Catfish 0.6 Features & Translations

Catfish 0.6 features a complete rewrite, easier translations, and better-than-ever stability and performance.  And if you speak another language besides English, it needs your help.  Find out more!

What’s New in Catfish 0.6?

  • Completely rewritten from the ground-up.
  • Replace the UNIX ‘find’ command with Python’s os.walk.  This makes everything faster and more responsive.  The “Deep Search” button is now also gone.
  • The sidebar now uses the theme style as well as symbolic icons (when available).
  • The interface has also had a number of other tweaks, further refining it into a professional-grade application.
  • File names can now be dragged from the search results into other applications.
  • Files can now be deleted from the results window.
  • To speed things up, these above items and other file actions can now also be performed on multiple files at once.
  • Strings have been simplified and made clearer, making the application easier to translate into other languages.
  • Last but not least, this is the first version of Catfish that can be run with either Python 2 or 3.
Catfish is faster, cleaner, leaner, and meaner.

Catfish is faster, cleaner, leaner, and meaner.

Translations Needed

With the newly-optimized interface and strings, there’s a need for new translations.  There are more strings than ever before, and I think that the number of users is growing as well.  As such, there is a growing need for more localizations than ever before.  And, all of the old translations are no longer compatible...

So, if you or a friend are interested in contributing, improving, or suggesting translations to the next release, check out the Launchpad translations page!  Creating and modifying translations is really as simple as can be with their handy interface.  And hurry, because this next release will likely happen this weekend and will include all completed translations!

What About the Code?

If you’re more interested in looking at or testing the code, you can check it out here.  If you find any bugs, be sure to report them at the Launchpad bugs page.

Thanks for your interest in Catfish!  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments!

64-bit Windows and FlashGet

Here we go with the Windows build following Midori 0.4.8. For the first time, an experimental 64-bit version is available – no HTML5 video just yet. FlashGet is supported as an external download manager: just like on Linux and BSD, in the Preferences under the Extensions tab it can be activated.

Again, portable mode is officially supported. The 7z versions include a “portable.bat” which runs Midori out of the folder. It can be copied to a USB stick and will keep all data in the “profile” folder in the same folder instead of storing files in the system user folder.

Get Midori v0.4.8 32-bit Portable for Windows (31.9 MB) or Midori v0.4.8 64-bit Portable for Windows (22.8 MB) or Midori v0.4.8 32-bit Installer for Windows (33.2 MB) now. You are welcome to join #midori on and help testing pre-releases for Windows. You can make the difference by helping out!

Goulash needs to cook long to be tasty

As they say, the exception proves the rule. Consequently Midori 0.4.8 fermented a little longer than most releases. The number of bug fixes is too plenty to make for a good read: let it be said that bugs in 0.4.7 with opening Midori in different modes, GLib-related build errors and forever delayed pages are gone – now on to the new features.

Autocompletion includes open tabs now, is generally more responsive and open to more extensions in the near future. Speaking of extensions, Netscape plugins can be individually enabled and disabled seemlessly.

Icon loading received a major refactoring, bookmarks and search engines mostly wave goodbye to the well-known “default icon”.
Support for Granite 0.2 was improved big time. As a treat, autocompletion features a side-by-side layout.
To round things up, inline search highlights all matches by default to increase readability and the urlbar tries harder to keep selected text working as expected.

Spoiler alert: The Win32 version will support FlashGet. Updated builds are still in the making. Incidentally if you missed it, on Linux wget, SteadyFlow or any other command line-accessible external download manager can be used.

So download Midori v0.4.8 (1 MB) (MD5) (ChangeLog) already!

Bringing GTK+3, Faenza and Flash to Windows

Meet the former experimental Windows build going gold with Midori 0.4.7. This was the build that added HTML5 video codecs and proper Unicode support (read: Japanese/ Chinese font display). Add to that GTK+3 support, Faenza icons and Netscape plugins – yes, that means Adobe Flash works out of the box.
We started shipping CA certificates as Windows doesn’t have these system-wide by default.

angry birds html5 game on windows

Spell checking is also supported if you download the OpenOffice dictionaries and copy them into share/myspell/dicts/ in Midori’s installation folder. All of those dictionaries would roughly equal the size of Midori so we opted for not including them by default.

Known issues in this release

  • You cannot resize the Feed Reader extension properly
  • Cursor does not change appearance on links/ text areas
  • The History list extension is currently not usable

A portable mode is now officially supported. The 7z version includes a “portable.bat” which runs Midori out of the folder. It can be copied to a USB stick and will keep all data in the “profile” folder in the same folder instead of storing files in the system user folder.

Get Midori v0.4.7 Portable for Windows (33.4 MB) or Midori v0.4.7 Installer for Windows (34.6 MB) now. You are welcome to join #midori on and help testing pre-releases for Windows. You can make the difference by helping out!

Downloading, certificates and funny acronyms

Midori 0.4.7 has reached a new level of downloading experience. Panel and statusbar consistently verify file integrity, show size, remaining time and speed of a file. An icon and expected file size are displayed before saving a file. External download managers, namely SteadyFlow, Aria2 or command-line based such as wget are available in the preferences. To counter phishing sites which fake downloads as demonstrated by Michal Zalewski the origin of the file is clearly visible. Finally, you can now save whole websites including any images, scripts and other resources – optionally.

On the topic of security Midori has reached another milestone. Goodbye colorful urlbar, you were beautiful but let’s face it, once you get used to the colors nobody pays attention even when it’s read. What this means is that SSL errors are now fatal by default – conveniently we can use GCR, a library based on GNOME keyring, to show plenty of detail for a certificate. Once you “Trust” a website other GCR-using applications can also trust it.
The cherry on the secure cake is HSTS, not to be confused with whatever Wikipedia may suggest it stands for, HTTP Strict Transport Security, which Midori recognizes and caches behind the scenes – no UI by design, you get SSL without typing https.

For lots of other exciting goodies in this release, see the ridiculously long beast of a change log. And stay tuned on the Windows build – it’s going to follow soon.

So download Midori v0.4.7 (1 MB) (MD5) (ChangeLog) already!

Have you ever seen a catfish?

Thanks to Sean Davis who took up the rod and design input from Simon Steinbeiß of Shimmer fame I’m happy to show off Catfish 0.4! For a bit of history, read the previous post.

catfish slim

Catfish 0.4 features a revamped interface based on GTK+3. Searches are now powered by locate and find behind the scenes, with autocompletion from Zeitgeist and locate. The advanced options allow filtering by date and file type.

So download Catfish v0.4.0.1 (41 kB) (Release on Launchpad) already!

Or get the development version from Launchpad in bzr:

bzr branch lp:catfish-search

Freshly-fried Flying Catfish

After quite some time of abandonment of Catfish there’s finally a maintainer. Sean Davis decided to take over the project and started by porting to GTK+3 and adding quite a few nice features (see below).
This is good news for some distributions that still ship Catfish or even use it as default search tool (e.g. Xubuntu).

catfish slim

All in all, the focus of development has been to make Catfish easier to use, power-users can use the command-line. For fetching results quickly, “locate” (which uses a database) has been made the default, but other search engines are in use incrementally. This means that the user doesn’t have to worry about changing/ choosing search-engines anymore and getting different result-sets. In this sense Catfish has become much more like what people are used to nowadays from the web, also in terms of the User Interface.

catfish advanced mode

Features / under the hood:
* Default search engine is now “locate” (“find” can be used as fallback if “locate” doesn’t retrieve the desired file/s)
* Search suggestions as you type (using locate and Zeitgeist, if installed)
* Update the search-index of the locate-database
* Live result-filtering by date and mimetype
* Fulltext search (search file-content)
* Multiple search terms are not treated like a single string anymore (instead connected by “AND”, e.g. “cat fish” searches for files that contain “cat” and “fish”, not just “cat fish”)
* Cleaner user interface

The project is now hosted on Launchpad in bzr:
bzr branch lp:catfish-search

Hacking your search engine

One of the main reasons why I use DuckDuckGo is the instant answers it serves. Without having to do anything I get my wiki, my code questions, my lyrics and whatever else suggested. Lucky enough the company behind the search engine implements those, right?

Wrong. Everyone can write plugins for DuckDuckGo now. It is as hackable as Midori is, except it’s Perl. There’s a tutorial at There are lots of proposed ideas already. s/The sky/Free time/g is the limit!

Bag of buglets

Time for a bag full of bug fixes. Prominently 0.4.5 has a regression that causes security status to not work at all, so I urge all 0.4.5 users to update immediately.

We fixed potential crasher bugs in the geolocation infobar, about:version on some systems and opening bookmarks from Unity global menu in Ubuntu 12.04.

Problems with wrong page icons in multi-frame sites like Google Mail or Tumbler have been addressed. If WebKit 1.8.0 is available Midori will use its WebKitFaviconDatabase interface to improve page icon consistency.

Chinese users will like that Midori now offers both Simplified and Traditional Chinese charsets out of the box in case you need to override it.

Finally, say goodbye to empty tabs due to opening download links with a target. Kudos to Martin for looking into that!

So download Midori v0.4.6 (951 kB) (MD5) (ChangeLog) already!

Also Midori v0.4.6 Stable for Windows (18 MB) and Midori v0.4.6 Experimental for Windows (30 MB). You are welcome to join #midori on and help testing pre-releases for Windows. YOU can make the difference by helping out!

Love for Downloads, Windows and more

A feature that excites me personally a lot is support for external download managers. You will find Aria2 and SteadyFlow support in the preferences under Extensions. Once activated, the Save button in download prompts offloads downloads instead of saving the file internally. This means you can stop worrying if Midori keeps run all the time, you may get faster downloads than WebKit can provide and in the case of SteadyFlow a GTK+ UI with support for Ayatana indicators. Do note currently only Aria2 recognizes Cookies from the browser, and if a particular download doesn’t work, use Save As instead.

There have been some erroneously blocked links with Adblock. This has been solved by introducing an automated whitelist for actively opened pages. The whitelist may be extended for other uses cases in the future. There’ve also been bug fixes around the Block Image feature which broke in certain cases.

Despite known problems with GTK+3 Midori supports overlays for the statusbar and inline find bar with GTK+ 3.2. Optionally there’s also support for Granite, an extension library written in Vala, which among other things provides pop-overs and a new notebook widget. At the moment it’s still under development and it’s not recommended for packaging just yet. But you can try it with –enable-granite –enable-gtk3.

The Windows build got some love, opening of downloads now falls back to an ‘Open With’ dialog automatically and opening of images works well. Application associations such as the text editor for viewing source code also give a more sensible choice. And the experimental Windows build is pretty solid at this point. You get full Asian font support (Unicode) and HTML5 video support.

The about:version page Midori has to provide information useful for debugging is now also listing other special pages, such as the newly added about:geolocation to test geo location support if it’s enabled in WebKit. In contrast to some websites out there, it will give accurate results not affected by browser discrimination.

Uses of sqlite, which is relevant for for history, bookmarks and cookies have been tweaked. WAL mode is now used if the system supports it. In short, it is faster.

Smaller issues also got attention, like internal javascript improvements which could break Google apps among others, there was a case where form history could break a website and invalid characters in filenames are handled better.

Last but not least, you can right-click Back and Forward buttons now, to get a menu with the 10 last or next pages. So if there’s a website re-directing you when you hit Back, you can now right-click Back and open it manually.

So download Midori v0.4.5 (951 kB) (MD5) (ChangeLog) already!

Also Midori v0.4.5 Stable for Windows (12 MB) and Midori v0.4.5 Experimental for Windows (30 MB). You are welcome to join #midori on and help testing pre-releases for Windows. YOU can make the difference by helping out!