For Firefox 2 users: what you can expect from Firefox 3, pt3

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  1. clevin macrumors G3

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    Pt 1 & 2 is here (Turbo Speed and Less Memory, Full Page Zoom and Drag everywhere): http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=459507
    Pt 4 is Here (Password and Download Manager) http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=5289233
    Pt 5 is here (All the rest) http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=5423938

    5. Awesome Bar

    the location/address/url bar of firefox 3 is dubbed “awesome bar”, for some good reasons. Lets take a look at it.
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    One by one from left->right are: favicon, urlbar, RSS button, Quick Bookmark button, Dropdown History (downwards triangle)
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    Site info button (favicon), it displays site icon as firefox 2, but also provide security information with different colors, detail in next section.

    Dropdown history, click to show your most visited 12 pages.

    Star button, one click to bookmark current page!, click again to customize it: move to certain/new folders, remove it, add tag(s) (Tags can be a search term in your urlbar input)
    click star!
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    click Again!
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    urlbar, here, it acts like a spotlight search for your history and bookmarks,

    what you do: type in any number of strings (1-oo)

    what firefox will response:

    Perform instant search in your history and bookmarks looking for the matches from title bar of the page, url of the page, or the tags you assigned to your bookmarks when you added them. Sorted matches result according to the visit frequency.
    Ever have 100, 200, 500+ bookmarks and can't find what you want from the list? No MORE! :D
    Input tags you assigned to your bookmark
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    Input one term
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    Input two terms
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    Input 3 terms (bookmarks sorted higher than history, as you can see.
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    PS. You can ignore the matches results and just press enter after input, firefox 3 will just perform google and/or feeling luck like firefox 2.

    no matter its your previously visited websites (history)
    or its you interested websites (bookmarks)
    even if you only remember part of the title of the page
    even if you only remember part of the url of the page
    even if you only remember the rough category you used (tags)

    Type and spotlight, awesomebar is ready for you!
    :)

    PS. urlbar still retain the function as a google feeling luck search field. e.g., type "caltech parking" in urlbar and press enter, you will be redirected to http://parking.caltech.edu/ , (will goto a google search page if no sensible result can be found...)

    6. Security in a Box

    Security, are you worried? :) Firefox 3 is more secure than version 2. Take a look:

    Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site and to check if your connection is protected from eavesdropping. Color is used to remind you the status of the current page.
    Normal Color: no security method is used
    Blue: Transfer of data with current webpage is encrypted with SSL, TLS, etc, the page is verified by network security firms
    Green: Current page is certified by EV (Extended Validation)
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    PS. Click the favicon (any color, anytime) will give you more information about the website.
    PS2. The Cop's name is Larry in case you want to know :)

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    Firefox 3 will display a warning page you when you try to visit dangerous websites such as:
    sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware.
    pages suspected as web forgeries.
    You can try them out at Here. and Here. If you dont want to try, Here is how it looks:
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    Firefox will inform anti-virus software to check the file after downloading executables (windows only).


    Next to Come: Ease of use, Passwords and Download Manager.
     
  2. arkitect macrumors 601

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    I have been using Firefox 3.0b4 and it has been great so far. Apart from issues with my bank's online banking system — but at least Safari is OK with that.

    :)
     
  3. Pukey macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean arkitect? Your bank's on-line system isn't secure or Firefox for Mac isn't secure enough to be using for bank websites and the like? I was thinking of downloading Firefox for my Mac, but I wasn't sure which is more secure, Safari or Firefox?
     
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Firefox is probably more secure, just his bank doesn't recognise the beta yet.
     
  5. Pukey macrumors 6502

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  6. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Sí, correcto. :D

    The beta is not yet recognised.
     
  7. jive turkey macrumors 6502

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    I've been using beta 4 since it came out, and the Awesome Bar is just that...AWESOME! I almost never use bookmarks anymore. Simply :apple:-L to get to the location bar, type in a letter or two, and the site I want pops right up. Really a killer upgrade.

    The default mac theme stinks, though. :p
     
  8. karenflower macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, Firefox is *beautiful* (and immensely customizable) with Persona installed. Look! :D

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  10. Iamtherealwoody macrumors 6502

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    Im starting to notice how firefox handles tabs, its stability, and the fact that it doesnt give me the beach ball o death when i have more than 8 tabs open (safari's been doing that like crazy lately, and webkit nightlies too). Firefox is very robust, it just may get to be my default browser. It uses less ram and less CPU than safari on my macbook too. Firefox doesnt do as well on acid3 though.
     
  11. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    acid 3 was released at a very bad time of firefox 3's developing schedule. most the codes were near freeze at that time. and firefox 3 can't reopen the massive test to handle acid3 w/o significant delay.

    firefox 3 will do 71/100 in acid 3. im sure it will improve on top of that in version 3.x or 4.0. but im not sure if it will fully pass in the future, since acid 3 actually includes some standards that have since been updated or reverted (acid 3 has a sorta time limitation about what standard to choose, which is about 2004).

    Keep in mind that acid3 only checks limited number of items (sometimes extremely limited, near meaningless number) of each standard, so acid 3 score doesn't necessarily indicate how good the browser does on standard.
     
  12. Iamtherealwoody macrumors 6502

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    This is the nail in safari's coffin for me (see attached image) ... extensions, handles tabs MUCH better, faster, what more could you ask for?
    Grapple Yummy theme from http://www.takebacktheweb.org/ in case anyone is wondering.
     

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  13. Am3822 macrumors 6502

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    Safe migration to FF3B4

    How can I install the new beta while making sure that I can easily downgrade to FF2 should things break down? What files should I back-up?

    Are AdBlockPlus/NoScript FF3-compatible?
     
  14. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    Download the dmg and mount it.
    Next drag the Firefox app to your desktop.
    Rename Firefox app to something like "Firefox3beta" (or to your liking).
    Drag Firefox3beta to your Applications folder.

    Bingo! Now you have both versions of Firefox installed. Firefox 3 beta will use the same profile folder as Firefox 2. To remove the beta, simply drag Firefox3beta to the Trash. Your preferences/bookmarks/history will remain intact.
     
  15. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    NoScript is available for firefox 3 beta 5 as of now

    adblockplus is indevelopement for firefox 3, there is developing build available here http://adblockplus.org/devbuilds/

    (you need install nightly tester tool to avoid abblock compatibility check, I have it on, it works fine, just the version # hasn't been updated yet)
     
  16. nemex macrumors regular

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    In addition to the above directions, you can also create different profiles to be used with Firefox, do as indicated in the Mozilla support pages , I have 2 different profiles one for FF2.X and other one for testing purposes to be used with FF3b5, in this way I can go back to my original settings or experiment with updated addons for FF3b5, for instance the latest Delicious alpha release...

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    cheers!
     
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  18. twig macrumors member

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    Looks like a beta 5 compatible adblockplus was just released (7.5.4). I'm using it now and it's working fine. I've been stuck with beta 4 since I just can't stand a browser without a decent adblocker.
     
  19. louise6380 macrumors newbie

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    the new location bar search(awesomebar) has been working great. I tried to do similar thing on Safari using built-in history search or spotlight but they tend to give me pages I don't want.
    I guess the way Fx3 ranks search results are more adequate for finding history and bookmarks.
     

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