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    7: <b>3/15/2002</b><br>
    8: Dave here with a progress update on Chimera 0.2.  I've received
    9: lots of emails asking when Chimera 0.2 is going to be released.  The answer
   10: is "When it's ready." :)  
   11: <p>
   12: We are holding Chimera 0.2 for Quartz rendering and plugins. 
   13: After all, a browser just isn't a browser until
   14: you can view the Star Wars Episode II Trailer in all its glory inside
   15: your window (and have it surrounded by pretty antialiased text at the
   16: same time). :)
   17: <p>
   18: We are also working on crashers and stability fixes, as well as adding
   19: some of the most requested immediate features at the same time.
   20: <p>
   21: <b>3/7/2002</b><br>
   22: We are currently working on version 0.2 of Chimera.  It should be
   23: coming your way fairly soon.  
   24: <p>
   25: I received feedback from loyal Omniweb users requesting that I produce
   26: numbers using the latest Sneakypeeks rather than 4.1b1.  I was told that
   27: the latest SP was substantially faster.  That is absolutely true.  Check
   28: out Omniweb's improved numbers in the page load tests
   29: <a href="showdown.html">here</a>.
   30: <p>
   31: I also received feedback from iCab users asking me to run
   32: iCab through the page load tests.  I should clarify why iCab was
   33: left out of the tests.  The problem with iCab is that it does not wait
   34: until images on a page have loaded before it claims that the page is
   35: fully loaded.  This means that the numbers that it scores on the test
   36: are inaccurate, because they don't include the time for loading images.
   37: This is in direct violation of the specified behavior for load handlers,
   38: so iCab was disqualified from all tests.
   39: <p>
   40: <b>2/24/2002</b><BR>
   41: Version 0.1.3 of Chimera is now available for download.
   42: It contains support for security (SSL, HTTPS, etc.) as well as
   43: support for alerts and user/password prompts, and some more crash
   44: fixes.  This build is also 5% faster than 0.1.2. :)
   45: <p>
   46: You can download it from the installation page.  
   47: <p>
   48: <b>2/22/2002</b><br>
   49: For the curious, I have posted the results of a browser showdown
   50: between the major OS X browsers.  The clear speed winner?  Chimera, of
   51: course!  Check out the details <a href="showdown.html">here</a>!.
   52: Of course all we do is speed right now, so until we're a full-featured
   53: browser, take this with a grain of salt. :)
   54: <p>
   55: Version 0.12 of Chimera is now available for download.  As per your
   56: feedback, it is a disk
   57: image (and does not use the .pkg installer).  You can download it
   58: <a href="">here</a>.  
   59: <p>
   60: This build of Chimera contains the following improvements over 0.11:
   61: <ul>
   62: <li>Scroll wheel support
   63: <li>Support for key events (so you can type/scroll/submit forms etc.)
   64: <li>Support for hover feedback and cursor feedback
   65: <li>Many crash fixes
   66: <li>Improved scrolling speed (yes, ma, we blit now)
   67: </ul>
   68: <P>
   69: Quartz rendering is getting closer to being a reality, but it's not quite
   70: there yet.  Maybe for 0.2.  :)
   71: <p>
   72: Enjoy!  Feedback/comments are always welcome on the mailing
   73: list.  This build specifically addresses the top initial complaints about
   74: Chimera.  Let us know what we're doing wrong (and right), so we can make
   75: the best OS X browser out there! :)
   76: <p>
   77: <b>2/14/2002</b><br>
   78: Version 0.11 of Chimera is now available for download.  For those of you
   79: using 0.1, 0.11 is 33% faster! :)  You can download this build
   80: <a href="">here</a>.
   81: <p>
   82: <b>2/13/2002</b><br>
   83: The tab browser is up and limping in Chimera.  We also have our first
   84: downloadable build available.  You can fetch that 
   85: <a href="">here</a>.  It really isn't
   86: usable yet, but enough people seem to want to play with
   87: builds anyway. :)
   88: <p>
   89: <b>2/9/2002</b><br>
   90: Bookmarks are online in Chimera.  They can be accessed from the bookmarks
   91: sidebar panel and from the top-level menu.  You can add and delete
   92: bookmarks.
   93: The status bar is now live and updates when the page loads.
   94: <p>
   96: <b>2/4/2002</b><br>
   97: Chimera is coming along quite nicely!  We have icons for all of the
   98: toolbar buttons (and they're all hooked up).  Printing works, and
   99: we have cache and global history hooked up.
  100: <p>
  101: Everything in the File menu is implemented.  This includes the ability
  102: to open and close windows, to open files, to open a web location,
  103: to work offline and online, and to save Web pages, both in a complete
  104: form (including images) or in a simple form (source only).
  105: <p>
  106: <b>1/27/2002</b><br>
  107: This is the project page for <b>Chimera</b>, a new project aimed at
  108: delivering a best-of-breed browser on the OS X platform.  Chimera
  109: uses <a href="">
  110: Cocoazilla</a>, a variant of <a href="">
  111: Fizzilla</a> that consists of a UNIX back end wed to a Cocoa front end.
  112: <p>
  113: The cross-platform UI will be replaced with native Cocoa widgetry (such as
  114: customizable toolbars and a drawer for the sidebar).  The plan is to
  115: produce only a browser (no other apps!), and to keep the UI as simple
  116: and as clean as possible.  
  117: <p>
  118: Current project contributors include myself ( and
  119: Matt Judy (  If you are interested in getting
  120: involved, contact one of us!  There's plenty of work to go around!
  121: <p>
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  138: The File menu is nearly done! Working now on the Edit menu commands.
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  146: <font size="-1">
  147: Open File and Open Location now work.  Unlike current builds of Mozilla,
  148: the Open File dialog does work when no windows are open, and it filters
  149: out unavailable types.
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  157: <font size="-1">
  158: The initial checkin of Chimera has landed!  A functional URL bar
  159: and back/forward/reload/stop are now all working in the app.  A rudimentary
  160: sidebar has also landed.
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