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NCSA Mosaic for Microsoft Windows
Version 2.00 ALPHA 6
Mosaic is now much faster! We've cleaned up the code in several places to speed up the loading, parsing, and display of html documents. You should also notice fewer problems with memory swapping. We have tested running on a 386/33 with 4Mb of RAM and a 9Mb swap file. We do recommend keeping your cache size to 2 documents when running with only 4Mb of memory. All of you who have held on to the 16-bit version, may want to take a new look at the 32-bit version. 🙂
You'll also notice a new look to the screen layout. We've moved the document title to the title bar, and decreased the size of the mosaic icon, yielding more real estate for documents.
We've also added a built in "kiosk" mode. This mode is primarily intended for using Mosaic at unattended terminals, such as in libraries. See the readme file for information on invoking the "kiosk" mode.
We've added hyperlinks to the help menu to get you to our online documentation quickly. There are a few additions to the ini file for this. See the readme file for information on these new settings.
This latest release has focused on speed and memory issues. Our next release, alpha 7, will address many of the bugs which you have reported to us. The following bugs have been fixed in alpha 6:
The loading of local URLs should no longer produce DNS Lookup failures.
The loading of local images and sound files no longer deletes the file.
The loading of images now shows the transfer progress.