- Content rendering seems improved. Not sure if it actually is improved or not. Just feels that way2. Noted that it seems to use the default OS X buttons for otherwise unstyled form buttons now. I should look into this content rendering thing, see if there really were changes.
- Tab bar is more “Safari-like”; tab now merges with the browser chrome instead of with the window of content. But the closing ⊗s are still on “the wrong side”.
- Tab drag/drop indicator is easier to see.
- Firebug was incompatible with the upgrade. (No surprise.) But the Add-on/Extension Manager couldn’t find the compatible, updated version? I had to go looking for it. (Maybe this is more of an issue with Firebug?)
- I actually like the big back button3.
- Why not merge the Stop/Reload buttons like the Apple team did in Safari? They’re mutually exclusive actions anyway…
- I like what they’ve done with the address bar. Especially with the favicon.
- Also, I like how they have the little star for the bookmark. Kind of reminds me of how “favourite” pages are marked in Confluence.
- Default theme makes it hard to see the separators on the Bookmarks Toolbar.
- Some fields don’t seem to want to let me type in them. This one is hard to replicate but I think it has something to do with when I try to give focus to the field before the page finishes loading.
- When did the RSS “radio” badge get turned from orange to blue!?!?
- There seem to be a lot of pages that wind up with horizontal scrollers that didn’t have them before.
- When it comes to showing the address bar all the time, Firefox 3 means business.
- Speaking of the address bar: I like how it drops down like that with the memory of the favicon and title and URL. Gimme some context!
- I like that the bookmarks are now displayed/managed in a sidebar. Where they belong. Responses to clicks seem a little strange sometimes. (Try right-clicking on a bookmarklet?)
- And at the end of the day: it was nice that it didn’t crash when I quit the browser. For a change.
Up next: Ubiquity?
- At long last? [↩]
- Then again… Some elements appear to render totally differently. Maybe block-level elements? Something is off in a few places… [↩]
- Is this blasphemy? Everyone else seems to hate it. [↩]
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2 Responses to Firefox 3 first impressions
I’m really digging the grapple theme for FF3. I find it makes for a much more elegant experience. Though if you run both browsers at the same time in the same screen space as I usually do, it can get confusing. 🙂
Call me old fashioned but I’ve never really been one for skinning and themes… 😉 esp. if the end result is confusion.