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Old 17. Nov 2009, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lunascape 6 (codenamed "Orion") has now arrived (Beta for English version)

http://www.lunascape.tv/

Anyone who like me was impressed with V5 but thought it lacked the extensibility options may well be interested in this.


"With this version, Lunascape goes beyond the Triple Engine and adds Triple Add-on support, achieving the greatest degree of extensibility and flexibility among Web browsers. Many of you have asked for compatibility with Firefox add-ons and now you have it! You can now utilize the vast array of add-ons for Firefox in addition to IE add-ons and Lunascape plug-ins, in a single platform. Transferring your existing Firefox add-ons is easy and adding new ones to Lunascape is intuitive. And we have added a smart add-on organizer as a “gecko toolbar” so that you can manage add-ons easily with no clutter."

I will certainly be running this to see how the new features pan out.


Sorry, should have mentioned that in addition to the initial program installer containing the Trident (IE) engine (10.2MB) you will also need to download the Gecko (Firefox) engine @11MB, and the WebKit (Safari) engine @ 12.8MB. This process will begin automatically when you run the initial installer but you will need to stay around your PC to allow these two other engine requests out through your firewall. Overall this involves a total download of some 34MB
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I would still keep away .

IMO, this product is not for general users. It will be more of use to those, who want to play with different browsers... or for testers who want to test their webpages in different browsers.
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I would still keep away .

IMO, this product is not for general users. It will be more of use to those, who want to play with different browsers... or for testers who want to test their webpages in different browsers.

Agreed, it is much more of a specific tool rather than a general browser but will still appeal to a lot of people because of this versatility. Currently I just don't have the time to put into this area as well but I did run it for a while last night and it's still not as good as I had hoped. It copied all of my Firefox addons across without any problems but parts of it just don't look finished. Some of the toolbar icons and the skins in general look decidedly amateur when compared to what's available for FF and Opera. We need to remember that it's stills in beta though (alpha even for some languages) so maybe these things will be addressed as the product develops. It's definitely several steps forward from the previous version but in my opinion still has a way to go

Previously, I also found it very hard to maintain contact with their devs effectively but if they are reading this then fix the skins guys. I know this has no bearing on the performance of the product but it is what will encourage more people outside of Japan to use it.
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Well, this morning I'm a bit happier after downloading the top rated "purple" skin , changing the default font, customizing the buttons on the tool bar and moving the positions of the various components around. Geez this thing is not for the feint hearted but the configuration options are immense if you're into customizations.

I'm finding the Gecko variant best suited to my own needs and so far all of my basic addons are all functioning normally. The browser itself is very fast and for a beta, so far it hasn't crashed or broken anything else
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