IE9: Quero Status Update & The Beauty Of Internet Explorer 9

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IE9: Quero Status Update & The Beauty Of Internet Explorer 9

Postby Viktor Krammer » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:10 am

Executive summary: limited time to work on the project, experimental version for IE9 released, after upgrading go to Quero > Options > Appearance: enable IE navigation bar, disable IE9 address box / navigation buttons.

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Hi, I would like to post a status update about Quero, since IE9 Beta was released on September 15th 2010. I received several emails asking me about the current state of the project.

I made some personal changes last year. I moved away from my previous developing/research job in IT to begin something completeley new in the space of fashion and art :)

Since Quero has always been more or less a spare time (night) and research project for me, I have now only limited time to devote to it, and regarding the recent race (war) in Web browser development, I thought it was wise to move forward and to focus on my new project.

Additionally, I am quite impressed about IE9, what I have seen so far, Internet Explorer has advanced a great step forward, including full standard support (for html5, css3, svg, canvas, video), full hardware acceleration and a completely new, fast JavaScript engine.

Finally, IE has now adopted, what Quero did for the last six years, combining the address and search box into ONE box, a logical and highly anticipated step in my opinion :)

Also advertising has changed: not all commercial Web sites are that bad any more, some sites such as Facebook use intelligent unobtrusive ads, others have found new forms to monetize their content, ...

However, I am very glad to announce that I found a way to make Quero compatible with IE9 Beta 1 with the following update:

Quero Toolbar 5.1 for IE9 released

  • experimental support for IE9 Beta added
  • after upgrading go to Quero > Options > Appearance, enable IE navigation bar, disable IE9 address box / navigation buttons.
  • new IE9-compatible Flash blocker: hides all Flash objects after the site has loaded (shortcut Ctrl+Del).

I have decided to move away from the ugly hack that was necessary to build the content and ad filter in previous versions. The code is still there, but does not work 100% in IE9 because of the new JavaScript enigne, not all script commands are filtered.

You can now (additionally) enable Hide Flash (it is now a toggle switch like the other ad blocking options). The beauty of the old/new Hide Ads approach is, that it is solely based on standardized APIs and could also be developed further to filter out other undesireable content in a Greasemonkey-style fashion. The disadvantage is that the content is downloaded first and appears on the page for a short time before it can be detected and hidden.

Developing Quero was so exciting for me. I would like to thank you for supporting me and giving encouraging feedback :) Just in case you missed the news, Quero is an open source project and can be reused, modified and improved by everyone under the GPL license.

Best regards,

Viktor Krammer
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Re: IE9: Quero Status Update & The Beauty Of Internet Explor

Postby Davey126 » Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:13 pm

Works for me (Win 7 64-bit)! The real beauty is more breathing room for tabs when disabling the "IE9 address box / address buttons". This puts tabs and navigation bar on seperate lines (like Chrome) something Microsoft should have allowed for in IE9 ... and still may in the final release. For now Quero is my hero when it comes to IE9.

Good luck in your new endeavor and many thanks for the time/effort you have put into this project. Hopefully development will continue - albeit in new hands.
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Re: IE9: Quero Status Update & The Beauty Of Internet Explor

Postby BobbyPhoenix » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:21 pm

WOW I am so pleased right now. Thank you! I love IE9, but not how you can't move the tabs to a seperate line, but now I can with Quero. Great work!
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Re: IE9: Quero Status Update & The Beauty Of Internet Explor

Postby Viktor Krammer » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:20 pm

Thanks for your feedback and good wishes :)

Lets see what comes next from the IE team. It is really an exciting time now seeing all the efforts and advances made in IE9 (html5, JIT-compiled JavaScript & hardware accelerated rendering).
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Re: IE9: Quero Status Update & The Beauty Of Internet Explor

Postby bobster » Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:03 pm

I think that the combination of Windows 7, IE9 beta and Quero is fabulous! I am so pleased that you are continuing to develop Quero. Here is my configuration:

Settings:
Jump to search box when I start typing "on"

Appearance:
All buttons “on”
IE navigation bar “off”
IE9 address box “off”
IE8 favorites button (experimental) “on”
Quero search box “on”

All other settings pretty standard.

I am using the ”Favorites” bar as a substitute for the previous “links” bar. Since I have a very fast internet connection, and with the site loading speed of IE9, I no longer use or need the "Tabs" function. What were once tabs now appear on the "Favorites bar" and open in 1-3 seconds with a single click. Can't get much simpler nor efficient than that for speed and space utilization. Thanks, Viktor!
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