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The almost-but-not-quite-final beta of Firefox 3 (FF3 beta 4) is now available for download. The most noticeable improvement is speed. In some tests, it’s three times faster than Firefox 2 (meaning the test completes in 1/3 the time), and a whopping five times faster than IE 7:

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Firefox 3 Beta 4 is 5x faster than IE7, 3x faster than FF2

(Source: Mozilla Links)

 

Other improvements in beta 4 include:

 

* Smarter location bar that tunes itself to your browsing habits. As you type in part of the URL it will offer suggestions based on where you’ve been before.

* Better native look-n-feel on Vista, Mac OSX, and Linux. This includes continuing work on icons, menus, native controls.

* Zoom just the text or the whole page. Zooming the text was one feature I missed from Firefox 2.

* Reduced memory usage. This is the main reason I switched to Firefox 3 for my everyday use. The old version often became unstable after a long session with many tabs open.

 

To see all the changes made so far in Firefox 3 read this excellent summary by Percy Cabello or see the release notes. Mozilla watchers expect one more beta before the production version is released.

 

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There is one major feature that keeps me from using FireFox and that's how it fills in as you type in a URL. It doesn't have all the options that Seamonkey has.

That happens because you have chosen that option. In Preferences go to Advanced > General > untick "Search for text when I start typing". Enjoy FireFox!

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Nope sorry... I have gone through ALL of the previous versions of FireFox and none of them have had the option that I use. All they had was immulating IE which I hate. If FireFox 3 has added this option, I might try it again. Besideds, I'm quite happy with Seamonkey and they do keep updating it.

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Doesn't sound like what I am looking for. When I start typing in a URL, Seamonkey starts to auto fill in the rest. NO DROP DOWN LISTs or searching for words.

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Definitely NOT what I want. Here is the difference. Firefox 3 just show a list and then I have to use cursor down or use mouse.

 

In Seamonkey, all I had to do was type 'fo' and it fills out the rest and all I have to do is hit the ENTER key. ALL LOT less key strokes to get to the same website.

 

Kind of a bad example, but you can see what I mean. I have written the dev team at FireFox several times to add the autocomplete feature and they never have.

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Tick the box that Beerman has indicated and the URL should auto complete.

That IS EXACTLY what I did in FireFox 3 beta. All I get is a drop down list of possible URLs. (see my screenshot above) That is not what I want and I don't consider a long list of URLS as 'autocomplete as I type'. That's just plain guessing and giving me bunch to choose from. Just like IE which I HATE with a passion.

 

Looks like I'll be sticking with Seamonkey.

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That IS EXACTLY what I did in FireFox 3 beta. All I get is a drop down list of possible URLs. (see my screenshot above) That is not what I want and I don't consider a long list of URLS as 'autocomplete as I type'. That's just plain guessing and giving me bunch to choose from. Just like IE which I HATE with a passion.

 

Looks like I'll be sticking with Seamonkey.

 

 

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The almost-but-not-quite-final beta of Firefox 3 (FF3 beta 4) is now available for download. The most noticeable improvement is speed. In some tests, it’s three times faster than Firefox 2 (meaning the test completes in 1/3 the time), and a whopping five times faster than IE 7:

post-79-1205245041.png

 

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is 5x faster than IE7, 3x faster than FF2

(Source: Mozilla Links)

 

Other improvements in beta 4 include:

 

* Smarter location bar that tunes itself to your browsing habits. As you type in part of the URL it will offer suggestions based on where you’ve been before.

* Better native look-n-feel on Vista, Mac OSX, and Linux. This includes continuing work on icons, menus, native controls.

* Zoom just the text or the whole page. Zooming the text was one feature I missed from Firefox 2.

* Reduced memory usage. This is the main reason I switched to Firefox 3 for my everyday use. The old version often became unstable after a long session with many tabs open.

 

To see all the changes made so far in Firefox 3 read this excellent summary by Percy Cabello or see the release notes. Mozilla watchers expect one more beta before the production version is released.

 

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The almost-but-not-quite-final beta of Firefox 3 (FF3 beta 4) is now available for download. The most noticeable improvement is speed. In some tests, it’s three times faster than Firefox 2 (meaning the test completes in 1/3 the time), and a whopping five times faster than IE 7:

post-79-1205245041.png

 

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is 5x faster than IE7, 3x faster than FF2

(Source: Mozilla Links)

 

Other improvements in beta 4 include:

 

* Smarter location bar that tunes itself to your browsing habits. As you type in part of the URL it will offer suggestions based on where you’ve been before.

* Better native look-n-feel on Vista, Mac OSX, and Linux. This includes continuing work on icons, menus, native controls.

* Zoom just the text or the whole page. Zooming the text was one feature I missed from Firefox 2.

* Reduced memory usage. This is the main reason I switched to Firefox 3 for my everyday use. The old version often became unstable after a long session with many tabs open.

 

To see all the changes made so far in Firefox 3 read this excellent summary by Percy Cabello or see the release notes. Mozilla watchers expect one more beta before the production version is released.

 

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Was not surprised that the red shift theme wasnt working in beta 3 but was surprised that additional themes were removed in beta 4 compared to beta 3 (e.g. NASA). Thought successive betas were meant to edge closer to the final product.

 

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