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.
#129 "Best?" ... Not in my book for sure!
Tuesday May 28th, 2002 12:40 PM
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Preface: I HATE IE 5.5 -- 6.0, but I'm still running NS 4.77, and probably will be for some time. First, installation defaults are the usual crud. I have to spend an hour or so throwing away the built-in links to NS this and NS that and AOL this and AOL that, fixing the mouse scroll wheel (it still does not seem to support the wheel-click auto-scroll mode), and although print preview is nice, I'd prefer it if printing WORKED (See comments elsewhere about printing anomalies on three-column stuff like my.yahoo.com etc.). I believe the "default" is still at 100% to cut off about 5-10 characters of each line, even if you set margins to zero! You have to check the "shrink to fit page width" box (or go landscape like you used to have to do) (and/or reset the left and right margins to 0. The screen clutter of toolbars in "classic" apparently no longer allows setting the bars to TEXT ONLY to preserve screen real estate, and even though a custom install was told NO NET2PHONE, it still shows up in the WINDOW menu, even after deleting the %$#% icon in the toolbar, etc. I know It's a "nit" but this here is a "nit picker" talking at ya.
This thing has some good improvements over 4.77, not the least of which is storing passwords locally etc. since I get stuck with a proxy that wants my name, rank and serial number damn near every time I browse a page, but I have no idea if the local encryption (an OPTION!) of the password store is good enough in any sense if I CARED about my NET passwords. As to the "My Sidebar" thingie, it is one of those things you either Love (IE Heritage?) or Hate (IE Heritage) and I'm in the camp that thinks it SUCKS screen space until turned OFF. My other gripe after 2 minutes of use was that the canned "search" links all go through NETSCAPE as a front end to searching ... If I want GOOGLE I want GOOGLE, not a Netscape encapsulation of Google.
Oh well, first shots across the bow say wait for 7.2 in my book, then they may bring back deleted features (kill popups for example) and maybe even learn how to Print?