Proxibid on Chrome

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My friend and fellow auctioneer Don Hamit pointed out to me at the KAA auctioneer contest yesterday that the recently-released Chrome doesn’t work with the recently-funded real-time Internet bidding platform Proxibid. I was able to get the Proxibid Bidder App to run in Chrome on XP and Vista. Here’s how to get it, and other Java applications, to run on Chrome.

Java is a browser add-on that functions as a virtual machine. It’s a way for programmers to write code for an interpreted environment which in tern can be installed on multiple devices, operating systems and browsers. Rather than writing specific code for IE on Windows and then starting from scratch to write code on Safari on Mac, a programmer can choose to write an application in Java and have it run in the Java environment on multiple platforms.

Chrome doesn’t work with any current version of Java. In order to get Java applications to run on Chrome, you have to download a pre-release, or beta, version of Java called Java SE 6 update 10 RC.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed it, the only other difference between Chrome and other browsers I’ve used is that Chrome treats the Java .jnlp file as a download rather than something that can be automatically executed. That only means that you have to open the file once it’s downloaded. I was able to simply click on the file at the bottom of the screen to get it to run in XP. In Vista I had to click the arrow to bring up the menu and then select ‘run’.

If you have other difficulties with Proxibid or find other applications that don’t work in Chrome other than the previously-mentioned Secunia web scan, let me know in the comments.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He is currently community evangelist for Purple Wave in Manhattan, Kansas. Aaron serves as the current president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association and in the past has served on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote and instructed the ATS designation course from NAA. He currently instructs the Internet Auction Methods course offered by the NAA. An active contract bid caller, he has competed in multiple state auctioneer contests including placing twice within the top 5 in Kansas. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, Enter: The Wind, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
  • Stuart

    LogMeIn (http://logmein.com/) doesn’t work under Chrome either. LogMeIn uses an ActiveX control for IE and Java for other browsers. This doesn’t look to be caused by the Java version (indeed, I installed the version you mention in your blog post), but rather by the verification process LogMeIn uses. Considering Chrome is still in Beta and the Java software is a Release Candidate, I’m sure they will address the plugin incompatibilities in future releases. In the meantime, I simply fire up FireFox to use LogMeIn for my remote administration tasks.

  • Stuart

    LogMeIn (http://logmein.com/) doesn’t work under Chrome either. LogMeIn uses an ActiveX control for IE and Java for other browsers. This doesn’t look to be caused by the Java version (indeed, I installed the version you mention in your blog post), but rather by the verification process LogMeIn uses. Considering Chrome is still in Beta and the Java software is a Release Candidate, I’m sure they will address the plugin incompatibilities in future releases. In the meantime, I simply fire up FireFox to use LogMeIn for my remote administration tasks.

  • I, too, am a big fan of LogMeIn and intend to cover it here quite soon. I’m surprised I haven’t tried it yet with Chrome. I guess it’s something that I don’t use regularly but when I use it it’s pretty crucial that it works. Thanks for the heads-up, Stuart.

  • aaron

    I, too, am a big fan of LogMeIn and intend to cover it here quite soon. I’m surprised I haven’t tried it yet with Chrome. I guess it’s something that I don’t use regularly but when I use it it’s pretty crucial that it works. Thanks for the heads-up, Stuart.

  • VictorianWillow

    Hi. I just found your post about Javascript and Proxibid. I've been unable to bid on Proxibid ever since I got my new Mac with Leopard (10.5.8) OS. I've written to Proxibid, but they tell me it's an Apple problem or a javascript problem, but no suggestions.

    Do you have any suggestions to offer a Proxibidder going through withdrawals? 🙂
    Thanks!
    Robyn

  • VictorianWillow

    Hi. I just found your post about Javascript and Proxibid. I've been unable to bid on Proxibid ever since I got my new Mac with Leopard (10.5.8) OS. I've written to Proxibid, but they tell me it's an Apple problem or a javascript problem, but no suggestions.

    Do you have any suggestions to offer a Proxibidder going through withdrawals? 🙂
    Thanks!
    Robyn

  • VictorianWillow

    Hi. I just found your post about Javascript and Proxibid. I've been unable to bid on Proxibid ever since I got my new Mac with Leopard (10.5.8) OS. I've written to Proxibid, but they tell me it's an Apple problem or a javascript problem, but no suggestions.

    Do you have any suggestions to offer a Proxibidder going through withdrawals? 🙂
    Thanks!
    Robyn