Firefox not Mac enough?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Dunmail, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Dunmail macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    Skipton, UK
    In the current (Issue 212) pf Mac Format there is a review of Firefox 3.5. In it the reviewer states that "it isn't a good OS X citizen, ignoring Mac conventions and technologies, including the built-in system spell-checker and keychain ... looking like a standard Mac app but not always behaving like one."

    Now I've used Firefox since early 2001 on Windows and Linux but only since this April on the Mac so to me it all feels quite comfortable which is surely the point of a cross-platform product. Of course this familiarity means that I'm less likely to see the supposed short-comings.

    So in what way doesn't Firefox behave like a Mac app? Are these major flaws are simply window (pun intended) dressing?
  2. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    Firefox uses it's own parts instead of the ones that are in OS X already. Spellchecking is one of those things. If I'm correct this is due to the fact that Firefox is written in Carbon and not in Cocoa. I think Mozilla is working on those features, one of the next versions of Firefox (in the near future) should be able to use the spellchecking and services from OS X. They optimised a lot in Firefox 3.5 so it integrates much better in OS X than previous versions but they're not quite there yet although they really are working on getting there.

    Firefox just works as it does on Windows and Linux, the only thing is that it can not use some features OS X offers such as the centralised keychain and spellchecker. This means that password you save in Firefox are only saved in Firefox' own system which in turn means that you can not use those passwords in Safari (or any other program that is able to use the keychain). Same thing goes for spellchecking. For you as a Linux user this won't change a bit but for OS X users who are used to these features this changes things (they have to do some more work than they're used to). No major flaws, just things that make life a bit easier.

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