Fresco (web browser)

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ANT Fresco
Developer(s) ANT Software Limited
Initial release 1994; 22 years ago (1994)
Written in C
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Linux, many others
Available in Various languages
Type Web browser
License Proprietary
Website www.antplc.com

ANT Fresco was a proprietary, embedded web browser produced by ANT Software Limited, a software development firm headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Fresco was superseded by Galio in 2004.

As an embedded web browser, Fresco was quite attractive due to its low hardware requirements.[citation needed] One of the first mainstream devices that used the Fresco web browser was the Prismiq Media Player released in 2003, and which featured 64 MB of RAM and a RISC CPU. The Prismiq media player received awards from print publications Financial Times and PC Magazine along with the website CNET.[1] It supported HTML 4.01, JavaScript 1.3, optionally Macromedia Flash Player 5, SSL security, and anti-aliased fonts.[2] IPTV tuners is another market niche where ANT's Fresco web browser has been used. By late 2006, ANT announced that Pace Micro Technology shipped its one millionth TV set-top box including its Fresco web browser.[3]

The version of the Fresco browser as included in the Prismiq Media Player lacked support for AJAX and modern JavaScript. ANT addressed these shortcomings in ANT Galio, launched in 2004.[4]

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