New Sidebar Flash Panel

Saturday May 1st, 1999

Here's something new for all of you who haven't been keeping up with the nightly builds. The sidebar area now contains a "flash panel". What is a "flash panel"? From the flash panel specification: "The Flash Panel is a panel in the Sidebar that contains up-to-the-minute information about events that are of direct importance to the current user, including e-mail notification, (both "local" and web-based email), alerts for calendar events, current market information, and online-presence information (e.g., via the AIM protocol)." Click the image to the left for a larger screenshot (courtesy of Stephen Donner).

#11 Re:New Sidebar Flash Panel

by EDraven

Saturday May 1st, 1999 11:50 PM

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I like this sidebar flash panel idea... the only problem is who uses one browsing window these days? my browsing style is to start up with My Netscape and open 10-15 new windows from there with articles of interest. similar situation with search engines. that way things keep loading in the background while i read whatever loaded first. anyway, would this sidebar come up on EVERY window? that would be annoying (like IE does now). If its undockable, that might be cool.

i dunno, i just dont like too many extra features in a browser that dont really belong there. we'll see how useful it turns out.

and i really hope we see some integration between AIM and ICQ in the future. I use AIM right now, because ICQ is such an ugly program (those buttons, icons, fonts, YUCK!), and bloated as well. AIM looks a bit more pleasant on my desktop (cept the ads). Anyway im hoping for an IM app that supports plug-ins for communicating with different protocols.