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Users will find significant enhancements in usability, performance, extensibility, security, and privacy in the upcoming test version of Firefox 1.5, the first major upgrade of the popular open-source browser since the launch of Firefox 1.0 in November of last year.
Looks like they added on to the built-in tabbed browsing options, too. It finally seems to work pretty well without any extensions.
And has anyone noticed the new "Report Broken Website" toolbar button? Kind of interesting...
* * * EXTENSIONS * * *
If anyone needs ANY extension they like to work they should visit...
Nightly Tester Tools
This will allow you to OVERRIDE version conflicts. While it will not negate actual bugs, it will let you enable extensions for versions deemed not compatible.
Extensions I also suggest...
Paste and Go
User Agent Switcher
These tools will all benefit anyone who is dedicated to designing and testing their work with Firefox.
There are precompiled adblock lists that you can download around the web including from yours truly.
Also be sure you do a clean install...that includes cleaning out program files\mozilla firefox and document s and (ab)users folders. Be sure to BACK UP your bookmarks as well (bookmarks.html) if you clear out the mozilla folder in your docs folder.
[edited by: encyclo at 12:08 am (utc) on Sep. 13, 2005]
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...drag and drop tabs...
I know you meant that in jest, but there are at least 36 different extensions to tweak or improve tabbed browsing in Fx:
TabMix [addons.mozilla.org]is my favourite, but there are others. I guess you can't keep everyone happy with a given feature set, so the devs add only the most basic and stable features and let people pic'n'mix the rest.
Re the scrolling div's, I've been scrolling them with my mouse wheel as you describe ever since I first started using Firefox (then Firebird). I'm on W2K with a MS Optical Trackball mouse. I knew there were issues with it on other installations, but I never dreamed that I was the exception! ;)
By the way, did anyone else notice that the delay before installing XPI packages has increased from three seconds to five? I haven't really looked for a pref to change that, but surely there is one somewhere...
As for crashing, I haven't had too many of those. It just occurs on the occasional quirky site.
The only real problem I've had so far was when I installed the "Smart Middle Click" extension. Somehow, it managed to totally get rid of my address bar and all toolbars except for the main menus.
I just can't get over the new tabbed browsing features, though. Finally, no more need to install extensions just to get basic tab functionality! :)
This is the first time I will actually have to adopt it AFTER the official version comes out. In fact it may even be a week or two after that before I upgrade.
Looks like they took some ideas from "tab mix plus [tmp.gary.elixant.com]" - draggable tabs, etc.
I've been a big fan of TMP - it replaced half a dozen other extensions I was using.
This is the most useful extension of all time because you can make ANY extension work with your version/Nightly Build even if it's been disabled.
Keep in mind there are the occasional times where it IS a good idae to have some extensions disabled but I have yet to experience any NB/NTT/Extension issues myself.