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August 17th, 2004
Netscape 7.2 released!
Netscape has just released "Netscape 7.2".
It is an upgrade of the Netscape 6/7 product family.
7.2 is a feature release.
Along with containing many bug fixes and security updates, 7.2 also contains many new features and options.
It is based on the Mozilla 1.7.2 code.
What's New in 7.2:
- AOL Art
- Canadian region pack
- JRE 1.4.1_02
- Macromedia Flash Player 7
- McAfee Clinic Activator
- Tabs are now replaced when a bookmark group is loaded.
This can be changed to the old "append" behavior in the Tabbed browsing preferences.
- Back and Forward navigation for tabbed browsing and bookmark groups has been improved.
Users can now use the back button after loading a bookmark group to restore the previous set of tabs.
- Closing a window with multiple tabs now prompts the user with a confirmation dialog (which can be disabled for future close operations).
- Netscape's view source now displays line and column numbers in the status bar.
- A quicksearch filter has been implemented for about:config.
- Gecko now supports setting color for <HR>.
- The '::' notation for CSS pseudo-elements is now supported.
The old ':' notation is still supported only for pseudo-elements in CSS2 (:first-line, :first-letter, :before, :after) and the various :-moz-tree-* pseudo-elements.
- Unstyled XML display has been improved.
- A common problem collapsing the URL bar popup on Windows has been fixed.
- The Gecko rendering engine has received a lot of attention, leading to improvements in standards compliance and faster page load times than ever before.
- Netscape includes a new cross-platform NTLM authentication mechanism.
This feature brings NTLM authentication to the non-Windows Netscape users for the first time and also delivers more robust and featureful NTLM support to users of older Windows versions.
- The View Source window now has reload functionality.
- One step closer to the kitchen sink, about:about has been implemented.
Typing about:about in the address field will give the user a nice list of available about:s.
- The opacity implementation was completely revamped to properly change the opacity of all descendants as a group.
- CSS inheritance has been updated to work per CSS2.1 (computed values are inherited).
[Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Scripts & Plugins]
- A long-standing bug with CSS backgrounds on table elements has been fixed (standards mode only).
- Support for Kerberos HTTP authentication using GSSAPI (benefits Unix-like platforms including Linux and OS X).
- Support for smb:// URLs using the gnome-vfs library (only enabled in GTK2+XFT Linux builds).
- Support for server push of XML documents using multipart/x-mixed-replace and XMLHttpRequest.
- Liveconnect now works when a Java applet's codebase is in a different domain.
- Very wide images (more than 4095px) will now display on Mac.
- Support for the CSS3 opacity property.
- Netscape adds support for the onbeforeunload event.
This lets web application developers add code that alerts the user about potential data-loss when closing a web application, or when leaving a HTML page with potentially sensitive information.
- Netscape handles dynamic style changes much better
- Netscape has upgraded the NSS libraries to version 3.9.
- The "Set as wallpaper" feature now has a confirmation dialog.
- Linux GTK2 builds have improved support for OS themes.
- Cookie dialogs have been reworked to make them more usable.
- Date handling, especially on OS X, has been improved.
- It is now possible to fine-tune Netscape's pop-up blocking using two preferences (dom.popup_maximum and dom.popup_allowed_events) but there's no UI for that yet.
Even without a UI, users should notice a greater variety of pop-ups blocked (primarily mouseover pop-ups) and a limit of 20 or so open at one time, regardless of whether pop-up blocking is active which provides some protection from sites that open hundreds of windows in a loop.
- Downloaded files are now moved to the target directory as soon as the user selects the desired location.
- There is now user interface to activate Smooth Scrolling [Edit -> Preferences -> Appearance).
- Netscape now supports basic FTP uploading.
Mail & Newsgroups
- Users can add header lines to every message sent out via a certain identity.
Read the Mailnews FAQ to learn how.
- A common application hang with SSL-encrypted SMTP connections has been fixed.
- Printing of the attachments list is now supported.
- Users can now mark message as read by date.
- An option to separate the Recipient and Sender columns in the thread pane, has been implemented.
- A preference for placing the user's signature above the quoted text, has been added.
- "Remove from server after x days" has been implemented for POP3 mail accounts.
- vCard support has been added to Netscape Mail.
- Many improvements to Palm Sync.
- IMAP IDLE support has been added.
- Support for "MSN Authentication" and Secure Password Authentication using SSPI NTLM auth for SMTP and POP3.
- A new preference to "always use the default character encoding for replies" rather than using the encoding of the message being replied to.
- Improvements to performance of downloading, viewing, and saving mail messages.
- This is the first Netscape release with support for multiple identities on the same mail account.
See the Mailnews FAQ for more details.
- With Netscape , you can now edit address lists containing "Last, First" style names.
- When composing mail, you can now use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the To/CC/Bcc list.
- On Mac OS X, attachment file names are no longer displayed in decomposed Unicode but are converted to composed Unicode.
- All Netscape LDAP queries now default to using LDAPv3 (previously, they used LDAPv2).
There is a hidden .protocolVersion preference which can force LDAP v2 to be used on a per-server basis.
LDAP autoconfig authors can force v2 also by adding a setProtocolVersion call to their JS.
- The spell checker no longer checks the quoted text when composing in HTML.
- Better resizing for images, tables, and absolutely positioned objects.
- Support for absolutely positioned objects, movable on the canvas using the mouse.
- Support for z-index management.
- "Snap to grid" when moving an absolutely positioned object.
- Source View now uses an editor instead of a simple textarea (allows find and replace).
- Numerous fixes in caret management, inline styles handling, and CSS styles handling.
- Some Windows GDI problems in Netscape have been resolved.
- Netscape has improved performance, stability, standards support and Web compatibility.
- Several security-related bugs were fixed
- Many crash bugs have been fixed.
- First Netscape release with support for relative paths for mail folders in prefs.js.
This makes it easier to copy profiles around without having to fix up prefs.js afterwards.
- Password Manager has a "show passwords" mode which will display saved passwords.
You will need to enter your master password if you are using one.
- Users experiencing a very long delay restoring Netscape after it has been minimized for several hours (Windows machines only), may find relief by setting the config.trim_on_minimize preference to false.
- "Get new themes" has been removed; and the theme park has been discontinued.
It is still possible to use third party themes.