Fresco (web browser)

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ANT Fresco
Developer(s)ANT Software Limited
Initial release1994; 26 years ago (1994)
Written inC
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Linux, many others
Available inVarious languages
TypeWeb browser

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 Fresco was superseded by Galio in 2004.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]


  1. ^ ANT Fresco Browser Provides User Interface for PRISMIQ MediaPlayer
  2. ^ " ANT Fresco Browser". Archived from the original on March 25, 2009.
  3. ^ ANT Announces One Millionth Pace Set-Top Box Shipped with ANT Fresco
  4. ^ "ANT brings tomorrow's user interface to today's digital TV". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2009-06-26.

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