Internet Config 1.3 or later.
Note: MacOS 8.5 or later have Internet Config integrated into the OS. It is called "Internet" in the Control Panels folder in your System Folder.
Why do we use Internet Config? Because NetFinder uses several of its features to make your internet surfing a much more pleasant and, dare we say, cooler, experience. Here are several reasons for using Internet Config:
- it provides the mapping information needed by NetFinder so that FTP files are displayed with an icon and file kind information that is more understandable rather than "folder" and "document". This allows you to quickly see what type of files are in a folder. For example, it lets you easily distinguish between a binhex file and a JPEG file.
- this same information is also used when uploading files to correctly encode the files in the correct format.
- it provides the default download folder location. When you double click a file icon, NetFinder tries to download it to the folder you specify in Internet Config (it will download to the Desktop if you don't specify a folder but you may find the your desktop gets crowded very quickly).
NetFinder will run without Internet Config, but all of the icons in the display listing window will be displayed as folder icons and generic file icons instead of the icons which correspond to a specific file format, e.g. a .gif, .jpg, .zip, .sit, .hqx or .bin file.
To install IC 1.3, first open the Internet Config application. When it appears, select the "Install Extension" option from the "Extension" menu. If the "Install Extension" option is dimmed, then you probably already have an "Internet Config Extension" file installed in your Extensions folder (which is in your System Folder), in which case you should check that it is at least version 1.3.
To check its version, open your Extensions folder by going to the Finder and double clicking your hard disk icon. Look for the System Folder icon and double click it. In the window that appears, double click the Extensions folder icon. When the Extensions folder opens, look for the "Internet Config Extension" file (hint: try selecting "by name" from the View menu if you can't see it). Click the file once and then select "Get Info" from the File menu. Look near the middle just above the comment box. There is a line which says what version it is.
If it is earlier than 1.3, you should drag the extension to the Trash and then double click the Internet Config application program and select "Install Extension" from the Extension menu. This will then install the version 1.3 extension.