Hotbar.com Revamps Browser Appearance
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Israeli Internet company Hotbar.com Inc. this week formally launched its site and a free flagship service that allows users to create their own browser design.
The site offers more than 1,000 skins, which change the look of the browser. The company expects that, by offering prettier browser interfaces, the entire online experience will become "more enjoyable and efficient."
The plug-in uses Microsoft's ActiveX open architecture programming technology and works only on Internet Explorer. A Netscape compatible version is in the works.
The company claims that it adds features not found on any other Internet browser, and operates over the interface without compromising the browser's normal functions.
New designs are added to the site's Skin Gallery regularly, and can be organized into a catalogued skin manager. Users can create skins in standard bitmap format using their own artwork and photographs.
Additional features include a pull-down link menu, a "Top 10" site list ranked by user popularity, and link to AltaVista's translation service.