It’s here. It’s grand. It’s glorious. It’s new and it’s already rocking. That’s right, I’m talking about Firefox 4.
Mozilla’s been working on this for quite a while, but the result may be seen. New features, a bit more speed, nicer GUI (in my opinion), and overal a great new version of Firefox.
Most important, the new features. Where to start, there’s so many, and I haven’t even used them all yet.
Let’s start off with an obvious one. The tabs are now, by default, on the top of the screen. In my opinion, it just makes heaps more sense for them to be placed like that. But if you don’t like it, no worries. Firefox is, as always, completely costumisable to your tastes, and you can easily put them back into their original position.
Another great new feature regarding tabs, is my personal favorite: App Tabs. If you’re like me, and constantly have lots of tabs open, this will help you. When you right click a tab, and select “Pin as App Tab” it gets moved to the left side of your tab bar, and decreased to icon size, saving lots of space. App Tabs are always there, even when you’re scrolling through your 50+ regular tabs. That way, you can always easily acces them. And because they’re made up of only their site icons, there’s no space for the little X to close them, so you can’t accidentally close them when you’re trying to hit the back button or something.
Oh boy, another tab-related feature: Panorama, also known as Tab Groups. When you click the Tab Groups button, you get brought to a page showing a box with your tabs in it. From here, you can move tabs outside of that box and group them, or something similar. This way, you can have a tab group for work, casual browsing, and writing essays (examples, examples). When you switch between tab groups, your tabs stay there, you just don’t see them, which saves you a lot of space in the tab bar.
There’s more? There’s more. If you have, say, a Wikipedia tab open, and in another tab, you type “wikipedia” in the adress bar, it sees that you ant to go to a site you have already opened, so it suggest to switch to that tab. Down arrow key, enter, tab found. Convenience!
Enough of them tabs, here’s something for you multi-computer people. Firefox Sync is a new feature in Firefox 4, which lets you “upload” your current browser settings, tabs, favorites, history, cookies, and so on, to a server. You get a passkey of some sort. If you enter that paskey, along with your username and password, into another computer’s Firefox, you can sync your tabs and stuff to that computer. Extremely convenient if you want to easily keep on browsing from where you left off, on a different computer!
And, as always, Firefox has support for tons of addons, themes, personas, and lots more costumisation options. So if you don’t like the look and feel of Firefox, or you’re missing a feature, there is a big chance there’s an addon for it.
I am, despite the awesomeness, having a few minor issues with the new Firefox. Mainly trouble with text field focus. I can use them normally, but once I click inside it using my mouse, I get focus, but can’t type anything. Is anyone else getting this? Is there a solution to this, or is it merely a child’s disease that’ll be fixed in coming update?
Oh and it broke a few of my addons, but it won’t be long before the developers jump onto that, methinks.
So yeah, that’s basically it. I bet I missed a few new features, but you have to figure those out yourselves. Otherwise there’s no surprise left, right?
So be sure to check out the new Firefox. It’s amazingly awesome. If you’re a new user and have any questions, feel free to ask, and I’ll do my best to help you!
Phew, that was a lot of typing. I’ll do another post about the 3DS tomorrow, regarding the rumored anti-piracy measures Nintendo supposedly threw into the device’s firmware.