Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Firefox 3.6 appearance adds a lot of developer features

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Mozilla

Firefox 3.6 is already on the scene with the first beta release. The Mozilla team is moving faster and faster these days which is fantastic to see.

At the high level:

  • Users can now change their browser’s appearance with a single click, with built in support for Personas.
  • Firefox 3.6 will alert users about out of date plugins to keep them safe.
  • Open, native video can now be displayed full screen, and supports poster frames.
  • Support for the WOFF font format.
  • Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup time.
  • Support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies.

But there is so much more. There is a ton of CSS work including background-size, gradients, and multiple background images. Video can now have a poster frame, HTTP activity can be monitored, Web Workers can self-terminate with close(), drag and drop supports files via DataTransfer, window.onhashchange.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:30 am
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Whoah Finally, http activity monitoring! Wasn’t that the proposal that came from firebug somewhere before the release of ff3.0??

Comment by SchizoDuckie — November 2, 2009

Sounds really great! It should be adopted quickly.

Comment by stoimen — November 2, 2009

These features are good, what about the stability? I have my FF 3.5.4 crashing on both XP and Vista (at home and work), so much so that I moved to Chrome and I am happy there. I still use FF for debugging and development purposes, but for pure browsing, I am happy with Chrome.

I don’t know if others have the same stability problems with FF 3.

Comment by ragjunk — November 2, 2009

Why did you delete my comment? Twitter needs to die, it’s not the right medium for disseminating this kind of information.

Comment by rubley — November 2, 2009

I noticed the new version of Firefox when I re-installed my laptop over the weekend (long story!). Not totally sure about it from a user perspective yet – but maybe just because the UI has changed quite a bit in places. Reckon it could grow on me though.

Comment by jakeHT — November 16, 2009

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