January 2011

Firefox 4 Beta 11 and Firefox 5

On February 10, 2010, Mozilla released Firefox 3.7 Alpha 1. Yes, that is correct version number 3.7. Since it was still being built on the Gecko 1.9 rendering engine and was supposed to be an update to Firefox 3.6 (features/changes that were not ready in time for Firefox 3.6 would be implemented into this version). So here we are a little under two-weeks from the anniversary of this release. So what happened in the past year? Let’s see the numbering (and purpose) was changed to Firefox 4 when the first Beta on the Gecko 2.0 rendering engine was released back…

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Firefox 4 Beta 10 Released

Mozilla released the tenth beta for Firefox 4.0 on January 25th. This is a regular beta release and is being made available for testing purposes only. New stuff in this Beta 10 release: Compatibilty and stability improvements when using Adobe Flash on Mac OS X Improvements in memory usage Support for a graphics driver blacklist to improve stability See the complete changelist from the previous beta For more info see the release notes for Firefox 4 Beta 9. The next planned release is the Beta 11 then (maybe) moving in to the Release Candidate (RC) builds.

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First Glance: Miramar Alpha 2 (TBird 3.3)

Since I had some time, I installed Thunderbird 3.3a2 aka Miramar. Upon the first start-up I was prompted to setup my email account. The process went smoothly as like in Thunderbird 3.1, setup should be able to auto-detect the account settings based on the email address you put in. Since all my email accounts are IMAP, I had Miramar synced with Thunderbird 3.1 running on my Windows 7 and Ubuntu machines. Took a couple minutes of playing around in the View menu to get the layout the way I preferred. As you can see from the About screen, Mozilla Messaging…

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When an email account is initially setup in Thunderbird, the user is prompted to enter their name which is shown as the from on the mail message. What if you want to have multiple display/from names on the same email account? Thunderbird gives you the ability to create multiple ‘identities’ for an email account: Go to Tools >  Account Settings… (Linux: Edit > Account Settings) At the bottom right of the Account Settings window shall be a button Manage Identities… Choose Add.. Complete at least the first two fields (Your Name, Email Address) Click OK, Click OK, Click OK When…

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Miramar (Thunderbird) 3.3a2 Released

Mozilla Messaging has released the second alpha for the next generation of Thunderbird. Miramar is the code name for the new Thunderbird 3.3 which is built on the new Gecko 2 engine. New in this release: New Troubleshooting information page to aid supporting and diagnosing problems in Thunderbird Notifications of add-on installation progress and issues now work correctly Attachment reminder now works again Attachment sizes are now available in the compose window and numerous other bug fixes For more details see the Release Notes. <a href=”http://s104.photobucket.com/albums/m195/ffextensionguru/Email%20Mafia/?action=view&amp;current=Tbirdvertical.png” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m195/ffextensionguru/Email%20Mafia/Tbirdvertical.png” border=”0″ alt=”Photobucket”></a>

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Firefox 4: Live Feed Button

Starting with Firefox 4 Beta 7, the ‘Live Feed’ button was removed from the address bar. For those who did use this feature you can re-add it via the customize option: Right-click on a toolbar Select Customize… In the box of icons locate and drag to the desired location the Subscribe button Once finished click Done.

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Firefox 4: Status Bar Info & Status-4-Evar

As I reported earlier, back with Firefox 4 Beta 7, someone came up with the bright idea to eliminate the status bar and replace it with the optional (and crappy) Add-on Bar . The reason for this is to free up screen space. Instead they integrated part of the status bar (mainly where a link takes you, into the address bar as seen below). When you mouse-over a link now in Firefox 4, the link is displayed up in the address bar to the right of the current URL. Not very piratical IMHO and the color scheme makes a bit…

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Firefox 4: Status Bar now Add-on Bar

New with Firefox 4 Beta 7 was out with the Status Bar and in with the ‘Add-on Bar’. So, what’s the difference? Other than the name, nothing really. Oh yea, the status bar add-ons bar now has a ‘close button’ so you can easily hide it. To re-activate either right-click on the navigation or tab bar and select Customize… then choose Add-on Bar. Else activate the menu bar via the Alt key and select View >> Toolbars then select Add-on Bar. ETA:  Several more things, there is no longer a progress bar. There is no ‘status’ reports (loading, waiting, Done,…

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Firefox 4 Add-ons Manager

Part of the big changes with Firefox 4 is a newly designed Add-Ons manager and user interface (UI). Some observations: First off, the add-ons manager now opens in a tab instead of separate window. The manager itself is wider now as the menu options are down the side instead of along the top. Because of the width, trying to use the Add-Ons Manager in Sidebar tweak is not going to be very useful. You must still restart whenever adding/removing or disabling/enabling add-ons. Mozilla has finally ‘un-hidden‘ the option to install add-ons via a file (gear button next to the add-ons…

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