updated 08:20 pm EDT, Thu April 12, 2001
AOL today released the first beta of AOL 5 for MacOS X to internal beta testers, according to several readers.
In an email to testers, the company announced the latest version uses an OS X-only installer, application sensitivity to correct time/day settings, lack of support of USB and serial modems, and little support for tunneling.
The AOL Mac Beta Team is proud to announce that the much anticipated AOL for
Mac OS X Beta software is now available for downloading from the new AOL for
Mac OS X Beta area. This new area is accessible from Keyword Beta.
Please be aware that in order to use this software, you must have the final
release version of Mac OS X (4K78). Be sure to check the System Requirements
posted in the AOL for Mac OS X Beta area for more information.
As always, please check the Known Issues before filing bug reports.
Thanks for testing, and enjoy this exciting, new software!
AOL Mac Beta Team
1. Installer must be launched from within Mac OS X. It does not run under OS
8.x/9.x. Your "classic" AOL software may attempt to run the new installer
immediately after download is complete. If you are running "classic" AOL
software under Mac OS X (under the "Classic Environment"), the installer
should force the old AOL (and the Classic Environment) to quid during
install. If you are using "classic" AOL software in a true OS 8.x/9.x
environment, take note as to which folder the installer downloaded into,
restart your computer into Mac OS X, and then manually launch the installer.
2. Before installing AOL for Mac OS X, please check your date & time settings
in System Preferences to make sure you are set to the correct date. If the
date is set to a "past date" (or any date & time prior to 4/12/01 @ 1:20 PM),
the AOL software will keep on forgetting your screen name.
3. Installer will pause while it is waiting for other applications to quit.
This pause may take anywhere from a few seconds to a full minute, depending
upon the speed of the computer and number of applications already running.
4. AOL for Mac OS X can only connect to AOL via methods supported by Mac OS X
itself. Serial or USB modems which the OS does not recognize cannot be used
5. The dialing process used by AOL for Mac OS X is still very new and rough.
"No dialtone" situations are not recognized at all (dialer keeps on trying).
Busy signals and unexpected disconnects are not handled gracefully, so there
may be a delay before you are able to sign back on to AOL.
6. Tunneling is not yet implemented. This means many members connecting via
TCP/IP (ISP / Ethernet / Broadband) may hang at connecting to
mac3.proxy.aol.com and will not be able to use the internal browser most of
the time (it may work occasionally.) We are working on getting tunneling
functional as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you can connect to AOL
via TCP/IP, cannot get to the web using the built-in browser, but the stand
alone Internet Explorer which came with Mac OS X works properly, please file
a bug report and let us know you need tunneling. To make this easier, we
created "Need Tunneling" as a Type of Error in the Bug Report form.