Internet Kit is a CD-ROM-based web browser which was bundled with Pippin Atmark consoles in Japan.[1][2]

Features[edit | edit source]

The browser in Internet Kit version 1.0 was based on Netscape Navigator 1.12.[3] Online connection was handled through "Pip PPP".[4]

Version 1.1 added the ability to save image files to floppy disk.[5] Though Japanese websites can be viewed, versions 1.0 and 1.1 contain an incomplete implementation of KanjiTalk that is unable to input Japanese text for URLs or forms.[6] A workaround is to use an app such as Atmark Town that supports Japanese input and saving the text to floppy disk or the Pippin console's built-in flash memory.[7]

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Internet Kit version 2.0 was updated to Netscape Navigator 2.01 and added drivers for Apple StyleWriter 1500 and 2500 printers.[8][9] Japanese input support was provided by the EGBRIDGE component used in EGWORD instead of Apple's own Kotoeri input method from KanjiTalk.[10] Translation software by PENSÉE for Internet was also included.[11] However, a 2MB memory upgrade is required to use the new features.[9]

Releases[edit | edit source]

A beta version 「β バージヨン」 was bundled with Pippin Power Player prototypes in December 1995 as part of a pre-release set.[12]

Internet Kit version 1.0 was released by Bandai Digital Entertainment on March 28, 1996 with the launch of the Pippin Atmark special "Network set" (「ネットワークセット」) in Japan.[13]

When a lower-priced base "Pippin Atmark body set" (「ピピン@アットマーク」「本体セット」) was introduced on June 15, 1996, version 1.1 became available separately as part of an "optional Internet Kit" (「別売インターネットキット」) or floppy dock.[5][13]

Internet Kit version 2.0 became available on December 11, 1996 to existing users and as part of an update of the "Network set".[9] Bandai Digital Entertainment discounted the price for installing the required 2MB memory upgrade from JP¥ 15,000 to 9,800 from September 25 to December 10, 1996.[14] Version 2.0 does not support the magneto-optical (MO) drive in the Deltis 230 MO Docking Turbo; saving internet downloads to floppy disks with the Pippin Atmark Floppy Unit was recommended instead.[15]

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Screenshots[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Apple Pippin scans by DFJustin, The Internet Archive. 2013-08-10.
  2. Internet Kit (Japanese), Third Stage. Archived 1999-09-15.
  3. Pippin & more. (Japanese) by chemy cano, Pipp!n@Archive. Archived 2007-02-03.
  4. BDE: What's New - ネットワーク強化による アクセスポイント変更のお知らせ (Japanese), Bandai Digital Entertainment. Archived 1997-10-25.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Internet kit (Japanese), PIP-TIPS. Archived 1999-02-02.
  6. InternetKit Ver.1.1 日本語書込大作戦~ (Japanese) by MAISON PiPPiN, GeoCities. Archived 2000-01-28.
  7. まずアットマークタウンの 「文章を書く」 (Japanese) by MAISON PiPPiN, GeoCities. Archived 1999-01-27.
  8. Pippin@ATMARK Home Use/Network Zone (Japanese), Atmark Channel. Archived 1997-06-20.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 What's New? Internet Kitバージョンアップサービス (Japanese), Atmark Channel Home Page. Archived 1997-01-02.
  10. Finder CD-R その3 (Japanese) by MAISON PiPPiN, GeoCities. Archived 2009-08-05.
  11. Pippinアットマークでご使用のみなさまへ, Okisoft. Archived 1998-02-10.
  12. Pippin Developer Newsletter No. 4 (Japanese), Atmark Channel. 1996-01-10. Archived 1998-05-08.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Spec. (Japanese) by chemy cano, Pipp!n@Archive. Archived 2007-02-05.
  14. バンダイがピピンのバージョンアップサービス (Japanese), PC Week / Japan. 1996-09-25. Archived 1999-02-23.
  15. Freeware For Pippin (Japanese), Maki Enterprise. 1996-12-04. Archived 1997-04-21.

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