't click on an item in Hi-Launcher and open that site without copying and pasting).
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    Quote Originally Posted by skfny View Post
    I hate Java browsers because they don't accept URL pass-thrus
    I hate Java in general because it is a virus, coming right next to Norton AV and Adobe Acrobat...

    I also wish it would go away.
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    This browser looks unbelievable - almost too good to be true! I signed up for the beta too; I'm dying to try this out.
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    Awesome. Those tabs are the killer feature that'll make this the best browser, bar none, as long as your rendering engine is good. I hope I made the beta.
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    Would the tabs work as a "session saver" (Firefox plugin), or how blazer can start in the last page viewed?

    So that whenever you go away from Blazer, you can have the tabs come up as you left them.
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    No, Universe DOES NOT require Java (actually, it doesn't need it, period). In my opinion the JVM is slow for big apps and only works well with smaller apps (like maybe a stock quote manager).

    At the moment, Universe does not support secure sites, but during the beta I am going to fix that. I was debating releasing Universe 3.0 without https support and then adding it as a security update (btw, all updates are free), but I think that is not the best method.

    Quote Originally Posted by PabloTX
    Would the tabs work as a "session saver" (Firefox plugin), or how blazer can start in the last page viewed?

    So that whenever you go away from Blazer, you can have the tabs come up as you left them.
    Universe does not support this, but I can make this a feature and I will put this on my ToDo list (which, by no surprise is on my Treo and managed by Tasks). It will not be at the top, but it will be on the list. I'll also look into adding multi tabbed bookmarks (developers note: I could just separate each url with a semi-colon and when a bookmark is loaded with multiple semi-colon separated urls I could launch each in a new tab, hmm...).


    Universe, atm, allows for two modes. A "Fit to Screen" mode (which removes Left-Right scrolling, although a scrollbar may appear allowing you to scroll a measly 5 pixels) and a widescreen mode. Rendering in the widescreen mode will eventually render pages like a desktop browser (once I have added CSS support).

    Right now Universe is on par with Xiino in speed, and not faster then Blazer, yet. (here comes some technical greek) I am moving the gif decoder over to an ARMLet, but I am having some difficulties (using the File APIs). I am also looking into exploiting the Sound Manager to make downloading images "appear" faster (well, basically they download, and you can scroll around without interfering with the image stuff). I am still having some issues (images come out with the wrong colors and shared libraries don't work in the sound callback). (end technical greek).


    So far I am accepting all beta testers (I have more than 20). I will be setting up a private forum (I hope) within the next day to make things easy (I just don't have the time between college and coding to respond to 20 emails regarding the same bug). I'll be pulling the beta test request info probably at the end of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supersocialist View Post
    Awesome. Those tabs are the killer feature that'll make this the best browser, bar none, as long as your rendering engine is good. I hope I made the beta.
    The rendering engine needs improvement. This is were my abilities lack. I am working on trying to make it better. If any developers out there want to contribute with this, please do. Universe is open source (though not freeware).
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    Can the browser cache stored on the SD Card to preserve RAM?
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    Universe 3 is a new web browser in development for Palm OS. The browser is an open source project and is currently undergoing private beta testing. Its main features will include the ability to have up to three browser tabs, HTML/XHTML/WML support and an integrated RSS reader.


    The current Universe 3 feature-set includes:


    A Tabbed interface (supporting up to 3 tabs)
    An address bar featuring a url box and navigation buttons
    An Integrated RSS reader
    Private browsing (mask the history, cache and cookies)
    Support for JPEG, GIF, BMP and PNG (with alpha channels) images
    Support for HTML/XHTML/WML/RSS 1.0/2.0
    Support for WAP 1.0/2.0
    Support for Hires and Hires+ screen sizes

    With the following planned for the future:
    *Foreign language support (most European and Latin based languages already supported)
    *Advanced 5-Way scrolling (based off of the Nokia S60 Browser)
    *Removing the 3 tab limit JavaScript support (using Apple's JavaScriptCore)
    *gzip Compression for a faster browsing experience
    *Opening and saving files to the local file system
    *And more


    Its supposed to be bundled with the new version of iSpin 2.0 but I'm assuming it will be offered seperatly as well..

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    Last edited by migs; 10/23/2006 at 03:10 PM.
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