Access Taking NetFront in a New Direction

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Access. Co., Ltd., the company that now controls the destiny of the Palm OS, has taken the wraps off the next version of its web browser.

With NetFront 3.4, this company is expanding the functionality of this application. It’s no longer just a web browser — with the help of plug-ins, it can also be used to view a wide variety of document types, like Adobe PDF, Office documents, Flash, and video.

Still A Browser

Despite these changes, NetFront is still a web browser at heart. A pretty advanced one, too.

The next version of this application will support Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) which is the core technology of the next generation Web application Web 2.0, the latest SMIL2.1 specification (W3C SMIL Mobile Profile and W3C SMIL extended Mobile Profile), and SVG Tiny 1.2.

It also offers Access’ proprietary technologies, like Rapid-Render, a incremental rendering technology that accelerates the presentation of Web pages.

In addition, it has Smart-Fit Rendering, which reformats Web pages to fit the screen width of mobile devices, thus eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling.

NetFront 3.4 will be available at the end of March.

It will be support a wide variety of mobile platforms, including Palm OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, and mobile handset environments like BREW.

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