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  Camino 0.8 - Browser for Macintosh OS X 

Links on this page:  Home page | Tabbed browsing | History & Cache | Downloads | Java & JavaScript | Pop-ups | Cookies | Proxy |


  Configuring Camino Browser:

Camino is a web browser made specifically for Mac OS X by the same group that makes Mozilla.

To configure Camino 0.8 for Mac OS X, follow these steps:

On the Toolbar, click Camino and select Preferences from the menu.


The Preferences window opens.

Note the 5 categories: Navigation, Appearance, Privacy, Security, and Web Features.

We will take a look at the most pertinent of these.

Under the General category, click on the Navigation icon.


Configuring the Home Page:

Home Page  =  The Home page is the first page that opens when you launch Camino.  It may be any page you wish.  In the example, we entered "http://www.netaqs.com/".

If you click Use system Home Page, Camino will use the settings in the Internet System Preferences as your home page.

        Click here for screenshots of the Internet System Preferences in Mac OS X 10.0 -10.1.
        Click here for screenshots of the Internet System Preferences in Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar.


Tabs vs Windows:

Select the Tabbed Browsing tab.



Clearing the History and Cache:

History  =  The history is a folder containing a list of web pages you've visited during a set amount of time.  You can delete the History by clicking Clear Visited Pages.

Disk Cache  =  All images and text on the sites you visit are stored on your computer for quicker access later or for viewing offline.  They are stored in what is known as the cache.  You can empty the cache by clicking Clear Disk Cache.

Note:  If you are having trouble surfing or can't surf at all, clearing the cache may solve this problem.


Managing Downloads:



We return to the Camino Preferences window.

Under the General section, click the Web Features icon.


Enabling Java & JavaScript:

Web Features:

You should Enable JavaScript and Enable Java.  Java is an important part of the Internet.  Many pages utilize Java; therefore, to enjoy all the Internet has to offer, you should enable Java.  Without Java, many pages won't function properly. 

If you like, you may also activate Enable Plugins.  Plugins allow programs which are not normally part of Camino to act as if they are part of Camino.  Programs like RealPlayer, Shockwave, Flash are popular examples.


Blocking Pop-up Windows:

We return to the Web Features window.

Popup Blocking:

Popups are those annoying extra (often smaller) windows that appear when you visit many sites.  Camino has a pop-up blocking feature the suppress these windows.  You may also fine tune the sites so pop-ups on sites you like are allowed to "pop up".

Click the Edit Allowed Sites button.

Note:  If this feature is not functioning correctly, some websites with login popups may not work properly.


The following window appears:

URL  =  enter the address of a site you like and click the Add button.  Do this for each site you'd like to enter as an exception.

Click the Done button when finished.


We return to the Camino Preferences window.

Under the Privacy & Security section, click on the Privacy icon.


Managing Cookies:

The Privacy window opens.

Cookies  =  cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access upon return.  However, some sites gather information from you through the use of cookies.  As annoying as they can be, you need them to be able to access certain sites (i.e., bank and credit union sites).  Without them you cannot access these sites and certain others.

You may choose to "Accept cookies from any site" or "Accept cookies only from sites you visit".

Important:  If you select "Deny cookies".  You will not be able to enter any secure site.  If you do online banking or trade, you will have to allow these cookies to be stored.

Click the Edit Stored Cookies button.


The following window appears:

Here you may delete unwanted cookies one by one or all at the same time.

To remove cookies one by one, highlight an unwanted cookie and click the Remove button.

To remove all cookies, click the Remove All button.

When finished, click the Done button when.


We return to the Privacy window.

Site Permissions allow you to bypass the default settings and fine tune your cookie acceptance policies.  For example, if you select "Ask before accepting each cookie" in the window above, you can edit the policies to always allow cookies from particular sites.

Close the window.


Cofiguring the Proxy Settings:

The proxy is used for a variety of reasons, two of which are Content Filtering and Web Acceleration.

You cannot configure these within Camino; you must open the Network window in the System Preferences to do this.

On the Toolbar, click the Apple icon and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.


The System Preferences window opens.

Click the Network icon.


The Network window opens.

Select the Proxies tab.

Content filtering  =  filtering blocks access to unwanted and undesirable web content such as pornographic, violent, or risqu sites.  Contact your Internet Service Provider to see if this service is offered.

Web Acceleration - With BrowseBlast software installed, your Internet connection can be 2 to 5 times faster.  If you have purchased BrowseBlast from your ISP and installed it on your computer, the proxy settings should match those on the right.

If you know the address and port your ISP utilizes for these services, you can enter them in now.  Do the following:

Select a proxy server to configure:

Check the box Web Proxy (HTTP).

Web Proxy Server:

Enter the IP address and port number your ISP uses for these services.  If you do not know these, contact your ISP's support center.

Note:  to prevent anyone from removing the proxy server address and port or disabling it altogether, you can, as the administrator, lock it down by clicking the lock icon in the bottom, left-hand corner of the screen.  You will be required to enter the administrator password to unlock it.


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