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MaTiCa
Tue Dec 01 2009, 11:11am
MaTiCa Admin Registered Member #186 Joined: Sun Jul 23 2006, 12:16pm
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Mozilla, determined to release Firefox 3.6 before year's end, is also determined to squeeze as many features as possible into the new browser.

The latest example: support for the File interface that adds more sophistication to uploading and some other chores.

Support for the feature is one of the 133 changes that arrived in Firefox 3.6 beta 4, which the Mozilla project released Thursday for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The File API (application programming interface), a draft standard at the World Wide Web consortium, lets browsers handle files better. Among its abilities are uploading multiple files at once, showing thumbnail previews of images that have been selected for upload, breaking a long video upload up into chunks to protect against network interruption problems, and integrating with drag-and-drop Web applications.

While many software projects use beta testing periods to shake down their code, Mozilla isn't afraid to add new features as it goes. That can mean new ideas arrive sooner, of course, but it also can delay the completion date of the new version. What was to have been a quick Firefox 3.1 release was pushed back months as new features were added and the version ultimately was renamed Firefox 3.5.

For those who want to dig into the File interface, Mozilla offers a Web developer guide to using it.

The beta-testing periods aren't just important for debugging Firefox itself. New versions often don't work with older add-ons that people install to customize the browser, so beta testing gives some time for programmers to update those add-ons. Mike Belzner, Mozilla's director of Firefox, said 70 percent of add-ons are now compatible with Firefox 3.6.

SOURCE: cnet news

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Hawk
Tue Dec 01 2009, 12:53pm
Hawk Registered Member #217 Joined: Mon Sep 18 2006, 04:12pm
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Oooh, that sounds pretty awesome. Good job.
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Morgue[FLB]
Wed Dec 30 2009, 09:55am
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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Bring on a stable version of Firefox 3.7 please. I really want the Win7 taskbar preview feature to work for FF as it does for IE...
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Banlam
Mon Jan 04 2010, 08:35am
Banlam Registered Member #346 Joined: Wed Aug 22 2007, 06:35pm
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Morgue, what exactly do you mean? I'm running Firefox 3.5.6 and it previews exactly the same way IE does.
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MaTiCa
Mon Jan 04 2010, 12:52pm
MaTiCa Admin Registered Member #186 Joined: Sun Jul 23 2006, 12:16pm
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Perhaps previewing multiple tabs without installing any add-ons?

Something I miss...
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Morgue[FLB]
Mon Jan 04 2010, 07:09pm
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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^^

What he said Tongue

MaT, are there add-ons you can install for Firefox that will enable multiple-tab previews just like IE has?
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MaTiCa
Mon Jan 04 2010, 08:14pm
MaTiCa Admin Registered Member #186 Joined: Sun Jul 23 2006, 12:16pm
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Sorry, it wasn't an add-on I was reading about... it was just the testing build of 3.7 named Minefield...

My bad...

I think it's featured here in the forum...
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Morgue[FLB]
Tue Jan 05 2010, 07:43am
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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Ah, yes, Minefield.

Let's hope they create a release version SOON!

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cAz
Sun Jan 10 2010, 10:11am
cAz Registered Member #167 Joined: Wed Jun 21 2006, 10:49am
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I have a question about firefox for you guys .


When using the current beta i find my cores are running nearly at maximum ie: 90% + , firefox seems to be extremely power hungry . Yet when i use Google chrome using the exact same programms , multiple tabs etc the core usage is only about 30% . Firefox seems alot slower moving between tabs whereas Chrome is completely superior in power management and multitasking .

Any possible solutions as to why it is so power hungry ??
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Morgue[FLB]
Sun Jan 10 2010, 06:35pm
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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If by power hungry, you mean that Firefox consumes a higher percentage of your available processing power... then no.

Firefox has notoriously used a LOT of RAM, and in my experience, it still does. I find that if I have two Firefox windows open and fifteen tabs in each window, Firefox uses up to 500mb of RAM and browsing becomes annoying (stutters with mini-hangs). But that's RAM usage, not processor usage.

In your case, the high processor usage might be attributed to the particular websites you have open. Are they Flash-heavy? Even if they are, they should only use more RAM, not extra processing power...

Keep in mind that Chrome is specifically written to be fast - its a very lean browser. It has NO support for add-ons of any kind. Whereas Firefox, although potentially slower, is a lot more customisable.

Perhaps it's the Beta status of the Firefox version you are using. My 3.5.7 uses between 0% and 12% (of one core) at idle.
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