There’s a new beta build (OS X 4f) of the AOL for Mac OS X software that includes lots of bug fixes, tunneling support, improved stability, and increased functionality.
To download it, go to AOL and stop by Keyword: Beta. However, note that AOL for Mac OS X can only connect to AOL via methods supported by the next generation operating system itself. Serial or USB modems that Mac OS X doesn’t recognize can’t be used. However, Airport and Ethernet cards are supported.
And though there are dozens of bug fixes in this update, there are still lots of snafus to be ironed out. The scroll wheels of third party mice/trackballs aren’t yet supported outside of the (internal) browser window. There are still various issues with the OT/PPP dialer. In general, AOL for Mac OS X takes longer to sign on via dialup than AOL 5.0 for Mac OS 8.1-9.x. Changing Network settings in System Preferences while signed on to AOL (especially via dialup) will “confuse” the AOL software. And there’s more. But, hey, that’s why it’s beta.
To test drive the AOL beta, you’ll need a Mac that originally came with either a G3 or G4 microprocessor (third party accelerator cards are not supported) that has 128MB RAM or more. You’ll need a modem supported by Mac OS X. Currently, only Apple internal modems and a limited number of Lucent Technologies chipset based USB modems are supported. Or you can utilize a pre-existing connection to the Internet via a Mac OS X supported Ethernet or Airport card. You’ll need at least 30MB of available space on a Mac OS Extended (aka HFS+) formatted partition. Installation onto Unix File System (UFS) or Linux File System formatted partitions is neither recommended nor supported.