Thanks for the comments on Camino’s release plans. Here is what I can say about them…
The draw won’t be back any time soon. Our current bookmark UI has problems just like any UI, but the drawer has problems too and I believe they are much worse. On small monitors, it doesn’t make sense space-wise. Its hard to fit all the features users want into a drawer. Not much room to expand. Lots of scrolling. Its more difficult to develop. More people complained about the drawer than people complain about the current setup. I am well aware the some people want a drawer, but we’re committed to our current setup. Even if it was a better idea in the end, the regression caused by dropping our current implementation and moving to a drawer is not acceptable for the minor benefits it might (but doesn’t :) ) offer.
::More Tab Features::
They’re on the way! We had to land the initial massive change, and that allows us to tweak it much more easily.
::Easier Way to View History::
I’m all ears for suggestions on how to do this. Putting session history into the back/forward buttons was a big step for improving history access, but I don’t know of any good plans to further improve the situation without making bad UI mistakes.
::Bookmark Importing Improvements::
We’re working hard on this right now. A couple of good patches have landed in the last few days that improve import integrity, and more are on the way within the next week. We’ve really been focusing on it lately.
I wholeheartedly agree that this needs to happen. Somebody is supposedly working on it, but I haven’t seen any code or been given an ETA. All I can say is its on our list of things to do, and near the top. I don’t think we will release 0.9 without it.
Same situation as the above spell check feature, but as far as I know nobody is working on it. However, we are actively making plans for it. Its coming, but I can’t say when. I don’t think we will release 0.9 without it.
::Embedded Media (i.e. plugins)::
We are certainly lacking in this area. Its one of the more difficult components to develop. I’ve looked into it a bit over this last week, but I didn’t actually fix anything. I don’t have much else to say unfortunately. We’re well aware of the problems in this area, and we will hopefully do something about it before 0.9.
Some of these responses aren’t what you were waiting to hear, but please understand that we have very limited resources. You asked good questions and requested tough features (for our limited resources anyway) and you got tough answers. We’re doing the best we can. The other Camino developers have been working really hard lately, and the teamwork and commitment that I’ve seen over the past year is really uplifting. We really do appreciate the time you take to express your thoughts and concerns – and file bugs when you get the chance! Its great to get responses on my blog, but bugzilla is where things really happen.
Camino 0.9 is going to rock, but we need every bit of help we can get!