|Initial release||May 31, 1994|
|Stable release||2.0 / 1996|
|Operating system||Mac OS|
MacWeb's major attraction was its ability to run well on low-end hardware footprints as well as fast (but simple) page display. This compactness led to MacWeb's inclusion on many "Internet starter kit" floppy disks that were popular at the time. TradeWave also developed a similar Microsoft Windows browser named WinWeb. However, they were eclipsed by more full-featured competitors such as Netscape Navigator, and development was eventually abandoned.
The first public release was 0.98-alpha on May 31, 1994, and the final official release was version 2.0 in 1996. An unofficial patch "2.0c" was released by Antoine Hébert in 1998 to correct a problem on old machines not supporting color QuickDraw.
Although one author in 1995 called MacWeb the second web browser released for the Macintosh, this is not quite true. The text-only MacWWW browser became available in 1992, with the graphical Mosaic released for the Mac the next year.
MacWeb contained many useful features:
- support for HTML forms
- bookmarks with import tool for Mosaic's bookmarks
- a HTML viewer
- tag style customization similar to Cascading style sheets
MacWeb has the following system requirements:
- December, John; Randall, Neil (1994). World Wide Web Unleashed. Sams Publishing. p. 234ff. ISBN 0-672-30617-4.
- MacWeb archive on evolt.org
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