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Tweaking the most of your Firefox 3.6 Beta – Tabs

We all know that Firefox 3.6 Beta supports Aero integration and that it looks and feels great. However, for those who do not want this feature, there is a way to turn it off. However, there are a couple of other tweaks you might not know about!

Tweak #1: Enhanced Ctrl-Tab

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With this option, instead of cycling through tabs, Firefox will cycle through small previews of the tabs when Ctrl-Tab is used.

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Selecting Show all n’ tabswill take you to this search menu. Handy when you have a LOT of tabs open!

If, however, you wish to have this at the click of your mouse instead of messing with Ctrl-Tab, you can enable another option and have Tweak #2: AllTabs Previews

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This will make a small button appear on the tab-bar, clicking which will let you search through tabs and cycle through them at will. Neat right?

So, how do you make these options appear? Simple, really in Firefox’s address bar, type about:configwithout the quotes. Promise that you will be careful, and then in the list of options, filter tab.

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Enable browser.ctrlTab.previewsfor the first tweak and browser.allTabs.previewsfor the second tweak. That’s that!

How To Disable Windows 7 Taskbar Tab Preview in Firefox 3.6

If you have used Firefox the Firefox 3.6 beta, you have probably noticed that Mozilla has introduced support for Windows 7 taskbar thumbnails. Firefox 3.6 allows you to directly select a tab from the taskbar. This is similar to how Internet Explorer 8 behaves in Windows 7. Some people love this behaviour while others find it annoying. I happen to belong to the latter group. I am a heavy multi-tasker and often have dozens of open tabs organised into multiple windows. Taskbar tab previews doesn’t make any distinction between tabs from different windows and is a major productivity bump.

If you find taskbar tab previews irritating, here is a quick way to get rid of them.

  • Type about:config in the awesome bar (address bar). Ignore the caution message and proceed.
  • Type browser.taskbar.previews.enable in the filter bar.
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  • Now, you will be displayed a single entry whose current value is True. Double click on the entry to change its value to False.

That’s it. Firefox should instantly stop displaying tab previews in the taskbar.

via Tweaking With Vishal

Firefox 3.6 RC1 Coming November, Firefox 3.6 In Mid December

Mozilla is gearing towards releasing 3.6 to the masses. A beta version of Firefox 3.6 is already available for download. If you want to know the new features, you can always read our Firefox 3.6 hands-on review.

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However, end users will have to wait a couple of months, before they can actually start using Firefox 3.6. According to the latest release schedule, Firefox 3.6 RC1 is expected to be released at the end of November, with the final version slated for mid-December.

Firefox 3.6 is no doubt faster than the earlier versions, however, it still lacks several features which other browsers including Google Chrome and already have. For example, there is still no sign of the no-restart add-ons and themes installation. Of course you can always change personas, which is pre-loaded in Firefox 3.6, without restarts, but they are technically not themes.

In addition to that, Firefox 3.6 does not have support for JumpLists yet, although there is support for the superbar. While having a conversation on , @leematthews pointed me to the fact that Firefox 3.7 Minefield has support for JumpLists, however, it is slated to be released in Spring of 2010. Just imagine the development and progress other browsers will make by then.

Another annoying fact is that neither Firefox 3.6 or Firefox 3.7 Minefield have support for multiple processes. Browsers like Chrome and IE8 already have support for this in stable versions. Multiple processes allow browsers to isolate multiple tabs, this in turn will help end users to just kill the problematic tab instead of the entire browser crashing.

Firefox 3.6 is no doubt better than 3.5, but such lack of features make me think as to whether Mozilla is really putting their efforts in adding the right features to the browser. What do you think? Would you want to have JumpLists, no-restart add-ons and theme installation and separate processes for tabs? Or, would you just settle for a faster version with some enhance GUI changes?

Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 Review

Namoroka or Firefox 3.6 has been unleashed for the developers with its first Beta version out. This version of the popular open source web browser (the current iteration of which is named after the Namoroka National Park, Madagascar) supports many new features. From built in support for Personas to WOFF font support to full screen native video support, this new Firefox (sometimes referred to as Firefox.next) is built atop the Gecko 1.9.2 rendering engine. While the general public release is due this November, in this review we will see how this update will perform.

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Let’s start with one of the most widely used beautifyingtools for Firefox. Yes, Personas! In this version of Firefox, there is no visible fox button anywhere. However, if you navigate to the Personas webpage and just hover your mouse over a persona, your browser will change to give you an instant preview of the skin.

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Click Wear thisand you are done! Very simple and super-slick.

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Support for the Web Open Font Format (WOFF), the compressed but lossless font format with built-in source information, is a new feature for this version and when 3.6 is available for download, it will be the first web browser to completely support the WOFF format.

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The rendering on Firefox…

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…as opposed to Chrome. Notice the bond typeface lost when the browser does not understand the font type (it reverts to a compressed format).

Next up is the most anticipated: native full screen video support. If you know what this means, you stream your videos from open source sites such as TinyVid or The Video Bay. Opening a video from these providers and right clicking on said video allows for an option called Full Screen

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And well, clicking on it renders the video throughout your screen. Sure the frame-rate is not the same as the original, sure there is a half-minute pause before the video plays again, but this is definitely the direction the internet needs to take!

Namoroka also has an integrated outdated plugin alerter. Whenever any plugin is out of date, Fx will politely let you know that such-and-such plugin is out of date along with a button to update those plugins.

(Screenshot from Blair’s Brain)

Also included on the release notes are words such as Improved Javascript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup timealong with support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 technologies. Since all of this cannot be measured by this reviewer, this has been taken at face value.

Download Firefox 3.6 Beta 1

3.6 beta 1 is out after a bit of delay, the beta version was supposed to be released on October 28th originally.

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The new version of Firefox 3.6 consists of several new features which includes:

  • Users can now change their browser’s appearance with a single click, with built in support for Personas.
  • Firefox 3.6 will alert users about out of date plugins to keep them safe.
  • Open, native video can now be displayed full screen, and supports poster frames.
  • Support for the WOFF font format.
  • Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup time.
  • Support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies.

We will be doing a full fledged review of Firefox 3.6 Beta 1, so stay tuned for that.

Please note: This is a beta version and is not yet ready for all the users, download and use it, if you are keen on testing the latest version of Firefox.

Please use the following links to download Firefox 3.6 Beta, or visit the beta download page:

Download Firefox 3.6 Beta 1

Firefox 3.6 Gets a Graphical Tab Switcher

Firefox 3.5 may have been released only a few weeks ago, but Mozilla is already working hard on the next build of Firefox (codenamed Namoroka). Namoroka is expected to include a host of changes including site preferences, in-built Prism, session management and significant performance improvements. Firefox 3.6 is also expected to have better integration with Aero in Windows (Vista and Seven).

However, the most significant feature improvement for me is the addition of a Tab Switcher. If you use the Alt+Tab task switcher in Windows a lot, you are going to love it. Tab Switcher was originally planned for Firefox 3.0 and then 3.5 releases, but was dropped at the last moment on both occasions. The Tab Switcher is disabled by default in the latest nightly builds. However, you can easily enable it if you are eager to check it out. Download the latest nightly build and enter about:config in the address bar. Type browser.ctrlTab.previews in the Filter pane. Change the value for the highlighted property to true. Now press Ctrl+Tab buttons to activate Tab Previews.

The Tab Switcher functionality is similar to Opera’s, but instead of showing all open Tabs only shows the current tab and five most recently used tabs. There is also the option to “Show All Tabs”. This option displays all tabs along with a search box. Unfortunately you can’t directly trigger this feature which reduces its usefulness.

Firefox Namaroka - Tab Preview
Firefox Namaroka - All Tabs Preview

Firefox Namoroka is currently in early testing phase and may have serious stability and performance issues. But, if you feel adventurous you can download the latest nightly build from here.

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Firefox 3.6 aka Namoroka Will Feature Restart-Less Extension and Theme Installation

The one thing I hate about is the requirement to restart the browser when installing new extensions and themes, this is pretty much similar to earlier versions of Windows, where small registry changes required users to restart the browser.

Firefox 3.5 is in the works and should be released sometime in June, but discussions about the next version of Firefox which will be codenamed Namoroka and tagged as version 3.6, will do away with this problem altogether.

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