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Firefox 3 Released

Post by rick752 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:04 pm

No more 'betas' or 'release candidates' .... the long awaited released version Firefox 3 is finally here! It is a vast improvement over its predecessor. I love it :mrgreen:

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http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
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Post by Alan Baxter » Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:49 am

I like being able to just type part of the name of a web page that I've previously visited right into the location bar. It's awesome not to have to manually search my history or bookmarks anymore.

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Post by Lanik » Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:47 am

Ahh someone discovered the power of Awesome Bar which I've been enjoying the past 6 months. :mrgreen:
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Post by The Masked Marauder » Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:30 pm

I don't care for the seemingly random selection of web sites in the awesome bar's list. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to disable this feature:
  • 1. In the address bar, enter about:config

    2. In the filter bar, enter browser.urlbar.matchOnlyTyped

    3. Double-click on the entry, which will change it from false to true.

    4. Clear your private data (Tools > Clear Private Data).

    5. Exit Firefox, then launch it again.
No more awesome bar.

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Post by rick752 » Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:51 pm

I'm "on the fence" with the awesome bar. Most of my normal items are already set for easy access so I don't use it much.
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Post by Lanik » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:27 am

Its not random selection, its your history + bookmarks. Give it a chance it tends to grow on you. FYI that about:config entry just hides what awesome bar shows it doesn't disable anything unfortunately.
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Post by IceDogg » Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:50 pm

I agree with Lanik, I hated or at least disliked it at first, but now I think it's really a great feature.

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Post by The Masked Marauder » Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:05 pm

This is a good description of how the awesome bar works:
The bookmark search function is nice. However, I can think of a few reasons to disable the awesome bar:
  • If two or more people share the same Windows account, their browsing histories get mixed together in the same listing.
  • You may not want someone else to see a list of the sites that you've been visiting.
  • If you clear your private data frequently, your history will start from scratch.
I don't have any problem finding things in my bookmarks.

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Post by The Masked Marauder » Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:12 pm

Lanik wrote:Its not random selection, its your history + bookmarks.
The first time you launch Firefox 3, the awesome bar pulls random entries from your bookmarks to populate the list. It takes a while for the bar to accumulate some history to work with.
Lanik wrote:FYI that about:config entry just hides what awesome bar shows it doesn't disable anything unfortunately.
After I did it, the awesome bar's listing is gone, and it doesn't perform keyword searches of my history/bookmarks. If that isn't disabled, it's sure doing a good impersonation. :D

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Post by Lanik » Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:26 am

Agreed completely. I've been playing around with Fx3 a while so I most likely haven't noticed those things.

You can create different profiles for different users, which you probably know. Hey if it works for you great. :)
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Post by Alan Baxter » Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:38 am

Fx 3 opens up a New Window much faster than Fx 2. On my 600MHz PIII, opening a new window for popups was so slow that I had Tab Mix Plus configured to open all popups in tabs. Fx 3 is so much faster that I've changed that setting back to Allow resized popups again. :D

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Post by rick752 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:58 am

The script processing speed of Fx3 is simply amazing. It seems that the most script-intense sites are some of the fastest. Browsing pages withing the same site is VERY fast (opera-like). This version also feels much snappier than its predecessor.
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