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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

1. Why should I use the Browse3D Browser?

2. Why is Browse3D a better method?

3. Why Change to Browse3D now?

4. What software do I need to run the Browse3D Browser?

5. What about hardware requirements?

6. Do I need fast Internet access to run Browse3D?

7. Can I use any search engine site with Browse3D?

8. What is the difference between forward crawling on and off?

9. How does "user-selectable links" work?

10. Can I save Web pages with Browse3D?

11. May I save multiple pages?

12. How do I keep track of my sticky pages?

13. May I make the page on the center wall sticky?

14. May I save pages longer than my browsing session?

15. What is a "static" save?

16. What is an "active" save?

17. May I send "active" and "static" files to other Browse3D users?

18. If I have questions that aren’t answered here, where do I go?


1. Why should I use the Browse3D Browser? Browse3D offers a better and more efficient way to find, organize, save and exchange Web based information. Basic methods of browsing the Internet haven’t changed in approximately six years. Currently, Internet users browse Web sites by viewing only one page at a time. When a person clicks on a link (typically blue text on a page), the new page overlays or replaces the current page. When either the content of the new page is not what the person expected, or the information has no value, the person must click the back button to return to the previous page. This method of flopping back and forth between pages, one page at a time, is not an efficient means of finding information. Browse3D changes all this.

2. Why is Browse3D a better method? Browse3D uses a three-walled room design to display your current web page on the center wall, thumbnail images of forward links from that page on the right wall, and a graphical history (thumbnail images) of your browsing session on the left wall. In one scene on your standard monitor, you can see where you are, where you can go next, and where you’ve been. See our Product web page for more information and screen shots.

3.Why Change to Browse3D now? Current browser methods were developed when most people were dialing into the Internet on a 12k modem. Today, Internet connection speeds and advancements in computer hardware and software allow for a more graphical method of browsing the Internet - the Browse3D Browser.

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4. What software do I need to run the Browse3D Browser? Browse3D was developed for users of Microsoft software. You must have a Microsoft operating system, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher and Microsoft DirectX 7.0 or higher.*

5. What about hardware requirements? We recommend at least 128MB of RAM and at least 4MB of video RAM (VRAM), 8MB or more is preferred. As with any graphics intensive application, more is better.

6. Do I need fast Internet access to run Browse3D? No. A broadband Internet connection with Browse3D is very nice. However, you may run Browse3D on any dial up connection. As a matter of fact, Browse3D offers many advantages for a modem user. See the FAQ describing "user selectable links" below.

7. Can I use any search engine site with Browse3D? Yes, and this is an excellent use for Browse3D. Go to your favorite search engine site and, when the results of your search are listed on the center wall, you will see the actual pages of the results on the right wall. No more BACK button.

8. What is the difference between forward crawling on and off? Forward crawling is the term we use for "crawling" the web and displaying thumbnail page images of the hyperlinks from the page in the center wall. These links are displayed on the right wall. When forward crawling is on, Browse3D automatically crawls every link on the center-wall page. When forward crawling is off, none of the links from the center-wall page are crawled automatically. However, when forward crawling is off, you still have the ability to select individual links from the center-wall page that you want to see on the right wall. We call this feature "user-selectable links" and it is very powerful.

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9. How does "user-selectable links" work? Use your cursor to point to a link on the center wall page. Then, while holding the control key down, use your right mouse button (right-click) on the link. Or, right click on the link and select "crawl this link" from the menu. Browse3D will crawl the web, bring back a thumbnail page image of that link, and display that page on the right wall. Then when the page is displayed, you can review it on the right wall or select it to become your active center wall page with no waiting. This is the most efficient and effective way to browse the Web.

10. Can I save Web pages with Browse3D? Yes. Our process for saving pages is called, making the pages "sticky" on the wall. While viewing the right wall, you may make any page sticky. To make a page sticky, simply place your cursor on the page image and right-click. A short menu will appear. Select "make sticky" and the page is saved for the term of your browsing session.

11. May I save multiple pages? Yes, in the evaluation version of Browse3D, you may make 5 pages sticky. In the full version of Browse3D you may save as many pages as you want.

12. How do I keep track of my sticky pages? Sticky pages are marked with a red boarder and are saved on the sticky wall until you decide to remove them. To view the sticky wall, click on the orange wall-flip button on the Browse3D menu bar. To return to the forward crawl wall, click on the orange wall-flip button again.

13. May I make the page on the center wall sticky? Yes, from the Browse3D menu bar, select tools, center wall, make sticky and the center wall page will be saved to your sticky wall.

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14. May I save pages longer than my browsing session? Yes, you may want to save a collection of sticky pages as a file and recall that file whenever you want. To save a collection of sticky pages, go to the file menu and select save scene as "active" or "static".

15. What is a "static" save? A static save, saves the contents of each Web page as they were when you made the pages sticky. Therefore, when you recall that file at a later date, the content on the pages is the same as when you saved them. This is important when you are researching information that may change from day to day like news sites.

16. What is an "active" save? An active save, saves the URLs for the sticky pages and refreshes the content of those page when you open the file.

17. May I send "active" and "static" files to other Browse3D users? Yes, you may attach an active or static file to an e-mail message the same way you attach other files to e-mail messages. The active files are quite small and the static files may be quite large, even though these files are compacted before they are saved, since the contents of the entire page, including the graphics, are saved.

18. If I have questions that aren’t answered here, where do I go? There is a help file included with the software. Simply click the Help item on the Browse3D menu bar. For more specific questions, we offer technical support via e-mail on this web site. Select the Support page to see if your question is answered there and then follow the directions on that page to fill out a support e-mail request if required.

* Microsoft, Internet Explorer, and DirectX are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation

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Why Use Browse3D? Browse3D is excellent when using sites with lists like Google or eBay.  Just hold down the Ctrl key and click on as many links as you'd like.  Those Web pages are loaded to the Browse3D right wall for immediate access while you continue to have full use of the center wall Web page.  Browse3D also blocks annoying pop-ups and provides a complete visual history of where you've been on the left wall.

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