firefox 1.5 - in with 1 feature, out with another

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MyAppleWorld, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. MyAppleWorld macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    Oh well i am disappointed

    My main problem with firefox 1 was that the backspace didn't act as a 'back' button. However I am delighted to find that in version 1.5, backspace is now a back button - just like the pc version of firefox.

    However they have killed another favourite feature of mine (a main reason i do not use safari). In 1.0, clicking anywhere inside the address bar used to highlight the whole url. But in 1.5 it positions the blinking cursor where you click, instead of highlighting the whole url. This is most annoying and its a feature I really hate about safari ::(

    I just want a browser with these features and firefox 1.5 was almost perfect:

    backspace = back navigation
    clicking any part of the address bar highlights the whole URL
    search shortcuts (g darren searches google for darren)
    java, flash etc plugins

    Darren :(
  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
  3. Jeromie macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2005
    By default, triple clicking selects the whole browser. Command-L will also select the address bar, and is my prefered method.

    However, one of the wonderful things about Firefox is that you can make it behave how YOU want to. To make it so that a single click will select the address bar:
    1) type about:config in the address bar
    2) in the list of variables you see, look for browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll (you can use the filter to search for it)
    3) change the value to true (just double click where it says false)

    This should give you back one click select in the address bar. Happy browsing!
  4. MyAppleWorld thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    wow thanks that has fixed it!

    Whilst downloading firefox, i came across mozillas camino. Why have they got 2 different products for mac?

    Tried about:config on camino and looking for clickSelectsAll but it isn't available :(

    camino seems to load quicker from fresh launch
  5. hob macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
    I like what they've done with 1.5! It's finally allowed me to migrate from Safari fine! Bye bye safari!
  6. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I would like to know that too. Why not just stick with one product? Maybe there's a different team of developers just using the Mozilla engine?
  7. mdavey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Because some of the Mozilla developers wanted a better integration between Mac OS X and the/a Mozilla browser. It is snappier than Firefox and until the recent improvements in Safari was faster than Safari too (in fact, initial versions of Camino were around before Apple launched their own browser - perhaps the developers at Mozilla were hoping that Apple would adopt Camino).
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Since Camino was first, why wasn't there a version for Windows or Linux? Firefox (Phoenix/Firebird) was originally an x86-only counterpart to Camino.

    In any case, it's been a long way in the past now, so what does it matter?
  9. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    You're missing the point of Camino, which was to be an Mac only browser based on the Gecko rendering engine. Mozilla (and then Firefox) were developed from the start to be cross platform, but in doing so don't have some of the great features of the Mac (as they basically run identically on Windows, Mac and Linux). Firefox was never developed to be "x86-only", as from the start it ran on Linux and Windows at least (and Linux runs more ppc, alpha etc..).

    The Camino interface is Aqua based instead of the cross platform interface engine from Mozilla that Firefox is based on, so is a much more Mac like program. In fact, the latest version uses the Tiger "Unified" UI, like Tiger Mail. I wish Safari would move to this, as Camino looks great.
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    When did I say that Phoenix was developed to be "x86-only"? I said that it was originally developed for x86 only.
  11. swindmill macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2005
    you can unify Safari with the UNO app. It actually unifies the entire OS, which looks very nice.
  12. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I hated that :rolleyes:
  13. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Actually, I mis-read your initial comment the same way, so the response was understandable.

    In any case, though, Camino isn't cross platform because the entire interface relies on OSX-only technologies. There is nothing to port to another platform.

    That was sort of the point from the begining--completely cross-platform apps like Firefox are nice, but there's something to be said for a more "platform integrated" interface that just makes use of the cross-platform rendering engine. It, like Safari, is also not nearly extensible as FF, which can be good or bad depending on your personal preference, but again that's the idea.

    And in response to an earlier comment, almost everybody at the time thought that Camino (or at the very least Gecko) was going to be the basis for Safari--using KHTML was a shock to a whole lot of people, including the Camino devs if memory serves.
  14. kugino macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2003
    i actually like the 1.5 (optimized) version. i'd been using deer park ever since it first started and now that it acts like the other browsers (like delete for "back", etc.) i'm using it more and more. i've incorporated a safari-like theme for my firefox so it looks like i'm working in a mac, the addition of various extensions is nice.

    the most useful thing for me with firefox is the handling of proxy servers, which allows me to connect to my school library from home and still get access to all the digital content. i still love camino and go back and forth, but 1.5 is the most useable firefox yet.
  15. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    In Safari you get the whole thing highlighted by clicking on the favicon.

    ...and checking now, that's the same thing that Firefox 1.5 does. So you get the best of both worlds, highlight all and direct cursor placement!

    [Edit: same goes for Camino.]
  16. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003

    But that's simply not true. I had an early alpha of phoenix (later Firebird and then Firefox) running on PPC linux. It was always developed to be cross platform as it was based on the cross platform interface developed for Mozilla.

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