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AOLpress on Windows 2000

AOLpress was an HTML editor available from AOL. It was originally developed as NaviPress by the company NaviSoft before being bought by AOL. It was discontinued in 2000. However, the last version (2.0) may still be found on some websites for downloading. AOLpress was rather strict about enforcing legal HTML which did not conform to the HTML 3.2 standard and specifications. When saving edited pages which were created outside of AOLpress, code that did not comply may have been changed to do so. Today, the HTML code used is very outdated and may not display more recent websites. It does not support PNG, and this limits its support on many websites where the new PNG format has been adopted.


In February 1994, NaviSoft Inc. released Navipress, which was a web browser with an integrated HTML editor. Navisoft was very similar to the first web browser (created by TIm Berners-Lee), WorldWideWeb,[1] for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows.[2] According to Berners-Lee, "Navipress was a true browser and editor, which produced clean HTML." [3]

In late 1995, AOL acquired NaviSoft,[4] and the package was retitled as "GNNPress" and later "AOLpress" and made available for downloading on AOL's Global Network Navigator website.[5]

In Weaving the Web, Berners-Lee attributes the death of AOLpress to the release of Netscape Navigator 2.0 in 1996. AOL's Steve Case reached an agreement with Bill Gates so that AOL users could use a version of the Explorer browser, which did not have HTML editing functionality. This agreement led to the decline of AOLpress. According to Berners-Lee AOLpress was, at the time, "one of the few commercial browsers that provided simple online editing." [6]

In 1998, AOLpress made PC Magazine's "Best Products of the Year" issue. The editors describe it as "the only program that combines WYSIWYG Web page editing, HTML source code editing, Web site management, and Web browsing in a single interface." The article goes on to say that AOLpress "isn't simply an editor that looks like a browser. It is a browser."[7]

System requirements[edit]

AOLpress 2.0 requires 8 megabytes of RAM with more recommended, a display capable of at least 256 colors, a 386 CPU, 8 megabytes of free disk space, and either Windows NT or Windows 95 operating system. Although the installer is 16-bit and will not work under 64-bit Windows to install the software, AOLpress is capable of launching even under Windows 8, though it crashes within a short time after starting.


  1. ^ Berners-Lee, Tim (August 1996). "The World Wide Web: Past, Present and Future". World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Stewart, Bill. "Web Browser History". Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Berners-Lee, Tim (2000). Weaving the Web. New York, NY: Harper Collins. p. 81. ISBN 0-06-251587-X. 
  4. ^ Jang, Michael; Arman, Danesh (2006). Mastering Linux. John Wiley & Sons. p. 714. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "GNN Downloads". 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Berners-Lee, Tim (2000). Weaving the Web. New York, NY: Harper Collins. p. 112. ISBN 0-06-251587-X. 
  7. ^ "AOLpress: The Price Is Right". PC Magazine: 81. January 6, 1998. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 

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