Firefox 3 Beta 1 is available now. I downloaded the package yesterday morning and started using it right away. While using, I figured out some of the good things and at the same time there are some bad things about this test release. Here is what I feel about Firefox 3 Beta 1.

BTW, you can get beta 1 for Firefox 3 here. I am not going to tell, how to install firefox :)

Positives:

1.Nice Default Font:

Well someone may argue that you can configure any font in any version of Firefox, so whats the good thing about this default font in Firefox 3 Beta1. Well, I’ll say that configuration is always available but nobody gives a damn to configure the font in browser. I am liking this default font in FF3 Beta1 and everything now seems interesting to read. I have Read more than 40 wiki pages since last two days.

2.New FTP Listing Style:

The FTP listings in Firefox 3 Beta 1 has got new stylesheet. Its not dirty any more. It feels good while browsing ftp now. See the screen-shot below.

FTP Listing In Firefox

3.Website Identity:

This is new feature, but I couldn’t find it useful. When you click on favicon in the location bar, a pop-up kinda thing comes up, which tells about the identity of the site you are visiting. Check out the snapshot below.

Website Identity in Firefox

4.Drag n Drop:

You can now hold any thing in Firefox 3 Beta 1 and drag it anywhere you want. Though I could not drop the images to gimp or anywhere else, it looks good. I think its in the development stage right now.

Drag and Drop in Firefox Drag and Drop in Firefox

5.Bookmarks:

Bookmarking a website or editing your bookmarks is far easier now. You can edit a bookmarked site while its loading or can bookmark the site by just clicking a button. A new star-shaped button has been added in the location bar before the go button. If a site is not bookmarked, clicking the button will just bookmark it without asking for anything. If you again click on the button, now you can edit or delete the site you just bookmarked.

Bookmark Editing in Firefox

6.Adding Search Engine:

In firefox 3 beta 1, you can add the site you are browsing in you search engine list just like google, imdb, wikipedia, yahoo or whatever. But this is not valid for every website. Every website in this world can’t be a search engine :P Checkout the snapshot or KDE.

Adding Search Engine in Firefox

7.Link sorting/searching in location bar:

Firefox 3 beta 1 implements a new searching/sorting mechanism for links in location bar. As you type some letters, those are now searched in the link as well as the title of the page and then the links are sorted and displayed as list. In drop down list, you can also see the sites on your bookmarks.

8.Places Folder:

A new bookmark folder named ‘Places’ has been added. It has 6 sub-folders which contains links to different site based on a particular criterion. Some of them are ‘Recently Starred Pages’, ‘Recently Visited Starred Pages’, ‘Most Visited Starred Pages’ etc. I was looking for something like this since a long time. Because every time I login into my PC and fire up my firefox, first of all, I visit 8-10 sites (students mail, slashdot, iiit blogroll, yahoo mail, gmail, forum, orkut etc.). Now, I can open all of them in just one click. I click on ‘Most Visited Starred Pages’ and done.

9.Low Memory:

Well, a review of Firefox 3 Beta 1 on zdnet, say that Firefox 3 beta 1 is consuming low memory than Firefox 2 and IE 7. That review is for Firefox in windows. But in Fedora 7, I didn’t experience any reduction in memory usage.

10.Faster:

I don’t know how to justify this, but Firefox 3 Beta 1 seems to load pages faster. What I could think was that, when you click go, it loads the page in the background for some-time and then suddenly flushes the page to the screen and it appears that the entire page has been loaded in one go. I may be wrong though.

11.Improved GUI:

The rendering of buttons, input fields, images in the pages have improved a lot and buttons and drop down menus look better now.

Negatives:

1.Extensions:

Life is a bit or I should say a byte difficult with Firefox extensions. Now, I am too much used to use these extensions that I can’t live without them. I’ll crash if I don’t have ‘Undo Closed Tab’ extension. I keep making stupid mistakes. All the extensions are not yet available for Firefox 3, so its a problem.

2.Multiple Tabs:

Firefox 3 Beta 1 immediately dies if I open more than 20 tabs. I opened my wiki saved session (39 tabs) and after sometime I was searching for Firefox. Where the hell firefox window has gone?

3.Crashes:

I don’t know what exactly is the problem, but I think Firefox 3 revolts against Yahoo Mail and GMail. Whenever I open Yahoo Mail or GMail, Firefox 3 Beta 1 crashes. Either there is some problem with the heavily loaded mail pages or it doesn’t want me to use GMail or Yahoo.

Well, there may be lot more positives and negatives. These are the things I noticed about Firefox 3 Beta 1 in last two days. As the positives list is ruling the negatives, I am using Firefox 3 Beta 1 full time these days.

PS : @Paresh I think FF3 is better than FF2 in many ways. But you may want to wait for all the extensions to be compatible with FF3.

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{ 12 comments }

1 Prashant November 24, 2007 at 2:45 PM

drag n droop funda isnt working for me…what to do???

2 pkj November 24, 2007 at 8:13 PM

firstly thanks for accepting my request and writing a pretty good review :-) .

Some features are from flock (i am using it currently) : pts. 5 & 6. But who am i to say .. entire flock is based out of firefox ;-) .

Crashing in Gmail might be universal with firefox. I think it is more to do with the new version of Gmail than FF. At least thats who the tech news sites are blaming.

Some features might be pretty effective. I esp. like the sound of this places thingy.

I think I am going to stick with Flock for a bit more. At least till the next non-beta FF release.

p.s : I think adding the WP plugin, which supports subscribing to comments through email, might be a good idea for your blog :-) . I can’t find the feed for comments of this particular post although there is one for all comments.

3 Anurag November 25, 2007 at 12:15 AM

Now downloading FF3B1. Lets see what happens. Am still brainstorming on iYum. Will let you know when I device a solution.

4 General Bordeaux November 25, 2007 at 12:20 AM

@Prashant
Drag n Drop is not completely working .. I can hold images, drag them and when I leave it, the images flies back to its initial/original positon.

@Paresh
Will try to add the plugin asap :)

@Anurag
Good to see that u r downloading FF3B1 :) I am also on iYum.

5 Pramodh November 28, 2007 at 3:22 AM

i am using gmail on ff3b and it is working well. i didn’t encounter the problem that you’ve mentioned.

6 FF Fan November 28, 2007 at 9:00 PM

Dude, check the History Toolbar, then “Recently Closed Tabs” just clicking on them, will open them in a new tab.

One less Extension!

Get the latest!
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/

7 General Bordeaux November 29, 2007 at 12:38 AM

@FF Fan i checked it after posting the review… but didn’t bother to edit the post :P … its cool that ff integrated it :) FF rocks !!!

8 FF Fan November 29, 2007 at 6:02 AM

Damn right it rocks!

All my critical extensions work:
NoScript
AdBlock Plus
StumbleUpon <- Boredom Killer!

Only had a few crashes, caused by heavy Java Applets.

The best part, dunno if your aware, but you can still use FF2 with FF3, they share settings. (It is beta after all, you can’t expect everyone to switch permanently yet)

This means, among other things, that all your extensions get checked when you switched, a tad annoying, but bearable till they all work in FF3! (they still will in FF2)

9 General Bordeaux November 29, 2007 at 10:56 AM

@FF Fan

I also use FF2 with FF3. The site which crash FF3, I use FF2 to view them :P Flash Got is supported now. I received update today !!!

10 sashidhar November 30, 2007 at 5:55 PM

Nice review! Though my hands are itching to try FF3, I’d rather wait for atleast the next Beta version! :D

About the font thingy, is the change noticeable only on LCDs or is it also seen on CRTs??

11 sashidhar November 30, 2007 at 5:58 PM

new style os FTP listing is also awesome. It would be even better if we got the option of importing our own stylesheet…

12 Amit February 16, 2008 at 11:59 AM

@sashidhar Download this one it will automatically upgrade to next beta in some time and am telling u will not like it much…….:)

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