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Mozilla Firefox 3 Features Screencast

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the next-new-now dept.

Mozilla 293

An anonymous reader points to a mention at MozillaZine of "a screencast by Mozilla developer Mike Beltzner, demonstrating some of the new features in Mozilla Firefox 3, which is due out very soon. Weighing in at under four minutes, the screencast gives a concise overview of why you should be excited about Firefox 3. Due to its visual nature, the screencast shows Firefox's features far more clearly than the many written previews that have been published. A picture really is worth a thousand words."

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piss frost! (-1, Troll)

spazdor (902907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695593)

New features like extra-fast form submission?

Re:piss frost! (-1, Flamebait)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695609)

New features like the AWESOME BAR? Sounds like an absolutely ridiculous failed candy bar name. Also nice vista basic theme- come on, Aero with transparency disabled is just as fast and not as OS/2.

Re:piss frost! (-1, Offtopic)

spazdor (902907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695709)

For the record, I think it's totally dumb that my gratuitous First Post has gone unmodded and your legitimate, on-topic complaint has been labeled Flamebait.

Re:piss frost! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695745)

Is that better?

Re:piss frost! (0, Offtopic)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695809)

Actually, his post was only barely on topic - replies should be on-topic to their parent, not to the original article.

Re:piss frost! (-1, Offtopic)

spazdor (902907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695843)

damn, you're right.

well isn't that Informative!

Yes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695613)

Cool.

Or... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695633)

You could just download it.

Grr sidebar history (2, Interesting)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695639)

I'm really annoyed by the new popup history/bookmars panel. Having the history open in the sidebar by default was fantastic and if you used "Sort by Last Visited" (which you should) then you can type in kittens or whatever and find it, just like the guy did with the 'awesome bar' in the demo.

Re:Grr sidebar history (5, Informative)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695685)

Ctrl+H is shorter than Ctrl+Shift+H, and it opens the history in the sidebar on FF3 here. Of course, I don't remember what FF2 did.

Re:Grr sidebar history (3, Interesting)

snl2587 (1177409) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695763)

Having the history open in the sidebar by default was fantastic...

It does if you go to View->Sidebar->History (or Ctrl+H). It's slightly different to get to it, but roughly the same otherwise.

Personally, I like the database structure implemented by FF3. Especially the speed of reviewing the history and the "awesome bar".

Re:Grr sidebar history (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696307)

"awesome bar" sound like the a name given to a feature in dev by an engineer before marketing gets to it.

Re:Grr sidebar history (5, Interesting)

Splab (574204) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696081)

The awesome bar is pretty fucking annoying to say the least. In the last 8-10 years when I've been surfing I've been typing the first part of the domain I wanted to visit and the auto complete would show it. So if I wanted to go to slashdot I just type s and arrow down and slashdot would be the first link since its my most visited site with S in the beginning. If I wanted to go to sinfest I'd go si and arrow down - this behavior has to change with FF3, now the browser will popup the most visited site with S in it - and that isn't necessarily slashdot.

Yes this might be a nifty feature for some, but seriously, please stop changing interface behavior! Windows does it all the time and it is driving hordes of supporters nuts. Keep it consistent and let people with special needs enable it - or at least do it the WinZip way; ask the user what he or she wants! (FF3 is default browser with hardy heiron - thats why I'm actually using it, downgrading a package usually leads to nightmares and I just want an OS that isn't in the way of my work - All other OS I got is running FF 2 and is staying that way till I figure out how to make FF3 behave like FF2)

Re:Grr sidebar history (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696237)

in that case you typing "sla" should be good for most of your needs. If you need more reliable method then I suggest you use "keywords." open bookmark manager, right-click on the bookmark and set its keyword. next time you type the keyword and hit enter it will take you to the bookmarked site.

I have set "/." as the keyword for slashdot. it is a quick one-hand operation. takes a fraction of a second.

I found the awesome bar annoying for about a week but now I can't live without it. The best part is that you don't have to remember the domain name. You can match by any part of URL or by page title. To me that is awesome.

Re:Grr sidebar history (3, Interesting)

fmoc-86 (1279012) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696257)

If you really care that much, you can use "s" as a keyword for slashdot.org if you have it bookmarked in FF3.

Re:Grr sidebar history (0, Flamebait)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696289)

First off, you're not trolling, the mods need to get a clue. Second, I absolutely love the awesome bar. It's annoying when a visitors over and a porn site pops up, but usually I just type in part of the word and then I'm good to go. As someone else said, there are other ways to replicate what you're looking for, but there wasn't any way to get the functionality of the awesome bar.

Re:Grr sidebar history (3, Insightful)

x_MeRLiN_x (935994) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696265)

The Firefox 2.0 history panel is damn near useless to me. It offers the convenient option to sort by date and site, but apparently one would never need to search within those results, because typing in the search box clears that filter.

Great! (5, Funny)

physman_wiu (933339) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695651)

I've got like 4,200 bookmarks...I tried organizing them a few times...that was a lesson in futility.

Re:Great! (5, Funny)

Threni (635302) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695779)

> I've got like 4,200 bookmarks...I tried organizing them a few times...that was a lesson in futility.

You don't need a browser, you need a secretary.

Re:Great! (4, Funny)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696021)

Hey, come on, be fair!

Can a secretary block pop ups for you?

Can a secretary show you naked women?

'nuff said!

Re:Great! (5, Funny)

felipekk (1007591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696065)

Can a secretary show you naked women?

If you are asking this question, you got the wrong kind of secretary.

Re:Great! (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695815)

At what point do they go from being bookmarks to a list of webpages that you have visited?

If you can't find the bookmark that you are thinking of, it probably isn't saving you any time...

Says (1)

deesine (722173) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696049)

the organized guy to all the just-barely organized guys.

There's more of us, so watch it!

Re:Says (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696223)

I'm not very organized. To control the number of bookmarks that I have, I use big categories that I go through and delete stuff out of once and a while. Longer term stuff gets posted to delicious, at which point it usually gets some tags, which are only sort of organization.

It's more in the name of making them more useful than it is in the name of organization. The organization that I do end up doing is fighting a constant battle against the organization that I don't end up doing.

Re:Great! (2, Interesting)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695865)

my bookmarks number in the thousands, but what i did was moved bookmark.html to /home/$USER out of my profile directory and open it with a text editor and remove all the meta tags and "last visited" info and left it basically as a html file with only URLs in it and made my bookmark.html my home page so the browser has no bookmarks internally and the home button opens my bookmarks like a regular web page, if you know html pretty good you can make some tables and/or horiziontal lines and categorize them...

Re:Great! (4, Funny)

lanc (762334) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696205)

sure. and if you invest a little more time, you could even integrate it into the browser menubar in drop-down tree-form.

YHBT. YHL. HAND.

You need del.icio.us (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696095)

HTH.

My good deed for the day. Now I have to go rob a blind child to keep the universal karma in balance.

 

SWF? (-1, Redundant)

WebmasterNeal (1163683) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695659)

You would think a /. user would be smart enough not to link directly to a flash file when submitting a story on /. considering 2% of users on here have flash.

2%? really? (3, Interesting)

spazdor (902907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695675)

I am a seasoned Linux maven, and Flash playback works perfectly for me.

Just saying.

Re:SWF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695705)

It's ok - i imagined the screencast.
Can't wait for the final version...

Re:SWF? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695727)

2%...really? You think only 2% of /. users have flash installed? Even if that is a hyperbole, it seems a bit extreme.

Re:SWF? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696023)

2%...really? You think only 2% of /. users have flash installed? Even if that is a hyperbole, it seems a bit extreme.
It would explain why YouTube is such a dismal failure...

Re:SWF? (1, Troll)

CraniumDesigns (1113153) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695793)

flash has a 98% installation rate, higher than any other plugin out there. but since /. users are by reputation mostly paranoid linux nerds, i'm guessing it is less than 98% among THEM, but i doubt it's 2%.

Re:SWF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695975)

You would think a /. user would be smart enough not to link directly to a flash file when submitting a story on /. considering 2% of users in Slashdot's Free Software Reality Distortion Field(TM) have flash.
Fixed it for you.

Slashdotters use WinXP. Vint Cerf said it's true. (-1, Offtopic)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696195)

Most people who connect to Slashdot use Windows. It's the reality of working in the computer field today.

Vint Cerf said it's true. Quote from your sig: ' "During My Service In The United States Congress, I Took The Initiative In Creating The Internet." -Al Gore'

Several years ago I asked Vint Cerf [google.com] about that, and he said it is true. Vint Cerf [wikipedia.org] , and many other people, connected a lot of computers together, in a project called ArpaNet [wikipedia.org] , which was then a scheme by the U.S. government to make killing people and destroying property more efficient. Originally you could only connect if you worked for a company with "Defense" (killing-related) contracts.

Al Gore made ArpaNet the public utility it is today. Vint Cerf, and others, had technical power. Al Gore had the political power to take the network away from the control of those who study how to kill, and make it available to everyone. Al Gore's initiative was strongly opposed by many of those who had access, including someone I knew at Tektronix at the time, because they didn't want commercial involvement.

Most politicians at the time didn't even know how to type. Keyboards were for secretaries. The head of IBM at the time didn't have a computer in his office! (Former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner said that in his book, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? [amazon.com] )

Al Gore's involvement showed technical foresight then far more advanced than that of almost all or all politicians today.

There are two parts of the Republican Party, a real party, and a party of corruption. The party of corruption sells favors from the U.S. government to whomever pays the most. One of the ways they do that is by finding angry people and helping them act out their anger by supplying them with words that have been market-tested for believability. Example: The Republicans are not "Conservative" [futurepower.org] . That apply that term to themselves because they know it will get votes.

Being hostile toward Al Gore was part of what they did to put George W. Bush in office, only that.

Weight in minutes? (4, Funny)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695667)

Dagnabbit, I can't find the conversion chart for that one anywhere, and I really want to know what I weigh in minutes.

Re:Weight in minutes? (1)

DirtySouthAfrican (984664) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695797)

Yes, the units do not make sense. Mass is more likely to be measured in inverse minutes. So take your mass in kg, multiply by c^2, which will give you your energy equivalent. Now divide by Planck's constant, which will give you the frequency equivalence of that energy. Multiply by 60 to get the rate in inverse minutes. Sticking to standard units, I have a mass of 1.017e52 Hz. Hope that helps.

Converting to Weight in minutes (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696111)

Dagnabbit, I can't find the conversion chart for that one anywhere, and I really want to know what I weigh in minutes.

It's a sliding scale.

Time = money.
Multiply how much your time is worth by the length of the video.
Weigh that money (in cash, no coins; round off to the nearest paper bill).
Et voila, le profit!

My consulting fee is in the mail...

Excellent! (4, Funny)

AtomicSnarl (549626) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695679)

Not only will this let me I better organize my porn links, but I can avoid those Icky Malware sites, too!

Thank you Team Mozilla! The world is a better place because of your hard work.

Now, where'd I put my tube of lube...

Re:Excellent! (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695783)

I stole your lube because you stole my thoughts. Turn about is foreplay... I mean fair play!

Addons (0, Offtopic)

Wowsers (1151731) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695719)

Looks very interesting, but will it trash all your very useful addons and have you swearing for the previous version?

Re:Addons (1)

Zumbs (1241138) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695869)

It will make some addons stop functioning. In my addon list, FireBug doesn't work anymore. But that is, hopefully, just a question of time ... AdBlock Plus and NoScript work just fine, though you may have to get the latest version.

Re:Addons (2, Informative)

speilberg0 (1144645) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696277)

I'd suggest you check the firebug releases page [getfirebug.com] . They appear to have released a version that supports firefox 3 (1.2b3 so far). Not sure how buggy it is at the moment, but from what i recall about firebug 1.0.5 under ff3, this can't be too bad.

Re:Addons (1)

somegeekynick (1011759) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695879)

Not really. It will automatically disable them if they are not compatible. You'll have to wait till the add-on programmers come up with a version for Fx3. Another new feature is that Firefox has a built-in update checker. When a new version is uploaded to AMO, you will be alerted, assuming your previous version was also downloaded from AMO. But if you really want those add-ons right now, you might want to visit the website(not the AMO page) of the add-on, they may have a beta version. Some of the ones I use are still in beta, but I don't face many problems, if any.

Re:Addons (2, Informative)

WiFiBro (784621) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696103)

Firebug works for me, check it's homepage.
There's a recipe for overriding the compatibility check for add-ons.

The way for to force FF3.0.pre to accept all your add-ons, EVEN if they may NOT BE GOOD for FF3:
I have no idea how this procedure could create havoc but since you're evading proper procedures, well.. better backup your profile and whatnot.
Download the *.xpi file from a reliable source.
Rename it to *.zip
Open the zipfile.
Edit file install.rdf so maxVersion reads 3.0pre

[em:maxVersion]3.0pre[/em:maxVersion]

To evade the security check for modifications to files in the packet, delete the META-INF directory. Yes. ugly.
Rezip the files. Rename to .xpi
Open in Firefox.

Another tip: to get rid of "awesome" with the "oldbar" add-on :). I am better at remembering urls.

Re:Addons (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696243)

um u do know there is an about:config override and the nightly tester tools addon does it to? a lot less effort i think

Re:Addons (1)

WiFiBro (784621) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696281)

No i didn't know that.
thanks, coward!

Re:Addons (1)

lanc (762334) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696303)

The only one you really need is Firesomething [mozilla.org] - randomly renames your http User-Agent to Firefox, Iceweasel, Hypnokoala, Turbokangaroo, Moonwolf...

One of the most interesting new features (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695739)

is that Gmail will no longer load for me. I have to use the basic html version. So guess what? I'm using IE.

Re:One of the most interesting new features (3, Informative)

diegocgteleline.es (653730) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695889)

Guess what? It works fine here, and I bet that it also works for everyone using ff3, except you, for some reason (maybe your setup is broken?). I know because breaking gmail would be a very serious showstopper for ff3, and nobody has complained.

And not only it works, it works really well and the performance improvements in ff3 are so great that the speed different is noticeable.

Re:One of the most interesting new features (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696059)

Right, because a browser that obviously has serious partnership ties with Google would release without working with Google's e-mail service.

Re:One of the most interesting new features (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696191)

And not only it works, it works really well and the performance improvements in ff3 are so great that the speed different is noticeable.
The speed improvements for javascript are significant. We use an application at my job that's heavily, heavily into Ext with hundreds of stupid little objects being manipulated whenever a change is made (it's an awful app). With FF3, it works with less than a 1 second pause. With FF2, guys can sit there for upwards of 15 seconds between changes.

Re:One of the most interesting new features (1)

dark whole (1220600) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695911)

Why use IE? Opera would be a better and safer option. Also, is there a way to see a list of "reported attack site" sites, or to add to them, because I want to be sure goatse and on.nimp are on there.

Re:One of the most interesting new features (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695917)

As soon as firefox 3 is officially released,
gmail will work with ff3, or be fixed in
a millisecond.

hoping for help (1)

globaljustin (574257) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695985)

I use ff2 and i have the same issues with gmail loading in its 'standard' view...the ff help page says "delete your cookies" which works but it slows my browsing down alot after I do it b/c each page has to upload their cookies to me...(esp. b/c i have to go to the NYTimes registration generator all over again every time i delete my cookies)...

is there anything that can be done? i'm not switching browsers...

ff3 looks good, but I hope that some of those 'awesome bar' widgets can be turned off individually...don't want all that taking up my cycles...

Re:One of the most interesting new features (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696113)

Works fine for me.

weighing in (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695747)

Weighing in at under four minutes, the screencast
This morning I stepped on the scale, and to my dismay it turns out I've gained nearly 2 hours. What an eye opener...

SVG animation (4, Interesting)

gr8_phk (621180) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695775)

Ever since I started using SVG with Firefox 1.5, I've been waiting for animation capability. The SMIL patch is apparently working reasonably well, but it's just not getting applied to 3.0. This is really sad. I appreciate all the bug fixes and performance improvements, but it's really frustrating that plugins always seem to get higher priority than web standards. Just apply the patch guys. Thanks.

It's a browser ffs... (-1, Troll)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695789)

I don't get excited about browsers...

Re:It's a browser ffs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695813)

Then you don't belong here.

Re:It's a browser ffs... (2, Insightful)

ZerdZerd (1250080) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695925)

It's probably the software I use the most. And I'm not a web developer.

Re:It's a browser ffs... (2, Funny)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696057)

I hope this feeling will subside [xkcd.com] quickly.

if A picture really is worth a thousand words (1)

ostomator (581465) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695881)

... then what is a 4 minute screen cast worth? 15 frames per second x 60 seconds per minute x 4 minutes x 1000 words wow 3,600,000 words!

Re:if A picture really is worth a thousand words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696129)

TL/DR.

Is RC updateable to Release? (1)

bwalling (195998) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695887)

If I install the RC, will it update itself to the released version, or will that be an uninstall/new install?

Re:Is RC updateable to Release? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696091)

It will update automatically to the release and to future point releases.

Re:Is RC updateable to Release? (1)

lagfest (959022) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696139)

From beta 5 to RC, Firefox upgraded automatically, so I'm guessing it will.

Good job FireFox Devs! (4, Insightful)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695899)

I have to say FireFox 3 has some features I can't believe have been missing up until this point. The awesome bar, looks awesome.

In fact, i find it amazing most areas of browsers haven't been "just searchable" like FireFox 3 is now, having seen how much sense this makes.

Good job guys, you're setting a high bar for the rest to follow (no doubt).

Re:Good job FireFox Devs! (3, Funny)

felipekk (1007591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696027)

But did they fix the Slashdot b

Re:Good job FireFox Devs! (2, Funny)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696225)

I heard they were adding a new Candlejack bar, I'm pretty exci

Re:Good job FireFox Devs! (1)

felipekk (1007591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696043)

Firefox, not FireFox.

Re:Good job FireFox Devs! (5, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696085)

For me, it's a lot about the little things. When he showed the thing about right-clicking on a downloaded file and being able to go back to the actual download page, that's when I thought "why haven't other browser devs thought of that before".

IMHO, Firefox 3 isn't a huge advance among web browsers, and actually catches up in some areas with some of the competition -- thinking of the site identification support. And it isn't the dominating browser in the Acid3 test either. But it does a lot of things right, and that with the extensive plugin support not found on any other browser (besides Firefox compatible derivatives). With the resource consumptions fixes (that Safari is in dire need of on Windows, and IE 7 too somewhat), it's really becoming a quite pleasant browser to use.

I'm a former Opera user, but the thing is that I feel Firefox 3's new Javascript speed enhancements and memory fixes making it so fast (and with the scrolling plugin YASS giving it the final touch of smooth "speed scrolling"), that I can't really switch back at this point. I did with Firefox 2 due to the memory issues, but I doubt I will again until perhaps Opera 10 or something is released.

Re:Good job FireFox Devs! (1)

ya really (1257084) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696211)

The Awesome Bar: what you get when you allow the developers to also name the features.

Mouse back/forward button mappings moved! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23695939)

Of all the bone headed dumb ass things to do, some complete retardo moved the mouse back/froward buttons from 6/7 to 8/9. There was already massive confusion amongst users about configuring xorg.

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Mouse+buttons+do+not+work+as+Back+and+Forward

Now this stupidity!

Why take a great product and screw up the most basic usability features?!! This is in the same league as Mr Clippy.

It's almost enough to make me want to use IE.

Treadmill Kittens (5, Funny)

Evil Closet Monkey (761299) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695955)

This sneak peak at Firefox wasted an hour of my life, watching treadmill kittens on You Tube!

Wow, actually creates interest (4, Insightful)

rkohutek (122839) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695957)

Wow, the summary is totally right for once - watching the screencast makes the features actually seem desirable.

Normally you just download the software and are sort of pleasantly surprised when you find a new feature, or similarly disappointed when there are none. In this case, it actually makes me /want/ to download FF3 and get to having some of those neat widgets.

Re:Wow, actually creates interest (5, Interesting)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696141)

Wow, the summary is totally right for once - watching the screencast makes the features actually seem desirable.
Not sure I'd go quite that far... however, I am less concerned about some of the new features now. The name "awesome bar" and the description of what it did had me worried. Originally it looked like a feature for a feature's sake, with a stupid name to boot.

Now, I admit I am more open minded about the Bar (except the name, that remains stupid). I'm open to seeing how it behaves in practice. If the searchable aspects of it are returning good results then maybe it's useful. If, however, it's like the built-in dictionary in Fx 2 that seems only to recognize words in Webster's 1893 edition, then it may be beyond irritating.

But, the Site Identity thing -- and it recognizing how may times you've visited a site, looks like a whole bundle of trouble waiting to happen. At best a divorce, and at worst a 1st class ticket to Gitmo when they impound your laptop at an airport check-in and you forgot to clear it.

I'm also thinking the fact that this changes color might be potentially distracting and irritating. Almost all of the extensions I add to Firefox are about stopping things distracting me on a webpage or browser. I'm not MTV generation, I need to focus when I read, and I only use a browser to read (and for pr0n too obviously, but I don't want distracted then either).

Re:Wow, actually creates interest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696309)

I agree on the number of visits thing. Why would one want to have this info on himself?

The idiots amongst us (2, Informative)

tqft (619476) | more than 6 years ago | (#23695983)

test this stuff for the rest of you

I haven't had any real problems and flash and gmail work well for me and more importantly my wife who if she can't get her jokes and animations gets cranky with me.

Those of a DBA bent or with frequent bookmarking habits may want to look at the SQLite extension to manage the SQLlite db.

When FF3 is released - am upgrading to 3.1 to make life hell for myself for a month or two.

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9pre) Gecko/2008060222 SeaMonkey/2.0a1pre ID:2008060222

Slow down (1)

Matt Perry (793115) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696011)

Holy crap. This guy is talking WAY too fast.

Re:Slow down (1)

Jeff321 (695543) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696093)

Once I noticed that he was using google.ca, the fast talking didn't surprise me as much anymore.

Re:Slow down (1)

lanc (762334) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696287)

Slashdot: Failed Car Analogies. Amateur Lawyering. Anecdote Battles.
FCAALAB? not quite the fitting backronyme to SLASHDOT. you were close though.

awesomebar (-1, Flamebait)

Renstar (142001) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696061)

I'll wait until there is an extension that cleanly removes the awesomebar. What a retarded waste of development time (and a really stupid name). It is a feature that will require an extension writer to waste even more time getting rid of it and replacing it with FF2 behavior. Howabout spending that time cleaning up the gobs of memory leaks..

Re:awesomebar (2, Informative)

WiFiBro (784621) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696151)

You're so lucky, it's there already! Look for "oldbar".

Re:awesomebar (2, Insightful)

lagfest (959022) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696201)

The Awesomebar can't hear you over the sound of how awesome it is.

Re:awesomebar (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696227)

They did. Firefox 3 uses half the memory that 2 did and it doesn't become unusable after keeping it open for a while.

Google reporting (1)

teslatug (543527) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696115)

I noticed in the screencast that they went to google to see why a site was reported as a malware site. Do they constantly forward stuff to Google to do these checks? That wasn't explained. What do they send and when do they send it? I'd like to be told if they're doing that.

Re:Google reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696247)

Don't know if you can pick some other entity to do the checks, but this checking can be turned off in preferences under security.

I don't know what the default settings are though.

Larry = Clippy? (-1, Troll)

ludomancer (921940) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696153)

What were they thinking there?

Honestly I don't like all the new terms and "presentational" stuff. I feel in their attempt to make the browser more accessible they're doing the exact opposite.
Why do we need a little officer named Larry to identify the websites? Why does he have to turn different colors? Is the presence of absence of information in the site-lookup not enough?
Favicons? Why not just give the site identifier a "?" icon so its function is more readily understandable? Have we forgotten how important universal symbolism is to the user experience?

The method all these new features take to presenting themselves seem to bog the experience down more than make it valuable and usable. My mother, whose PC I've recently transitioned to Firefox, is not going to remember "favicons" and what it means when Larry the site-identifying-police-officer-icon turns different colors.

Re:Larry = Clippy? (1)

WiFiBro (784621) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696203)

That's all just the visible stuff they need to convince people this is not 2.6. I liked the warning bar better. Also more compatible with IE.

Good news is that under the hood more important stuff happened though hardly visible, such as a new rendering tool, way more stable memory handling and if I understand well that has to do with javascript bug fixing.
One showstopper left for me: Firebug & Web Developer cannot outline anymore.

YouTube link (1)

calhawk (921611) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696171)

The SWF from Mozilla doesn't seem to be loading. Here's a YouTube link to the same video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Q_JBKNiRRJ4 [youtube.com]

fast forward? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696175)

When will the firefox team steal opera's "fast forward" feature?

Find dialog (1)

ThePhilips (752041) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696185)

I still want my "Find..." dialog back. :(

Re:Find dialog (1)

WiFiBro (784621) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696259)

ctrl+f for the bar and to start automatically go to menu tools/options
icon advanced tab general
accessibility block
tick the find as you type checkbox.

What is this supposed to do? (1)

frisket (149522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696199)

The article links to a .swf file, but all it does in my Ubuntu FF3b5 is bring up a screenshot. I have the flash-nonfree plugin installed. I'm obviously missing something, but what?

Re:What is this supposed to do? (1)

WiFiBro (784621) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696263)

can't you click on it?

Screencast and confidence (1)

Radyair (824166) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696241)

Interesting in these days of web marketing.... These guys are confident enough in their market research and execution that they are willing to demonstrate the new features in a 'cast like this. Most companies (unnamed, cause the list is so long..) would rather: - release some text, maybe a screenshot or two (thinking games software now) - repeat the same story over and over and over... and then - leave it up to the community to generate the hype for them. Things may not be perfect, but this is marketing I can appreciate. Try that with your favourite brand of gasoline.

Reported Attack Site (1)

dark whole (1220600) | more than 6 years ago | (#23696249)

Is there a way to see a list of "reported attack site" sites, or to add to them? I want to be sure goatse and on.nimp are on there.

Oo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696271)

"Due to its visual nature, the screencast shows Firefox's features far more clearly than the many written previews that have been published. A picture really is worth a thousand words."

or, you know... you could just install it and see for yourself.

Unstable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23696279)

I mostly miss the feature "as fast and stable as konqueror". At least in linux is as unstable as a 4 years old win95, and crawls to death trying to scroll down this webpage's comments.
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