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      13.08.2001 00:03
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      Recently I downloaded both Netscape versions of their new program, 6.1 and 0. Both did not do the job as well as the Communicator series. Too bad because Netscape has a solid browser line in he Communicator series. The question begs to be asked what the heck happened in 6.0 and 1.? The answer lies in the way the program is constructed. Netscape 6.0 and one are built with out the proper java appelets, this is a real problem in 6.0 where he Java is outdated. In 6.1 the user can choose from a non Java browser or the Java, Netscape recommends installing the non Java, an odd suggestion in the light that this program is meant to surf the web and many sites if not all sites on the web are now constructed with Java. So why on earth would anyone select a non Java browser? Another problem with the browser is it's dependancy on memory. Both versions take up a lot of the memory and can and in my experience did cause my system to crash. Another big headache is the fact that seems to mess Internet Explorer up as well. It almost appears as if these two comapnies are out to wreck each others browsers. Not a fair tactic. There are some plus sides to this program, the skins are very good looking and the menus are well laid out. I also found that setup was comparable with Explorers and that is also a bonus. I would definatly say that the new program is in need of further developing. I'd say that users need to look at the program as a beta version, download with caustion. In short Netscapes 6.1 and 0 is in need of some retooling in: 1. Java incorporation in the browser as opposed to leaving it seperate. 2. lessoning of load on memory and disk space. 3. Uniqueness not trying to outdo IE but rather building a broswer that will scream different effective and good looking. Hopefully we'll see improvements in the next version until then as I said earlier download this software with caution. C. J.

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      09.08.2001 00:48
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      Netscape probably look back to the mid-90's with fond nostalgia. At that time I was starting to find out about the web and Netscape Navigator was *the* browser of choice. When Navigator 2 was out, it really had little competition, while Navigator 3 was, without a doubt, a better product than IE3 - it could handle frames and tables that its competitor would choke on. However, things started to change with the version 4 browsers. Netscape 4 wasn't too bad and had a lot of usable features but it still had some problems with standards compatibility (particularly when dealing with Cascading Stylesheets). On the other hand, IE4 had a lot of nice features, dealt much better with web standards and came bundled tightly with the Windows operating system that was shipped with most new PCs. While Netscape seemed to stagnate, providing minor releases from time to time, Microsoft stole the lead and released IE5, which offered yet more advances. It was against this background - a shining history now tarnished and neglected - that Netscape 6 was released last year. It looked gorgeous, coped well with stylesheets (I make heavy use of stylesheets, so this is important to me) and had lots of cool new features. Unfortunately, it was also slow to load and noticebly unstable. I tried my very best to like it. I wanted an alternative to Microsoft's browser. IE had secured an unfair lead by being given intimate connections with Windows and was not without foibles of its own. However, I have to admit that eventually I gave up. I keep it on my Windows hard disks only out of a professional commitment to testing my pages on a range of browsers. Is it all over for Netscape? Maybe not - for example, some of the customisability it introduced (allowing the browser to take custom skins) seems to be popular, and it has certainly made great strides towards standards compliance. As they say, "It ain't over 'till the fat lady sings"... But, wait a moment - that's opera, which reminds me of an IE alternative that I find much more appealing (http://www.opera.com). Farewell Netscape. I'll fondly remember your former days of glory but you're going to have to do more than play on my memories if you want to win back my attention in any serious way.

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        08.08.2001 23:07
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        I use the Internet an awful lot, and I'm a great fan of Internet Explorer. That's the browser that I usually use the most, but I've decided to give Netscape a go, and yes this is my very first opinion written in a Netscape browser. And I've got to admit, I'm starting to make quite a few typos here and there; I think it's because of the different font size used in text boxes like the one I'm writing this opinion in. I decided to give Netscape a try last night, when I was looking through my web site, and deciding how to go about designing a cross-browser version of my site. Should I hire someone with Netscape to view it, or should I do the dirty work myself?? And I'm very glad I chose the latter option, because this is just the second time I've ever used Netscape in my whole life - and the first when it is actually possible to surf to web sites. My first impression of the browser is good. I like the blue-grey background, but my second impression is a no-no. When I go to click in the adress bar, I'm used to clicking once and having the whole box highlighted so I can start typing, but here in NS6 you have to select the whole box before typing the URL. While I was browsing a JavaScript cut and paste site the other day, I came across a script which enabled you to add your site to the user's NS Sidebar, and the site said that the sidebar was one of the features of the new browser. And here I am now with the Sidebar by my side. Unfortunately the presence of the sidebar means that the space used for viewing the web page is considerably smaller than the usual space, however you can close the sidebar like you would the Favourites, History or Search bar in Internet Explorer. It's not as easy as it is in IE, though, as in order to save some toolbar space, the button enabling you to cl;ose the sidebar has been scrapped. Instead you have to go through the VIEW menu to close the site. The sidebar co ntains five tabs which you can click to obtain further information. The tabs are News, Weather, Buddy List (for Netscape Instant Messenger), Search and What's Related to the current page you're viewing. What I find rather clever is that when you click a tab, all the tabs below it move below the information space, and the tabs above remain. For example, when you click News which is the lowest tab, no tabs move because there are none underneath it, and a list of web sites containing news information open up in the information pane. These start wih things like BBC News, Sky News, Private Eye, CNN, and continue to Moreover, News Unlimited and Daily Telegraph below. All in all there are 20 news sites that appear under the News tab. All in all I like this addition!! I just clicked the link to BBC News and almost had a heart attack - the BBC site opened up in the same frame as I was writing this review, and I thought that maybe when I returned this op would have disappeated!! Thankfully not!! Because that certainly would have gone down in my bad books!! As yet, I'm not totally sure how to change my homepage to one that I want...in other words anything ***but*** Netscape.co.uk!!!!! Anyone know??? Please let me know!! Well....as a final conclusion I think I'm going to sum up what's happened with this browser and give it a 4 out of 5!! I'm going to be sticking to IE 5.5 for serious surfing though!!

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          05.08.2001 04:23
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          Netscape 6 does indeed defy all logic and expectations. After the disappointing Netscape 4.x, I was loosing all hope that Netscape would ever catch up with Microsoft again in the browser stakes – Microsoft seemed almost undefeatable with its powerful browser platform that improved upon every new release. Indeed, Netscape’s failure to keep up with the market is still clear within the statistics: almost 80% of people on the web now use Microsoft’s competing browser as opposed to Netscape, but this is surely about to change… Netscape packs a mighty punch with its new browser that surely cannot be ignored. Indeed, the company has obviously realised that The Internet is no place for idling, and within its latest browser the features are there to prove it. Netscape 6 not only improves the users browsing experience, but could also turn out to be the webmasters best friend with extended support for many web standards as well as supporting many proprietary tags from Internet Explorer. It has a slick new interface, which can also be customised to your hearts content using ‘skins’, and seems to load pages much faster than even Internet Explorer (due to a new page rendering engine, I’m told by Netscape developers!) In fact, Netscape 6 has been built from the ground up and contains no code from the buggy previous versions meaning that performance wise it should be much, much faster. The rendering of pages is fast and the layout is far more accurate than in previous versions of the browser. The only thing I am not convinced of is the supposed speed increases within the response of the interface itself, which is still a little sluggish (due to it being based on XML) – however, this is a minor complaint. Also, the default interface won’t be to everyone’s taste. If there ever was anything good about the previous versions of Netscape Communicator it would have to be the tight integration between its modul es, and this remains in Netscape 6. You can seamlessly switch between email, web publishing and browsing and all three share a common interface. New in Netscape 6, though, is the true integration of instant messaging (courtesy of AOL Instant Messenger) and new Netscape Sidebars that, in a similar fashion to Internet Explorer, allows news, search, the stock market and the local weather all to be accessible under your fingertips alongside the pages in your browser. Overall, Netscape 6 really is worth downloading, even if you hated previous versions of the browser. Unlike Microsoft Internet Explorer, it wont force itself upon you by integrating into Windows and generally is a well behaved browser. Don’t let that fool you though; its feature list is long and impressive! The only question I would pose is: has Netscape left it too late? With the majority of browser users now using Microsoft Internet Explorer (in the UK at least) will Netscape ever be able to catch up, good browser or not?

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            21.05.2001 18:36

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            Having been driven to distraction by Microsoft Internet Explorer 5, I decided, about a year ago, to download the first beta release of Netscape 6. I'd always thought Netscape 4 had looked tired and boring, but 6 didn't. The menu bars loooked really space age, the layout was good, the 'side bars' were a good idea too (basically the ability to view two pages in one window- now implemented in IE 6 as 'personal bars'- if I were Netscape I'd be pretty angry, but...) I was amazed, I mean pages even looked good in Netscape, and I'm afraid I saw that as a bit of a first. How could they not steal the lead with this product? Then I discovered it, 'Netscape has performed an Illegal error!'. Netscape 6 is about as unreliable as..... a very unreliable thing. Howveer, this is just a beta, I thought- they'll solve it! They didn't. In fact, they seem to have also made it slower as well! I'm afraid it looks as if Microsoft own the net, as I've gone back to Internet Explorer. However, it can be useful to have both, because occasionally Netscape manages to load pages IE can't. A good concept, ruined by poor execution.

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            10.05.2001 02:49
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            I love the new Netscape6 and I'm very impressed with the general way it looks. Its bright, crisp and very easy to use. There is a very simple tool bar at the top and a side bar that has lots of different links. There's news, search, music, shopping, and loads more. This side bar is quite impressive and its one of the main differences between this and Netscape 4.7. There are a lot more features than IE has and Netscape is easier to use. I also find it much faster than Microsofts Internet Explorer on my pc. The new skins make the browser more pleasant to look at. You can select whichever you like and change them as often as you like. Instant messenger is incorporated with the browser so you don't need to download it seperately. Your bookmarks are already set up with what Netscape consider to be the best of web content. These are quite good. The download for this browser takes ages. It took me 1 hour and 20 minutes (thats on a slow modem though.) It should take about an hour on a 56k. I have previously only used Explorer but was persuaded by a friend to try this out. It took me about an hour to get used to it and now I can get round the net, save pages, graphics, download and search much faster. If you haven't tried this you should so that you can make a comparison with Explorer.

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              03.05.2001 00:09
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              I became a fan of using netscape not long after i started using the internet about a year ago now and then i liked it because it was faster than IE (Internet Explorer). Unfortunatly after seeing netscape 6.0 my opnion has changed dramtically!!!!. Firstly it's hard to believe the same people made it. It's so slow it unbelievable and if you try and do more than one thing at once the thing is useless. I normally have one window open because i download a lot of things and have a second window open which i surf on to pass the time, the old netscapes worked fine and had no probs doing that but this new one just can't hack it!!!! Netscape 6.0 either makes the pages i'm trying to look at load so slow you would be quicker walking to the server where it's stored and looking at it there!!!! or it makes the download so slow (or sometimes stops it when you are loading a new page in the second window) you would have to sit for an extra couple of hours to get what you want!!!! this is not a good thing for people who pay per min on there internet connection!!! In my opinion if this is the best netscape can do they should declare themselves bankrupt now and stop wasting our time. Oh and for information, i have changed back to using Internet Explorer at least when they release something new it's an improvement over the old one!!!!

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                29.04.2001 18:14
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                Oh dear. I have been a fan of Netscape browsers for some time, but with the 6th coming of the Netscape browser, they really do have seem to have lost the plot. Perhaps it's partly down to selling out to AOL, renowned makers of terrible, shocking, appallingly bad software (no, I don't like AOL!) but who knows... They promised us a small, fast, and reliable browser that would transform our Internet experience (well don't they all?) but what they actually gave us was, err, well a big chunky piece of bloatware that's as slow as an elderly snail and crashes about every ten minutes. For a long time (until the advent of Internet Explorer 5), Netscape browsers were superior in almost every respect. They fetched URL's with lightening speed and they never ever crashed. I just really can't believe that Netscape got it so wrong this time. The full download of Netscape 6 is around the 25 MB mark, and includes Sun Microsystems Java 2 (This is a new, new Java, not the old new Java. I never did understand Sun's numbering system, so don't ask me which version of Java this ACTUALLY is!). This is roughly the same size as a download of IE5. However IE comes bundled with Windows ME and you can get it on virtually any magazine cover disc or ISP set-up disk nowadays... After having downloaded all the files, the set-up is the first cause for concern. After installing the browser itself and the Net-2-Phone software, as well as AOL Instant Messenger, the installation program will install Sun Java 2. THIS TAKES AN ABSOLUTE AGE!! It will then move onto trying to install RealPlayer 8, and errr, it'll crash! and you'll try it again, and it'll crash, and crash, and crash. So then, I had to do without RealPlayer 8... Having finally successfully installed the program, I attempted to start it, and nothing happened. (Quite common for Netscape 6). A restart later, and hurrah! it works! Or does it? Well yes it did, but I had time to make a cup of tea whilst the browser loaded. It really does take forever - much slower than the 4.x flavours of Netscape. Upon loading for the first time, Netscape requests that you register your details with the company - allowing you access to a wide range of services offered by Netscape Netcenter. This includes things like the Netscape webmail service - which has always been superb. You're then free to browse away. The browser looks great and is fully customisable with skins. The default is rather nice though... no more grey buttons! I would like the little IE 'clicks' when you activate hyperlinks, but I'm just being fussy there. The browser also features a nice multi-part (divided by tabs) sidebar that allows access to a whole host of features, such as news from CNN, software downloads, weather, polls, anything you could really think of. There is also a 'bottom bar' that has a few more channels on it. Unfortunately, these bars take even longer to load after the program itself has got up and running... The first thing you'll notice when you start browsing is that the address in the lookup bar does not highlight when you click in it. This is a major flaw in my opinion, as you either have to hold down the backspace key forever, or drag the cursor across the URL in the lookup bar and then hit backspace before you can enter a new address. The browser will then have a bit of a think and start retrieving the URL. This will take on average 4 times as long as in IE 5.5 - that is if it doesn't crash! It does have a nice progress bar that shows you the time remaining until a page will be completely loaded (and it is a true indicator, unlike the IE one) but it is so very, very slow! To be fair, it does follow W3C conventions more closely than IE, so that may have something to do wit h it, but why it takes so long to render even the most basic webpage is beyond me... It also has a better autocomplete option than IE (for passwords etc) and you can even 'hide' the autocomplete files if you have multiple users on your machine, so that no one else can get their paws on your precious accounts. A word of warning though - don't close the window! If you close Netscape 6, chances are you'll have to restart the computer before you can get it to start up again... Netscape 6 is so good in principle - a nice looking, functional browser that combines all your communication needs and is totally customisable - allowing you quick access to whatever it is that you use most. Unfortunately, it doesn't achieve any of the goals it set itself due to its snail-paced loading and lookup times and its refusal to start up sometimes along with its liking of crashes. It's not just my machine either - I've tried it on two home machines, a laptop, and a Uni machine and it's the same on all of them... It's sad really. Netscape has always been my favourite browser, and I really thought that they would come up with something to surpass IE 5.5 (which was a turning point for me - it was the first time that I was tempted away from Netscape products) but they have really messed up in a big way. I don't think I'll be going back for version 7...

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                  28.04.2001 20:10
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                  After reading about Netscape 6 and Netscape advertising it around the web I decided to download it. It was a hefty 1 hour download but I believe magazines ahve started publishing it on their CD Cover Discs. My first look at Netscape 6 was impressive but I soon realised that it wasn't really any different from Netscape 4.7x. Their weren't that many new features and the Skin feature isn't exactly a new thing either. You've probably heard of a browser plug-in to MS Internet Explorer called NeoPlanet where their are thousands of skins available unlike Netscape which hasn't even reach the 100 mark yet. I found Netscape 6 to be slow loading even on my Pentium 3 733MHz and 128MB SDRAM system. Netscape programmers have gone for the simple, clean layout in the taskbars at the top. The 'My Sidebar' feature is quite impressive and I think this is what Netscape has tried to emphasize the most. It's got pretty much everything you need from Search, News Headlines, Whats Related, Shopping, Music, etc, etc. The list goes on and lifes too short to list them all. Netscape Instant Messenger has been incorporated into Netscape 6 so in other words you can be using AOL Instant Messenger at the same time and be talking to two people at the same time or the same person with two s.n's. As always Netscape sets-up your bookmarks with the best content of the web. If your a first time user of the web then I suggest you go for this product because of it's friendly user interface (unlike Internet Explorer).

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                  28.03.2001 02:30
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                  Netscape 6 is a greedy creature and it will eat up your memory in huge chunks. It's not quite as bad as Netscape 4.7 was,( or so I thought.) I have previously tried Netscape 4.7 and decided to give this new version a try. It was included on a cover disc so I had nothing to lose. If you need to download it though it is a small download and it installs files directly through your modem. Once installed this looks really slick and modern. I was quite impressed until I actually started to use the new version. The differences are minimal and most of them seem to be cosmetic. Then the problems started, everytime I asked my browser to do anything it crashed on me. The whole pc slowed right down and was taking ages to open web pages. I concluded from this that although Netscape 6 took less memory to download it uses more than version 4.7 while it runs. If you have an older pc you will probably have the same problem. This version is made to be used with win98 and above and you need lots of memory available. My system runs on win95a and has two gigabytes of memory. There isn't much installed on the hard drive but it still can't cope with Netscape 6. (I recently upgraded to win98 but still can't run Netscape 6.) If you have an older pc and limited memory don't bother trying this out. If you install it you will find it very hard to go back from that installation to a previous one (Netscape doesn't seem to allow you to install an older version over the top). Removing every single file from the new version so that you can go back is really hard as there are files all over the place. If you don't have an up-to-date pc think twice about installing this beast.

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                  04.03.2001 20:09
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                  My first browser was Netscape. IE was not bundled with Win95 I was using. I liked it a lot and I became a fan of Netscape. I don't have the best of the feelings for Microsoft so IE was not even a thought even my uni was using Netscape. I left the uni for summer Netscape was at 4.6. After a 9 month period without internet and after I got a new computer with IE preinstalled last summer I was patiently waiting for Netscape 6. It was supposed to be small, fast, and stable. I started installing it to my system from beta version even. At last the full version arrived and I rushed to download it. Small. Well it isn't really. It is a download of around 25MB if you want all it comes with - AOLIM, Communicator and some other stuff. You can decrese the size by a little but don't expect to go below 18MB of compressed data. That is comparable to IE5. Fast. Netscape was never fast in loading it self but seemed faster in downloading and showing pages. Now it takes even more time to load and the pages to me at least seem to load just as fast or slow as IE5.5. Stable. Netscape used to be more stable than IE. The 4.x versions I used were rarely if at all crashing although my friends were complaining all the time about IE. That I hoped would be the case with the 6th version but I was dissappointed. The bugs are aparent everywhere and it crashes more often than IE. And don't hope for bug fixes. The 6.01 version came about two months after the first and in my machine is only slightly better if at all. Example of the bad behaviour is the fact that after you load it once and then close it you will have trouble opening it again if you get to open it. So all gloomy and black? Not really. I accept that it fails in three basic tests compared to it's immediate rival but it has some nice features. Email is easily categorised by your email account. If you have more than one email accounts each one of them have a different f older and when they come they get into that folder. It can change completely with skins that change the whole appearence of it and personalise it. Some of them are impressive and makes it nicer to work with. It follows W3C rules closer than IE5 which means that displays pages better than IE5 and earlier netscape, but not as close as it should after so much time of being developed. It will be surpassed by IE easily soon enough. The Sidebar and the bottom menus are cool and interesting to have but they are too slow to be of any use even in a decent machine - P3 600 with 12GB and 128MB. It also remembers passwords and usernames as IE does but it does it better and you can even secure the file that these are saved at. But other than that there is not much good stuff to mention about it. If you do want to try it though either wait for a version with magor improvements to this one or try Mozilla. It has the nice features of Netscape, it is less buggy and it is improved much more rapidly than Netscape. But for the moment you better stay away of it.

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                  20.02.2001 02:30
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                  Firstly, I'll confess that I'm a bit of a Microsofty. Perhaps that means I shouldn't be writing an opinion on Netscape, as I'd obviously hate it anyway, but my feelings on this one are so strong that I have to write about it. Netscape 6 is a big departure from Netscape 4.whatever. Instead of boring grey buttons, they have skins (although you can still have boring grey buttons if you want.) Some of the skins are pretty cool to look at, and I can see potential in the side bar, and the thing at the bottom with 'Business', 'Tech, 'Fun', and other menus. The intention of these is probably to let you get access to the information you want, whenever you want. BUT IT'S SO SLOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!! It takes ages, and ages, and ages to load even simple pages, and if you click on a checkbox in something like hotmail to select a message to delete, then go away and have a bath, have a coffee, do our shopping, then it MIGHT have realised you've clicked on it. Want to scroll down a page? Get your pet snail to do the London Marathon while you wait, it's that slow. Seriously - the sidebars would be nice - there's stuff like CNet.com downloads, Search, What's related, even Pocketpig - some nutter who uses their PDA to draw pictures of what they've eaten, then uploads them each day. It would be nice to have these things handy, but when you click on them to make them visible, a green 'loading'icon comes up to taunt you while it takes it's time to load. Even clicking a link to go to another page takes ages to register. I don't have a slow PC, and I have plenty of memory, or so I thought, but 128Mb Ram starts looking like 16Mb when you stick Netscape 6 on. It displays websites a little better than the older versions of Netscape did - presumably it's getting relaxed about coding now, just like Internet Explorer is, but is that R EALLY a good thing? I suspect I''m going to move over to a combination of Internet Explorer to read my Hotmails and view some sites that simply won't work in anything else, and Opera to use for the rest of the time. The new version of Opera is Adware, so really it's free if you don't mind an advert banner at the top of the screen, and it's got a similar layout to Netscape with a sidebar for bookmarks. It's also a lot faster than Netscape, and less of a memory drain,also it's stable, although being so small what would you expect? Heck, I may even try Mozilla, which Netscape 6 is apparently based on. Anything is better than this. I don't know what real Netscape fans think about NS6, although I have heard one or two say they feel it was released too soon, but I suspect that they will be alienated by this version - it's slow, buggy, and a huge memory leak. Sounds a bit like the stereotype of a Microsoft product, except this time in comparison Netscape IE 5.5 is positively sleek. Doo Yoo get the idea, I don't like it - wait until 6.1 - see if it gets any faster / better, but I doubt it.

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                    19.01.2001 17:39
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                    Netscape 6 has been long awaited by those of us used to using the 4.x version. I've used that for some time, successfully, but I had issues with it. Specifically, the way it crashed whenever I asked it to do anything useful. So when Netscape 4.x died on me, I ran a whole disk diagnostic, swept out all the unusued files and gubbins I didn't need, and POUNCED on Netscape 6 via FTP. What a waste of time THAT was. I've tried regularly since then, but the ftp site just doesn't want to work properly. Grr. Not good. So I had to go about things in a different way. Swiftly acquiring an easy base install of IE, I then jumped using THAT to Netscape's site and downloaded Netscape 6. Now, this looked good. Netscape 4.x had required a large meg of download to install, and my space on this machine is a little limited, so I wasn't too happy about that. But Netscape 6 is a tiny download that then installs files direct via modem. Takes just as long, but it doesn't eat all your valuable harddrive space while doing so. An important factor if you've not got a lot of space left, like me. Bonus points. Once that had been achieved, and the browser was installed, I opened it up and DROOLED. I liked that skin. Oh, did I ever like that skin. Then I started to USE the product. Mistake. Netscape 6 has some pretty good feature in it over and above 4.x releases, but in general, they're peripheral or cosmetic changes that add very little to the actual workable end product. In fact, they hinder it. I suddenly found that my memory which was fine with a 4.7 or IE product was now almost totally grinding to a halt, and that was running NS6 on its own. I was unimpressed, but prepared to live with it as I only really use the browser for DooYoo, email, and some shopping. The rest of the time I use telnet. So I persevered. Ack. Ick. Uck. This is the noise made by my computer as it desperately tries to run Java. No way, I'm afraid. Despite having downloaded and installed the necessary Java that came with Netscape 6, half the time any Java site I came across refused to run. Netscape 6 died on me so many times that I really thought my PC wouldn't recover. Now, I'm used to certain sites going slowly, but they've always loaded. Not in this case. Netscape 6 is seriously bad news. It looks good, and operates pretty much the same user interface (although a lot of peripheral stuff has been tacked on, needlessly, in my opinion, but it is so memory hungry and with impossible to use Java, that I removed it within two days of installing. Nothing I could do would fix the bugs, and I wasn't even prepared to try downloading patchs or new plugins, as they could only slow me down all the more. Advice? Netscape 4.7 might be older, but it WORKS better. Stick to that if you must use Netscape at all, but I'd look at the alternatives now. Other products on the market have advanced faster than Netscape.

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                      09.01.2001 05:01
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                      After seeing reviews and comments on Netscape 6, I decided to give it a try. I went to the site, and downloaded it (which took an absolute age, because there are multiple files, which are a large size (about 5 mb each)), then installed it. The stupid thing is that it keeps on nagging you to sign-up to their netscape services, so that they can essentially e-mail you offers and ads. If you decide not to sign up, then every time you open the program, it will ask you. So, I signed-up and got into the program itself (it just holds on one screen for about 20 seconds for some reason before loading the program). The first impression is that it looks so nice, that it has to be good. In some ways it is, because it has AIM integrated into it and a spell checker for checking your emails, which you can also send from the Netscape program. Although after a while, it just feel horrible to use, mainly becasue it runs so much slower than IE. You get the distinct impression that they are trying to get kids and women to use it because it has a nice layout, with schemes that you customise by downloading extra buttons for the navigation bar, thus forgetting to make it memory efficient and fast. There are quite a few little niggles that put you off, like when you click the address bar with IE, it will highlight all the text, and you just press Delete and type in the address of the place you want to go to, but in Netscape it doesn't highlight it all, so if you have a long URL in your bar, then to get rid of it and type in a new one, you have to scroll along, Delete, scroll a little more Delete. This can be very annoying. Plus there are shortcuts with IE like typing something in, and press enter while holding ctrl, and it will wrap the "http://www." and the ".com" around your phrase. Netscape doesn't seem to have any user-friendly shortcuts like these. If you are accustomed to IE, then there is no way that you wi ll be able to use this program, because it is sloppy, and the fact that you would need *at least* 64MB RAM to run it with any joy. This is a miss for me.

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                        28.11.2000 22:32
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                        We are all trapped using Internet Explorer. Netscape was slow and clunky and didn't support new features. Internet Explorer is owned by nasty Microsoft, and I just don't want to support them any more than I have to. So I was waiting, with baited breath, for the new version. Trouble is, is is slow (very slow to start up), and unstable. The editor, which I liked in NS 4.x, is particularly prone to crashing, and has a weird interface. I have yet to press ctrl-Z, which I do without thinking, without the program terminating. It looks nice, though.

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