Questions About Netscape

The Questions
The Answers
What is Netscape?

Netscape is a network navigator that allows retrieval and viewing of world wide web multimedia documents. It is compatible with NCSA Mosaic and is designed to provide the next generation of performance and ease-of-use.

Among the features of Netscape are:

What type of computer/software do I need to use Netscape?

Netscape can operate on any of the following environments:

There should be at least 4MB of RAM, and at least a 14400-baud connection to the Internet.

Is it easy to configure Netscape?

Yes. Installing Netscape is very simple. While additional configuration is not required, personal options and preferences are easily managed by way of a simple graphical interface.

What makes Netscape better than NCSA Mosaic?

Netscape has been built specifically to provide superior performance.

The following are a few of the important enhancements:

How can I purchase a copy of the Netscape?

If you wish to purchase Netscape and associated support, you can order directly from Mosaic Communications Corporation. Call 1-800-NETSITE.

Does Netscape offer integrated e-mail and newsgroups?

You can use Netscape to browse and post to newsgroups. (To use news features, you must have access to an nntp news server.)

Netscape allows you to send Internet e-mail. You will continue to receive e-mail through your normal e-mail reader.

What type of modem do I need to use Netscape?

We recommend using a 14400 baud (or faster) modem. Netscape will also work with 9600 baud.

What type of Internet account/access do I need to use Netscape?

Your Internet access must include access to the many World Wide Web servers on the Internet. Talk to your Internet provider if you are unsure about your available access.

What other software do I need to use Netscape?

While not required to run, Netscape uses "Helper Applications" for displaying audio, video, and also for telnet and ftp. These applications are configured in your Preferences window. For help configuring this window, check out our documentation: Helper Applications

The Macintosh Beta version requires MacTCP.

The Window Beta version requires a winsock TCP/IP stack.

What external viewers exist and where do I get them?

On the Macintosh: JPEGView, SoundMachine, SoundApp, MacBinaryII+, Mactar, MacGzip, and Sparkle are all downloadable applications. There are several popular ftp sites for Macintosh applications, including and

On Windows: LVIEW31.EXE (for JPEG images), MPEGPLAY.EXE (for MPEG movies), and MPLAYER.EXE (for audio files) are all useful applications. The main site for this is, but that site is often difficult to reach. You can also try the mirror site on The files you want are:



Video for Windows (AVI)


Depending on the X platform that you are using, you will need to use different applications. We have a sample mailcap file for SGI that demonstrates a typical SGI configuration for helper applications.

All helper applications are configured through the Preferences window. For more information, check our documentation on Helper Applications.

Does Netscape support real-time, on the fly decoding of audio or video files?

Yes. The X Windows version of Netscape can download a file in two ways: wait until the entire file is there and then launch the external "viewer" or, launch the viewer and send data to the viewer as it arrives from the network.

For audio and video files this means that you can listen to them and watch them as they arrive from the Internet. So, if you have a program on your X platform that can accept streaming audio input, it can be used with Netscape to play audio directly off the network. Check out our sample mailcap for SGI to see how streaming audio is configured.

Can I access other relational databases using the Netscape browser?

We are not currently supporting this capability.

Why do my images come out with dots on them?

Netscape supports inline image support for GIF, JPEG and XBM. Netscape displays images using a "color cube" (enabling display of all images, regardless of the colors used). Colors in the image are replaced by colors in the color cube. Since version 1.0 always uses the color cube, images may look speckled.

You can turn off dithering in the Preferences dialog; however, JPEG images will always be dithered.

Is there a way to "import" hotlists from the NSCA Mosaic to Netscape bookmarks?

Yes! Netscape bookmarks come with an Import command that will read any HTML file containing links and turn those links into entries in the Bookmark list. Convert your current Hotlists to HTML and then use the Import command on the Bookmark window. (If you need help, check out our documentation on the Bookmarks Dialog)

If you are running NCSA Mosaic for X Window System, bring up your Hotlist dialog and choose Mail To. Mail the hotlist to yourself: it arrives in HTML form. Alternatively, for X Window System you could use the hl2html (that is "hotlist to html") utility to convert your hotlist to HTML.

If you're on NCSA Mosaic for Windows, use the HHConv that is a HyperCard stack that will take you through the steps to turn your hotlist into HTML.

How do I set the default window size on the X platform?

To set the default size of the window, use the command-line option
	-geometry =620x950+630+40
or the X resource
	Netscape.TopLevelShell.geometry: =620x950+630+40

Does Netscape support XPM images?

No, but future releases will.

How do I make a Mailcap file or a MIME file for the X version of Netscape?

We do have a sample mailcap for SGI.
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