Safari users, what prevents you from using firefox?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by clevin, Jun 25, 2007.


you didn't use firefox because

  1. didn't want to download a new browser since OSX already has safari pre-installed

    6 vote(s)
  2. tried, but give up, have problems with appearance

    24 vote(s)
  3. tried, but give up, have problems with features

    10 vote(s)
  4. other problems, such as...

    18 vote(s)
  1. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    Im opening two posts, related to opera and firefox, Im proposing these two posts for safari users, no matter they tried opera/firefox or not. I want to know what are the problem they have with these two browsers that prevent the from using these two browsers.

    I welcome firefox/opera users to solve the problems safari users have (if its solve-able), and I will be happy to deliver problems that can't be solved to mozillazine/bugzilla and opera forums.

    If you just hate the idea of NOT using an Apple product, then plz just pass this post.

    If you just want to debate firefox/opera/safari is better, then please pass this post.

    If you feel like you will not be able to admit the basic fact when they are stated, then please pass this post.


    My hope is to convince safari users to try firefox and opera for a bit longer than they usually do.

    Mod, I can't fit two browsers in a single poll (no multiple-choice I think), so I opened two, don't ban me :D

    I will first state the advantages of firefox here:
    1. it has vast amount of extensions that can help you surf internet more fun/easy/etc
    2. it has theme function
    3. its cross-platform, and allows personal information sync across computers and 3major OSes.
    4. It has less compatibility issue with most websites.
    5. better password manager
    6. Its separated from OS, so less risky (relative, not saying safari is to deeply connected to the core)
    7. allow you to select file downloading destination at a per download basis.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Well, you know my answer already..... :p I do like Firefox, and I'm using it now (on Win 2003).

    My preference for Safari on OS X is about 50% appearance and 50% that I get swayed by interesting plugins. Adblock was so much better than what was available (and not free) for Safari that it had me using Firefox. Now SafariBlock gets me what I need, and Inquisitor is the thing that has me on Firefox.

    I'm sure that when the Aqua / Cocoa Firefox release version hits, I will try it out.
  3. clevin thread starter macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    lol, I wasn't expect you to answer this anyway. you have obviously tried each browser long enough,

    hey, but welcome to answer other safari users questions if they were to be kind enough to offer any.
  4. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    I like Firefox fine for the most part. It was a lifesaver when I was on PC.

    But my Mac came with Safari bundled, and I got used to it. I have Firefox installed, in case I need to visit some backwards non-progressive website that won't support Safari ;) .

    Safari just seems simple and streamlined to me. I don't have a use for all the plug-ins that everyone touts for FF, so thats a non-issue for me.

    My only complaint against FF is that the appearance is just so.....Windows like!
  5. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2006
    Nassau, Bahamas
    Safari support colour profiles for photos, so you see accurate colours. Firefox does not, which is why a lot of photos look washed out with Firefox.
  6. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I do actually use Firefox, but one thing that made me think twice was bookmark syncing via .Mac for Safari. Oh how I wish this worked for Firefox, too.
  7. clevin thread starter macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    oh, ok, I would invite you, and all users who feel firefox is too windows-ish, to try out firefox 3.0 later this year maybe (LOL), its is written in cocoa, and has aqua widgets like camino. :D
    (you can try out alpha build for now, but its alpha. ) offers aqua widgets build of firefox, which has exactly same widgets as camino, but I don't see as if now, yet (I think the author just got a baby, so he is busy :D)

    I will sure to inform you if this issue were to be solved. as of now, AFAIK, this has not been changed and I do know this is pretty important for some users, especially photographers.

    update: from HERE I think the firefox 3.0 will support this, and it will be in nightly trunk in couple of weeks from now, I will post back when the patch checks in.

    Im not sure if sync bookmarks through .mac is possible (somebody fill the info plz), but there are yahoo toolbar and google toolbar that can sync bookmarks through these two services.
  8. 512ke macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2003
    On my machine Firefox takes ten times longer to start up. It sits there spinning much longer than does Safari. Safari launches more quickly, and that's a plus. It takes less time to get started.
  9. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I think Safari is a bit faster and I also like when I start typing in an address and it auto-fills with the right one I can hit return instead of hitting down arrow to select it and then return.

    The one feature I really liked about Firefox was that it would restore my session after a crash. But now Safari does that too (some people don't realize this is a new feature in the beta) it's under History (Reopen All Windows From Last Session).
  10. clevin thread starter macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    please try
    1. type about:config in firefox's address bar and press enter
    2. type any part of this string "browser.urlbar.autoFill" in the filter input area, and find this entry,
    3. double click to change the value of that entry to "true"
  11. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    firefox is a bit slower for me. and rather 'clunky' compared to Camino. and so is Safari.

    firefox also reminds me too much of windows in the way that it works. so its not for me. but it has some cool features like extensions.
  12. clevin thread starter macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    care to share some details? :)
  13. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    I used to be an Opera user (and I still am, with my Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii, along with Opera on my old IBM ThinkPad 760XL/64MB/10GB/Win98SE).

    Safari is simply more integrated with OS X (the way it handles things, hard to describe), and Safari 3 is finally giving me Opera-speed rendering and scrolling (though Opera 9.5 may reverse things once again).

    Opera does play nice with OS X and displays OS X widgets on pages, the overall look and feel is what I expect from an OS X application, but Safari is just a bit better.

    Firefox, on the other hand, takes forever to load and then render pages like I'm on Windows or something, the widgets on pages are really ugly and certainly not OS X-looking. I've also seen some minor fonts problems (can't remember what exactly, probably sizes).

    In any case, I like all 3 browsers because they adhere more or less the same way to the W3C specs, unlike Internet Explorer.
  14. clevin thread starter macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    I described the aqua widgets (osx-looking u mentioned) in my previous post, please take a look at it.

    about page rendering speed. the best I can offer is to try fasterfox, see if you like it. it DOES work for me.

    I have no solution for application starting speed. please try out firefox 3.0 later this year, it is written in cocoa with aqua widget by default. It might or might not solve all the problem u have tho.
  15. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    I probably will try it. As I said, FF is a fine browser, it's just that at the moment, I don't see a compelling reason to change.
  16. tempques macrumors member

    May 25, 2006
    For those of you wanting bookmarks-syncing for Firefox, you might like FoxMarks.
  17. paulbaker macrumors regular

    May 4, 2007
    FF seems to change the way text and pics fits onto the page. I just assume that Safari is representing more of the original look and feel.
  18. nsbio macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Slowness and clunkiness of FF prevents me from using it on a daily basis, on G4 PB and G5 iMac. I only launch it when I need a proxy server access, something that is handled abysmally bad in Safari.
  19. The Red Wolf macrumors regular

    The Red Wolf

    Apr 13, 2004
    Occi Dens Pacifica
    Slow to Open

    Safari opens almost instantly, while Firefox takes nearly ten times as long to open. I want my browser to open when and just go. I know it seems rather lame, but 40 odd seconds vs two or three breaks the deal. Safari does what I need it to. The only time I do use Firefox is for google chat and that sadly is it.
  20. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    well its a ported app. when it becomes a 'true' OS X app i'll give it another go.

    i just didn't like the setup and the way things worked. wouldn't allow me to import my bookmarks for some reason. and just general issues such as that.

    and while extensions are cool. i hate to have to rely on them.
  21. heySparky macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2007
    I can't pick any one of the vote choices. I use both. I prefer Safari for daily use. I use firefox for the times Safari chokes.
  22. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    I'll wait until Firefox 3.0 is officially released. I shouldn't have to install or configure anything for the application to look like a native OS X program.

    See above. :D

    Why the need to push people toward Firefox, if I might ask? It's not like we're making the web a bad place by using Safari (or Opera). I might understand if you were trying to push people away from Internet Explorer, but if you ask me I don't care if someone uses Safari, Opera or Firefox. They rarely give me any problem when I'm coding a website.

    IE, on the other hand... :rolleyes:
  23. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    I have absolutely no idea what the first sentence means.

    Why do you want safari users to try firefox and opera?
  24. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    I use Firefox on Windows and Safari on Macs.

    I've just not been compelled to use Firefox at home on my Macs. I have it installed but it offers me nothing over Safari. I might have a problem with a web site in Safari once every 3 months at most and then I load Firefox to see if it'll work there. Safari has ad blocking via Pith Helmet and that's the only extension I use in Firefox on Windows also...

    I'm not saying Firefox is better or worse than Safari but I have no compelling reason to use Firefox on my Macs. Actually I would say the biggest reason I don't is because for some reason the initial launch of Firefox takes a bit for some reason. Successive launches don't take long but the first one does. Not sure why. That's on a quad Mac Pro with pretty much no apps open too.

    I use Firefox nearly daily at work on my Windows machine but there's nothing on it that I do differently on Safari.

    Edit: Now that I think about it... I prefer Safari's built in RSS to Firefox's live bookmarks. Maybe I'm doing something wrong though.
  25. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    I've used Firefox (and Thunderbird) since version 1.0 on the PC and when I got my Mac Pro I installed both of them and used them for a month or so. But I found the Safari and Mail work 100x better than Firefox and Thunderbird ever did for me. Especially seeing as I have so many e-mail accounts.

    I've now ditched Firefox completely and use Internet Explorer 7 on the PC.

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