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BROWSING: Access released NetFront v3.0 for evaluation
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 11.08.02 - 18:10:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 7310x
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Beginning this year, Access - who also developed i-mode and chtml for NTT DoCoMo - annouced a Pocket PC compatible web browser. While I was able to test a demo/dummy version in spring this year, now an evaluation copy is available for public download.

The features, Access added to NetFront are more than impressive and I wish that PIE would support everything, NetFront v3.0 supports today:

NetFront provides support for the following standards:

  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML Mobile Profile
  • cHTML (iHTML)
  • WML 1.3
  • CSS1, CSS2 (including CSS Mobile Profile)
  • HTTP 1.1 and Wireless TCP/IP (WAP 2.0 Stack)
  • GIF, animated GIF, JPEG, WBMP, PNG
  • Dynamic HTML
  • DOM (Document Object Model)
  • ECMA Script (Java Script 1.5)
  • SSL v3.0/TLS 1.0 (with 128-bit encryption)
  • WAP 1.x legacy stack (option)
  • MMS Client (option)
  • Java: J2ME CLDC/MIDP (option)

A site line PPCW.Net would looks on NetFront v3.0 like this, using the proper style by supporting CSS:

What you can not see in this screenshot above are the animated GIFs, NetFront support! Very, very  impressive... I have to admit that wireless surfing makes even more fun using NetFront v3.0 than using the original PIE! And it's a real alternative to the ThunderHawk browser (see my review here).
Thanks to "Sam" for the reminder.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Helio Diamant on 12.08.02 - 00:00:00

Nice features, good viewing of the sites. But:

1. Fonts are small and ugly, I can hardly see something. Any ideas on how to change them?

2. I couldn't find how to download the Java and MMS support.

3. Since it is a piece of software of almost 2MB, they could at least provide a way to install it in the storage card.


Posted by Humphrey on 12.08.02 - 00:00:00

I agree about the small unreadable fonts! Also I was very excited about "tabbed" pages (as NetCaptor has) but could not figure out how to use that feature. I feel it shoyuld do this automatically since the PPC has a very small screen. I uninstalled it.

Posted by JuhaN on 13.08.02 - 00:00:00

I have to agree with earlier posts. Sites are quite unreadable on 480*360 and 640*480 landscape resolutions (even with the biggest fonts). Other features are completely amazing so I have to keep on testing.

Tabbed pages can be openet by tapping and holding a link. Then you choose open a new window or open IN a new window.

If they could add a "save HTML complete" function that saves pages with images in standard IE way, it would be almost perfect!! (Multi IE does this)


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