Go Bolt on your Bold!
Bitstream Bolt Browser for BlackBerry.
Bitstream Inc. is a software development company focused on bringing unique software products to a wide variety of markets. The company’s core software products include award-winning fonts and font rendering software, mobile browsing software, and variable data publishing and web-to-print software for personalized marketing.
This browser impressed me today. IT’s a well coded, lightweight, easy on the eyes, and yet powerful WebKit based browser.
Prior till today, I’d use the core BlackBerry Browser and Opera Mini v5 Beta 2 at a 70/30% of my daily use. This will significantly change ~ until the native WebKit browser by RIM comes pre-installed on future Firmware OS; which incidentally is based on Bitstream’s Thunderhawk technology Bolt Browser. Bolt is also available for J2ME capable feature phones as well.
Sure it has most of the bells & whistles that Opera Mini 5 can do.
- Copy and Paste text from Web pages into forms or Webmail.
- SmartBar auto-completes URL entries using information from previous browsing sessions (history) and saved favorites. (folders can be created and saving viewed sites into them)
- BOLT displays a pop-up indicator in the Title bar if the browser detects a pop-up window. Users can choose to open or close the pop-up window with one click.
- BOLT enables dialing phone numbers displayed on web pages directly from the browser, via a single click.
- BOLT seamlessly enables users to download web content directly to their device’s OS, or to upload photos or videos directly from BOLT to media-sharing sites.
- BOLT offers three image quality modes and significantly reduces data transfer sizes in low image quality mode.
- “Feeds” is one of the main tabs in the BOLT homepage. As users surf the web, BOLT automatically looks for the feeds on each site they visit. If feeds are available, a feeds icon is shown in the Title bar, enabling users to subscribe via a single click. BOLT supports XML web feeds in RSS, ATOM and RDF format.
- BOLT supports 6 magnification levels, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge, and 3XLarge.
- BOLT’S patented split-screen mode features a rectangular magnifier floating over a zoomed out minimap of the entire web page on the top 2/3 of the screen and a real-time magnified view of the content under the magnifier on the bottom 1/3 of the screen. (this takes some getting used to but think of OM’s minimap on steroids!)
- Proprietary Bitstream mobile fonts and font rendering technologies improve readability, speed content delivery, and enable BOLT to fit more information into smaller screens. (I’m still trying to find more fonts)
- Desktop and Mobile viewing. [Points directly from Bitstream]
I wanted to download a compilation a few friends put on SoundCloud over the holidays. The file is roughly 130MB in size on mp3 format.
– default browser – even with hotspot configuration would even attempt to download immediately stating not enough free space (my bold has 117MB free ram).
– opera mini v5 beta2 I gave 3 attempts, twice to download on wifi, once on network. It didn’t even give me a progress bar, just 1KB file size after 10minutes.
Note: I had no other applications running, and I attempted the download from the Facebook intigration (on the above browsers are in my BB menu list). Even specifying where to download each attempt on all 3 browsers. Read on.
I gave Bitstream Bolt on my Bold 9700 a try. First I thought on network it queued before beginning. Fail. Then, I went into preferences, enabled wifi and BAM the sliding banner asked to download and where in 1 simple inquiry. The download began. Considering the file size, I figured that I’d leave it to complete after watching the first 7MB. My Bold locks at 1min & backlight off at 30secs. Made my hot chocolate came back, unlocked and boom it was finished. Moved the file into my Media Sync older (still on iTunes), and not only did it play, I could save it to my Playlist and it syncd to iTunes just fine!!
Yes, I still want tabs, but Bolt on Bold is a sure bet now, so OM is being uninstalled.
This company is huge in the software font industry, and should you want to learn more check them out on Wiki or on their site. Also of importance is this company, Bitstream, makes Fonts available for use inside the Bolt Browser, and allows others to upload & sell their own (in/outside of the browser for other applications). In actuality they’re the FIRST independent digital font foundry (1981)! You can preview a huge range of their fonts here.
If Bolt Browser is any indication of what RIM is working on as a rudimentary basis, since their acquisition of Torch Mobile (their Iris Browser), then I’m all thumbs!!
Torch Mobile …
Research in Motion (RIM) Acquires Torch Mobile
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Torch Mobile is excited to announce that our company has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM), one of the most renowned mobile technology companies in the world. Our team of developers will join RIM’s global organization and will now be focused on utilizing our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry® platform.
Torch Mobile’s team of highly skilled developers has been actively involved in Open Source development and includes contributors, Committers and Reviewers of the WebKit project. As part of RIM, these developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community.
Please note that the Iris Browser is no longer available for download. Torch Mobile would like to thank our customers for their support.