MacWeb

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MacWeb
Developer(s) TradeWave
Initial release May 31, 1994 (1994-05-31)
Stable release 2.0 / 1996
Operating system Mac OS
Type Web Browser
License Freeware
Website N/A

MacWeb was an early Mac OS-only web browser for 68k and PowerPC Apple Macintosh computers, developed by TradeWave (formerly EINet) between 1994 and 1996.[1]

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.

Versions[edit]

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,[2] 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.

Features[edit]

MacWeb contained many useful features:

System requirements[edit]

MacWeb has the following system requirements:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f December, John; Randall, Neil (1994). World Wide Web Unleashed. Sams Publishing. p. 234ff. ISBN 0-672-30617-4. 
  2. ^ Eric Lease Morgan, "MacWeb", from "Teaching a New Dog Old Tricks" article on infomotions.com (September 26, 1995)
  3. ^ [1]

Further reading[edit]

  • December, John; Randall, Neil (1994). World Wide Web Unleashed. Sams Publishing. p. 234ff. ISBN 0-672-30617-4. 

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