Mozilla is revamping Firefox and the result will make it more like Chrome and IE 10 and more suitable for mobile.
Enter Australis: Mozilla streamlines Firefox’s look by Stephen Shankland, Cnet (Nov 18)
“The new user interface is designed to be faster, easier to use, and suited for a future with Firefox running on phones and tablets, too. As always, though, change means pain.”
Another blow to plugins – this time from Firefox. All plugins except Flash will be deactivated – that includes Java. If you want to use it, you have to activate it.
Firefox to deactivate most plug-ins by default by Stephen Shankland, CNET (Sept 25)
“Plug-ins are now a legacy technology,” said Benjamin Smedberg, Mozilla’s engineering manager for stability and plug-ins, in a blog post Tuesday. “Plug-ins used to be an important tool for prototyping and implementing new features, such as video and animation. As browsers have advanced, this kind of feature development can occur directly within the browser using technologies such as WebGL, WebSockets, WebRTC, and asm.js.
Mozilla has a short and very useful tutorial on using the Bookmarks toolbar for keeping frequently used bookmarks. Using this toolbar will save you time. Just add to it the sites you use most – and never hunt through bookmarks again or use up time at a search engine trying to recover the url.
Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar
Bookmarks Toolbar – Display your favorite websites at the top of the Firefox window, Mozilla (Sept) – includes a video on the how-to.
Amit Agarwal found a way to do a case-sensitive search for words on a page in CHrome – but it involves adding a bookmarklet. Google, it seems, has no intention of making it easy the way Firefox has with Ctrl F.
Perform Case-Sensitive Search in Google Chrome, digital inspiration, (Aug 22)
Eric Geier at PC World shows how to make Firefox secure especially if you want to use the password management feature and syncing.
Five steps to ultimate Firefox security (May 28)
Follow these five steps to lock down Firefox. Start with the essentials in the browser’s own settings, then choose some useful add-ons. Finally, keep track of your plug-ins so you can patch the inevitable security holes.
Good news for Firefox users – the next version of Firefox (Firefox 22) will block third-party cookies by default – just as Safari does today.
Firefox readies tougher stance on cookies, Seth Rosenblatt, CNet (Apr 10)
Other Firefox improvements include better memory management and faster load times on sites heavy with images; automatically word-wrapping plain-text files displayed in the browser; changes to make otherwise broken sites more compatible; and support for the HTML5 < time > and < time > elements.
Decisions, decisions. This PC Mag review of the five main browsers gives Chrome a very slight edge over Firefox, the new Internet Explorer 10, something called Maxathon (all tied in second place), and Opera in last place.
Browser Wars: Chrome vs. IE10 vs. Firefox by Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine (March 8)
Maxathon is dubbed a “cloud browser” because if syncs everything, and you “download” the web pages to the cloud rather than your computer.
If the idea of being able to take a screen capture of a webpage, download video, or switch to a dark view for night viewing appeals to you, give Maxthon a download.
The surprising news was how well IE10 scored. Windows 7 and 8 users may want to enjoy its speed (much better than IE9), its very fast start up time, and its reasonable compliance with html5 (whereas IE9 was poor).
Points in the article:
- speed for display
- speed for startup – but differences won’t be noticeable
- standard’s compliance - Maxathon soars.
- the appearance – depends on how minimalist you like it.
- security and privacy - IE did best on download protection
- syncing – they all do it – across computers and mobile devices.
- extensions – Firefox is still in the lead.
Firefox excels in providing searchers tools for search. These articles show how to set up the tools.
Firefox Search Bar
Speed up searches at individual sites or at a selected search engine directly from your browser. Chrome and Firefox are especially well suited for creating custom searches.
Five Custom Searches You Should Enable In Your Browser Right Now by Whitson Gordon, LifeHacker (Dec 28)
“These custom searches are very easy to set up. In Chrome, just right-click on the address bar and choose “Edit Search Engines.” You can edit existing ones or add your own, giving them a name, URL, and a keyword that you’ll type to initiate the search (like the example of
lh above. Firefox users just need to create a bookmark with the necessary name, URL, and keyword, and it’ll work like a custom search engine when you type that keyword into your browser.”
Armed with that knowledge, follow the examples given in the posting of setting up custom searches on date ranges, particular topics, dictionaries, favourite sites.