Posts Tagged ‘Smart-Bro’

New Version of Smart Bro is ready for download!

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Hello friends,

We’ve released Smart Bro v2.7 with games support. Yes, you heared it right. Now we integrated a games sidebar into the browser. This will make accessing online games very easy to you. So whenever you’re feeling bored, or just looking for a little fun, you can start the game of your preference from there.

We’re very excited about this and we hope you’ll be as much excited as we’re. If your Smart Bro browser didn’t prompt you for update, it will do that in a moment. Have fun!

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

best regards,
Tony Sticks.
Mind Vision Software (MVS)

A new build of Smart Bro is released!

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Hey Guys,

 

We released a new build of Smart Bro (v2.6.0.12). The new build fixes a small problem that was found in the previous build (Build#11) that we released recently.

 

With this new build, you have the best of
Smart Bro, so … enjoy it.

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

 

best regards,

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Smart Bro v2.6.0011 is released!

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

 

Hello Guys,

 

Smart Bro v2.6 (Build#11) is released! The new build contains 3 important enhancements:

 

1. Closing Tab crash is fixed: In some rare situations, closing a specific website can crash Smart Bro. With this new fix, this problem is gone!

 

2. Script Error messages problem was solved: We received many emails complaining that Smart Bro is unable to suppress script errors correctly (Menu->Content->Suppress Script Errors). The problem is fixed now. All what you have to do is to make sure that the options (Menu->Content->Suppress Loading Errors & Menu->Content->Suppress Script Errors) are checked and we’ll take it from there.

 

3. New search engines are added to our quick search: Well, we’ve added the Live.com and Wikipedia.org which is not actually a search engine, but it will definitely help you do your research faster using Smart Bro.

 

That’s it for today, Now the latest and coolest Smart Bro is v2.6.0011, so if you don’t have this version, please download it from here!

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


Best regards,

Tony Sticks

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

What’s new is Smart Bro v2.6?

Monday, November 27th, 2006

 

We’re glad to announce the release of Smart Bro v2.6. The new version of Smart Bro has received many enhancements that we hope you will like.

we added in this release:


1. Notification support: A notification window will show up when some specific events occur. For example, when there’s a new Smart Bro blog post, the notification window will come up with the new content.

 

2. Mouse gestures: We added support for mouse gestures in this version. To learn more about mouse gestures please read our previous post.

 

3. We added skin support for the splash screen.

 

4. Saving state problems are fixed: We fixed the bug of the rebar band in the main screen not being able to save its state upon closing.

 

5. We fixed the bug of maximize/minimize/restore status.

 

6. We fixed a bug that caused the rss reader to duplicate a headline that was already retrieved.


 

We’re sure that you will like the new features that were added to Smart Bro. If you want to download Smart Bro, please go here.

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


 

best regards,

Tony Sticks

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

A quick evaluation of Internet Explorer 7

Monday, November 20th, 2006

 

 

Hi Guys,

 

I read an article about some of the problem in the new IE7, so enjoy …

 

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Putting aside specific issues (compatibility, printing, installation, etc)
noted by others, is my experience of the following typical – and is this the
way it is supposed to be? [on my HP Pavilion notebook, 3GHz HT Pentium, 1GB
RAM…]

Speed: pages seem to load more slowly than before. I know that the phishing
filter might be implicated in this, but surely checking and reporting on
phishing status should be independent of the presentation of the website
itself? (Load the page as fast as possible, and only when phishing search
complete update the icon). As to the effect of add-ins on speed… it was all
fine with IE6.

Responsiveness: Tabbed browsing seems rather pointless (apart from having a
single window) when one cannot work effectively with tabs because IE7 is
unresponsive while loading, e.g after a Ctrl-click on a link (to open a new
background tab) I am unable to click again until the new page has loaded! It
doesn’t seem that IE7 is multithreaded properly (or at all?). I am better off
with different browser windows because they all respond to events
independently.

Utility: principles of tabbed browsing, “Quick Tabs” etc. OK, but frequently
clicked items are favorites, file save as, etc. are on the LHS but tools,
home etc. is all on the right hand side on a toolbar that cannot be moved.
I’ve turned on the menu bar, that helps a bit, but this is typical of MS –
not merely providing a perceived “improvement” but not allowing me to work
differently if I happen to disagree.

Specific Functionality: I am annoyed that the security info no longer seems
to report on the encryption level: in IE6 I saw sites such as PayPal claiming
to use 128 encryption, but the report said only 40-bit (which I consider
woefully inadequate). I want to know how secure the security is…

Like many others I am reluctant to accept the risk of an uninstall to IE6,
so… if my experience is not atypical, when is IE 7.01 due?

 

That’s it for today, please keep in mind that you should

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

 

Best regards,

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Mouse Gestures

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Hi Guys,

 

Today, I’m posting to you an article about mouse gestures. This feature which is available in some web browsers. I hope you will enjoy reading it…

 

In computing, a mouse gesture is a way of combining computer mouse movements and clicks which the software recognizes as a specific command. Mouse gestures can provide quick access to common functions of a program. They can also be useful for people who have difficulties typing on a keyboard. For example, in a web browser, the user could navigate to the previously viewed page by pressing the right mouse button, moving the mouse briefly to the left, then releasing the button.
 

 

The first mouse gesture, the “drag,” was introduced by Apple to replace a dedicated “move” button on mice shipped with its Macintosh and Lisa computers. Dragging involves holding down a mouse button while moving the mouse; the software interprets this as an action distinct from separate clicking and moving behaviors. Although this behavior has been adopted in a huge variety of software packages, few other gestures have been as successful. As of 2005, most programs do not support gestures other than the drag operation. Each program that recognizes mouse gestures does so in its own way, sometimes allowing for very short mouse movement distances to be recognized as gestures, and sometimes requiring very precise emulation of a certain movement pattern (e.g. circle). Some implementations allow users to customize these factors.

The Opera web browser has recognized mouse gestures since version 5.11 (April 2001). Several mouse gesture extensions are also available for the Mozilla Firefox browser, such as the Optimoz Mouse Gestures extension that offer also Rocker gestures performed by pressing one mouse button while holding down the other (this offers two additional commands, usually moving forward/backward). These extensions use almost identical gestures as Opera.

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

 

Best regards,

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Smart Bro v2.5.0012 is released!

Friday, November 10th, 2006


Hello Guys,
 
We’ve just released a new build of Smart Bro. Build #12 has received a very important fix for the RSS reader functionality.
 
Description:
In many cases we noticed that Smart Bro RSS reader doesn’t detect new RSS entries at the correct time. In some cases a gap of 1 day between the post and the detection of the new entry. In this build we fixed this problem.
 
If you have any notes or comments, please let me know.
 
Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

Best regards,
Tony Sticks,
Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Tabbed browsing : Smart Bro vs FireFox

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

 

Hi Guys,

 

  Today I’m going to talk about the tabbed interface for both Smart Bro (our browser) and FireFox. I wanted to take a closer look at it in order to come up with the best of both (if any). The comparison is being made between Smart Bro v2.5.0011 and FireFox v1.5.0.7.

 

  Well, at the first glance, you’ll notice that Smart Bro has a blue icon (mark) on every tab and the text to the right of it. In FF, you’ll see an icon of an empty document instead. When you try to load a website on a specific tab, Smart Bro will show an empty blue icon and start filling that icon until it’s complete which denotes that loading the website is completed. In FF, this is replaced with a progress icon that doesn’t show the progress. The icon itself is very cool, but it doesn’t provide much info.

 

  I noticed that Smart Bro is missing a feature that is available in FF. When a website has a special icon, FF will show that icon, while Smart Bro will not do that. I’m not sure if this is useful, but I think it may come handy sometimes.

 

  When a website, in an inactive tab, is loaded in Smart Bro and completed, it will flash to drag your attention that the website (which you’re not currently looking at) is loaded completely. I found this feature is missing in FireFox. I think this is a nice feature that helps users with a slow connection who are trying to work on multiple sites at the same time.

 

Now for the interaction…

  Smart Bro allows the user to customize what actions should be done for specific events. Left-Click tab, Right-Click tab, Double-Click tab, Shift+Left-Click tab and Shift+Right-Click tab. By default, Smart Bro:

 

Left-Click: Activates the tab.

Right-Click: Closes the tab.

Shift+Left-Click: Reloads the tab.

Shift+Right-Click: Shows the tab menu.

Double Click: Toggles shrinking on/off.

 

  What I think is the best in Smart Bro tabbed interface is the closing event (right-clicking the tab) which is very fast and easy. FireFox on the other hand Activates a tab by left-clicking the tab and shows the tab menu by right-clicking the tab. This doesn’t offer much flexibility in my opinion. I recall seeing a close button on every tab in FireFox, but I’m not 100% sure what was that, but in my version it’s not there.

 

  Both browsers has a close button at the right-most of the tabs area by which you can close the selected tab.

 

  When loading many websites, both Smart Bro and FireFox keep all the tabs in one line, which is a little bit hard when you’re working on more than 15 websites. I think this is not an important issue, but it should be mentioned.

 

  Smart Bro offers options to minimize, restore, close, tile horizontally, cascade and close all the currently open tabs using the top-right control box. FireFox doesn’t offer any of these options unfortunately.

 

  This concludes the tabbed interface comparison. I hope it will be useful to you guys and if you think, I missed a point or two, please leave a comment and I will be more than happy to add them.

 

Mean while…

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

 

Best regards,

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS).

Tips and tricks for internet explorer

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

 

 

Hello again guys,

 

I read this article and I found it great as it offers many tips on how to keep your information private and to help you browse the web in a more secure way. The article talks about Internet Explorer but you certainly can apply these tips while using Smart Bro as well.

 

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Greetings,

 

Most people use Internet Explorer to browse the net. It loads up fast because parts of it is loaded by Windows as the latter boots up. Using the feedback from its huge user base, Microsoft has made numerous improvements, which you can use to your advantage.

  • Disable the Links toolbar and save space. Remove the Explorer view for the same reason.

Tip: Smart Bro automatically applies this fact by adding the “Links” button to the browse toolbar. This way you can remove the sites toolbar without loosing its handy links.

  • Customize the toolbar via View » Toolbars » Customize.

  • Blank home page: Set your home page to a blank one so that it loads up faster. This is done via Tools » Internet Options » General » Use Blank.

Tip: In Smart Bro use can set this from the View->Options->User sites->Use blank option.

  • Offline browsing: You do not have to connect to the Internet to revisit a page. You can access it from the cache. This is done via Tools » Internet Options » Temporary Internet Folders » Settings » Check newer versions of stored pages: » Never. After setting up IE like this, you can browse offline by, click on the History button. This will open up the History folder in a left pane. Browse through this to access the pages that you have visited earlier. You check the latest version on the net however by clicking on the Refresh button.

  • Computer Security: Some websites have ads that tell you that your computer could be transmitting vital/private information about you, which could be targeted by hackers and viruses. They will tell you to download a security software. Considering the fact that they are using wrong tactics to sell their product, it is quite possible that their software could be doing more harm than good. No matter which software you use, it is not possible to completely hide your computer on the net. People who have always-on Internet connections like broadband or cable should instead use firewalls like the trusty ZoneAlarm or Tiny.

There are other websites that will ask visitors to install ActiveX controls like Gator or Bonzi. These are spyware and Internet users should avoid them.
Neither should you install programs like MP3 Dancer. These are spyware. Even if you uninstall them, they will still remain on your computer without your knowledge.

  • Tip 1: IE’s autocomplete feature may throw up some web addresses at the address bar, which you may not want others to see. So, clear the history. This is done by Internet Options » Clear History. If otherwise you want to selectively remove history items, then delete the appropriate folders inside the History folder. In Windows 9x/Me, the History folder is inside the Windows folder. In Windows 2000/XP, it will be inside the Documents and Settings\«User name»\Local Settings\ folder.

  • Tip 2: Deleting the files in the Temporary Internet Files folder can remove only part of your tracks. Cookies stored by websites usually remain in this folder with their full web address. So, that is a security violation. To remove them, choose Internet Options » Temporary Internet Folder » Delete Cookies.

  • Tip 3: All evidence is still not removed. There is a file inside the Temporary Internet Files folder called index.dat, which has some evidence of your browsing history. Delete this file too. IE will regenerate another index.dat later.

Tip: Use the auto-clean history feature in Smart Bro to allow cleaning history automatically for you.

  • Paranoia 4: When the Autocomplete feature is enabled, all your personal information including passwords are stored on the computer, which is available for others to misuse. So, when you are done with browsing at your office or an Internet cafe, follow the above three steps and clear the saved data by choosing Internet Options » Content » AutoComplete » Clear Forms and Clear Passwords. Sometimes, the Internet Options menu option might be disabled in your office or web cafe. So, delete the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms key from the registry. If you want to steal or backup passwords, export this key and import it on a different machine or installation. You will also have to copy the {username}.pwl file and cookies to the new machine/installation. Sometimes, there are ActiveX programs that sit silently recording everything. You can check them out at Internet Options » Temporary Internet Files » Settings » View Objects. This will open the Downloaded Program Files folder in the windows folder. By right-clicking the contents, you can either remove them or check out their properties.

  • Tip 5: In certain Internet cafes, silent keyboard loggers are installed by certain people to collect userids and passwords, and send them to their email addresses. Remove these programs from memory and only then browse. Also disable form fillers such as Gator in Internet cafes.

  • Downloading recalcitrant files: Most people use a downloaded manager to download huge files. But, sometimes they run into problems when the download manager is not able to catch the correct url of the file. In such cases, open the source of the page via View » Source and do a search for the download file. Usually, the full url of the file will be found here. Copy this and paste it in the download manager. If some website prevents you from right-clicking to save an image on it, just look inside the Temporary Internet Files folder for it.

  • IE Toolbars : Add the Google toolbar to IE. With this toolbar, you will get to the results without having to visit Google’s home page first.

  • ESCAPE: Many people do not know this. If a page is being downloaded and you want to stop it, then pressing the Escape key will do that. Also, pressing Backspace key will take you to the previous page.

  • Saving web pages: Beginning with Version 5, IE allows saving a web page in a single file including its images and other embedded content. To do this, choose Save As from the File menu. Here in the Save as type, choose Web Archive, single file (*.mht). Sometimes, MHT files may not show anything even though its thumbnail does show something. If you disable Javascript, you will be able to see the whatever something you saw in the thumbnail.

 

I hope you enjoyed this article and find it useful. Take care.

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

 

best regards,

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Advertising on Smart Bro website

Friday, October 27th, 2006

 

 

We’ve just added advertising areas to our website. If you are interested in advertising your website (business) on ours, please contact our sales dept. or you can simply click on the advertising area where you want your link to be added. Order the ad space from there and we will be more than happy to make this happen.

 

If you’re interested and want to learn more about our website, please contact us and we will provide you with the required information.

 

Please have a nice day

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

 

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)