Firefox (mobile) 1.1 RC1 available
Firefox Mobile 1.1 RC1 is now available. Highlights from this release include: Form assistant improvements, including autocomplete; Start Page redesign; Auto update add-ons; New smart-tapping system for better tapping links, fields and buttons; Portrait support on N900; Context Menu with Open Link in New Tab and Save Image; Web content theme update; Improved Site Menu; Use volume keys to zoom on N900; Save page to PDF; and a Built in Crash Reporter.
LightMeter application for photographers
Marcello Mansueto has released a light metering application to assist photographers in calculating exposure parameters based on available light. ouching the LCD-style numbers you can set the exposure parameters. If you set the aperture value, speed will be calculated, and vice versa. The LCD-style numbers give you only values permitted by your camera/lens. You can easily add your camera/lens parameters in the files camera.conf and lens.conf in /opt/lightmeter, then you can select them using the settings menu option. The application is currently only available as a .deb attached to the developer's post.
DrLaunch rotating desktop widget puts icons right way up in portrait
Stefanos Harhalakis is working on a new application launcher, DrLaunch, which primarily provides portrait mode support. I just made available the very first version of DrLaunch. A launcher widget with portrait mode support. It is a very early release and it has a lot of bugs (I have found some myself already) which I'm going to fix in the next versions. However, the widget seems quite usable and you may already need something like this, so here it is. The widget is currenlty available from Extras-devel, standard warnings and disclaimers apply.
New version of MediaBox
Long-time Maemo-developer Martin Grimme has released a new version of his media center application, MediaBox. There is now a new version 2010.06.26 of MediaBox Media Center available in extras-testing for N900 and extras for N800 and N810. It's somewhat a small premiere. :) As far as I know, MediaBox is the first 3rd party media player on the N900 to support the Maemo MAFW framework for media playback. MediaBox is also the first media player written in Python to use MAFW for playback. Of course my code for using MAFW is open for anyone to use in their Python programs.