19 June 2008

Top New Firefox 3 Features

There are a lot of sites already up describing the features in detail, but some of them which I thought would really help are:

  • Pause and Resume Downloads is a feature that used to require a third-party add-on. Now the Downloads window has a simple pause/play button, letting us stop and start all we want. The resume function also works if the system crashes or is forced to restart.
  • One-Click Bookmarking via the star button in the location bar.

  • Better Add-on menu: Now we can search and install extensions and themes right from the pop-up box, no browsing required. Also, a new plug-in manager lets us enable and disable third-party helpers like Flash, QuickTime .

  • Better Zooming: Now we can zoom the entire page (rather than just text).Try it by pressing Ctrl and ++, -- on this page.

  • No remember password Pop-up: It will now appear on top of the page and the will not hinder the page loading process. Wonderful!!!

  • Save tabs on exit: Now when we open Firefox, the tabs and windows look just like they did when we closed it down. No need to reopen all our windows each time we start a session. Good one.

  • Drag & Reorder Tabs: Not sure whether FF 2 had it, but we can arrange the order of our tabs by dragging them right or left.

  • Integration with antivirus software: On downloading a file, computer’s antivirus program automatically checks it to protect against viruses and other malware.
  1. Search Keywords: To set a keyword, click the search bar dropdown and select “Manage Search Engines…” For ex: If we set w as the keyword for Wikipedia, we can just type w sachin into the address bar and it will redirect to the Wikipedia search results for Sachin. Wonderful!

  2. Tags: Label a site with names or categories that are meaningful. For example, we can label the site www.bbc.co.uk with the “news” tag as well as the “foreign investments” tag, plus give www.nytimes.com the “news” tag, too. When we enter “news” into the location bar, both sites will be shown as results. A single site can have multiple tags, and there’s no limit to the number of tags we can create. This is a wonderful feature as far as I am Concerned.

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