Netscape Releases Netscape 6.2

Tuesday October 30th, 2001

Netscape today released version 6.2 of it's browser based on Mozilla. Downloads for a variety of platforms and languages are available (we've linked to the english builds, there are other languages of Netscape 6 available, and we expect that, as in the past, more tranlations of 6.2 will show up later), and you can also check out the release notes. This release comes off the Mozilla 0.9.4 branch, and is the third major release from Netscape using Mozilla.

#12 scrollbars and trees

by macpeep

Tuesday October 30th, 2001 1:26 PM

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Hmm.. I don't know.. I installed it, tried it.. and didn't stick with it.. It's getting closer tho.. Definitely..

Major issues (to me - as I can't speak for anyone else) are scrollbars and trees and their behavior. Under the Modern skin, the scrollbars in the sidebar (bookmarks for example) are very narrow. The bookmarks tree is VERRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYY slow to use and doesn't have hierarchy lines. History isn't exactly fast as lightning either, although a lot better.. In the history view, there ARE hierarchy lines, but the twisties are drawn under / on the side of them. There are some serious z-order & alignment issues there.

Going to Mail & News, the scrollbar flashes in the inbox, then goes away but leaves a too narrow focus border on the thread pane.

I was going to copy my IE bookmarks "out" from the IE bookmarks folder and into the normal Netscape bookmarks.. to the root level, that is. I copy them, but I can't paste them anywhere since they will go INTO a folder. Only way I could find was to create a temporary separator, select it and paste. And then delete the separator. You'd think a lot of people want to do this.. There should be a root folder called "Bookmarks" or something that you could select for these kinds of things.

The Preference tree STILL doesn't have a scrollbar when you expand it.. Until you resize, open, close & dance a small dance and offer some cattle.

Selecting menus and going back and forth through them, opening them and closing as you move the mouse, there's some degree of blinking... Not really catastrophic or anything, but definitely noticable when you're using to native menus. I don't understand where this would come from.. Certainly there's a double buffer so.. I don't get it..

Typing in textareas caused some weirdness with the scrollbar in the textarea. As I typed, the scrollbar would appear and dissapear for every keypress, causing the text to reflow and blink for every keypress. VERY annoying..

The installation experience was nice.. Only complaint there was that Real Player installed even though I unchecked that checkbox. And it isntalled ALL OVER the place, just like it does normally. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that I just screwed up and selected the checkbox accidentally.. So installation and existing profile migration and everything related to that gets a thumbs up..

I'm not ready to move over to using Netscape 6.2 yet, mainly due to the reasons mentioned above. In general, it just doesn't feel very high quality to me, though there are less and less "serious" issues all the time. In the time I've used it so far, which isn't really THAT long, I haven't experienced any instability. Also, I haven't have any problems on any sites that I tried. All sites rendered perfectly as far as I could tell. That's also a definite plus and improvement.

I'll stick to IE 6.0 for now.. but Netscape 6.2 gives some hope.. Maybe another six months... Or a year perhaps..