The combination of the search and address bar has turned out to be a very useful and intuitive concept for Web browsing. However, one drawback, which I was already pointed to at the very beginning of the project, was how to navigate quickly to local addresses, i.e. to hosts in your local zone without a "full" domain name.
In order to help Quero recognize localhost, for example, as an address and not a search term you have to put http:// in front of it. Other solutions are to add the local URL to your Favorites or Links bar or to select it from your auto-complete list from the second time onwards.
I am currently testing a more elegant syntax, which will be included in version 4 of the Quero Toolbar. It will be sufficient to append a colon only (localhost:) and optionally one of the two most used port numbers (80, 8080) to any host name in order to start a navigation. While it is possible to specify any port number for localhost, entering movie:300 will still search for reviews for the movie "300" first. In the rare case, where you want to access the Web server movie on port 300, you will still need to add the http scheme.
- Improved ad blocker (Quero is now capable of blocking IFRAME-based ads and filters substantially more banner ads than in previous versions.)
- Switch between IE7 and CSS-based zooming
- Set custom zoom factor and custom IE window dimensions
- New keyboard shortcuts added: Shift+Del (deletes an individual item from history), AltGr+H (toggels highlighting of search terms on or off)
- Fixed: compatibility issue between Quick Type and Outlook Web Access (Premium Mode); IE freezed on a subpage of the nytimes Web site when the ad blocker was turned on
- Windows Vista support
- Banner ad blocker improved
- Drag&Drop improved (you can now drag links from the search box to the Links bar or the Favorites folder)
- Navigation to IPv4 addresses made easier (http prefix is not needed any more)
- Support for IPv6 URIs
- More consistent use of tooltips
- Quero shortcut key (Ctrl+Q) now toggles the focus between the search box and the Web page
- New keyboard shortcut added: Ctrl+Ins (toggles the ad blocker on or off)
- Fixed: sporadic crash on some systems when highlighting search terms was turned on; adding a site to the allowed sites did not immediately take effect and required restarting the browser; find next occurrence on page occasionally did not immediately advance to the next occurrence; "Go to URL" function sometimes performed a search instead of going to the URL; various resource leaks closed
- Quick Find: find text backwards by right-clicking on the magnifying glass icon or by pressing F2
- F3/F2 are now global shortcut keys (F3 substitutes the IE find dialog)
- Home button added
- Fixed: Quick Type issues on certain frame-based Web sites; IE freezed when opening a new window/tab from the context menu under certain conditions
- Fixed in IE7: missing "Open in New Tab" entry in context menu under certain conditions