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Gmail as the Netscape alternative mail client

Are you a Gmail user?

Are you frustrated with the 'Mickey Mouse' mail client in Netscape?

Gmail can now be used as the alternative mail system for Netscape. This allows you to directly call Gmail for all Netscape e-mail functions.

Instead of starting up the Netscape e-mail client your Netscape will magically bring up the Gmail you know and love; with your Gmail address directory available and all the other features of the Gmail user interface from the 'create message' dialog box. Your messages sent from Netscape will be logged in your Gmail 'mail_out', and if you ask for a delivery report or receipt notification, and by some miracle the recipient has Gmail or some other top-of-the-line e-mail system that knows how to do these things, then the acknowledgements will come back to your Gmail client, and be correlated with your copy of the message you sent.

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Netscape to Gmail DLL

A preview of the Gmail 5.1 functionality that allows Netscape to become Gmail aware is available as a free-standing utility, compatible with Gmail 5.0.1.

This new functionality is a standard part of the next release of Gmail (then in the options menu) and allows you to:

  • Use the Netscape 'Mailbox' icon to start Gmail Just click on the icon at the bottom right of the Netscape window.
  • Use any WWW 'mailto' URL to send a Gmail message Just click on an e-mail address in a WEB page and the Gmail Create Message dialogue box will appear with the specified e-mail address in the To: list.
  • Use the Netscape 'send page' function Just click on the right mouse button or go into the File menu, and select the 'Send Page' option and the Gmail Create Message dialogue box will appear with the current WEB page in text format included as the message body.
  • Use the Netscape Address Book lookup Just select Edit/Search Directory, select the Directory to search e.g. whowhere, and enter your search criteria. Mark the addresses you want (click, shift click or control click techniques) then click 'Compose message' to get the Gmail Create Message dialog box with the selected addresses already initialized.
Supported Nescape versions

Only versions 4.x of Netscape are supported. Both 32-bit and 16- bit versions of Netscape 4.03 have been tested. The small setup program supplied with the DLL verifies the validity of the version, and installs or deinstalls Gmail as the Netscape alternative mail client.

Installing the DLL

You can pick-up the self-extracting files:

GNS16.EXE
GNS32.EXE

GNS32.EXE is for use with 32-bit versions of Gmail and Netscape, it self-extracts to 2 files, GNSAPI32.DLL and GNSSETUP.EXE. Extract or copy the files to the 5.0.1 gmail\bin32 directory.

GNS16.EXE is for use with 16-bit versions of Gmail and Netscape, it self-extracts to 2 files, GNSAPI16.DLL and GNSSETUP.EXE. Extract or copy the files to the 5.0.1 gmail\bin directory

To install, STOP NETSCAPE! then execute the GNSSETUP program: gnssetup.exe

and to deinstall, STOP NETSCAPE! then:

gnssetup.exe -u

This 5.1 preview version of the DLL can co-exist with the current Gmail 5.0 production version.

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