I basically enjoy most of the steps which are being made by Mozilla company to promote Firefox. Their tactics is pretty impressive. This time they surelly will get VERY MUCH boost from eBay and their new product: Firefox eBay Edition.
It’s not just like: dear users, please spread the word… Nah, they are already getting support from one of the big guys (Google). Time for another one, right? While all other browsers expect IE (which is big enough) waiting for few percents increase, Mozilla thinks big. I can’t wait to see how much of the market share they will grab this month.
You can download it here.
Recently I’ve heard that Opera’s Speed Dial is being copied not only by Firefox users, but also by other companies and just thought, why is this function so special? When I was surfing using Opera, I always had this function turned off, as I love clean browsing.
However, yesterday I’ve decided to try it. Guess what? Now it’s one of my favorite features. I don’t have to type, let’s say first letter in the address bar in order to see the site which I want to visit, now I am just click one click away from it. So it saves some time and I love it.
If you haven’t tried Speed Dial yet (or ignored it as I did), just give it a try, you may thank me latter.
Bit deelayed but anyways. Firefox 3 Alpha 6 was released with the following new features and updates:
- Updated SQLite engine to version 3.3.17
- Improved cookie performance
- Support for site-specific preferences – text size
- A new Quit dialog box that resolves termination errors
- Added permanent ‘Restart Firefox’ button to Add-Ons Manager
- Miscellaneous fixes to download manager including correctly displaying large file sizes
- Various Places fixes
- Miscellaneous Gecko 1.9 bug fixes
Also there are few known issues for all operating systems:
- Clear Private Data does clear stored passwords from the Password Manager list. The workaround is to clear the password list from within Password Manager.
- The Cairo graphics system has drastically changed the way all text and images are rendered from previous versions of Gecko, so occasional misrenderings of non-latin scripts and fonts may occur.
- The Phishing Protection notification bubble is hidden by the content area
Issues for Windows only:
- Upscaling images can result in misrendering, causing the edges of the image to appear blurry.
Issues for Mac OS X:
- The user’s choice of a default font may not always be honored.
- Font decorations such as underline and strikethrough may be drawn incorrectly.
- Complex script (ex: Indic) may be misrendered.
Issues for Unix Systems:
- Loading any page with Chinese, Japanese or Korean text can hang the browser.
- Performance on complex script (ex: Indic) may be slower than previous versions of Gecko.
- Compatibility issues have been reported when users are not running Xorg 7.0 or better.
- Users may experience problems when attempting to print complex pages.
More details can be found here.
Firefox team keeps adding features to their new web browser, as you know it’s called Firefox 3 (codename Gran Paradiso).
This time they announced “web pages content editing” support for Firefox 3, while Internet Explorer and Safari already got this feature, it’s not so advanced like Firefox one (still i ndevelopment). So now you can edit sections which are marked with contentEditable = “true”.
We should will have Firefox 3 Alpha 6 release today and I am pretty excited about that. Alpha 6 will be the last release in “Alpha” series.
After Firefox 3 Alpha 6 release we should wait till the the next month (July) end in order to enjoy Firefox 3 Beta 1.
Waiting for the news…
As Mozilla told us, Firefox 18.104.22.168 will be the last release ever in the Firefox 1.5 series, in order to help Firefox 1.5 users update their browsers into Firefox 2.0 more easily, they have developed an easy update system to do that.
We are rollling major update starting this afternoon (Thu, June 28, afternoon PDT).
If you are a big fan of Firefox this might be interesting for you. They will be adding new items to Mozilla Store (later in the summer). One of those are brand new design T-Shirts.
Yes, soon we will have a brand new design Firefox T-Shirts in the Mozilla Store.
I must say that they do look much better than those in the right (Firefox logo only) as they don’t concentrate just on the logo anymore (which says not much).
Want to protect your privacy? Stanford SafeCache extension for Firefox might be one of the ways to do that. This plugin can protect you against various cache-based tracking techniques.
It allows embedded content to be cached, but segments the cache according to the domain of the originating page.
After installation you will be able to Enable or Disable it.
It’s not much, but if you really want to do that, feel free and try this extension.
Firefox 3 (codename Gran Paradiso) will remember site preferences.
What does it means?
I am not sure if Firefox 3 Alpha 6 or Firefox Alpha 7 will be able to do that, but Firefox 3 final do that for sure and that’s a good thing.
If you are enjoying submitting stories to digg or just digging them you might want to try this great extension for Firefox, which will allow you to quickly do that.
“Smart Digg Button” extension ads a button in the bottom where the status bar is so you can quickly digg what you like.
Interested? Then check it.