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I'd like to start a thread for people to throw in their feature or UI requests for future Omniweb releases. I'll kick off:

Features

- Find as you type. I use it all the time in Camino (including in source view). Firefox has a great UI for this.
- Ability to send RSS feeds to an external reader
- Ability to apply custom CSS and/or javascript in site preferences

UI changes

- Fix pixellated search bar ends after resizing window
- Update Icons (most feel very 10.0)
- Implement Unified toolbar in Main Window, Preferences, Text Editor, View Source & Downloads.
- Download manager. I’d like to see something more like NetNewsWire/Safari/Unison (see this comparison image:)



Larger icons, less text and alternate row colours, rather than a black dividing line. It’s particularly bad when OW is downloading. The text is badly compressed.
- Bookmarks toolbar. I’d like to see no ‘image well’ shadow in the bookmarks toolbar, and have 1px larger typesize.
- Splash screen. If there still needs to be a splash screen, can it use tranparency, not a cocoa window with an image on top?

In general I would love to see something more like the screenshots of Pathfinder 4: http://www.cocoatech.com/news/archiv...4/28/index.php
 
1. CSS and Javascript to be formatted nicely by the source code editor.
2. Automator support.
3. The ability to have images scale to fit the window.
4. A more refined Workspace manager and more flexibility over moving of individual tabs from within the manager.
5. A triple click option for opening a tab in a new window rather than the (all too easily activated on my PowerBook) double-click method that is currently in use.
6. (Maybe) nested tabs.
7. The ability to share Workspaces with non-OW users (e.g. as a bookmark list).
8. A really good archiving mechanism and/or a print to PDF mechanism that includes active links.
9. The equivalent of the Safari "Mail Contents of this page" and "Private Browsing" features.
10. A return of the prompt to accept every Cookie option.
11. Improved page layout when printing (so that e.g. lines of text or tables don't get split over two pages).
 
I would just like to let folks know that the forums are no substitute for sending us email. It's much much easier to respond to and file requests that are sent via email. Posting to the forums is great and we'll read them but it makes our job much easier if you send in an email as well.
 
I'm sure I've emailed these things before (as well as banged on about them on the mailing list). Is there are particular person we should send these to?
 
All of these things should be sent to the normal address - omniweb@omnigroup.com. Once 5.5 is out of the way we'll be a lot closer to being able to make other important changes to OmniWeb but for now, of course, the focus is on getting us on top of WebKit.
 
I'd like to encourage those creating a new thread to focus on a specific issue rather than a very broad topic. For example, "Feature/UI Requests" could easily expand to hundreds of threads of discussion.

-- Ward
 
I'd really like to see the check-bookmarked-page-for-changes feature to look for changes in the RSS feed (if available) rather than the HTML of the page (which often changes without actual new content).

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Originally Posted by Scott Maier
All of these things should be sent to the normal address - omniweb@omnigroup.com. Once 5.5 is out of the way we'll be a lot closer to being able to make other important changes to OmniWeb but for now, of course, the focus is on getting us on top of WebKit.
But we can't discuss them if we use email!
 
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Originally Posted by Ward
I'd like to encourage those creating a new thread to focus on a specific issue rather than a very broad topic. For example, "Feature/UI Requests" could easily expand to hundreds of threads of discussion.

-- Ward
The way I see it, a general feature request thread has its place; somewhere we can gripe about multiple things at the same time. Hundreds of threads with 5-6 posts each is hardly efficient.

That said, I hope the new unified toolbar look in 5.5 is an option (enable/disable) rather than the rule.
 
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Originally Posted by Abhi Beckert

But we can't discuss them if we use email!
I second that.

OmniGuys, it is one thing to not want to use post this in MacNN or Ars, but this is YOUR website and YOUR forums I think you can stay on top of it. :)

BZ
 
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Originally Posted by BwanaZulia
OmniGuys, it is one thing to not want to use post this in MacNN or Ars, but this is YOUR website and YOUR forums I think you can stay on top of it. :)
I would certainly invite everyone to discuss things with each other on the forums (including bug reports which you've also sent to our support teams), and we do plan to read our own forums and to participate in conversations here (as I'm doing now). But that's not the same as providing technical support on our forums, and we just want to make sure that everyone knows that they should contact us directly whenever they actually need a response from us. (Especially if they'd like that response to be timely.)

We would love to be able to respond to every question posted to the forums, but forum support doesn't scale as well as email support. We don't know which messages need a response, so we'd need to spend time reviewing and classifying each message (whether or not it's directed at us). The forums lack all of the infrastructure (like message tracking, routing and prioritization) that a good support system requires, so we'd end up doing redundant work, perhaps unintentionally missing some messages, and so on.

Our support team works very hard to ensure timely and useful responses to email queries, and the feedback I've received from our customers indicates that they're doing an outstanding job. I just don't think it's possible to provide the same level of support if we ask them to use the wrong tool, so that's why I'm asking our customers to please contact us through email whenever you need to bring something to our attention.

Not that we plan to ignore the forums, of course: as I said above, we do plan to read them and to participate in conversations here—and the things we read here will influence our product development. We just need to be clear that the forums are intended to augment, not replace, our existing communication channels.

Thanks for your understanding!
 
 


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