FrameGang in Windows 95
|Initial release||April 6, 1996|
1.051 / April 1996
|Written in||Microsoft Visual Basic 4.0[a 1]|
|Operating system||Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, Windows 95|
FrameGang was an applet for developing HTML frames for Netscape released by Sausage Software in April 1996. The program featured a drag-and-drop interface that allowed users to define the number, size and position of the HTML frames without knowledge of HTML. It was one of the four "snaglets" along with Crosseye, Flash, and Clickette that were released by Sausage Software that month.
FrameGang is no longer for sale by Sausage Software.
FrameGang could handle multiple frames, allowed previewing and saving of the frames, and generated HTML code for the frames which could then be used in HotDog. FrameGang allowed for the development of frames without knowledge of html.[a 2] The program was also accompanied with help features and tutorials on building frames.
"FrameGang is an excellent way to create Netscape frames for HTML documents."— ZD Net Software Library, 13 May 1996.
"Some of us want to get down and dirty with HTML tags and some of us don't, and the lowest and dirtiest tags currently about would probably be those dealing with frames. To avoid the agony (or ecstasy if you enjoy this sort of thing), use FrameGang."— Australian Net Guide
It was also praised for its ease of use and in-depth tutorials on HTML frames.
The frame gang is used in the FrameGang Help file to represent different section graphically. The frame gang consists of 5 members: X, Gus, Vin, Joe, Stan. Several members also had a slogan. [a 3]
- Gus-Represents "advanced information". Slogan: I'm Gus...look at me when I'm talkin!
- Vin- Shown in the splash screen, and used in the icon.
- Joe - Represents the "basic information" about FrameGang. Slogan: I'm Joe...whadda you lookin at!
- Stan- Represents "more answers". Slogan: Hello I'm Stan!
When creating new frames, a member of the frame gang would initially fill up that frame.
FrameGang was a 32-bit application written for Windows 95 released in April 1996. Fourthnet, the European distributor for HotDog, began marketing all of Sausage Software's snaglets including FrameGang in June 1996. A 16-bit version for Windows 3.1 was released on December 17, 1996 along with 16-bit versions of Dummy, Gatling, and Bandwidth Buster. The 32-bit edition originally sold for US$50/A$70, but the price was later reduced to US$25/£25 on May 22, 1996.[a 4]
FrameGang was also available at tucows.
The editions came with a 14-day evaluation period.
The following dll's are required to run FrameGang:
- OLEPRO32.DLL (dated September 29, 1995 or newer)
- OLEAUT32.DLL (dated October 6, 1995 or newer)
- MFC40.DLL (dated October 6, 1995 or newer)
- IBM-Compatible PC
- Processor: 80486 DX 33 or better
- Operating System: Windows 3.1 / 3.11 / 95/ Windows NT 3.51/Windows NT Server 3.51
- Ram: 8MB minimum, 16MB recommended
- Computer mouse
- FrameGang requires "VB40032.DLL" to run. Vb40032.dll is the run-time engine used by applications developed in Microsoft Visual Basic version 4.0 32-bit. See Vb4Run.exe Run-Time .dlls for Visual Basic 4.0 Apps at Microsoft for more information.
- In the FrameGang "fghelp" file in version 1a, it states "FrameGang shields you from having to know about frame HTML syntax." under the 'Jargon Buster' section.
- In the FrameGang "fghelp" file in version 1a, it uses the various FrameGang members throughout the help file.
- In the FrameGang "fghelp" file in version 1a, it lists the price for FrameGang as US$50 and A$70 under the 'I want to order...pronto!' section.
- In the FrameGang "fghelp" file "FrameGang Help V1.41" , it list system requirements under 'Frequently Asked Questions' under question "What’s the minimum system configuration I can use?"
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