NetPositive 3.0d3 was released on March 29, 1999.
This page describes and offers for download a development version of NetPositive, the web browser included with the BeOS. The major features of this version of NetPositive are:
Much more detail about what is new in NetPositive 3.0 is in the Release Notes file included with the application. Be sure to read it, it's quite interesting and useful.
As you can see, there's interesting stuff and omissions in this new version. You will want to keep your old version of NetPositive on your system, for use when this version does not suit your needs. You can download the latest supported version of NetPositive from BeDepot.com:
IMPORTANT NOTE: This software is considered to be a development release. This means it is very early in the development process, before beta, before alpha. It is virtually guaranteed to have problems, some of them of the fatal variety. Proceed at your own risk.
Who Can Use NetPositive 3.0d3
Anyone running the BeOS Release 4 can download and install this application.
This update is for the BeOS Release 4 running on the Intel Architecture and PowerPC platforms.
IMPORTANT NOTE: NetPositive 3.0d3 requires BeOS Release 4; you cannot use it on any previous version of the BeOS.
Getting and Installing NetPositive 3.0d3
Downloading and installing NetPositive 3.0d3 is very simple. Please read the below instructions completely before beginning, however, so that you are certain to follow the correct installation procedure.
The software is provided in a cross-platform SoftwareValet package. Installing is as simple as double-clicking the package and then clicking the Begin button. There is some housekeeping you might want to do afterwards, though, so read the instructions completely.
Older NetPositive 3.0d Versions Will Be Deleted
The NetPositive 3.0d3 installer automatically removes previous NetPositive 3.0x versions to prevent clutter. If you would like to save off a copy of the previous 3.0x release in case the new version doesn't work out for you, do so before running the installer.
Dragging the application out of the
Launching the Right Application
The NetPositive 3.0d3 installer does not delete your copy of NetPositive 2.x when it installs NetPositive 3.0d3. This means that you will have a supported, stable web browser you can use. It also means that you have two versions of NetPositive on your system, which may lead to unexpected results.
Specifically, if you double-click an HTML file when no web browser is running, the Tracker will most likely launch the old version of NetPositive. If you want to use the new version, you'll need to launch it manually first.
This happens because the Tracker caches MIME information, and the old MIME information says that text/html files should be opened with the application at a specific location. You can set the Tracker's default behavior to launching the new version of NetPositive by changing the information in this cache. Here's how:
Another housekeeping issue is that the new NetPositive does not play QuickTime moves, unlike older versions of NetPositive. Movie support was removed in anticipation of a movie player application which makes use of the Media Kit. This application will ship before NetPositive 3.0 becomes final, but it isn't ready yet. So you'll want to keep the old NetPositive on your system, so you can play movies.
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