Executive Summary: full IE9 support added, improved "Hide Flash ads", new TPL-based ad blocker released, to replace the address bar with Quero, click on Quero > Options > Appearance, enable "IE navigation bar", disable "IE9 address box".
This toolbar update is a major milestone in the development of Quero, it brings now full support for Internet Explorer 9, includes a new elegant way to block annoying ads in IE9, got a fresh new toolbar design, and integrates even more time savers.
This is a twin release together with Quero AdBlock IE TPL. Read on the blog entry below more about the new Quero ad blocker.
Here is the complete feature list of the Quero Toolbar 6:
- Full IE9 support added (now also supports dragging tabs to another window)
- Fresh new toolbar design (new button design and search engine drop-down list updated)
- IE9: Tabs on top on a separate line
- IE9: Display the page title in IE9's title bar option added
- IE9: Every pixel counts! the new Aero based layout reduces the height of the overall toolbar area by 5 pixels compared to IE9 Beta and Quero Toolbar 5.1
- IE9 Flash Hider (selectively hides Flash ads, allowing embedded video players from YouTube and Vimeo)
- Up one level: quickly navigate one level up by right-clicking on the Quero box (Ctrl+Backspace)
- New text highlighting option: use different colors
- New Keyboard shortcuts: F4 and Ctrl+L to focus the Quero box (in addition to Ctrl+Q), note: Ctrl+L toggles between search and navigation mode, Ctrl+Backspace to go one level up
- Search profiles cleaned up, added profile for China
Thank you for all the feedback encouraging me to continue the project, and I am very glad that I finally found a way to make Quero compatible with IE9 :)
This release is a major change to the previous ad blocker, which was part of the Quero Toolbar, leveraging a new built-in feature of IE9 now.
The change was necessary since I wanted to say goodbye to the old hacks (which did not conform to the new IE add-on guidelines anyway), and starting with IE9 the IE team is now offering an improved content filter, called Tracking Protection, which allowed me to make this transistion.
One limitation of Tracking Protection is however, that it does not block 1st-party content, i.e. content coming from the same domain as the Web site. To mitigate this limitation, I have now also improved the Quero Flash hider. It now selectively hides Flash animations, allowing embedded video players by default. This element hiding technique can also be improved in the future to hide other annoying content from Web pages, which is not possible by a mere URL-based filtering approach.
Hi, you can now connect via Facebook and get the latest news on the Quero front. I am now preparing the next release of the Quero Toolbar for IE9 and would be glad to keep you updated via Facebook. See you on my Quero Page.
Eric Lawrence from the IE team has recently covered all the ad blocking options available in Internet Explorer so far, and there are a lot :) Every solution, however, has its own pros and cons, and limitations. While Quero did a great job for IE6 till IE8, there is a demand for improvement in IE9 as posted before.
Quero users have the choice to use the Quero Ad Blocker option together with the new IE9 Flash blocker introduced in Quero 5.1.
I have experimented with another option relying on the somewhat unkown but powerful IE8 feature InPrivate Filtering, which will be improved and called Tracking Protection in IE9. As of today, I am making an XML-based Ad Blocker available for Internet Explorer users, which can be used even without any add-ons.
Adblock is based on an URL filtering list and selectively filters Flash animations and ads. You can use it in combination with Quero's Flash filter, if you like, which hides all Flash objects by default.
Unfortunately, the implementation of InPrivate Filtering has some bugs as I found out today. Not all content is blocked as it should be. I am trying to contact the IE team on this issue. You can download the new AdBlock IE XML here and I wish you happy and hassle-free browsing!
Update: Further research has revealed that InPrivate Filtering is not capable of blocking content from within the same domain as the Web site, which is unfortunate but better than nothing. It seems to be a limitation by design of InPrivate Filtering. So it's a feature not a bug ;)
IE9 with the IE for Mac Quero Theme:
Internet Explorer for Mac was a by-product of the first browser war in the middle and late 1990ties, when Microsoft actively ported their new Windows-based Web browser Internet Explorer to other platforms including Mac OS and OS X, Solaris, HP-UX and to Microsoft's own mobile operating system Windows CE.
IE for Mac also became the default browser on Macs as a result of the Apple–Microsoft deal in 1997, and was by that time a competitive browser, in some aspects even better than his big brother IE6 on Windows. IE5 for Mac supported transparent PNG, had a superior CSS engine and a fresh and light user interface, but was eventually discontinued in 2003.
I was asked to create a theme for Quero resembling the old IE for Mac look and feel. Since I never owned a Mac personally, I based it on some screenshots and found a video on YouTube, which I used to recreate the original button hover effect.
Download: IE Mac Theme for Quero
Install instructions: Quero Toolbar required, download the file into your Quero install directory, open IE > Quero > Options > Appearance and specify the location of the Quero Theme file.
I have posted a tutorial in the forum how to add the W3C validator and a PageRank query to Quero.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
IE9, Quero Toolbar 5.1 forum discussion
The IE team has recently published a set of new guidelines for add-on developers, which forbid for example to change the default search provider without user consent.
While it is a good thing to keep the user in control, I am afraid the guidelines may be too restrictive, because they basically do not allow to replace or enhance existing IE features any more. However, I think that there are legitimate scenarios for doing so.
I had a friendly conference call with Microsoft informing me about the new guidelines and actions I need to take in order to comply with the guidelines. I have now made two changes to the default settings and hope that the new version will be accepted by Microsoft.
- On installation Quero does not hide the IE navigation bar any more
- The toolbar close button is now accessible by default
I would be interested in what you think about the new guidelines and opened a discussion in the forum.
Update 2010-06-19: Version 220.127.116.11 has been approved by the IE team :)
Version 18.104.22.168 released
- Fixed in Windows 7, Vista: compatibility issue with Google Toolbar 6 which crashed IE when closing a tab
I was quite occupied recently but I have two pieces of good news: First, Quero is now open source and secondly, I have also managed to build a new version.
I have thought about releasing Quero as open source since the release of version 1 five years ago but decided to stay closed source for the time being in order to keep more control over it.
From a developer's stand point I understand the benefits of open source software and believe me I wished many times to have access to the source code of IE and Windows, which would have saved me from so many hours figuring things out.
I am glad releasing Quero finally as open source, which is quite a natural step for a freeware project in my opinion. You are welcome to improve the code or take it as a reference for your own add-on project. The next challenge will be to see how comaptible Quero will be with IE9 but until then I wish you hassle-free browsing with Quero.
- Quero is now open source, licensed under the GPLv3
- New method to hide the standard navigation bar using the NoNavBar group policy (changing the setting requires Administrator rights)
- Extended Favicon support (favicons are now displayed in the history and search-engine drop-down list if available in the cache)
- Support for custom search engine icons added
- SSL certificate information is now displayed in the Quero box (box does not turn yellow any more to be more consistent with IE8)
- Quero button is now optional, entire toolbar can be hidden if you only want to use the ad blocker
- Added Site Search capability which allows you to search for keywords on the current Web site (Google Site Search engine added to demonstrate this feature)
- Experimental option to hide the Favorites button added (useful for reducing the interface to just one line if tabbed browsing is turned off)
- Optional page loading animation added (useful if tabbed browsing is turned off, requires IE7 or higher)
- Using Explorer's blocked pop-up sound instead of own sound
- New graphics for the home and go button
- Discontinued development for Windows 98
- Removed additional settings for Quick Find, it is now either on or off
- Removed option "Set focus in search box" (functionality replaced by Quick Type)
- Fixed: searching from the context menu did not work in pop-up windows (or if tabbed browsing was turned off)