-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- [Back] [Bottom] [Index] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Early FOXSCAPE Theme History ============================ By Michael Walden 2013-12-06 I first created what eventually became the FOXSCAPE theme when I extracted and edited the image resources contained in the "resdll.dll" from Netscape 4.76. This was achieved with, and the result of my becoming aware of, a program called Resource Hacker 3.0 by Angus Johnson on December 25th, 2000. See: http://AngusJ.com/resourcehacker Note: the address at that time was: http://www.users.on.net/johnson/resourcehacker I had always been dissatisfied with slight pixel color and icon alignment issues in the Netscape Navigator / Communicator toolbars. So, immediately after I downloaded Resource Hacker 3.0 using Netscape Communicator 4.76 I proceeded to extract the image resources from the files in my Netscape Communicator 4.76 installation folder. It wasn't long before I had located the target images and began working on the pixels contained therein. After much consideration and attention to detail, over several iterations, I reached a point where I felt things were the way they should have been from the original artists.
Figure 1: The above animation clearly shows the difference between my cleaned version of the images and the original version. Frame one is the original, frame two is my cleaned version. Note that the magenta (fuchsia) background color above is used as the transparent color and not shown on screen in Netscape. I repackaged my final revised images in the "resdll.dll" and felt satisfied with my work. My personal use Pixel Perfect Netscape Theme was born. It should be noted that at that point in time, skinnable or themeable applications were in their infancy. One of the first prominent skinnable applications available was Winamp 2.0 released on September 8th, 1998. Subsequently, other applications began to incorporate that capability. Prior to Winamp 2.0, people would skin applications using the resource editing method like I did with Netscape, or not at all. At that time in my history of internet use, I used to wait anxiously for any new internet related software and updates to software I already had. I pretty much got every version of Netscape as they came out. It was always exciting to see the new features and capabilities they provided. I migrated my Pixel Perfect Netscape Theme into each of the following four versions of Netscape, culminating with Netscape Communicator 4.8 on August 22nd, 2002. Amazingly, I continued to use Netscape Communicator 4.8 as my main browser up until November 12th, 2006, at which point I backed up my bookmarks.htm file and never looked back. At that point, the out of date Netscape Communicator 4.8 browser was simply unbearable to use with the web sites out in the wild. Netscape Communicator 4.8 would crash on at least one web page per each day of web surfing. Additionally, web pages that did not crash Netscape Communicator 4.8 would just render incorrectly, to the point of being unusable. Milestones in my browser history and FOXSCAPE theme creation ------------------------------------------------------------ 1998-09-08 Winamp 2.0 First release of Winamp with native skinning 2000-12-25 Resource Hacker 3.0 The day I discovered this program 2002-06-05 Mozilla Application Suite 1.0 Official version 1.0 released 2002-08-22 Netscape Communicator 4.8 Last Netscape Communicator released 2002-08-26 Mozilla Application Suite 1.1 Official version 1.1 released 2002-09-23 Phoenix 0.1 First official release of Phoenix 2003-05-17 Mozilla Firebird 0.6 First official release of Mozilla Firebird 2004-02-09 Mozilla Firefox 0.8 First official release of Mozilla Firefox 2004-06-15 Mozilla Firefox 0.9 Mozilla Update website containing "approved" themes and extensions opened 2004-11-09 Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Official version 1.0 released 2004-11-30 Perennial by ~digiboy The day I first discovered this Netscape style theme 2005-11-29 Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Official version 1.5 released 2006-02-01 Mozilla Firefox 126.96.36.199 Security and "reliability" improvements released 2006-02-07 N-Scape1 By lost The day I first discovered this Netscape style theme 2006-02-20 FOXSCAPE 1.50b1 My first unreleased theme for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 2006-03-19 FOXSCAPE 1.50b7 My last unreleased theme for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 2006-10-24 Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Official version 2.0 released 2006-11-12 Netscape Communicator 4.8 My last day using Netscape Communicator 4.8 2006-12-13 FOXSCAPE 2.00 First public release of FOXSCAPE As can be seen from the timeline above, on February 20th, 2006 I looked back to Netscape, and my personal use Pixel Perfect Netscape Theme, when I created my first FOXSCAPE theme for Mozilla Firefox 188.8.131.52. It was at that point that I had determined that Mozilla Firefox was nearly functional enough and stable enough to use as my primary web browser. After the release of Mozilla Firefox 2.0 on October, 24th, 2006, and after some testing, I found it to be suitable to use as my primary browser. On November 12th, 2006 I totally abandoned Netscape Communicator 4.8, and shortly thereafter decided to release FOXSCAPE 2.00 to the public. Lastly, note that FOXSCAPE 2.00 was submitted to the Mozilla web site, but was re-submitted and released as FOXSCAPE 2.01 due to a technical issue with the Mozilla web site.  Related web sites ----------------- A Visual Browser History, from Netscape 4 to Mozilla Firefox http://www.AndrewTurnbull.net/mozilla/history.html Netscape (web browser) - Release history http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Netscape_%28web_browser%29#Release_history History of Mozilla Application Suite http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Mozilla_Application_Suite History of Firefox http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Firefox Skin (computing) - Wikipedia http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_%28computing%29 Theme (computing) - Wikipedia http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Theme_%28computing%29 Winamp > Features - Skins - Wikipedia http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Winamp#Features Perennial by ~digiboy (Marcus Campbell) <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< GONE http://www.deviantART.com/deviation/10768290 http://digiboy.deviantART.com/art/Perennial-0-2-2-10768290 (Sadly, Perennial was removed from deviantART within a week of the release FOXSCAPE 3.02 on 2009-08-16) N-Scape1 By lost <http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/user/8878> <<<<< Replaced by Quondam <http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/user/lost> http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/1738 http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/n-scape1 Quondam by lost <http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/user/8878> <<<<<< Replaced by 4Scape http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/79781 http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/quondam 4Scape by lost <http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/user/8878> <<<<<< Replaced by N2Scape http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/295287 http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/4scape N2Scape by lost <http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/user/8878> http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/411166 http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/n2scape Orthodox for Firefox by kriukov <http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/user/38473> <http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/user/kriukov> http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/7912 http://AddOns.Mozilla.org/addon/orthodox-for-firefox Nick Kriukov's Website http://Auburn.edu/~nzk0001/sci/moztheme.htm -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- [Back] [Top] [Index] [Contact Michael Walden] [Validates as HTML 4.01 Transitional] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- [EOF]