Camino 1.5 released

The Camino Project has released Camino 1.5 which is built on Mozilla’s Gecko 1.8.1 rendering engine and “displays more pages more accurately than any other Cocoa browser,” according to the developers.

Features include:

• Spellchecking: Camino 1.5 includes the built-in Mac OS X spell-checker on every text field. Unlike Firefox, this spell-checker is the same one used throughout Mac OS X. Now you don’t have to worry about making spelling mistakes when writing for your blog, leaving comments, or posting on your favorite forum.

• Session Saving: Camino 1.5 now includes support for “session saving”, or remembering what pages you were visiting when you quit and automatically loading them the next time you start—perfect for all those times you have to install Mac OS X updates! In addition, while crashes are not common, Camino can now load the pages you were visting when you start Camino after it unexpectedly quit.

• Annoyance Blocking: Since version 1.0, Camino has included both pop-up blocking and adblocking. But now, it’s even better. Camino 1.5 includes an improved pop-up blocker user interface making it more visible and giving you the option to show the pop-up, whitelist the site, or never get prompted again. Additionally, Camino now includes the ability to keep Flash animation from loading until you’re ready (Flashblock) as well as the ability to disable all plug-ins.

• World’s Best Rendering Engine: At its core, Camino 1.5 uses Mozilla’s Gecko 1.8.1 rendering engine, the same engine used in the popular Firefox 2 web browser. Gecko renders web pages more accurately than any other rendering engine on the planet. Not only is it incredibly fast but it also supports the latest web standards and is built on open source technologies.

• RSS Feed Detection: By popular demand, Camino 1.5 supports the detection of RSS/Atom feeds in web pages. When a feed is found, an icon appears in the location bar. Clicking that icon and selecting a feed will send the feed to your default Mac OS X feed reader.

• Improved Tabs: Camino’s tabbed browsing is even better in version 1.5. New tooltips help you keep track of all your tabs when you can’t read their titles. “Single window mode” tames sites that insist on opening new windows by forcing their new windows to open in tabs, keeping window clutter to a minimum. With “tab jumpback”, when a site opens a new tab, you can “jump back” to the page you were viewing simply by closing the new tab.

• Even More: In addition to the features listed, Camino now maintains compatibility with Safari Keychain entries, making migration simpler, as well as new options for the Downloads windows, such as the ability to send items directly to the Trash from the window. Camino 1.5 also includes the ability to save cookies for the current session only. Please see our release notes for a complete listing of new features and fixes.

Camino 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and is a universal binary and runs natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-powered Macs.

More info, screenshots, and download link here.

40 Comments

  1. As zerO said, MDN is getting sloooooooow, in both coverage and loading time ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    BTW, Yahoo Mail beta doesn’t recognize Camino 1.5 so sticking with 1.0.5…

  2. Nice, but with the iPhone launch several weeks away, the browser market has become all about Safari.. iPhone is going to bring Safari into mass adoption and force a lot of changes for Windows Explorer only designers.

  3. When the excitement of being able to touch an icon with your fingers has worn off, most users are going to look at the large battery-hungry low-capacity iPod-cum-phone with scratched screen in their pocket and wonder why they’re paying a fortune to download miniscule web pages at paltry data rates. The iPhone will no more change the browser market than the iPod changed the home theatre market.

  4. Reality Check,

    Why would you say dream on?

    As of today with analysts predicting 45 million iPhones by 2009, well, that’s alot of new Safari users, and not just Mac users.. If we really see those kind of iPhone sales, there will be a lot of Windows-centric web developers being forced into making some changes. I strongly believe that iPhone is Safari’s ticket to mass adoption.

    I’m curious as to why you disagree..

  5. Pete. Firstly, I’d suggest 45 million units is a gross over estimate. Wildly optimistic. But we’ll have to wait and see.

    But even if that is true, once the novelty has worn off, web browsing will not be the dominant use of the iPhone. The screen size is too small, the GSM data rates too slooooooooow. At best, the 320×480 resolution will force web designers to create whole new content for the iPhone – but it won’t impact regular page design.

    How many millions of Windows users are there? 20 million Vista sales in one month? 255 million new PC sales per year? The iPhone would have to approach those kind of figures – and dominate the browser market – for it to have any hope of changing web designer habits. Firefox has had over 200 million downloads, and I haven’t noticed any significant change. Have you?

  6. I agree with Reality Check.

    I use a touch screen GPS and it’s a dirty, scratched, hard to read POS now. Of course it took awhile, about 1 year of daily use.

    The EDGE netowrk is supposed to be bumped, but it’s still going to be slower than 3G. No word yet if present iPhones can be upgraded to 3G or even if we can get at the SIM card so the iPhone can be used with other networks.

    If the video iPod is any indicater of battery life, the iPhone isn’t going to last too long.

    Wait my young padwan – Yoda

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