New Features in Firefox Nightly UX November 17, 2012Posted by Bilal in Firefox, Tech News.
Tags: Best Web Browser, Download Animation, Download Manager, Firefox, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Nightly, UX, Web 2.0, Web Browser
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Inspired by the 6 week release cycle of chrome, Firefox has also introduced THREE (main) release channels General, Beta, Aurora where General being the most stable (and thoroughly tested one). There is another channel called Nightly, where the features/changes are introduced and they gradually pop-up after usage/feedback/refinements. [ Details about Firefox main channels is available here: Firefox Channels ] The UX channels come under the nightly channel and the changes related to the user interface (or user experience) are pushed specifically in this channel.
The recent version of the Firefox UX channel has introduced some noticeable changes. These changes have been long in the pipeline in the proposed mock-up and now finally they are out here. Although small, the recent change give Firefox a fresh face lift.
The first one is the round corner tabs in-place of the old fashion, since day one, rectangular tabs. Similarly, the new tab button has also got rounded corners :
The more interesting is the download start animation. When a download link is pressed an animation is played. A downward arrow, similar to the download manager icon at the menu bar, appears in the center of the screen and and it fades out toward the download manager icon and turn it green. It is a unique (and stylish) way to inform user that the download has been started and its progress can be seen in the download manager.
Last but not the least, the old download timer is back. It shows the download time remaining. It was available in the some of previous releases. Once matured, it could be added to upper channels.
Firefox 3.0 – Download Day – Set a Guinness World Record June 18, 2008Posted by Bilal in Firefox, Tech News, Tips & Tricks, Updates.
Tags: Fastest Browser, Firefox, Firefox 3.0, Firefox Download Day, mozilla, World Record
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Set a Guinness World Record
Enjoy a Better Web
Do we have to reach a specific number of downloads in order to set the record?
This is the first record attempt of its kind so there is no set number. We’d really like to outdo the number of Firefox 2 downloads on its launch day, which was 1.6 million. Let’s shoot for 5 million–the sky is the limit!
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 RC1 Released May 21, 2008Posted by Bilal in Firefox, Updates.
Tags: Firefox, mozilla, Updates
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Two emails from the Hardware 2.0 mailbag:
- What’s “sneaky” about the install process for Firefox 3??? If you can’t or don’t want to read the screens than that’s your problem!
- I think it’s interesting that while you tore into Apple for making Safari available through the Apple Software Updater to iTunes users you choose to give Mozilla a get-out-of-jail-free card and only label this malware-like move as “sneaky.”
First, some background. As most Firefox users will be aware, the choice as to whether Firefox was set as the default browser used to be set at the time when the browser was first run (this was true of Firefox 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 beta – I can’t remember further back than 1.5 though … maybe someone else can remind me if the process was the same). Starting with Firefox 3.0 RC1 the default browser setting has been rolled into the install routine. As expected, the option is pre-checked:
So, why did I call this sneaky? Simple – because it caught me out, and not many things catch me out! I’ve carried out hundreds, if not thousands, of Firefox installs and handled each and every beta release of Firefox 3.0 and the install process has become second nature to me. This time, it caught me out and I only spotted what had happened when Internet links on my desktop that had previously been marked by the Big Blue E suddenly changed to the Firefox logo. Sure, I probably should have been paying more attention, but I wasn’t. I guess I trusted Mozilla.
So why has the Firefox development team gone and made this change between the beta of Firefox 3.0 and the Release Candidate? Simple, it’s because the old method made it far too easy for people to download Firefox, even install Firefox, but to then forget about it and never even run it. Also, when people are faced with a dialog box asking a simple Yes/No question, I guess that people were being conservative and choosing not to make Firefox the default browser. The only reason to change this process now would be that Mozilla feels that this move will help it turn some of those downloaders that aren’t committed to running Firefox into regular users.
Mozilla’s own product planning document for Firefox 3.0 states that one of the objectives for the browser should be to “continue to increase usage share and broaden the Firefox audience” – seems like this change in the install routine is one way that Mozilla plan to use to increase market share.
Is this move deceptive? No, I can’t say that it is, especially compared to Apple’s move in pushing Safari through the software update mechanism. I don’t like it, and this move offers yet another reason for me to hate the entire browser industry, but it’s no deal-breaker. Browser makers only care about one thing – market share. It’s all about a fight for market share, and in this big land grab the users are caught in the middle.
That aside, I’m still on track to make a complete switch over to Firefox 3.0 as soon as it hits final release. It’s an excellent browser.
Firefox 3 RC1 Expected in Late May May 13, 2008Posted by Bilal in Firefox, Tech News, Updates.
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Mozilla now expects Firefox 3 RC1 will be ready to go in late May.
RC1 was originally planned to be released last month but several bugs have arisen during the final phase of development that needed to be addressed, including problems with the new Places bookmarking feature, themes UI and conflicts with Google’s Safebrowing add on.
It looks like are systems are go aside from a trio of minor issues.
”We are code complete for Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) … Last night we hit Zarro bugs for Firefox 3. 3 New issues have arisen since then,” wrote Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla’s VP Engineering who posted a status update on the project Saturday. He said the team planned kickoff builds for RC1 beginning this weekend and would begin the Q&A cycle for Rc1 on Monday.
”The QA cycle for RC1 is more extensive than the betas since this may be our last milestone,” he wrote. “If no unexpected issues arise, RC1 should ship late May. ”
RC1 will be Firefox 3 if no “showstoppers” are found, he added.
The Firefox team has declined repeated requests to discuss the status of Firefox 3 and said it would speak publicly beginning in late May.
Sources familiar with the Mozilla Firefox 3 project told this blogger Firefox 3 is expected to ship in June, but Mozilla spokespeople would not confirm that timeframe.