This Release Notes is taken from http://browser.netscape.com/releasenotes/ (13th July 2007).
These release notes cover what’s new and download and installation instructions.
What’s New in Netscape Navigator 9
- Visual Refresh
- Netscape Navigator 9's theme has been updated to save screen-space and leave more room for the websites you visit.
- URL Correction
- Navigator 9 will automatically correct common typos in URLs. For example, if you accidentally type googlecom, Navigator will fix it be to google.com. The browser will watch for nearly 30 different types of common mistakes and correct them for you (asking you to confirm, if you choose to enable confirmation).
- News Menu and Sidebar
- The latest news is built right into the browser, under the News menu. Provided by Netscape.com, you can customize the menu to only contain the news sections you want to monitor. You can also open the News sidebar to always keep an eye on what's happening.
- Link Pad
- The Link Pad is a new sidebar feature that allows you to save links/URLs that you want to visit later without cluttering your bookmarks. Just drag a link over the Link Pad status bar icon and drop it to save it in the Link Pad. By default, clicking on an item in the Link Pad will open it in the browser and remove it from the list, saving you the step of deleting it.
- News Tracker
- The Netscape Tracker sidebar lets you monitor breaking news as it happens, via Netscape.com.
- In-browser voting
- Share your opinions with the world! The icons in the Navigator address bar let you share interesting stories you find and vote on stories shared by others.
- Extension Compatibility
- Navigator 9 shares an architecture with the latest Mozilla technologies; as such, Navigator 9 will let you install extensions that are compatible with Firefox ® 2.
- Sidebar Mini Browser
- You've always been able to have bookmarks open in the sidebar, but we've improved this functionality and extended it to all links, not just bookmarks. Additionally, we've added a navigation toolbar to the sidebar for even easier split-screened browsing. Just right-click on a link and select "Open Link in Sidebar" to get started!
- Restart Netcape
- A smalll but oft-requested feature: you can now restart Navigator (and keep your current tabs intact) by selecting "Restart Navigator" from the File menu.
- Resizeable Textarea
- Drag the bottom-right corners of text fields in forms to add more typing space.
- Tab History
- Opening a link in a new tab will give the new tab the same history as the source tab for a more seamless tabbed browsing experience.
- OPML Support
- Netscape Navigator supports importing and exporting your bookmarks in OPML, a popular format for sharing lists of newsfeeds.
- By popular demand, the Netscape 7-style throbber is back. Click on it any time to visit Netscape.com.
- Combined Stop/Reload button
- To save space in your toolbar, we've combined the stop and reload buttons. Because you never need both at the same time, the toolbar will only show the relevant half of the pair.
- Friends' Activity Sidebar
- If you are a member at Netscape.com, you can keep tabs on what your friends find interesting. This sidebar lets you view your friends latest votes, comments, and story submissions.
- Sitemail Notification
- This icon will sport an exclamation point when you have new Netscape.com sitemail messages waiting for you.
Downloading and Installing
Before installing, make sure your computer meets the system requirements.
Downloading Navigator 9
We provide Navigator 9 for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. You can get the latest version of the browser on the downloads page. For older versions, see the Netscape browser archive.
Installing Navigator 9
To install Navigator on Windows, double-click on the installer that you downloaded from the downloads page. The installer will walk you through the rest of the installation.
Mac OS X
To install Navigator on Mac OS X, open the DMG file that you downloaded for the downloads page and drag the Navigator application to your Applications folder.
To install Navigator on Linux, extract the archive you downloaded and run ./netscape/navigator from a terminal. (This will execute the browser; there are no formal installation instructions available for Linux.)
Removing Navigator 9
You can remove Navigator 9 through the Control Panel in the Start Menu on Windows, by removing the Navigator application on OS X, or by removing the navigator folder on Linux.
Removing Navigator 9 won't remove your bookmarks, web browsing history, extensions or other add-ons. This data is stored in your profile folder, which is located in one of the following locations depending on your operating system:
|Windows 2000, XP||Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application Data\Netscape\Navigator\
|Windows NT||WINNT\Profiles\<UserName>\Application Data\Netscape\Navigator\
|Windows 98, ME||Windows\Application Data\Netscape\Navigator\
|Mac OS X||~/Library/Application Support/Navigator/
|Linux and Unix systems||~/.netscape/navigator/