Everything You Need to Know about Firefox 3.1

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Wolfgang

Add-on for Firefox (Mouse gestures): https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/6639

 

Thanks for the link for this add-on Vano, is what I missed the most back when I used Maxthon over IE.

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MvanA

And when is Mozilla going to release an official Firefox version of Minefield for us x64 folks?

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I Jedi

I've heard that "private browsing" wasn't really so "private" Any help ont his?

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roninnder

 "I've heard that "private browsing" wasn't really so "private" Any help ont his?"

 

Well, it's not so private that you yourself can't see what you're browsing while you're browsing it, if that's what you mean.

Other than that the only help I can give you is this:  Please be specific and ask intelligent questions, when you do you might get helpful responses.

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bigboehmboy

Just one little correction to point out: Java and Javascript are 2 completely different languages.  Tracemonkey boosts Javascript speeds, not Java speeds.

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SleepyCatChris

Not sure why a section talking about JavaScript is labeled "Java". The two are totally unrelated.

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bigboehmboy

I saw that no one had pointed this out, and in the time it took me to register and comment, you beat me to it!

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thommo

I think private browsing could be a very handy feature.  Sure you could just delete your history when you close the browser but that would also delete all the history I didn't want private because some people like me like to keep their history for those "what was that site I was looking at yesterday?" moments. 

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knexkid

I enjoy my history and whatnot.  Frequently visited pages (like maxpc.com) load faster and you can easily find pages you were on a few days ago (the awesome bar is REALLY awesome if you ask me).  But then there are those few times where you don't want your history to be recorded whether it be pr0n or if you are visiting a sketchy website you won't want cookies from.  I think it will be really handy.  I also like that you can now tear tabs off into a new window.

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MAXPCreader07

One feature you missed is that Firefox 3.1 will allow much more customization of the Smart Location Bar.

You can now easily exclude bookmarks without needing to change a bunch of about:config settings. And there will also be various filters you can use while typing in the location bar.

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sklep

in Firefox, can you highlight a text and then click on it, hold and move somewhere, just a little (if you do it in notepad, the text will be moved to a new position) and if it is a link (not clickable) will Firefox open it on new tab? if it is a text will Firefox open a new tab with google and search for what you just selected? tell me what browser can do these two things I can't live wihout and I'll probably switch from Maxthon. thanks

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Vano

There are several extensions that can provide you with exactly that.

I personally use  "Easy DragToGo" ( https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/6639 )

 

Maxthon used to be great browser, untill the v2 came along. Once they removed ability resize tabs inside the window, I saw no point sticking with that browser any longer and switched to FF. Now I have no regret and never looked back.

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sklep

you can easily resize tabs inside the window, I've never used it but I think it was always there..

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Vano

Unless they recently added, when v2 came out the tabs no longer be able resize, they were always "maximized" inside main window, just like in Firefox.

In v1.x you could minimize, maximize/restore tabs, they look and act like regular windows, but can only be moved inside main window.

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sklep

hmm you are actually right.. they are always maximized in v2.x

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windbane

Thats how I find Firefox 3.0x...is that it is so slow! Especially on content rich websites that feature Flash, video streaming or anything with graphics. I may have switched back to IE if it wasn't for all the addons and themes available for the browser. If they could speed it up and make pages load and run faster that would be awesome.

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nduanetesh

I split my time between chrome and firefox these days, and I have to say that the more I use chrome the more I love it.  And whenever I've been surfing around in chrome for a few hours, whenever I switch back to firefox, I *always* have a moment of "holy crap, firefox is slow."  But on the other hand, when I swtich back to chrome I always have a moment of, "what the crap is up with all of these ads all over the internet?" 

 

To me the two are like a super sports car vs. a luxury sedan.  Chrome is kind of barebones in a lot of ways, but it does one thing REALLY well, and that one thing is "go fast."  Firefox has just about every feature you could ever want (either built in or via extensions), but they come at the expense of speed.  

 

PS. I still feel like Firefox is way faster than IE.  Haven't messed around with Safari much in a long time...

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Vano

I normally have about 60+ extensions installed and 40-50 tabs always opened. Even though it takes up to 300mb of ram, it runs very fast for me, no matter on page contents.

What I noticed though is if I don't clear history for quiet some time, the browser become slower and slower, once history is cleared (I don't mean cache, but browser history) everything is flying as new.

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MAXPCreader07

A page full of Flash, videos, and graphics can slow down any browser. Also you should complain to Adobe that their Flash plugin takes up a crap load of CPU among other problems.

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Hg Dragon

I find Firefox to be faster on average than IE. In my experience, complaints about Firefox's lack of speed or stability usually come from people with a lot of extensions and add-ons loaded. I run a total of 4 on my work laptop and I think 6 on my home machine and I've very, very seldom had issues with Firefox bogging down, hanging up or crashing to the desktop.

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