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Postby Guest » Mon Apr 21, 2003 3:19 pm

Excellent job thusfar. Awasu is coming along nicely, and has already become my preferred aggregator.

One little niggle...

It would be extremely nice if Awasu would have an option to open links in an new window, which respects the user's choice of default browser.

(Yes, I'm a Mozilla user, and proud of it ;P It'd be nice to be able to choose the Gecko renderer over the IE one, but I'd definitely settle for the ability to open links in new windows of my default browser ^_^ )

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Postby support » Tue Apr 22, 2003 5:25 am

Anonymous wrote:It would be extremely nice if Awasu would have an option to open links in an new window, which respects the user's choice of default browser.


You can do this from the right-click menu in the item pane (the top part of each channel's window). It should respect your default browser (I'm away overseas right now so can't check it).

If you do it by right-clicking in the browser pane (the bottom part of each channel's window), I think it will always open up in IE. I'm not sure if there's anything I can do about that but I'll have a look at it.

Anonymous wrote:(Yes, I'm a Mozilla user, and proud of it ;P It'd be nice to be able to choose the Gecko renderer over the IE one, but I'd definitely settle for the ability to open links in new windows of my default browser ^_^ )

Hey, there's nothing wrong with using Mozilla :-) I heard about a little program you can download from their site that modifies an EXE to use Gecko instead of IE. I don't have a link for you and haven't tried it myself, but you might want to have a poke around for it and give it a try. Let me know how you go :-)

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Postby Guest » Tue Apr 22, 2003 8:05 pm

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Anonymous wrote:It would be extremely nice if Awasu would have an option to open links in an new window, which respects the user's choice of default browser.


You can do this from the right-click menu in the item pane (the top part of each channel's window). It should respect your default browser (I'm away overseas right now so can't check it).


Indeed! Now...is there a way to make this the default behavior when clicking on an entry in the item pane? That would solve 99% of my problem ^_^

support wrote:If you do it by right-clicking in the browser pane (the bottom part of each channel's window), I think it will always open up in IE. I'm not sure if there's anything I can do about that but I'll have a look at it.


Understandable since you're embedding IE. I doubt having the embeddable IE component respect a user's default browser choice is high on MS' TODO list ;P

support wrote:Hey, there's nothing wrong with using Mozilla :-) I heard about a little program you can download from their site that modifies an EXE to use Gecko instead of IE. I don't have a link for you and haven't tried it myself, but you might want to have a poke around for it and give it a try. Let me know how you go :-)


Found it after some searching - "IEPatcher", it's called. It does work, to a certain extent. Patching the mfc42.dll will indeed swap the Gecko component in for the IE one. The "Open in new window" functionality doesn't seem to work at the moment, and there's no access to preferences -- but it is possible to feed it an existing set of Mozilla preferences, with a little coaxing ~_^ .

If anyone else is interested, here's how to do it:

IMPORTANT: Please read the FAQ before starting this: http://www.awasu.com/faqs/ReplacingIe.php

Step 1 - Download a relatively recent build of Mozilla. If you already use Mozilla, there's a good chance you have the required files already.

Step 2 - Open up a command prompt, and go to your Mozilla directory. Mine was D:\Mozilla-win32\bin. Once there, verify that mozctlx.dll is present, and type: regsvr32 mozctlx.dll

This tells Windows about the Mozilla ActiveX control - which we'll be swapping in for the existing IE control.

Step 3 - Go to: http://www.iol.ie/~locka/mozilla/control.htm, and download IEPatcher. The link is near the bottom of the page. (Lots of good info here on using the Mozilla ActiveX control as well) Unzip it somewhere, and run it.

Step 4 - Choose "Scan File..." and pick the mfc42.dll in your Awasu directory (C:\Program Files\Awasu on mine). It should come up "Patchable". So...patch it ^_^

Step 5 - Now you should have a new file in your Awasu directory: moz_mfc42.dll. Rename the existing mfc42.dll to something else (I followed the existing example, and renamed it to ie_mfc42.dll). Then, rename moz_mfc42.dll to mfc42.dll.

Step 6 - Start up Awasu, and load something into the browser frame. This should set up the default preferences for the Mozilla ActiveX control.

Step 7 (optional) - If you want to use pre-existing Mozilla preferences (blocked images, cookies, fonts, etc...) within the control:

Copy from C:\Documents and Settings\your_username\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\xxxxxxxx.slt\:

prefs.js (fonts, etc...)
cookies.txt (cookies)
cookperm.txt (blocked images)

Put these in C:\Documents and Settings\your_username\Application Data\MozillaControl\profiles\MozillaControl\xxxxxxxx.slt\

That's it! It takes a little bit of doing, but it does work. Now, if they'd just fix up the "Open in new window" buglet... ~_^

Once again, thanks for Awasu!

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Postby Guest » Tue Apr 22, 2003 8:30 pm

Another tiny buglet with using the Gecko engine -- the feed summary (shown by default in the browser pane when you click on a feed in the Control Center pane) images don't show. The images are linked as:

<IMG src='C:\Program Files\Awasu\Resources\unreadFeedItem.gif'>

If I change this to:

<IMG src='file:///C:\Program Files\Awasu\Resources\unreadFeedItem.gif'>

Gecko renders the image properly. I also tested this change under the IE renderer, and it seems to work fine. So...I made the necessary change to the DefaultChannelSummary and DefaultChannelReport templates. Problem solved!

Hopefully if anyone else plays around with swapping Gecko in, this will help ^_^

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Postby b3 » Tue Apr 22, 2003 9:30 pm

Figured with all this poking around I'm doing, I should register, so here I am ^_^

Feel free to send me a msg if there's anything you want me to test under Gecko.

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Postby support » Wed Apr 23, 2003 3:07 am

Cool! Thanks for info. Trying the Gecko patch has been on my to-do list for a while but I keep getting bogged down with other stuff.

I'll fix up the image url's for the next release.

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Postby none » Mon Jul 14, 2003 7:43 pm

There is a great search bar that integrates on the taskbar, Dave's Quick Search Bar, which had a similar problem. Now, I don't know if the solution is very portable, but it involved the freeware "LaunchInIE" library from :

http://www.whirlywiryweb.com/q%2Flaunchinie.asp

A least, there is some good discussion there.

My preferred browser is Opera, so I would be most happy if Awasu simply deferred to whatever browser is chosen by the user as the default browser. This should make most folks happy.

--Larry

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Postby helsby » Wed Aug 20, 2003 5:23 pm

Step 6 - Start up Awasu, and load something into the browser frame. This should set up the default preferences for the Mozilla ActiveX control.

It was at this point that I got the error message "The Mozilla control cannot create a critical component. This prevents the control from functioning correctly. Possible reasons for the problem are: 1. The PATH environment variable does not point to the Mozilla bin directory. 2. The registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\BinDirectoryPath registry key has not been set or is incorrect. 3. The file component.reg has not been generated or is empty. Please refer to http://www.iol.ie/~locka/mozilla/mozilla.htm for guidance on how to resolve these problems.
Awasu then crashes with an exception access violation in mozctl.dll :-(

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Postby newshound » Wed Aug 20, 2003 9:23 pm

Why is it I prefer to read even Awasu's rss feeds in FeedReader? Because when I ask for an open window, FeedReader opens my default browser, Opera.

There are lots of good reasons not to use IE, and also lots of good reasons I like to use Opera. In this virii infested world we live in, I understand that more and more people are reluctant to use IE. I love my pop-up free Opera experience and resent having to use IE at all at this point.

So I hope you'll be able to look into having Awasu open the default browser. Awasu needs to get ahead in this competitive news reader world, and this may be one small thing to do along the path to success....

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Postby support » Thu Aug 21, 2003 12:46 am

newshound wrote:So I hope you'll be able to look into having Awasu open the default browser.


If you "Open in new window" from the <u>item pane</u> i.e. the top part of each channel's window, it will open in your default browser. I recently found something where I might be able to persuade the browser pane to open new windows in your default browser as well. It's a lot of work :cry: but I'll see what I can do. Sigh...

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Postby support » Thu Aug 21, 2003 12:47 am

helsby wrote:It was at this point that I got the error message "The Mozilla control cannot create a critical component. This prevents the control from functioning correctly. Possible reasons for the problem are: 1. The PATH environment variable does not point to the Mozilla bin directory. 2. The registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\BinDirectoryPath registry key has not been set or is incorrect. 3. The file component.reg has not been generated or is empty. (


All of these sound like configuration errors, not anything to do with Awasu. Let me know if you manage to get it going and I'll see what I can do in the meantime.

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Postby graymate » Wed Sep 24, 2003 12:44 pm

support wrote:If you "Open in new window" from the <u>item pane</u> i.e. the top part of each channel's window, it will open in your default browser.

Understood. BUT, this is extremely annoying. Could you please put a little checkboxy option :D in the prefs allowing us to:
single-click: open embedded (the current behaviour)
double-click: open external (system default)
Please please please :D

Btw: extremely good work.

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Postby graymate » Wed Sep 24, 2003 12:48 pm

I forgot:
could you please make windows close with a MIDDLE click on the window's tab? A-la Opera :D

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Postby support » Wed Sep 24, 2003 12:58 pm

graymate wrote:double-click: open external
could you please make windows close with a MIDDLE click on the window's tab? A-la Opera :D


I've added all this stuff to The List. Thanks for the suggestions.

Double-click won't work since you can't do that when running in one-click mode. I'll make it so that SHIFT-Click opens in an external window.

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Postby ajg23 » Sat Dec 13, 2003 6:14 am

I will be delighted to buy Awasu when this option is added!


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