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5:23 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Now available for download at their site:

We are working hard to create features and services you want in Netscape 7.0. Netscape 7.0 PR1 is a pre-release version for users to test and provide feedback.

[channels.netscape.com...]

5:29 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Well it can only be an improvement surely?

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6:04 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>Well it can only be an improvement

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6:04 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Downloading and Installing - Damn and I just removed REAL stuff from my machine - i gotta do it again after this install. :(
6:12 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Oh Joy. I can't wait.....

Are the 2000 people currently using 6.2 going to rush out and get it?

6:16 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Loads pages nicely for me, no problem with any HTML formatting I've done for any of my pages. Sucker installed REAL ;( uMmMmmm icons are missing from the navigation and mouseovers are kinda funny for the programs navigation but thats all granted for it being PR1
6:17 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone know which version of Mozilla this is based on?
6:29 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1 Release Notes [wp.netscape.com] is linked to Mozilla 1.0 Release Candidate 2 Release Notes [mozilla.org]. So I guess, thats what they used.

(edited by: NFFC at 8:47 pm (utc) on May 22, 2002)

6:31 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I never have downloaded an upgrade. NS 4.7 with JS & CSS disabled runs so smooth and nice and loads so quickly, with everything looking so good, I never did see a need for any improvement. ;)
6:57 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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"NS 4.7 with JS & CSS disabled runs so smooth and nice and loads so quickly, with everything looking so good, I never did see a need for any improvement."

I nearly passed my peanut butter sandwich through my nose. Thank you - my day was waaaay too serious before.

I've been having IE problems on one of my computers (time to wipe everything and reinstall) so I've been using NS 6 for some of my surfing. It's really disappointing to see how awful it is in comparison to the M*crosoft product.

7:21 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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as you say:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.0rc1) Gecko/20020417
==>
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.0rc2) Gecko/20020512 Netscape/7.0b1

still the same rendering problems, especially when the content is javascript
generated the style is not used :(

7:53 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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A new version, of browser that to me, has gotten worse over time... ...And another toy I'll have to make sure that web pages appear properly in...

Can't say I am all that excited!

7:55 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Just installed on Linux, can't see much difference....

Guess I'll spot stuff with use..

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>Thank you - my day was waaaay too serious before.
LOL - and thank you, Hawkgirl, I'm glad someone around here finally appreciates me!! :)

Nick, do you use just Linux or Windows, too?

I wonder if this is the version that AOL is supposed to be using when they switch over. That would be dandy, NS with AOL's special file compression format to boot.

(edited by: Marcia at 9:01 pm (utc) on May 22, 2002)

8:59 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I really like the Tabbed Browsing feature. It lets you visit multiple web pages in a single window. A great space saver.

Some will like the Download Manager. I have no use of it.
The improved bookmark management is good.
I think it loads and renders faster than NN6 too.

I like it. But Opera is still my favorite browser.

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Wonderful, you can block pop-ups triggered by JavaScript. About time. This was one of the best things about Opera and should be in all browsers nowadays.
9:33 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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How long does the download take?
9:35 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The big package is 30 megs, and drops gazillions of shortcuts icons on desktop. Dont know about the regular package.
9:49 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Nick, do you use just Linux or Windows, too?

Just Linux. Only use Win to test in IE and always feel like washing my hands afterwards Ugggh!

After an hour or so of using it I reckon it's quite an improvement, it definately renders quicker and has a 'cleaner' feel to the tools and menus, slightly smaller and neater looking?

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10:07 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I still use NN4.7 for my main browser, and Opera.

Is there much improvement over NN4.7 ??

I never upgraded to 6 or 6.2 because it was...well....crap :)

Is it worth the upgrade ? anyone ??

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drops gazillions of shortcuts icons on desktop

Yep - I'm still deleting all of 'em...

It also seems to have a better understanding of em unit values...
Before I knew of the upgrade this morning I was testing them on 6.2 ::

10:14 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>>Is it worth the upgrade ? anyone ??

From version 6 : yes, defenitly.
From version 4.7 : yes, defenitly. But install it away from your existing Nestcape folder in order to keep NN 4.7

It's good stuff.

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You definitely want to keep 4.7 on hand if you are designing new pages.

No matter how simply we design things and how careful we are, 4.7 always jacks up our pages.

4.7 is my nemesis.

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Thanks MacGuru

I will give it a try and see if it is up to the job ;)

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10:28 pm on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>>drops gazillions of shortcuts icons on desktop

Of course I was slightly exagerating. I counted 8 on desktop and 4 in taskbar. Installed on a Win 98 'win and browsers only' "E" partition.

It's just 13 icons too many...

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We are working hard to create features and services you want in Netscape 7.0.

Ah yes, the old nemesis - new "features". That's the approach I expect from Time/Warner/AOL/Netscape. Reminds me of an old Firesign Theater album:

"Now my friends, if you're Mr. Common Sense you won't believe me when I tell you that I've got a little envelope here that will will wash your dishes while you're driving your car at home to work."
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I don't want new features, I just want the old ones fixed.

I just about give up on trying to get every page on our sites working perfectly for NS.
6.2 was a mess, but 4.7 is so outdated. Bah.

I might try 7.0 beta, cannot be any worse.... can it?

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>4.7 is my nemesis.

Mine too... Let's all make a deal... No more designing for NS 4.anything unless we're designing education sites. :-)

The 6 or 7 people still using NS 4.x will get tired of pages showing up wrong and they'll switch.

Sound good?

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<<-- Mine too... Let's all make a deal... No more designing for NS 4.anything unless we're designing education sites. :-)

<<-- Sound Good ??

No ! ;)

I presume you love IE then ??

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How about all MesSIE only designers start to make an effort to real standards, for their costumers and own benefit?
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