Frontier 7.0 is shipping for Windows, Macintosh, and Mac OS X
June 04, 2001
Frontier 7.0 is shipping for Windows, Macintosh, and Mac OS X. Current users
can upgrade via the Support site;
new versions are available at the UserLand
Here's the list of new features in Frontier 7.0.
New Features in Frontier 7
- Frontier for OS X, a Carbonized application, is UserLand's first Unix product.
It includes shell integration: you can call the command line from Frontier,
and call Frontier from the command line.
- Frontier's SOAP support has been extensively tested and revised to work
with other SOAP implementations.
- Manila's directories and slide shows features allow one to create and edit
Yahoo-like directories and Web presentations in an outliner.
- Manila supports a separate home page template that's different from the
main site template.
- A browser-based WYSIWYG editor has been added to Manila, making it easier
for HTML newbies to write for the Web.
- Manila discussion groups have two views, a topic view and a chronological
view. A rich set of templates allow one to greatly customize the look and feel
of a discussion group. Discussion group themes are also supported.
- Since many sites have grown quite large, Manila's Stories, Pictures, and
Admin pages use multiple screens to present lists.
- Manila provides referers and hits-by-hour statistics.
- A Managing Editor can delete members from a Manila site via the Admin page.
- To prevent lock-in, Manila sites can be exported to disk as XML via the
XML Files tool.
- Mixing browser editing with editing in Radio is now safe. A Managing Editor
can also disable the use of Radio on his or her site.
- The new Tools architecture makes it easier to write apps -- Web apps and
otherwise -- that run in Frontier.
- Right-click (or Ctrl-click) contextual menus are customizable by individuals
- The new OPML format is used internally by Manila. Frontier can open, edit,
and save OPML files created in Radio UserLand. op.xmlToOutline and op.outlineToXml
convert to and from outlines and OPML documents.
- The outliner understands basic HTML: links are displayed underlined in blue,
text between italics tags is in italics, bold text appears bold, underline text
- New string encoding and decoding verbs allow one to translate Mac, Windows,
UTF-8, UTF-16, and quoted-printable strings.
- New OS-specific features include verbs for reading and writing to the Windows
registry, manipulating the Windows status bar, and displaying and playing movies
and pictures on Macintosh.
- Bug fixes include a fix for Mac Web server "deafness" and lots of crashing
and display bugs fixed.