AMosaic 1.1 screenshot
|Developer(s)||Michael Fischer, Michael Meyer, Michael Witbrock|
|Initial release||December 25, 1993|
AMosaic is a discontinued Amiga port of the Mosaic web browser, developed beginning in 1993, and was the first graphical web browser for the Amiga. AMosaic was based on NCSA's Mosaic, but was not distributed by the University of Illinois or NCSA. It was developed by Michael Fischer at Stony Brook University, Michael Meyer at the University of California, Berkeley, and Michael Witbrock at Carnegie Mellon University. The first version was released to the public on December 25, 1993, and the last version available was a 2.0 prerelease.
As is the case for other versions of Mosaic worldwide, AMosaic is no longer updated or supported. It has, however, been ported to the AmigaOS source compatible AROS operating system. The developers of AMosaic went on to develop IBrowse, which is currently still being developed, with v2.5 released on 30 August 2019.
Version 1.4 is required to use forms.
At the time of its launch, AMosaic offered several features beyond the capabilities of Mosaic, thanks to the unique capabilities of the AmigaOS and existing support libraries.
AMosaic makes use of AmigaOS Datatypes for its external and inline image decoding, making it simple for users to extend the list of supported image types by installing the appropriate operating system plugin.
An ARexx inter-application communication interface was built into AMosaic, allowing simple scripting and transferring of data between AMosaic and other software. Using ARexx, users can write external scripts to ask AMosaic to retrieve a page and return it in ASCII format, or AMosaic can execute a script calling an external bookmark tracking program.
Uses the networking software DNet, AmiTCP 3.0b2, or AS225r2.
The original developers, Michael Fischer, Michael Meyer, and Michael Witbrock, co-wrote User Extensibility in Amiga Mosaic, which was presented by Michael Witbrock at the Second International World Wide Web Conference in Chicago, Illinois, October 17–20, 1994.
- AmigaOS 2.0 or greater
- AmiTCP 3.0 beta 2 or AS225 Release 2, or DNET
- Magic User Interface (MUI) 3.8
- Workbench 3 users need the ZGIF DataType to decode inlined GIF images
- Fischer, Michael (25 December 1993). "Mosaic Revision History (Old)". Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- December, John; Randall, Neil (1994). World Wide Web Unleashed. Sams Publishing. p. 258f. ISBN 978-0-672-30617-4.
- Fischer, Michael. "Introduction". Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- Fischer, Michael. "The AmigaOS Datatypes System". Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- Fischer, Michael. "The Rexx Interface in Amiga Mosaic". Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- Amiga World Volume 11 No 3 (March 1995) - Amiga Magazine Rack
- IW3C2 - Past and Future Conferences
- "Installing Amiga Mosaic". mfischer.com. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2013-06-07.