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Firefox 62 for Mac Makes Browser Mojave-Ready With New Automatic Dark Theme

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Mozilla today launched Firefox 62 web browser for macOS, bringing variable fonts support and a new automatic dark theme to Mac desktops.

By introducing a dark theme to the browser, Mozilla is following up the one it added to its mobile counterpart last month, the only difference being that the desktop version comes with intelligent support for the new native Dark Mode featured in macOS 10.14 Mojave.


What that means is Firefox automatically switches to the twilight theme whenever the the macOS Dark Mode is active, making for a more uniform desktop application interface without requiring action on the user's part.

Meanwhile, support for variable fonts makes it possible for web designers to create typography using a single font file, rather than generating several files for variations of the same font.

Also listed in this release's changelog: Firefox Home (default new tabs) can now display up to four rows of top sites, Pocket stories, and highlights, while a "Reopen in Container" tab menu option appears for users with Containers that lets them choose to reopen a tab in a different container.

Lastly, disconnecting from the desktop version of Firefox Sync prompts the browser to ask if you want to wipe your Firefox profile, including passwords, history, cookies, and web data.

Firefox now has 300 million active users, according to Mozilla's weekly user activity report. If you're already a Firefox user, you should receive an automatic upgrade after restarting the browser. For everyone else, Firefox 62 is available for macOS as a free download directly from the Mozilla website.

Article Link: Firefox 62 for Mac Makes Browser Mojave-Ready With New Automatic Dark Theme
 
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yngrshr

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Still use Safari on my Mac, but recently changed from Chrome to Firefox when using Windows. It really has improved so much!

Firefox truly has improved. And it’s replaced Chrome completely for me. I use Safari on my Mac as my secondary browser due to the great interplay between my Mac and my Windows machines when logged into Firefox.

I can’t see any reason to use Chrome at this point.
 
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bluecoast

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Firefox is my secondary browser (safari is my first) - it’s nearly back to its glory days. It’s fast and I love the new UI and its overall feeling of speed.

I say ‘nearly’ in that it’s still rough around the edges in some aspects.

For example, the bookmarking system doesn’t seem to have been touched for a few years and brings up an ancient looking floating window to manage your bookmarks.

Mind you, Safari’s bookmarking system seems to date from about 10 years ago.

I guess most people just don’t bookmark anymore!
 
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OldSchoolMacGuy

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Firefox is my secondary browser (safari is my first) - it’s nearly back to its glory days. It’s fast and I love the new UI and its overall feeling of speed.

I say ‘nearly’ in that it’s still rough around the edges in some aspects.

For example, the bookmarking system doesn’t seem to have been touched for a few years and brings up an ancient looking floating window to manage your bookmarks.

Mind you, Safari’s bookmarking system seems to date from about 10 years ago.

I guess most people just don’t bookmark anymore!

I wouldn't be surprised if only a small percentage of people bookmark these days. Years ago it was necessary to keep track of sites you'd found. Now you can find those sites again quickly with a search engine visit. Auto-fill has also largely replaced them.

I still bookmark plenty, but I can see it being a dying feature.
 
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bluecoast

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I wouldn't be surprised if only a small percentage of people bookmark these days. Years ago it was necessary to keep track of sites you'd found. Now you can find those sites again quickly with a search engine visit. Auto-fill has also largely replaced them.

I still bookmark plenty, but I can see it being a dying feature.

Oh yeah sure. I just wish that they’d clean this up so that it ages better. It feels like it was last worked on in the FF6 era.

But I suspect in engineering priority, ‘cleaning the bookmarking UI up’ is probably a ‘nice to have/do’ feature!
 
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drayon

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I wouldn't be surprised if only a small percentage of people bookmark these days. Years ago it was necessary to keep track of sites you'd found. Now you can find those sites again quickly with a search engine visit. Auto-fill has also largely replaced them.

I still bookmark plenty, but I can see it being a dying feature.

bookmarking is still cool and wayz better than them newskool things that lazy pplz give googles money for search instead of knowing little bit the url and autocomplete from bookmark.

i don't know why anyone wanna use anything but Chrome. Those tabs in the title bar is the smartest invention ever on this planet cos when populated is so easy cool to drag the window around. I just canny can't wait till M$ put 'sets' in the OS, then i can have the most fun in the world trying to drag file explorer windows around in the 2-3 pixels of space that may be available. I love M$ they copy the best ideas like this or they do beteer like copy best idea then change to be even starter like cos in english we go left to right top to bottom, the start menu bottom left of screen, such smartest thing...go those guys at M$ biggest genius eva...make applz look as stupid when set up new iphone and there no apps on there like notes and contacts so cant get long 63 character wifi pass to the phone with airdrop or itunez...I love this new world, they making things so much more easier and useful...
 
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ivan_k

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Firefox is my secondary browser (safari is my first) - it’s nearly back to its glory days. It’s fast and I love the new UI and its overall feeling of speed.

I say ‘nearly’ in that it’s still rough around the edges in some aspects.

For example, the bookmarking system doesn’t seem to have been touched for a few years and brings up an ancient looking floating window to manage your bookmarks.

Mind you, Safari’s bookmarking system seems to date from about 10 years ago.

I guess most people just don’t bookmark anymore!

Love Safari's bookmarking system. Have placed two buttons on the toolbar next to each other - "Show sidebar" and "Toggle the favorites bar". Most accessed bookmarks are placed in folders on the favorites bar, less accessed - in folders on the sidebar (which is also used for reorganization of bookmarks, renaming etc.). Super simple, clean interface and fast to use and find whatever I need (have probably around 2000 links saved). Both bars are opened only when needed...

The only obvious way I think it can be improve is to be able to edit description field when editing a bookmark in the sidebar. Seems like description can be added only when the bookmark is saved. I rarely use the description field however, since the folder organisational structure allows me to find whatever I need in no time (of course search works in address & search bar for bookmarks very well too...)

I love Safari. Firefox has definitely improved a lot and I use it as a second browser. Using Chrome pretty much only for youtube now.
 
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With Safari loosing so many extensions (and having only few to begin with), I'm considering switching back to Firefox.

But the thing I'd miss most about Safari is the way that swiping back in history works. I like peeking back to check, before I close a tab. Safari and Chrome just have these weird arrows that appear as you swipe. It feels very unnatural to me.
 
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For example, the bookmarking system doesn’t seem to have been touched for a few years and brings up an ancient looking floating window to manage your bookmarks.
True, but you can add, edit and move bookmarks around directly from the drop-downs on the toolbar or, if you prefer, the sidebar. Plus you can have separators.

I find Safari generally a smoother, more integrated browser but use Firefox as it's much more customisable. Cookie management is great, "Multi-Account containters" is good for my minor OCD and Bitwarden (as a password manager) is well integrated. I miss Safari's integration with the play/pause controls on my bluetooth headphones (although it still sometimes opens iTunes which majorly irritates me).
 
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longtimelurker

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Firefox truly has improved. And it’s replaced Chrome completely for me. I use Safari on my Mac as my secondary browser due to the great interplay between my Mac and my Windows machines when logged into Firefox.

I can’t see any reason to use Chrome at this point.

One reason would be to have your web actions and tracking to become available to Google on a constant basis. //sarcasm
 
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T Coma

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Firefox worked great for me until it acquired an odd glitch: if it was open, or even I closed it but I did not reboot, my file associations would get temporarily scrambled. I know, makes no sense, but that's what would happen. Double clicking on a file would open an application other than the intended one. A reboot would clean that up.

Too bad I had to stop using it; it was the fastest and otherwise most problem free browser of the 5 I had.
 
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Janichsan

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By introducing a dark theme to the browser, Mozilla is following up the one it added to its mobile counterpart last month, …
That sentence is a bit misleading, as it sounds as if the dark theme is completely new with this version. Firefox had a dark theme for quite a while now, the only new thing is the automatic switching.
 
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Safari and Firefox all day everyday. BUT (please tell me its not just me) when streaming videos on firefox it hogs cpu/energy and revs up fan. Never had such issues with Safari. Although i am content with just using safari but unfortunately my work laptop doesn't allow me to sync safari data across devices.
 
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vahdyx

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They do this but refuse to do touch bar support?!?

Come one let's get touch bar regardless of how useless it seems. Some people actually use it while browsing.
 
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5aga

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Firefox worked great for me until it acquired an odd glitch: if it was open, or even I closed it but I did not reboot, my file associations would get temporarily scrambled. I know, makes no sense, but that's what would happen. Double clicking on a file would open an application other than the intended one. A reboot would clean that up.

Too bad I had to stop using it; it was the fastest and otherwise most problem free browser of the 5 I had.

I had a silmilar issue on my iMac but not my MBP. really strange glitch.
 
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star-affinity

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I really like Firefox overall since the so called ”Quantum” release. Smooth to scroll and stays snappy even with a lot of tabs open.

Don't like the Windows style truncated pop-up menus, though (can be seen if going to https://wikipedia.org and clicking the language button next to the search field).
 
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Yeah I do web design and development and Firefox is my prefered browser. Safari is pretty good as well and I often find myself using both. I hardly use Chrome, however, and mainly use it for being logged into Google Analytics so they can't track me everywhere I go and for testing sites I'm building. Chrome has too many memory issues and Firefox seems to be a lot more optimized these days. I think Firefox would be a lot more popular if they had an advertising team behind them like Google does. The main reason they took off back in the day was because they were so much better than IE so word of mouth caused them to grow. Today the gap isn't as wide so a lot of people just go with what they know. But if you're using the web heavily with lots of tabs it seems to be better, at least in the past year or so.
 
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Firefox getting ready for new space gray mac minis and space gray non-pro iMacs.
 
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bluecoast

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Safari and Firefox all day everyday. BUT (please tell me its not just me) when streaming videos on firefox it hogs cpu/energy and revs up fan. Never had such issues with Safari. Although i am content with just using safari but unfortunately my work laptop doesn't allow me to sync safari data across devices.
Safari is great - I mean really great - at not spinning up the fan.

If people use Chrome on the Mac - which is really great AT spinning up the fan - you should stop, right now!

Firefox - as you said - is somewhere between the two, really.

For me that means that it stays as my second browser on the Mac.
 
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capandjudy

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Firefox is my secondary browser (safari is my first) - it’s nearly back to its glory days. It’s fast and I love the new UI and its overall feeling of speed.

I say ‘nearly’ in that it’s still rough around the edges in some aspects.

For example, the bookmarking system doesn’t seem to have been touched for a few years and brings up an ancient looking floating window to manage your bookmarks.

Mind you, Safari’s bookmarking system seems to date from about 10 years ago.

I guess most people just don’t bookmark anymore!

I think that bookmarks are still very much a thing. I always thought that Mozilla and then Firefox way of handling bookmarks was unintuitive. It could be better.
 
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KPandian1

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Safari and Firefox, primary and secondary browsers in my Macs.

Firefox and Chrome, primary and rarely used secondary in the Windows.

Annoying that a lot of distributors don't allow Firefox - monopolized by Google?

Latest such irritant, DirecTV Now refused to allow streaming on Firefox. Not even IE, which is okay. Don't watch on Windows anyway.

IE was always an update tool for Windows even from the 90's. Netscape.
 
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I like Firefox on Windows, but on macOS I just can't deal with its non-standard interface. Everything feels off, animations aren't as smooth as in other apps and other animations I'm used to are completely missing. Like the bounce at the end of a page when scrolling. I'm sticking to Safari, so far no other browser does the macOS look-'n'-feel completely right.
 
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