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Old 13. Jul 2010, 01:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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@ MC. I'm glad you updated this thread today because I believe this is a seriously good browser, one that will benefit me on a daily basis. Gizmo's strikes again .. so cheers for that.
Thanks to you too for an in depth appraisal of some of the finer points.
I echo your own thoughts exactly.
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Old 14. Jul 2010, 12:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I've been using Luna for most of today while I was working, had it running for several hours non stop and not one crash. Found it to be very stable, left the task manager running to monitor it and found it very light on resources.

Five or six tabs open all the time with one of them continually running a live stream from Eurosport for four hours for the Tour de France. RAM peaked at around 119k but averaged around 75k for most of the time. CPU hovered around 33% when the live stream tab was open and stayed at around 2% when I was using the others, it hardly ever spiked. The live stream never faltered, no lag, perfect. I usually have to work from Seamonkey and have the live stream in Opera to do that and my CPU is all over the place with the odd slow down.

These are just observations, not comparisons, but I was really surprised how smooth and light Lunascape runs with all that lot going, plus several other apps.

Just for the record I'm running it on an XP Pro machine with 2gigs RAM and a Pentium 4 - 3.6GHz processor, and my broadband speed is 7.5mb.

Luna made my day much easier, no switching between multiple browsers, no slow downs, no crashes and still being able to use three different engines at the same time, all in one browser.

I'm still trying to tweak it and there's a lot that I haven't tried but I think this may be what I've been looking for. The settings might be a bit daunting for some users at first but it's not difficult to get the hang of it. The large install is definitely worth it, for me at least. It's a great piece of kit.
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Old 14. Jul 2010, 09:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks deya, I think this pretty much sums up the type of use a lot of folks put their browsers through and therefore what they can expect from Lunascape on a daily basis.

I'd just add for anyone who might be put off by a first look, that the toolbars and icons are all configurable and many can be removed after the initial setup to leave a much less cluttered interface.

I've maintained my contact with Yuki Sekiguchi the CEO of Lunascape throughout this development and if anyone has a direct comment or question please let me know and I'll forward it.
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Old 14. Jul 2010, 12:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Since one of the engines is Trident, does that mean that Internet Explorer must be installed on the PC for the full version of Lunascape to work?

(I think I asked Deya a similar question about Maxthon but can't recollect if it was answered.)

If the answer is, "yes", that'll give Ritho an indication of whether Lunascape will ever be ported to Linux.
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Old 14. Jul 2010, 01:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
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To elaborate on the reason for asking the question:
I have IE6 on my PC but am afraid of upgrading it because some of the sites I visit require IE6.

I understand that I can't have IE6 and IE8 on the same PC. In other words, the updating process will replace IE6 with IE8.

But... If Lunascape comes with its own Trident engine and doesn't "see" my IE6 during installation, I can then have the benefits of IE8 (whatever they are) as well as my IE6.
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@vasa1 .. the system requirements for Lunascape are here, you need IE6 or later. Maxthon system requirements are here, IE6 is minimum requirement but IE7 or above are recommended. So they both require IE to be installed.
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@vasa1 .. the system requirements for Lunascape are here, you need IE6 or later. Maxthon system requirements are here, IE6 is minimum requirement but IE7 or above are recommended. So they both require IE to be installed.
Deya, many thanks for the links!
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Six days using Lunascape and still no crashes, and I've really hammered it over the last couple of days. I'm so impressed with how light it runs now, it's so responsive and it just seems to handle everything I throw at it. Not the fastest loading browser at start up, but neither is it the slowest, and once it's up and running it can hold it's own with rest of them.

The only thing I got rid of was the scrolling news ticker, I have no need of that but I've kept all the other toolbar buttons and options as they are and now it feels like second nature to click around them, in fact it feels like I've been using Luna for years instead of just days. The interface is lovely and clean looking (Orion), it doesn't feel cluttered to me and it provides a nice big space to work in. Mouse gestures as standard (a must for me) work perfect, the zoom option is almost identicle to Opera, another plus for me, and the scrolling is very smooth. I haven't come across a page that won't load, so far, and pages render quickly (in all 3 engines)

AdBlock Plus works a treat, as does WOT, and although I still get the grey WOT icon sometimes at start up my work around takes care of that with three clicks so it's not a real issue (for me). These are the only two add-ons I have installed although I've installed a few others to try, then uninstalled them. They worked well.

The three way screen split and it's options are just perfect for my needs, as is the ability to use the extended Gecko mode which turns Luna into Firfox and again my add ons work perfect. I've not done anything in terms of add ons for Trident, all I need to be able to do is view websites that I know to be safe in it, same goes for WebKit. My default engine remains Gecko. Video handles really well, as does live streaming (Tour de France never looked better) and resource useage is still low so I'm well happy with that.

Seamonkey is still set as default, but in day to day use Lunascape has now become my primary browser. I still have multiple browsers installed but find myself using them less and less each day. Luna may take up 123mb of disc space (full install) but I've now got rid of Comodo Dragon and Firefox which (combined) take up roughly the same space so I'm no worse off in that respect. The plus being that I still have a fully functional FF within Luna.

For those interested there's a link here setting out some of the benefits of using the triple engine. I also came across a pretty well balanced review of it on geeks to go, here. The review is from November 2009 but I reckon it's still relevant, although I believe Luna has advanced quite a lot in this latest version.

I also noticed in the last couple of days that it's easier to register to the user support forum on the Lunascape website, so it would appear that interest in the browser is on the increase.

As before, these are just observations and not comparisons to any other browser. It's just that personally I think these guys have been on the right track for quite some time and now they seem to be getting it right. As I mentioned in a previous post I've tried this browser a few times in the past but it didn't feel just right for me somehow, this latest version is starting to hit the mark and hopefully it will get better in future releases.

There may be more in the way of options and toolbar buttons but don't let that put you off because it all adds to the overall user experience, never forgetting that it's three browsers in one so you would expect there to be more in the way of configuration. But I think it's worth the bit of time it takes to set it right for your own needs because once you've done it, as browsers go, it's solid.
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The only thing I got rid of was the scrolling news ticker,
This thing creeping across the toolbar bugged me too until I found out how to get rid of it

Like you, still no crashes, very happy with my tasteless purple and black skin and no current desire to use anything else. I only use a handful of extensions, but they all work fine.
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Old 19. Jul 2010, 03:20 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I have installed Lunascape with the gecko engine and all my add-ons work except for WOT.

The browser also occasionally freezes and I keep getting the following dialogue box that appears randomly, it states:

Javascript Application

Type Error: KsClass is undefined

After I press OK it then disappears leaving me non the wiser!

I have posted on the Luna forum re the WOT issue but have had no help as yet.

Anyone with any solutions to the above mentioned?

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