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Mar 22 2001
So I hope you'll be patient and await the next release (which probably would be 1.1 or 1.5 beta depending on how much the code changes ..) and in the meantime, if there's anybody else who plays Phantasy Star Online who uses Scope as well, drop me a line and maybe we can play a game online :-)
Mar 16 2001
The most significant changes in this build have been for the tabbar. Tabbar options are a new tab in the Scope Options dialog now. You can have the tabbar on top or bottom of the screen and also you can have one line of tabs or multiple lines of tabs. But remember that both the tab position and multiline/single line bar options need Scope to be restarted before the changes take effect fully.
There were a few other changes that I can't remember at the moment but you can always check the History.txt file. Enjoy!
Mar 14 2001
But of course, since I don't know that this release is completely bug free <g>, I'm not going to call it Scope 1.0 - instead, it will be released as Scope 1.0 PR1 ... if it proves to be bug free, I will rename it to 1.0 after a while :-)
So, what's new in this release? Hmm ... the major additions are a new StartUp tab in the Scope Options dialog and a host of start up options for Scope. Now you can have Scope open up with a blank page, a LinkGroup, your IE homepage, a URL of your choice or the last sites you had open when you exited. In addition to that, I've also fixed all the toolbar problems so that you can drag and reposition toolbars. Plus, I've made the menu a rebar control as well so that you can have your menu and all your toolbars on one line - if you've got the space.
There might be a few other things that I might be missing but you can always find all that out if you read the History.txt file :-) So go on, download it, have fun and let me know if you have any problems, suggestions etc.
Mar 09 2001
Mar 08 2001
Lyon Lim from Nortiq Web Service was kind enough to set me up with another mirror site for Scope. It's a fast server and so it probably will be easier to download from there :-) Thanks Lyon! It is so nice to find so many great people willing to help somebody that they've never met ...
I was told by somebody that I should put up some screenshots so that visitors can actually see what they're getting before they download :-) I've not done that till now because Tripod can be pretty slow to access but I decided to do that today ... mostly because I like to see screenshots before I download something too <g> I guess the sidebar is going to be pretty crowded since I'm not going to alter the site layout at the moment to fit all of this stuff ... <vbg>
Anyway, enjoy the new Beta and let me know of any bugs you may find!
Mar 07 2001
I would have released a new Beta today if I could but unfortunately, a heavy workload at work is preventing me from doing so. So, it probably won't be till the weekend before I can get a proper fix in. I hope you'll bear with me till then ...
Mar 06 2001
I knew of a difference between Mozilla and IE browser windows before I released the last build in that (at least on my machine) the Mozilla instance provides it's own scroll bars while the IE instance doesn't and so that's how I coded the individual windows. But on user machines I've heard of double scrollbars for IE instances and no scrollbars at all for Mozilla instances. I've tried to figure out what caused this behaviour but was unable to figure it out except perhaps that it was a difference in builds for IE as well as Mozilla. So what I've done is added two new Scope options where you can specify whether to have scrollbars for IE instances and Mozilla instances.
Then there's the other bug that I didn't fix :-) In the process of adding Mozilla support, I had to break the security and download options. So now it doesn't matter what you've got selected for Security and Download on the menus, it always downloads what you've specified under your main browser settings. I have tried to fix it today but was unable to do so ... I'll hopefully fix it by the next release ..
While I was fixing bugs, I decided to add two quick features as well. The first one was something that I should have actually done for the last release - a way to specify what your default browser engine is :-) The second option is something that my friend jugg who's been doing a lot of beta testing for me asked for (incidentally, Scope wouldn't probably be here if not for jugg since he's the one who pushed me to work on it after seeing an initial prototype <g>). He said that all the l33t programs had an option to specify the title of the main window - so here's the option jugg ... just for you :-)
Mar 03 2001
And that's exactly what I have done ... Scope now allows you to use both the IE and Gecko engines at the same time! The Mozilla support and browser sessions are kind of limited at the moment and quite a few of the UI elements (like the back and forward buttons and tab titles <g>) don't work work with Mozilla windows yet but I am so excited about just adding Mozilla support that I decided to do a new beta release - oh yeah, the toolbar button background transparency issue was fixed too :p
Of course, there might be a few problems here. If you have Mozilla, you might not have the correct Mozctl.dll or it might not support the features the features that I'm looking for ... To be honest, I've never used Mozilla before and so I don't know much about the distributions and stuff. I downloaded the source for Mozilla 0.8 which was the last "official" release I believe and I have compiled it and created a subset of files that are meant specifically for embedding Mozilla. I have added a .REG file and a Readme.txt to this set of files to explain what needs to be done.
I am very fortunate to have so many friends who are willing to give me space on their servers. KuhnDog (who happens to be one of these friends and a fellow Michigander <g>) gave me space on his site for hosting a mirror site to this site and that is actually where the Mozilla engine download is since Tripod probably will be way too slow for that file - which happens to be about 2.5MB. Anyway, thanks KuhnDog for the space :-) You can go directly to the mirror or download the Mozilla engine from the side-bar link which links to the mirror site anyway.
Download the latest Scope and get the Mozilla engine if you need it, follow the instructions in the Readme.txt file in the Mozilla.zip file to the letter and then you should be able to use both IE and Mozilla in one engine - side by side! Enjoy Scope and let me know of any bugs, suggestions, comments etc.
Feb 23 2001
I'm now using Scope exclusively as my main browser since most of the little annoying quirks that Scope displayed have been eradicated (at least on my machine <g>). I would have liked to have included a help file (at least for the LinkGroups feature as it isn't really very intuitive ...) but there is only so much one can do :-) So that will have to remain for later ... unless of course, somebody wants to volunteer to do that <g>
This build fixes all the MDI restore/maximize problems, toolbar hiding/displaying problems and adds right-click menus for the tabs (so that you can close or refresh tabs in the background without bringing them to the front first for instance) as well as the ability for Scope to detect whether it is already running and if so, to open new pages in that session. You can of course disable this from the options if you want to ... So have fun with Scope and let me know of any bugs you may find or suggestions you may have for further improving it :-)
Feb 20 2001
The other bug is in hiding certain toolbar controls. That option doesn't work properly - some toolbars get hidden while some don't and the menu options for that aren't updated properly either. Hopefully you can put up with that for the moment :-)
The good news is that I've fixed tabs not being removed when the browser window itself is removed and I've also added an option to make Scope your default browser :-) I've also hopefully fixed the problem that WinME users seem to have with the window placement positions being incorrectly saved to the Scope.INI file. Do let me know if the problem still persists. As usual, the full list of fixes is in the History.txt file ... enjoy!
Feb 17 2001
What the heck are LinkGroups you ask? Well, LinkGroups are simply a way to group browser windows so that you can open a bunch of URLs in one go instead of typing them in one by one or selecting them individually from your favorites.
Incidentally, Scope is no longer freeware - it's CareWare :-) You pay for Scope by caring about those around you <g> It might sound kind of sentimental or preachy to some people but I do think that all of us can do our bit to improve the world we live in and I would consider myself amply rewarded if you brightened the day of one individual :-) Read more about the whole CareWare business and what you can do to help in the About dialog in Scope under Help.
There are still a few bugs that I know of for sure that aren't fixed - for instance the download progress counter goes way beyond 100% at times <vbg> And there probably are other bugs (especially in LinkGroups as I just finished coding that) and I always appreciate your bug reports and input on Scope! Have fun :-)
Feb 16 2001
So what's new? Well, all the menu options work now (at least I hope so <g>) You can now save blocked URLs in the config file and the navigation buttons and the download options all work fine for each browser session. The current download and security options are saved when you exit Scope and are defaulted to when you start Scope again. I've also implemented hot-tracking toolbar buttons though my bitmaps are kind of off and the buttons don't exactly blend into the toolbar <vbg>
I think that's it for the moment. I plan on adding drop-down history lists to the forward and back buttons, implement tooltips and add status bar messages for the next release. We'll see how it goes :-) The download is linked to from the sidebar and from the downloads page. Have fun!
Feb 15 2001
Feb 09 2001
I know, I know ... I still haven't said what this mystery app is <g> It's a browser :-) And yes, I do know that there are many other browsers around but this has a few features which makes it unique including the fact that it is less than 200kb, has no installer since there is only one file, doesn't write to the registry (stores settings in an INI file it creates in the same directory where the executable is) and supports multiple browser windows in an MDI interface - quite a good list of features if I say so myself :-)
It uses the IE engine incidentally and currently supports loading of your IE favorites and general browsing. It will crash suddenly if you close any browser windows currently and some of the menu options and toolbar buttons will not work properly and it does not display any status bar messages. But I'm working on these ... So if you wanna still try it - go ahead and download it :-)
Jan 30 2001
Jan 29 2001
Unlike the last time when I coded DarkStep on Win9x/NT, I've been coding for Windows CE this time around. The application itself is a pretty specialized one and most users wouldn't even find it useful but I thought I'd put it out anyway in case somebody else can make use of it. Like most of my software, I wrote it because I couldn't find something along similar lines already out there :p
Anyway, I guess I should stop talking about the application in roundabout terms and say what it really is <g> It's a prayer time calculator for Muslims. I found several of these handy proggys for PC's and even one for Palms but not a one did I find for Windows CE and since I happen to own an IPaq and love it to death <g>, I decided to code my own little app to do the job.
I got the coding done over the weekend but don't have it packaged for distribution yet and so you will have to hang on while I get all of that done and then put it up for download ...
Copyright (c) 2001 Fahim A. Farook