Extensions for Firefox


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.

FireFox 3 beta 4 out


I’m actually using the nightly pre-releases of beta 5 at the moment (very stable anyway), but beta 4 is excellent. It’s markedly faster than beta 3, and more importantly, than FireFox 2, at all sorts of things such as tables (which was an issue in FF2) and JavaScript in general. Lots of nice new features in it as well as a proper Vista-esque theme built in now. Memory usage is also much lower – startup takes up 63MB which is quite reasonable (certainly much better than 96MB as in beta 2) and not much more than IE7 which takes up around 40MB (these figures are coming from the Process – Memory Usage gadget for Vista) – but then again IE is so closely integrated into Vista it’s not entirely a fair test. Plus I also have a number of extensions running in FF.

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.

Firefox 3 Beta 2 out


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:

  1. Seems faster to render pages – no stats though to prove this, might just be my imagination!
  2. Resizable search bar
  3. Better password management
  4. Smart Bookmarks
  5. "Places" instead of Bookmarks and History. Not really tried this out much though
  6. Better rendering engine – works now even with the Acid2 test
  7. Tag-able bookmarks to aid searches
  8. Better URL auto-complete
  9. 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: –

  • Speed Dial – Thumbnail page of your favourite pages
  • FullerScreen – Makes Firefox in 100% fullscreen mode

Sweet FireFox extensions and themes


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:

Extensions
Themes
  • MyFirefox – Excellent IE7-like theme for FireFox. Works best with some of the above extensions.