Some new extensions I’m using in FF3 now…
- Feedly – An RSS feed aggregator which uses Google Reader’s to store and present your rss feeds. Excellent.
- Fission – Progress bar in the address bar.
- Peers – Search results directly in the awesome bar.
- Tabs Open Relative.
Upgraded to 3.1 beta and my plugin crash problem has disappeared. It also appears to have a faster startup time than 3.0, too.
I’ve recently started getting a crash in Firefox 3.01 whenever it encounters a PDF file or Silverlight page. Not got this problem with my other install of FF at work, or IE on the same PC.
If you are using Firefox 2, you may as well upgrade to this now. I’ve not had any crashes with it, and using Nightly Testing Tools I have all my main extensions working with this. It’s faster than FF2, uses less memory, and is generally a better browser.
I’d definitely recommend FF3, even in it beta form, over FireFox 2, unless you have a particular extension which isn’t yet FF3 compatible. If you’re still using IE7 – try out FF3, you’ll be pleasantly surprised – I do still use IE7 for the occasional page which uses ActiveX but to be honest it’s becoming very rare these days. Silverlight also doesn’t work in FF3 – not sure why – and Live Spaces edit mode doesn’t work properly, I assume because Live Spaces doesn’t realise what FF3 is.
I’m currently testing out Firefox 3. It’s seems to be a fair improvement over FF2. Main things that I’ve noticed, in no particular order:
- Seems faster to render pages – no stats though to prove this, might just be my imagination!
- Resizable search bar
- Better password management
- Smart Bookmarks
- "Places" instead of Bookmarks and History. Not really tried this out much though
- Better rendering engine – works now even with the Acid2 test
- Tag-able bookmarks to aid searches
- Better URL auto-complete
- New favourites mode
Despite the claims of over 259,308 memory leak fixes, it’s an absolute memory hog – currently running at 96MB. However, this is still only beta 2 so let’s be kind
Also… a couple of nice new add-ons I’ve found for FF: –
This blog currently resembles a sort of Mozilla blog, doesn’t it? Oh well. Here are some nice themes and extensions I recently installed for FF2:
- FishEyeTabs – automatically resizes tabs as you roll over them to save space.
- Showcase – Provides thumbnail view of all your tabs at once.
- Tab Scope – Thumbnails of tabs as you roll over them.
- myFireFox & Vista-aero Modifier – Provides custom settings for the Vista-aero themes.
- Hide MenuBar – Allows hiding and showing of the menu ala IE7.
- MyFirefox – Excellent IE7-like theme for FireFox. Works best with some of the above extensions.