Wednesday, November 28, 2007
1) Visual Refresh: Firefox 2's theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience.
2) Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated when the Phishing Protection feature is enabled.
3) Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or Answers.com search engines. A new search engine manager makes it easier to add, remove and re-order search engines, and users will be alerted when Firefox encounters a website that offers new search engines that the user may wish to install.
4) Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button. Power users who open more tabs than can fit in a single window will see arrows on the left and right side of the tab strip that let them scroll back and forth between their tabs. The History menu will keep a list of recently closed tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.
5) Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to resume their previous session after a system crash.
6) Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle Web feeds (like this one), either subscribing to them via a Web service or in a standalone RSS reader, or adding them as Live Bookmarks. My Yahoo!, Bloglines and Google Reader come pre-loaded as Web service options, but users can add any Web service that handles RSS feeds.
7) Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms (like this one) without having to use a separate application.
8) Live Titles: When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a bookmark with a "Live Title". Compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest information. There are several websites that can be bookmarked with Live Titles, and even more add-ons to generate Live Titles for other popular websites.
9) Improved Add-ons manager: The new Add-ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes, combining them both in a single tool.
11) Extended search plugin format: The Firefox search engine format now supports search engine plugins written in Sherlock and OpenSearch formats and allows search engines to provide search term suggestions.
12) Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
13) Client-side session and persistent storage: New support for storing structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of data, such as documents and mailboxes. This is based on the WHATWG specification for client-side session and persistent storage.
14) SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to follow a curve or shape.
15) New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
- The biggest advantage in using Firefox over I.E. is the fact that spyware does not get on your machine nearly as much, I.E. will attract at least 60% more spyware than Firefox. Spyware might not seem like a big deal but over time your machine will collect it like wax collects in your ears. It will slow your PC down and problems will begin from that point.
- The difference in speed is an asset in itself.
- It is safer, it is not the target of so many hackers as Internet Explorer. I also like the tab browsing. If you want, you can set it up so when you close the browser, a window will show asking you if you want to erase everything for security reasons. In Internet Explorer you have to go to Internet Options and click of erase history and cookies. It is faster and more convenient in Firefox.
- It comes out with features faster then IE. Also it is better for debugging. It is more stable and is supported on more platforms. Although there are some issues with extensions and plugins on Vista.
- Firefox uses much less RAM and has a great google search bar installed in the top right corner of the browser.
- When you refresh pages, images or videos that haven't loaded properly, firefox allows the entire image to reload, whereas explorer stops reloading where the image previously stopped loading.
- There's a new plug-in for the firefox browser that makes searching simple no matter what search engine you like to use. Check out the 90 second demo here:
get the Firefox plug-in here:
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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