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Avant Browser

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Version: 10.x
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URL: http://www.avantbrowser.com
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 0.9.12.

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What works

Just about everything.  Install IE first (using WineTools or the IE install instructions) of course.  There is an annoying error message which comes up whenever something is typed in the browser:
fixme:system:SystemParametersInfoW Uninplemented action: 8198 (SPI_GETCARETWIDTH)
But, other than the below items, everything seems to work.
The Wise installer/uninstaller works fine. 
Avant.exe - The browser can be run with Wine emulating Win95 - WinXP.  Running the browser under the Wine0.9.8 defaults seems to work just fine --  but I'd suggest running it under Win98 emulation.  The browser also pops an icon into the SystemTray.  See the 'Note' about running AB10.1 under versions of Wine prior to 0.9.8.

What does not

General: None of the main window keyword shortcuts (e.g. Alt+F for 'File', Alt+t for 'Edit', etc.) for the toolbar work. Clicking on them does work, but the keyboard shortcuts are no-goes. The radio or checkboxes show, but don't show as proper radio or checkboxes.  The radio and checkbox buttons look more like paint drops when checked.  The Address: bar and the 'Open a Link:' dropdown flicker and don't properly display the URL previously input.  If the Address: bar is visible, the browser doesn't render properly.  It's generally best to turn this off (see View -> Address Bar) when AB first comes up.  The AB Options window (Tools -> Avant Browser Options) shows up, but since it's got a varient of the Address: bar, it doesn't fully render.  Click somewhere besides the first item on the Options left chooser, and the Options dialog will then fully render itself.  Clicking on the first option in the Options dialog will reveal what should have been shown with the Options dialog box is opened. 

Workarounds

What was not tested

I think I got it all.

Hardware tested

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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ShowSlackware 10.2Apr 30 20060.9.12.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowSlackware 10.2Apr 30 20060.9.11.No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowSlackware 10.2Apr 04 20060.9.11.No No Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowSlackware 10.2Apr 30 20060.9.10.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
CurrentSlackware 10.2Mar 16 20060.9.10.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Running Avant Browser 10.1, build <= 40, on pre-0.9.8 Wine versions

On versions of Wine prior to 0.9.8, the operation of the browser appears to work better if:

1) You start-up the browser with the following command:

WINEDLLOVERRIDES='ole32=n' wine c:\program files\avant browser\avant.exe

2) And turn-off the 'Address' bar (View->Address Bar).  Once you turn-off the 'Address' bar, the UI seems to start responding more correctly (not perfectly, but more correctly).

HOWTO

1. Install IE (ie4linux works for me).

2. Download and install the Avant Browser.

3. Change to the Avant Browser install directory (default location is C':Program FilesAvant Browser').

4. Start the browser:

wine avant.exe

(See Note above if you're using a pre-0.9.8 Wine version)

5. The browser will start and a splash screen will be displayed. It'll appear the browser has stopped.

6. Click the 'View' toolbar menuitem and uncheck the 'Address Bar' option.  If you can't see the toolbar, just click where the toolbar would be.  Eventually, you'll a toolbar menuitem, and the other ones should show.  Click 'View' and uncheck the 'Address Bar' option.

7. Things should start going then.

HOWTO

1. Install IE (ie4linux works for me).

2. Download and install the Avant Browser.

3. Change to the Avant Browser install directory (default location is C':Program FilesAvant Browser').

4. Start the browser:

wine avant.exe

(See Note above if you're using a pre-0.9.8 Wine version)

5. The browser will start and a splash screen will be displayed. It'll appear the browser has stopped.

6. Click the 'View' toolbar menuitem and uncheck the 'Address Bar' option. If you can't see the toolbar, just click where the toolbar would be. Eventually, you'll a toolbar menuitem, and the other ones should show. Click 'View' and uncheck the 'Address Bar' option.

7. Things should start going then.

Running Avant Browser 10.1, build <= 40, on pre-0.9.8 Wine versions

On versions of Wine prior to 0.9.8, the operation of the browser appears to work better if:

1) You start-up the browser with the following command:

WINEDLLOVERRIDES='ole32=n' wine c:\program files\avant browser\avant.exe

2) And turn-off the 'Address' bar (View->Address Bar).  Once you turn-off the 'Address' bar, the UI seems to start responding more correctly (not perfectly, but more correctly).

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