Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1
Wednesday May 22nd, 2002
Netscape today unveiled Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1, the first beta of its successor to Netscape 6. The preview is based on the recent Mozilla 1.0 RC2 build and features most of the enhancements that have been added to Mozilla since Netscape 6.2 was released, including tabbed browsing, print preview, the ability to save complete web pages, email return receipts, message labels and S/MIME support.
Netscape's proprietary components have also been improved. An enhanced Instant Messenger now supports file transfers, buddy icons and communication with ICQ users (though you cannot be signed on to both AIM and ICQ at the same time). Also new is Radio@Netscape, a streaming audio service powered by Spinner.
#119 It is ugly...
Sunday May 26th, 2002 1:40 AM
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Why? It integrates with the system Address book. It's quick. It can bounce messages back to the server. And it is beautiful. The Netscape GUI is garbage. Hideous, ugly. Designed by people who think code, not art. It clashes with the rest of the OS. The text is not anti-aliased. It doesn't tie in as well with iTools. It doesn't give me a Dock icon that tells me when I have new messages and how many. It's ugly. It's ugly. It's ugly. I spend a lot of time doing email every day. I don't really use filters aside from color-coding messages from my friends. And I don't want my email program and my browser to be the same damn program -- I like to be able to switch back and forth via the Dock, not some worthless "Tools" menu that's harder to hit.
All I want is a non-integrated browser. I will not use a lumberingly large package that tries to MONOPOLIZE all my Internet time. I want Netscape Navigator... I switched to IE the moment they foisted Communicator on the world.
I've used lots of email programs. By far the worst I've ever used was the integrated mail in any of the versions of Netscape, from 3.0 to 6.2. They're all ugly. They don't tie in to the Mac's system Preferences. They are clearly "geek-friendly," with a UI only a gearhead could love. There's no separate icon for them. I hate them. And I will not use a browser that won't let me choose my mail client.