The goal of FreeLoader, which is essentially an interactive screensaver, is to provide simplified Web access for beginning Net users, officials said. The company plans to license the FreeLoader software to Web site partners, who will then distribute the package free to users.
FreeLoader will include utilities for automating surfing, logging on, and downloading files. The software will also include a toolbar that works on top of a user's existing browser. The toolbar will allow users to subscribe to certain Web pages so that future access is simplified. In addition, users can configure the software so that updated Web pages are automatically downloaded to a PC's hard drive during off-peak hours.
In the future, the company plans to provide a Java-based version of FreeLoader that will enable offline viewing of multimedia applications.