Firefox 3: What more could one ask for?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by joeshell383, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. joeshell383 macrumors 6502a

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    Just downloaded FF3.

    I had FF2 on my Mac partition for compatibility purposes, but used Safari for most surfing. FF3 has blown me away--- clean look, robust (I didn't say snappy;)), fully featured (addresses 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, and 11 (I think) of my wishlist of improvements for Safari).

    I just removed Safari from my dock. Only thing Apple might have me on is bookmark syncing---something that I am considering using if I go with Mobile Me and it is an available feature.

    This was my wishlist for Safari 3 (which became my wishlist for Safari 4):
    1) Improved speed
    2) Improved compatibility
    3) Enhanced stability
    4) Cover-flow option for bookmarks, history, and downloads
    5) Multiple search providers available from drop-down in Search Box (Amazon, Apple Store, IMDB, Wikipedia, Custom)
    6) Search Box auto-complete/suggestions
    7) "Mute/Volume" button for web audio
    8) Downloads in drawer or tab instead of pop-up windows. Ability to search, Quick Look, and launch downloads within said area. Ideally, it would be contained in the "collections" section with history and bookmarks.
    9) Ability to view/use Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Pages, Keynote, Numbers and other files within the browser (similar to current PDF ability)
    10) Phishing Filter
    11) Optional Session Save
     
  2. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    if firefox were an option on my iphone, I might switch to it full time on my mac. But I really like having my bookmarks in sync between my iphone and my mac, and I do think safari is awfully good too, so for now I use mostly safari with some firefox thrown in (i'm using it now, actually).

    I used to like camino a lot, but it hasn't progressed all that much, and these days it seems kind of limited compared to safari and ff.
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    I think firefox 3 is the best all around internet tool.

    What's next? AFAIK
    1. keep improving standard support, since standard is moving forward also
    2. moving towards 64bit. Partial job has been done in firefox 3
    3. Keep improving cairo
    4. keep improving system integration with OSX
    5. Multi-threading
    6. Javasctipt 2.0
    7. gradually realign the codes structure for the future improvement.
    8. Buiding Optimization to further improve the snappiness.
    9. Firefox mobile

    And guess what, they are all being worked on! :)
     
  4. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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  5. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    You could always switch to FF full time and then just use Bookit to synchronize all your bookmarks to keep Safari up to pace (and thus your iPhone ;))

    It's a great little utility well worth the $12 they ask, especially if you use multiple browsers.

    If you just want a way to access all your bookmarks in OS X among multiple browsers there is the awesome freeware app Allbookmarks from Agile Web Solutions.

    BTW I agree with the OP, Firefox 3 is the real deal. I rarely use Safari anymore.
     
  6. Bonsai1214 macrumors 6502a

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    coverflow would be pretty kickass for history and bookmarks, but it'd have to cache all the data or it'll take a long time to load everything so you can see it.
     
  7. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a

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    Lofty goals, guys.

    How about right clicking on one monitor, and getting the context menu on the same monitor.

    Or perhaps less spelling errors.
     
  8. jwt macrumors 6502

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    Natively, or with an add-on? I tried opening a .doc and it opened in Word.
     
  9. webarchitect macrumors newbie

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    Firefox

    Firefox is a very versatile tool. Open source is really doing a hell of a lot good breaking the OS barriers.
     
  10. Halsey12 macrumors regular

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    I just can't get past the interface... visually, it really is nothing I want to look at.
     
  11. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    With the option to skin the interface is anything you want to make it. ;)
     
  12. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    Bookmark syncing with an iPhone.

    Keychain use.
     

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