Firefox 2.0 is here *UPDATED*

Wednesday, 25 October 2006 at 2:34 Leave a comment

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Firefox 2.0 is out, but is it that big a leap from 1.5?

I was initially disappointed in the number of extensions that are incompatible with 2.0, only 40% are ready without updates. But when i inspected closer, i was pleasantly surprised…

Main features are bullet-pointed below, i have put a note next to the few i have already experienced. I will update this post over the coming days with what i think of the rest:

  • Visual Refresh – Not bad, but think i liked the old one better. And definitely liked the old icons. You can download the Winestripe theme, which is the 1.5 theme for 2.0.
  • Built-in phishing protection – Already had this as a stand-alone extension from Google Labs and as part of Google Toolbar 2 for Firefox. Nice to have double protection, though.
  • 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.’ This is a feature of Google Toolbar, so have had this for awhile already. Thanks anyway. BUT they have made it a lot easier to add, remove and organise the search engines in Firefox. Therefore no need for incompatible, and in my eyes obsolete, Search Engine Ordering extension.
  • Improved tabbed browsing – Each tab has a close button on it, rather than the one at the far end as in 1.5. Good move. Also a new menu option makes it easy to re-open old or accidentally closed tabs.
  • Resuming your browsing session – ‘The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session.’ The Crash Recovery extension was very intermittent, and usually didn’t work when you needed it, or worked when you didn’t. I also had an extension called Restart Tabbed, for when i had to do a restart after new installations or updates to FF. But i have just added a new extension, closed FF with open windows, started it again and they are still there waiting for me. Love it.
  • Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds
  • Inline spell checkingWell this isn’t working whilst i am typing this post up, so yet to see this in action. Nice in principle. It is now! Had to download a British Dictionary extension and turn on the spell checker in the options. It’s great, helps me with e-mails and blogging.
  • Live Titles
  • Improved Add-ons manager – Does look better.
  • JavaScript 1.7
  • Extended search plugin format
  • Updates to the extension system
  • Client-side session and persistent storage
  • SVG text
  • New Windows installer – Wow, how quick was it to install over 1.5!?

More detail on the feature above can be found in the release notes, here.

So after looking at the features, i realise that 30% of my extensions are now incorporated into Firefox.

So far, a thumbs up for Firefox 2.0.

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