04-21-2011 04:04 AM
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  1. Cobravision's Avatar
    Dolphin HD 3.0 is out and it definitely runs faster. But the reason to upgrade is the new drop down window shade that allows you to quickly switch between tabs. Pull it down like the notification bar, and you can slide between tabs or close them altogether. It also gives you quick access to the Android notification bar without having to go back to the home page.

    I found this feature by accident -- I did not see it listed on the Dolphin homepage. The only small drawback is that if you try to hit a link at the very top of the page, it will activate the shade. Zooming in gets around that.

    Just made my default browser even better.
    09-18-2010 01:27 PM
  2. moosc's Avatar
    Sounds like they are taking ideas from mobile firefox.
    09-18-2010 04:10 PM
  3. droid man to the rescue's Avatar
    Argee i had it before deleted it i just downloaded it again and wow it's fast love it

    the droid cave
    09-18-2010 08:55 PM
  4. HYDE's Avatar
    Sure seems to be a lot faster than it had been!
    09-18-2010 09:34 PM
  5. Cory Streater's Avatar
    The performance boost is amazing. I don't use any of the features, like gestures or the sidebars, but I do love the tabs and speeds that it provides.
    09-19-2010 09:23 AM
  6. namebrandon's Avatar
    It this update in the free version as well? I'm still not sold on Dolphin HD as my #1 browser, but I am still testing it out.
    09-19-2010 10:07 AM
  7. Zorro1's Avatar
    I just switched. What a difference.
    09-19-2010 10:29 AM
  8. robotmonkey's Avatar
    It this update in the free version as well? I'm still not sold on Dolphin HD as my #1 browser, but I am still testing it out.
    Yes, it is.

    As an aside, I've only been using Dolphin for a few days now and I'm sold. The quick access to bookmarks and tabs is great, as is the more granular control over how the browser works.

    I can, for example, check a setting for "full screen mode" (make the status bar go away) or I can use an on-demand toggle. Similarly, I can choose whether to use the volume buttons to page up/page down.
    09-19-2010 10:36 AM
  9. Cobravision's Avatar
    Now that I've been playing with it, Dolphin HD appears to have been optimized for froyo. Not only do the pages load faster, but the choppiness has been minimized. It gets a little choppy when the page starts loading, but it smooths out much quicker than it used to. The gestures would get really laggy if you used them while a page was loading, but now they're just as fast regardless. And the slow typing in forums when using the stock froyo keyboard is gone.

    Oh, and the newest option is to use the volume buttons to switch between tabs. Unfortunately, between the flash videos and mp3's, I need access to the volume control. Besides, the window shade kind of makes it moot.
    09-19-2010 10:53 AM
  10. Cory Streater's Avatar
    It this update in the free version as well? I'm still not sold on Dolphin HD as my #1 browser, but I am still testing it out.
    It took me a while to warm up to it too, until I figured out I can turn off a lot of what I consider to extra garbage I don't like.

    One advantage it has over our Fascinate browser, is that you can set the desktop agent to "desktop" instead of Android, which prevents a lot of sites from re-directing you to the sites mobile version.

    I'm mostly astounded by how fast it's loading web pages. It still doesn't reformat pages when you pinch to zoom. HTC's browser proves that this can be done, so I wish they'd implement this.

    P.S. - there's a regular Dolphin browser and then there's DolphinHD. I made the mistake of donwloading the regular Dolphin Broswer once and didn't like it.
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    09-19-2010 11:20 AM
  11. Cobravision's Avatar
    I don't know what it's like on the Galaxy browser, but I had variable results from the HTC browser when I changed the Agent to desktop. But Dolphin HD is flawless when you switch it, which is why I started using it full time.

    Also, does Dolphin HD on the Fascinate allow you to reflow text when you pinch and zoom?

    There's one more improvement in 3.0 that I forgot to mention: When you use pinch to zoom in, it doesn't jump all over the page as much as it used to. So there's some logic to tightened up where to center the page after you zoom and reflow.
    09-19-2010 11:56 AM
  12. Cory Streater's Avatar
    Also, does Dolphin HD on the Fascinate allow you to reflow text when you pinch and zoom?
    No, unless there's a setting I'm missing :/
    09-19-2010 12:00 PM
  13. Cobravision's Avatar
    I had always thought that Dolphin HD was sort of like a skin on the stock browser. So I guess it depends on whether or not your stock browser can do the pinch and zoom reflow.
    09-19-2010 01:04 PM
  14. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    Dolphin HD reflows the text when I pinch to zoom on my EVO.
    09-19-2010 02:14 PM
  15. Cobravision's Avatar
    That's an HTC feature included in Sense. Normally, text reflow in Android is limited to double tap zoom.
    09-19-2010 03:14 PM
  16. josue's Avatar

    Also, does Dolphin HD on the Fascinate allow you to reflow text when you pinch and zoom?
    What does this mean?

    There's one more improvement in 3.0 that I forgot to mention: When you use pinch to zoom in, it doesn't jump all over the page as much as it used to. So there's some logic to tightened up where to center the page after you zoom and reflow.
    This sounds awesome....I hate how the stock browser does this. Might have to give this browser a tryout...
    09-19-2010 08:55 PM
  17. m2thedeep's Avatar
    I gave the browser a try but the image rendering was poor (color banding on buttons) and I had to go back to the stock browser. However, this 3.0 release looks promising and I'll be keeping my eye out on future updates.
    09-20-2010 12:27 AM
  18. eye4ni's Avatar
    I love Dolphin HD, and I especially love the ADD-ONS. I have the del.ico.us add-on and it works great, all of my bookmarks are synced between all of my pc's and my Evo. Also, the Read-it-later add-on is very handy for when you want to check something out later from a PC browser. A couple of other of my favorite add-ons:

    - Barcode Generator, generates a quick QR code to share the site you are browsing

    - Dolphin Reader, quickly generates an easy-to-read, text only page from the current page you are viewing. This is great for blogs/websites that are formatted for PC viewing, the add-on just grabs the article text so you can easily read it in portrait or landscape mode.

    I paid for the license long ago and have been using Dolphin as my default browser and love the new 3.0 update.
    09-20-2010 10:37 AM
  19. WAldenIV's Avatar
    One advantage it has over our Fascinate browser, is that you can set the desktop agent to "desktop" instead of Android, which prevents a lot of sites from re-directing you to the sites mobile version.
    Thanks! Now ESPN will finally load the full site. It was the only site I couldn't get to display the full site by default.
    09-20-2010 11:33 AM
  20. RyanD8's Avatar
    Can someone make a list of settings changes to make to Dolphin HD 3.0 to make is more usable? I disabled the side bars because they kept popping up when I was trying to side scroll on a web page. Scrolling on a fully loaded web page still feels sluggish though.
    09-20-2010 11:38 AM
  21. Zorro1's Avatar
    It still feels sluggish moving around, mostly when zooming, tho'. It seems to default to opening in a tiny size, no matter the settings I choose. And when you zoom, it's very slow to respond. What am I missing?
    09-20-2010 11:39 AM
  22. josue's Avatar
    If I download this browser now, will it already be the updated version? Or will it be the old version, and then I'll have to search for the update after the fact?
    09-20-2010 11:43 AM
  23. Cobravision's Avatar
    I gave the browser a try but the image rendering was poor (color banding on buttons) and I had to go back to the stock browser. However, this 3.0 release looks promising and I'll be keeping my eye out on future updates.
    That's odd... I was able to prove that the Evo has a 24bit color screen by opening a gradient file in Dolphin HD (this was pre-3.0). There was no banding in the 24bit area (the HTC photo viewer had banding, because that only displays 16bit color). What page was this happening on?

    The scrolling and pinch and zoom is much smoother now on my stock froyo Evo. There is always a little hiccup when the page starts loading, but time it takes to smooth out is much shorter than it was previously (partly because the pages load faster). I used to also get a lot of chop when I used gestures as a page was loading -- now it's so smooth it feels like I sprayed WD40 on the screen.

    I will say, however, that the window shade I was gushing over is proving to be more of a problem than a feature. It used to be that there was no quick way to navigate from tab to tab in Dolphin HD. When you hit Menu, it would show all the tabs, but you could only see two or maybe three at a time. In 3.0, as I discovered today, you can hit Menu and then swipe the tab row left and right, which basically does what the shade does sans the page screenshot (it even gives you to access the the notification bar). So while there isn't much more functionality in the shade, the shade keeps activating when I try to touch a link at the top the screen. So it's become annoying now, and I have no way of turning it off. Anyone know how?

    My Dolphin HD settings are:

    Turn off swipe left and right for bookmarks and tools
    Move gesture command to the lower right of the screen (the semi-transparent hand would would get in the way of text when it was on the left, and it's easier to access when holding it with my left hand)
    Turn text to Huge & default zoom to far (this allows me to read most pages without having to zoom in)
    User Agent = Desktop

    I don't think you can download an older version of any program from the Marketplace, ie whatever programs available are the newest versions.
    09-20-2010 12:34 PM
  24. ajonesma's Avatar
    Sounds good! Downloading it right now for my EVO
    01-28-2011 07:23 AM
  25. paradox116's Avatar
    Sounds like they are taking ideas from mobile firefox.
    I do love the tabs and speeds that it provides. Most of the gusture feature. As far as I know, there is Now, the Dolphin Browser HD v4.6 is in Android Market. You can go Dolphin Browser™ | Browsing Made Wonderful and Dolphin Browser™ Blog have a look.
    04-21-2011 03:55 AM
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