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1. On what platforms does NetObjects Fusion run?
NetObjects Fusion 2.0 runs on PowerPC with MacOS and Windows 95, NT 3.51, and NT 4.0.

2. What are the system requirements for NetObjects Fusion for Macintosh?
To use NetObjects Fusion for Macintosh you need:

  • Power Macintosh or 100% compatible (Power Macintosh 8100 or greater recommended)
  • Macintosh Operating System 7.1.2 or greater (System 7.5 recommended)
  • 30MB available hard disk space (90 MB recommended for a full download and install)
  • 24MB of total physical RAM (32 MB recommended to run NetObjects Fusion 2.0 and a Web browser simultaneously
  • 256-color display
  • Internet connectivity for publishing.

If you are using an Internet Service Provider to host your site, please consult with them for specific support and documentation before publishing your site.

3. What Web browsers and HTML does NetObjects Fusion 2.0.2 support?
NetObjects Fusion is optimized for Netscape Navigator 2.0 and higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.1 and higher, and any other tables-capable browser compatible with the HTML 3.x specifications. NetObjects Fusion's HTML generation is entirely table-based, visually supporting the most commonly used tags from HTML 2.0 and HTML 3.2 reference specifications.

4. What Web servers or extensions are required to publish with NetObjects Fusion?
NetObjects Fusion lets you author without a dedicated server or server extensions. NetObjects Fusion is 100% compatible with all Web servers which support the creation of subdirectories. Two of the components (MessageBoard and AutoForms) use CGI scripts and therefore require knowledge of your UNIX, Windows NT or Mac web server.

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5. Can I import my entire site using NetObjects Fusion?
NetObjects Fusion 2.0 allows you to import an existing site. You can bring in an entire Web site, a single page, a specified number of pages, or a specified number of structural levels. From the File menu, choose New Site and in the resulting dialog box, click on the Local Site Import or Remote Site Import radio button. Specify a Site Name and click OK. Either the Set Local or Set Remote dialog box then lets you specify which site you wish to import. You can limit the number of pages or levels imported.

6. What are MasterBorders?
MasterBorders are a new feature in NetObjects Fusion 2.0. Borders appear around all four sides of each page in a site, and contain "master" elements that appear on multiple pages throughout the site, such as navigational elements, a company logo or address. MasterBorders provide a quick and easy, and flexible way for designers to ensure intuitive navigation and a consistent look and feel for site visitors. They also allow for easy implementation of frames.

7. Are NetObjects Fusion files cross platform?
NetObjects Fusion 2.0 for Macintosh nod and nft files can be read by 2.0 for Windows and vice-versa. You can save a NetObjects Fusion site as a template on one platform and insert it into a site on the other platform (see Working Cross-Platform).

8. Does NetObjects Fusion support frames?
Version 2.0 of NetObjects Fusion has AutoFrames that make it easy to design frames in a WYSIWIG fashion. From Page view, click in the top, right, left, or bottom master border and look in the MasterBorders tab of the Properties palette. The AutoFrames offers you options to convert left, right, top, or bottom MasterBorders to frames. Depending on the order of your clicks, you can construct a variety of different frames.

9. How can I do data-publishing with NetObjects Fusion 2.0.?
NetObjects Fusion 2.0 for Macintosh has built-in data-publishing capabilities which allow you to store text and images internally and then publish this information into standard HTML pages (see Internal Data Objects Examples).

To implement dynamic data publishing--reading live information between your web pages and a database--you must use CGI scripts which talk to the server where the database resides. NetObjects Fusion 2.0 can work with Everyware Tango or BlueWorld's Lasso.

10. Does NetObjects Fusion offer multi-user capabilities?
NetObjects Fusion does not yet provide workgroup/multi-user capabilities. However, using the Export Template and Import Section functions, multiple authors can contribute easily to the development of a larger Web site. For example, one member of a production team may work on one section of a site. He or she would create and save their section as a template in NetObjects Fusion. Another member of the team could then include the first person's work by using the Insert function in the SiteStructure editor (see Working Cross-Platform).

11. How can I view, change, or add to the HTML code NetObjects Fusion generates?
NetObjects Fusion generates standard HTML source code which can be viewed by any text editor. Most browsers are capable of viewing source code, also. Choose the Source option in your browser's View menu to see the code NetObjects Fusion generates.

NetObjects Fusion for Macintosh Version 2.0 offers three options for inserting/editing HTML:

  • Text box allows you to insert HTML from a text menu
  • Script dialogue for MasterBorder layout or an element
  • External HTML checkbox on the Layout tab. See the AppleGuide or the documentation for more info.

You can include HTML pages created outside NetObjects Fusion in your Web site structure. As in the previous version, you can add scripts and HTML to your Web pages.

To insert HTML syntax within the text tool, use Insert HTML from the Text menu. Once youve inserted the HTML, a "script icon" appears in the text block as an indicator. To include HTML pages created outside NetObjects Fusion, make sure you have clicked in the page layout area and check the box next to External HTML in the Layout tab of the Properties palette. Then click on the Browse button to find the file of HTML that you want to insert.

You can also add HTML code to your pages using the scripting feature. Scripts may apply to the HEAD of your HTML files through the use of header, footer or layout scripts, or to the BODY through the use of element scripts. All JavaScripts, Visual Basic scripts or HTML code entered in the script feature is added to the HTML which NetObjects Fusion automatically generates. Changes to the automatically generated code can be made in any text or HTML editor, but will not be reflected in the content of the site file (see Adding Your Own HTML).

12. How do I create special links to external files, email addresses, or anchors?
NetObjects Fusion allows you to create links which are not directly listed as a link type in our link dialog. All these links can be done using the External Link tab and are entered as you would any relative link path.

Anchors have been automated by NetObjects Fusion for Macintosh 2.0. First define an anchor by clicking in a text block and then clicking on the Anchor button in the Text tab of the Properties palette. The Add Anchor dialog box lets you name the anchor. An "anchor icon" appears in the text box as an indicator.
Next, select the text or image on the same page that you want to link to your anchor. When you click the Link button on the Text tab of the Properties palette, youll be able to select an anchor from the drop down menu of the Anchor panel of the Link dialog box.

To link to email addresses, NetObjects Fusion 2.0 includes the "Mailto" option in the external link tab of the link dialogue box.

Another option for external files which can be interpreted by a browser's helper applications is using NetObjects Fusion's Rich Media tool. NetObjects Fusion's Rich Media tool is generic. You can use it to place any file that can be interpreted by a helper application. Just click the tool, select a subtool (Video, Sound or Shockwave), drag out a rectangle, then choose the file you want to reference in the dialog that appears. For example, you can do this to add a reference to a PDF file to your page. Then, if your site visitor's browser has Adobe Acrobat configured as a helper application, the visitor can click the PDF link on your page and the browser will launch the Acrobat viewer. The Sound and Video tools simply identify a file for the HTML link's HREF attribute (see Examples of Scripting in NetObjects Fusion).

13. How can I change the banners and buttons used for automatic navigation?
NetObjects Fusion provides automated navigation elements by default in the MasterBorders of your pages. The images used by the banners and buttons are accessed from the SiteStyle you have chosen. To change the size of the image used, the image can be modified in a graphics program and then reassigned to a style. You can also create your own custom style. The name on the banner or button is the same as the name for that page and will occupy a single line of text. You can set what font is used in the Components view for that style.

Version 2.0 adds a lot in terms of flexibility. From the Custom Names button on the Page tab of the Properties palette, you can assign distinct names to a page, its buttons and banners. In addition, you can place multiple navigation bars and show divergent levels of your site on a page-by-page basis.

14. How can I print my site structure?
Both Print and Print Preview are available from the File menu when you are in Site view.

15. What is the difference between Preview, Stage and Publish?
NetObjects Fusion allows you to Preview your site as you are working on it. You can preview the entire site, or only one page. Preview generates HTML for the pages indicated, launches the browser specified in your preferences and displays the page you wish to see in that browser. Preview creates HTML files and generates any images which are needed, but does not copy any additional assets to the Preview folder. When you Preview your site the HTML code that is generated uses absolute paths to assets on the drive. Both Stage and Publish generate HTML files and copy all assets to a predefined folder. When you Stage or Publish the HTML is generated with relative paths for all the assets and saves them to a folder. This folder can be left as is on a local machine or server, or can be uploaded via an FTP connection using the remote option. Stage and Publish have identical capabilities, but can be configured to point to different locations to allow a test server and a finished public server (see Publishing with Internet Service Providers).

16. How can I track my assets and publish only those that have changed?
NetObjects Fusion for Macintosh 2.0 has an improved Assets Manager. It provides automatic link and file verification, global deletion of unused assets as you update your site, and staging and publishing only those assets that have changed when you update your site.

The Assets view allows you to view all the files, links, data objects and text fields currently used in your site. Double-click on a file in the Asset view to display a dialog listing all the pages in your site utilizing that file. Use the Browse button to change the file, and all pages that utilize the file will update automatically. The above also applies to external URLs. If your assets have changed since your site was last published the folder containing the last edition of your site will retain all previously used assets as well as adding the new ones when you republish. In Publish view, check the box next to Stage changes only or Publish changes only.

17. How do I publish my site?
NetObjects Fusion has built-in FTP capabilities. When you complete your Web site, you can stage or publish it to the Web, or to a local drive or server. Click on the Settings button in the Publish View to access all your staging and publishing options including locations. Choose Remote to configure your settings for FTP. Choose Local to publish to a local directory. When you FTP, NetObjects Fusion will automatically upload all your HTML pages and site assets in the Preview directory to the Web server of your choice (see Publishing with Internet Service Providers).

18. What if I want to use the NetObjects AutoForm Component?
If you are familiar with CGI programming and server configuration, the NetObjects AutoForm Component can help you with creating your forms. For more information visit our
Components newsgroup.
If you aren't experienced with programming CGIs, seek assistance from someone with the appropriate experience (see Publishing with CGI Scripts).

19. Does NetObjects Fusion support version control?
NetObjects Fusion allows you to save your site at any time, creating an archived version. For keeping multiple versions of your NetObjects Fusion file, we suggest you use the Export Template function under the File menu in Site view. Saving the Site as a template will create a complete version of your site including all assets. For keeping multiple versions of the HTML code, we suggest you Stage multiple versions of your site from the Publish view. In the Publish view, choose the Settings button and alter the path for staging your site (see Working Cross-Platform).

NetObjects Fusion does not provide conventional version control as yet. However, NetObjects Fusion 2.0 for Macintosh will automatically save a daily version of your site to assist in version control. In addition, it provides a number of features that help Web site maintenance.

  • Publish/Don't Publish option for the pages in Site view
  • Color-coding of the pages in Site view
  • Ability to create multiple layouts for each page in Page view
  • Save Site As option in the File Menu in Site View

20. Does the tool provide W3 Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) support?
NetObjects Fusion does not currently provide direct support for the W3 CSS proposal. However, NetObjects Fusion SiteStyles and NetObjects Fusion Text Styles emulate some of the benefits of the Cascading Style Sheets with no programming required.

21. Does NetObjects Fusion support QuickTime?
Yes. NetObjects Fusion 2.0 allows you to select the QuickTime tool and add a QuickTime movie directly on the page. You can choose to display the movie in-line or as a link to another page. If you choose in-line, you can see the poster frame of the movie on your NetObjects Fusion page.

22. Does NetObjects Fusion support Java?
Yes. NetObjects Fusion provides you with a unique tool to embed Java applets (.class files) within your pages. This tool offers a visual interface to customize the applet parameters. Several Java applets come free with NetObjects Fusion 2.0.

23. Does NetObjects Fusion 2.0 for Macintosh support Shockwave?
Yes. NetObjects Fusion lets you place Shockwave files in your pages and easily control the position and layout of those files. NetObjects Fusion supports the following Shockwave file formats:

  • Shockwave for Director 4.0 and 5.0 (.DCR, .DIR, and .DXR)
  • Shockwave Audio (SWA)
  • Shockwave Flash (.SPL, .SWF)

In Version 2.0, the Shockwave tool is now a subtool under the Rich Media tool. You will need to choose file of type "all" before you can select a Shockwave Flash file.

24. Does NetObjects Fusion support JavaScript?
Yes. You can add JavaScript using our Master, Layout, or Element script dialogue. Be sure to read the NetObjects Fusion 2.0 readme file.

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