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Old 12-11-2003, 04:00 AM
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Default ACCESS Announces Availability of NetFront v3.1 Browser for Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC

http://www.netfront.no/2003-12-08_press.400.0.html

"Access, a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies, announced today that its NetFront v3.1 browser software for Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 2003 for Pocket PC will be available this month from popular download sites Handango.com and PocketGear.com. Also available will be versions to support Pocket PC 2002, including support for Pocket PC Phone Edition and for the original Pocket PC operating system, as well as free trial versions and distinct versions with Java™ support. Limited time discounts are available for all of the newly available versions of NetFront.

"Windows Mobile is growing fast, and we’re happy to complement its increasing popularity by releasing a Windows Mobile version of our NetFront browser," said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. "We’ve built special capabilities into NetFront for Windows Mobile, such as Smart-Fit Rendering™ and multi-window browsing, to give users a better mobile Internet browsing experience than is currently available on their platform."

NetFront certainly seems like a capable browser, but I have yet to try it. Since it's competing with the free Pocket Internet Explorer, it would have to be quite a bit better to be worth $25 USD. What's the verdict? Anyone here tried it? If so, what did you think?
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Old 12-11-2003, 04:17 AM
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You forgot what it seems a really good part...

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For a limited time, users can download NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC from Handango (www.handango.com) and PocketGear.com (www.pocketgear.com), LLC at steeply discounted prices. Users can also download time-limited trial versions for Pocket PC 2003 and Pocket PC 2002.
Looks like the version with JV-Lite2 s going to be on sale for $19.80 and the plain version (no JV-Lite2) for $16.80. That's a really good price for this great browser.
 
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Old 12-11-2003, 04:48 AM
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The reason I like it is because it can open up to five browser windows while only using 1 process. Critical because of the XDA II hitting the 32 process limit sometimes..

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Old 12-11-2003, 04:56 AM
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umm well it seems that handango and pocketgear seem to have the old version....wonder where I can get the new one.

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Old 12-11-2003, 05:00 AM
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umm well it seems that handango and pocketgear seem to have the old version....wonder where I can get the new one.

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Right now, nowhere.

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NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC

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Old 12-11-2003, 05:08 AM
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Eitel,

You don't expect me to really read a press release do you?

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Old 12-11-2003, 05:13 AM
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It's SO cheesy when companies send out press releases on software before it's available for download. Sheesh. :roll:
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Old 12-11-2003, 05:30 AM
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It's SO cheesy when companies send out press releases on software before it's available for download. Sheesh. :roll:
I suppose its a pathetic attempt to drum up interest before christmas. They must have missed the ball in trying to get it ready before christmas and the release date indicates its going to be one rushed out product with some bugs in it.

BTW anyone know if it supports landscape mode? Coz without that its not worth the money IMHO. PIE in WM 2003 is quite okay for browsing really considering that so many sites are coded specifically to look good on IE. BTW they do not mention whats so different about the SmartFit feature compared to PIE's Fit to Screen (which is not perfect but livable in VGA mode). They also seem to boast ActiveX support. Huh? Who in the world makes ActiveX controls for ARM CPUs (other than limited support by MS itself)? ActiveX is native code so almost all of it is for x86 CPUs. Some of the other things it has are nice like multiple windows and drag scroll etc but none of them are killer features. Perhaps when they wrote it they weren't aware that someone would hack the e805 VGA support and allow PIE to be a viable browser. They perhaps banked on being the only VGA mode browser for e805. As of now I don't really see anything ground breaking about this product quite frankly, but I'm willing to be proven wrong after trying it.
 
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Old 12-11-2003, 06:59 AM
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It's SO cheesy when companies send out press releases on software before it's available for download. Sheesh. :roll:
I suppose its a pathetic attempt to drum up interest before christmas. They must have missed the ball in trying to get it ready before christmas and the release date indicates its going to be one rushed out product with some bugs in it.

BTW anyone know if it supports landscape mode? Coz without that its not worth the money IMHO. PIE in WM 2003 is quite okay for browsing really considering that so many sites are coded specifically to look good on IE. BTW they do not mention whats so different about the SmartFit feature compared to PIE's Fit to Screen (which is not perfect but livable in VGA mode). They also seem to boast ActiveX support. Huh? Who in the world makes ActiveX controls for ARM CPUs (other than limited support by MS itself)? ActiveX is native code so almost all of it is for x86 CPUs. Some of the other things it has are nice like multiple windows and drag scroll etc but none of them are killer features. Perhaps when they wrote it they weren't aware that someone would hack the e805 VGA support and allow PIE to be a viable browser. They perhaps banked on being the only VGA mode browser for e805. As of now I don't really see anything ground breaking about this product quite frankly, but I'm willing to be proven wrong after trying it.
Not everyone owns a VGA pocket PC. :mrgreen: The Smart fit feature is intended to allow QVGA pocket PC users to view the page without having to side scroll for every line of text.
 
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Old 12-11-2003, 07:21 AM
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PiePlus works well also. When you go to pages like CNN.com you can read everything on the screen without side scrolling. Also works well for forum pages.
 
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