Posts Tagged ‘Mozilla Firefox’

Firefox 4 Looks like Chrome

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Firefox 4 is coming soon, and the closer it gets, the more we find out about it. A video was released regarding the position of tabs in Firefox 4. The default setting is now on top, something that Google Chrome users are pretty used to. It would be one thing if this was the only similarity.

The video also discusses app tabs. App tabs can be seen in the form of extensions which Chrome users are currently able to use. Chrome OS, though, has a more comparable version of the Firefox app tabs. When you browse in Chrome OS, certain things (like Gmail) sit on the side of the tab bar, and can be accessed by clicking it as a tab.

While it is interesting that Firefox 4 is leaning toward the Google UI, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For one, Google will be seen as the leader in this trend. It also means that two of the best browsers will share common features, a good thing for the users. Eventually IE will play in the same sandbox as the other browsers, again a win for the users. I think this is going to be an interesting phase in the browser wars. Things look to be getting better – for everyone.

If you are interested in learning Firefox’s reasoning behind moving the tabs you can check out the video below.

Firefox Sync

Friday, June 4th, 2010

A while back my computer was acting up yet again, so I made the decision to reformat the hard drive and make the leap to Windows 7. I made all my backups, copied important files, and prepared for this huge endeavor. I always have to search for Firefox backups because I do it so rarely, but each time is quite a chore. I found the files I needed, copied them over, and wiped the drive. As I reinstalled my programs, I noticed I missed a crucial file and no longer had my bookmarks. I have very specific work bookmarks that I didn’t want to lose, but fortunately have the same bookmarks shared on my home laptop. As I would have to dig around and find the appropriate files to copy, I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet. Firefox just made it so I don’t have to.

As you can see above, I just implemented Firefox Sync as an add-on. With Firefox 4, this will be standard rather than an add-on, but I want my data a little faster. Google Chrome had spoiled me, and I really want my bookmarks to be portable. Delicious was a way I solved this problem, but now Firefox is ready for portability. It is as easy as installing an add-on currently. Once Firefox restarts I can choose to set up or connect to a sync account. I entered some information about myself, created a password and a backup phrase, and that was that. When I next log into the account that has all the info, I will connect to my sync account and all my files will transfer for me. Bookmarks, history, and more will be interchangeable from machine to machine, as currently works in Chrome.

I am pretty stoked about this, since it will save me a lot of time not only right now, but each time I install a new computer. If you would rather not install the add-on you can still benefit from this feature. Just wait until Firefox 4.