The Superiority of Firefox

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by justind.clark, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. justind.clark macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    I know this really boils down to preference but after trying Safari, Camino, OmniWeb, iCab, Shiira, Sunrise and others; I have concluded that Firefox 3 is the best and here is why.

    There are a lot of browsers with cool features but I haven't found one that I can't get for Firefox using plugins. Sometimes there are features that i don't have any use for in other browsers but in Firefox i just add the functionality that i need and leave the rest via add-ons. Firefox has true StumbleUpon for free. You can make it look virtually identical to the other browsers if that is important to you. I have made Firefox run just as fast if not faster than Safari by enabling pipelining.

    I know that Mozilla makes Camino for mac but it is too limited in terms of features and extendability. And i have never been able to get it to run as fast as Firefox on my mac.
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I love my firefox that looks exactly like safari! :D It is nice on my eyes.
  3. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Yeah, I do miss StumbleUpon's toolbar not being available for Safari, but it still works by going to their site and making use of the frame at the top.
  4. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    For me Firefox just seems to be more stable and it never needs any updates to it's "snappiness" factor.
  5. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008

    i love firefox too.
  6. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    And now Firefox has the Inquisitor plugin. Also, have you tried Opera? I didn't see it on your list.
  7. justind.clark thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    benlangdon: you can read an excellent explanation of pipelining in firefox 3 here

    MarkMS: Yes i have used opera, i forgot to put it in my list. Opera is decent but I have had problems with it rendering simple pages such as Google. Also it doesn't have anything that i can't get in Firefox.
  8. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    nice thank you i just did it.
    ya i was going to google it but im a little busy

    but thank you, i never knew blogs were useful for something :eek:

    o ya im trying inquisitor, at first i was pissed that it searched in yahoo, then in the setting it said google.
    so im giving it a try, already kinda liking it

    anyone else have any good addons.
    i got a couple but will post later
  9. mrmember macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2008
    I got a new iMac yesterday and would like to download Firefox. Is there any reason not to? After all the problems I had with my PC's over the years, I sure don't want to mess up this new Mac. Do Mac users prefer Firefox or Safari more? Anybody know? and why? (too many questions....I know)

    When I have the Apple store transfer my programs/files, can they transfer my bookmarks I had in Firefox?
  10. G-Com macrumors regular

    May 21, 2008
    North of The 'Nati
    You should buy an external hard drive and back up an installation.

    I use both Safari and Firefox. Right now I'm on the former. Each has strengths and weaknesses.

    You can transfer your bookmarks. It's a snap.
  11. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    They all take me to the same Internet I guess....

    I never knew browsing would be such a big deal.
  12. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2008
    Firefox is great because it comes with very few features but you can add everything you could ever want. Safari comes with a handful of features but you can only add a few if you want. This means firefox does everything i want without useless features getting in my way. Firefox also has a addons that allows me to sync bookmarks between computers which is a life saver for anyone who dual-boots. I also like having one browser on every OS. I could boot into almost any OS available and have Firefox, Safari only works on windows and osx.
    Safari might be a little faster but i really dont care. I'd rather have my addons and sacrifice 0.1 seconds per page.

    Heres the addons that got me hooked:
    Adblock - Works as advertised (
    Fliterset.g updater - Updates the adblock list so new ads dont show up (
    Download Statusbar - Downloads appear in a neat toolbar at the bottom of your window instead of a complete different window. You can watch every single download progress and even open it from the bar without ever switching from your main window (
    Video DownloadHelper - Lets you download videos from sites like youtube and such. Works on any embedded media like music too (
  13. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    I think the actually difference between Safari and FireFox now is pretty small, but something like Opera Mobile and Blazer(for Palm OS) is HUGE, its almost a different internet.
  14. justind.clark thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    It is really up to you. But don't worry about your mac as far as installing programs goes. They don't have issues with apps clogging them up like pcs do. Just install AppCleaner; when you delete an application, it removes all of the package and preference files so you are not left with a bunch of crap on your mac. Plus it's completely free unlike similar apps such as AppZapper and AppDelete.

    There really isn't a dominant browser on the mac because there isn't one that is irrefutably better as there is in the pc world. But I prefer Firefox, for reasons why, see the original post.

    The Apple store will transfer the bookmarks for you if you ask them to.
  15. bnut macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2008
    Since using OSX I have rarely used Firefox, except on occasion with a few Apple sites that embarrassingly haven't worked in Safari. Safari is well integrated with iTunes protocols and other things like this, although from what you're saying the bloat that drew me away from Firefox has gone!

    I shall have to give it a go, I must admit I miss the Live Bookmarks and keyword searches, which I haven't been able to do quite the same in Safari.
  16. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    i have all those two except the last one
    you should try also adblock plus element hiding helper

    also have add to search bar 1.7
    easy drag to go, which is amazing and i could never live without, if you like expose, you will like this even though its nothing like expose.

    nightly tester tools, which is really nice even though i only use it for one thing, and thats taking out where it says firefox on top, it explains it on there

    pdf download, self explanitory
    Tree style tab, which i love and cannot live without
    and under closed tabs button, which even though i can go through the history i would rather use this
  17. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    That I can agree with whole heartedly. Blazer was very circa 1990 while Opera Mobile brings many Windows Mobile phones to the 21st century.
  18. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    Eh, Firefox isn't that bad.
    It is actually my preferred browser.
    Recently I've been going 35% Safari, 55% Firefox, and 10% Opera.

    You're lucky Ziggy is in "time-out" you would get flamed by him putting FireFox down and talking about how much better Opera is.
    He himself told me he wanted to so bad; I feel bad for him being in time out.
  19. Aea macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    I do a lot of development for the web so I switch browsers constantly. I use Safari for all my personal stuff, but for development YSlow, Firebug, etc are just no match for Safari's options.
  20. mrmember macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Thanks to the guys that answered my questions. My husband says he's got an external memory that should work well on my new computer, and with time machine I'll be able to back-up and protect my files regularly. About 3 weeks ago, my son tried to back-up my iTunes library and we lost them all.... I know iTunes will re-download the purchased ones at least once, but I'll have to reload all the CD's. Ouch. At least this time it'll be more fun on my new iMac. :)
  21. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    hey make sure you have the file type set as apple lossless encoder
    its a much higher quality of file.
    and my prefered file type besides flac

    so this is how you do it.
    open itunes
    go to file > preferences > general
    then click on import settings
    then change import using.

    much much better quality
  22. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    I use Firefox for the following reasons:
    Adblock Plus
    Web Developer

    I actually hate the browser and would much rather use Safari but those addons are just too useful for what I do.
  23. pdxflint macrumors 68020


    Aug 25, 2006
    Oregon coast
    Actually, the default look of Firefox 3 for Mac is very clean... even better than Safari in my opinion. No more cartoony colors, buttons etc.

    Yeah, the add-ons, extensions, themes, etc... all make for some nice customizing of the browsing experience for power users. But when I switched back to Mac earlier this year I was having a hard time choosing between Safari and Firefox 2. After being a die-hard Firefox user on Windows, the compelling reasons to use it were not quite as clear on Mac, and Safari looked better... until FF 3.0. But, the thing that swung me overwhelmingly back to Firefox with version 3 was the page zoom feature. It's just so second nature to hit ⌘+ and ⌘- to size the web page proportionally, instead of just increasing text size. It's such a brilliant idea, especially with higher and higher resolution displays. I really miss this on all other browsers, it gets so addicting.

    My main negative issue with FF 3 for Mac is it's tendency to crash while two-finger scrolling on web pages before they're fully loaded. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's definitely a stability issue, at least for version 3.0.1
  24. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    not totally sure what the zoom is but you know you can zoom in on anything in osx right ?

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