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Browser

The Star Trek Dimension was primarily developed for the most often used and innovative  Microsoft Internet Explorer 4, 5 or 6, but it also runs with Netscape Navigator 3.0 without problems. However, due to a lack of compatibility or rare application Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0, Netscape Communicator 4.0+, Opera and other browsers are only limitedly supported, i.e. glitches in site design, javascript errors etc. may occur sometimes with these browsers.

Overview:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x / 5.x / 6.x recommended
    (Frames, Javascript 1.2, CSS and DHTML support)
     
  • Plugin for playing WAVE sounds (usually pre-installed)
     
  • Real Player 3.0+
     
  • Microsoft Media Player 6.0+, Win Amp or other MP3 player
 

Display

Due to the complex structure of some of the projects like the episode guides, the Web Dimension, the Cartography and especially the LCARS database with many frames and controls, a screen resolution of at least 800x600 pixels is recommended. At this default solution for consumer desktops, the Dimension was also developed (with large fonts setting), however, a resolution of 1024x768 pixels is also no problem. Because of the many photos you should have chosen at least high color (65536 colors), whereas the best view you will get with true color (24 or 32 bits). In the Internet Explorer, set View/Fonts to Small to view the text with the correct font size.
By the way, the Dimension is best viewed without any menu and tool bars in your browser (try to hide the link, adress bars etc.), and in the Internet Explorer, you should use the
fullscreen mode to truly experience the Star Trek Dimension.

Overview:

  • Resolution of 800x600 / 1024x768 at True Color recommended
     
  • Full screen mode recommended

 

Connection

Despite all web optimizations, the Star Trek Dimension remains a quite demanding site regarding internet connection, as I think that a fast data transfer and access should not be preferred to extensive contents, a sophisticated graphic layout and the use of the newest multimedia technologies. In the last years the percentage of fast modem and alternative high speed connections has considerably increased; for slow waiting times you should therefore use at least a V.90 modem. Especially the Dimension download projects and the LCARS database with its many high resolution photos and Javascript search system require amounts of data which are neglegible on local storage, but lead to long waiting times with a slow connection. Hence, I recommend (for untroubled surfing in general ;-) internet access via ISDN, DSL, fiber or broadband cable.

Overview:

  • at least V.90 modem
  • ISDN, DSL, fiber or broadband cable access recommended

 

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