Netscape 7.1 Released
Sunday June 29th, 2003
Netscape Communications Corporation today released its new Netscape 7.1 browser, which is based on Mozilla 1.4. This version — codenamed Buffy during development — offers several new features, including automatic image resizing, which shrinks large images to fit in the browser window, and Find As You Type, a tool that allows users to search for links or text on a webpage just by typing. Tweakers will appreciate the new editable about:config (try setting the boolean general.smoothScroll preference to true to get smooth scrolling) and Windows users can now log in to sites that use NTLM authentication. Bookmarks, tabbed browsing and popup blocking have all been improved and 7.1 should fit in better with your desktop's look-and-feel.
Mail & Newsgroups also has its share of enhancements with junk mail detection, message views, improved filtering capabilities (there's support for multiple actions, newsgroup filters and running filters after the fact) and Address Book Palm synchronisation. Composer hasn't been forgotten, with a 'breadcrumb bar' of HTML elements on the Status Bar and click-and-drag dynamic image and table resizing. In addition, there's improved support for Web standards (such as WSDL proxying), better performance and stability, and several thousand other bug fixes.
You can download Netscape 7.1 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X (7.02 was the last Mac OS 8/9 version).
Update! The Netscape 7 Release Notes have been updated with information about the new version and Netscape DevEdge has a new section all about Netscape 7.1, with details about its improved support for Web standards.
#18 Netscape.com is useless
Monday June 30th, 2003 12:02 PM
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The Netscape site is not doing much to promote the advantages of this release, I can see any mention of the developer pack on the website, any mention of activex or anything like that.
They really need to get their website sorted out, otherwise people aren't going to know why to upgrade from 7.0. At least the mozillazine site has listed all the advantages.
Shame they didn't do at least one public beta of this release too, there's a few minor bugs I've noticed that I'll have to report using their feedback mechanism (Help > Feedback centre)