Firefox 3.6 Released!
The latest version of your favorite browser has been released. Firefox 3.6 is now available via Mozilla’s web site. The big update this time around is the built in support for Firefox Personas.
Need more? Here’s the full list of new features that Firefox 3.6 brings:
- Available in more than 70 languages – get your local version.
- Support for a new type of theme called Personas, which allow users to change Firefox’s appearance with a single click.
- Protection from out-of-date plugins to keep users safer as they browse.
- Open, native video can now be displayed full screen and supports poster frames.
- The ability for web developers to indicate that scripts should run asynchronously to speed up page load times.
- Continued support for downloadable web fonts using the new WOFF font format.
- Support for new CSS attributes such as gradients, background sizing, and pointer events.
- Support for new DOM and HTML5 specifications including the Drag & Drop API and the File API, which allow for more interactive web pages.
- Changes to how third-party software can integrate with Firefox in order to prevent crashes.
More Firefox 3.6 Tips, Tutorials and Help!
- Enable Visual Tab Switcher in Firefox 3.6
- Firefox 3.6 Fix – Open New Tabs in Far Right
- Top 10 Personas Backgrounds for Firefox!
- Firefox 3.6 Portable Edition is Now Available via Lifehacker
Overall, not a bad upgrade. If your Firefox has not updated it’s self yet, you can always pick up the update at Mozilla’s web site. What do you think of Firefox 3.6? Love it? Hate it? More interested in Firefox 4? Leave you feedback in the comments!
Do you remember Jetpack?
The first update to Firefox 3.5 has just been released. To get the update right now, all you need to do is go to Help > “Check for Updates…” in your browser. So what exactly is this new update fixing?
For more changes and updates in Firefox 3.5.1 – be sure to check out the release notes.
Ever wanted to write your own Firefox extension, but thought the process was too drawn out or difficult to do? Jetpack is looking to use open Web technologies to enhance the browser. The idea here is that if you can make a web page, you will be able to build an add-on for Firefox.
This video does a great job at giving you a basic walk-though of what Jetpack development looks like thus far:
Overall, I am really excited about this! I always love to tweak away at Firefox using tools like Greasemonkey and Stylish (which Jetpack reminds me of, in a sense of being simple ways to extend the browser).
Word of warning, this is an extremely early release of the software, that is still being designed and developed. This version that is out now is pretty much just for the developers and testers who want to start getting their hands dirty.
Grab Jetpack, and play around with it yourself. It might not be for everybody, however should really help to inspire those of us who like to tweak around with our browser to make it work for us.
Why Resize and Reposition Firefox Automatically?
That says to keep the browser 1024 in width, 1000 pixels high and to move to to the desktop location of 640 pixels left and 10 pixels down. If you used:
That would set it up to be in the top left corner. Depending on your screen size those last two numbers are what you want to change to get the position right and the first two number would be your browser size. There is probably some mathematical way to figure out the right number for the position you want – but if your like me you just changed the numbers around till you got it in the position you need. What if you wanted the browser height to be all the way from the top of the screen to the bottom? In that case you could change the second number in resizeTo (in both examples that would be the 1000) to screen.availHeight.
Notice now that by copy and pasting this into your address bar and hitting enter will make the browser as tall as it can be, with the width of 1024 pixels and in the left side of the screen.
How do You Create the Resizing Bookmark?
In the memory of every great cooking show I have ever seen, let me take a page out of their book and give you a link to drag into your bookmark toolbar so you can see the effects of this simple desktop organizational hack:
Now I know somebody will bring up the fact that a number of extensions will do this same action too. This provides a way of simply adding the feature in without the need of another add-on.
Here are the benchmarks thus far:
- SunSpider, 1.83x faster (released by the WebKit team)
- SunSpider ubench, 22.5x faster (released by the WebKit team for testing Squirrelfish)
- Image Manipulation Demo, 6.46x faster (Change the contrast and brightness of images dynamically)
Besides the well-known basic permissions, like hiding toolbars or raise or lower windows, with Controle de Scripts you can set what functions or properties each site can access or modify, thanks to its Security Policies implementation.
We are always talking about adding features to Firefox, what about for those people who would like to take them away? Better yet, how about adding features that let you take other features away? Ok, now I am even confusing myself.
Firefox has some great add-ons to use when it comes to blocking, filtering or checking out the sometimes shady information that may be passing through it.
LeechBlock – This extension is much more for saving you from looking at random stupid links when you should be working. If you can not keep yourself focused, you may need to add this to your own Firefox install.
Flashblock – Tired of seeing the offers to punch President Bush, the Pope or any other important person to win an iPod? The Flashblock add-on has your back as it will block all flash until it is told not to.
Adblock Plus – How could you not love Adblock Plus? Filter out the ads you don’t want to see – and automatically subscribe to filters so you don’t waste time setting these things up yourself. Not to mention, I did interview the creator of the script a few months back (very awesome guy!).
CookieSafe – This extension will allow you to easily control cookie permissions. It will appear on your statusbar. Just click on the icon to allow, block, or temporarily allow the site to set cookies.
Know of another blocking or filtering tool that does a better job?
Just got my update a short time ago, have you gotten yours. Looks like Firefox 188.8.131.52.4 was released yesterday afternoon, and if you have automatic updates enabled in Firefox, you should be getting it yourself in 24-48 hours. This looks to be like a critical security update because only one change mentioned in the release notes. Wasn’t rolled in together with any other fixes.
Here are the details from Mozilla:
To update you can activate your automatic updates, go to help and then “check for updates” or download the most recent version at getfirefox.com.