Saturday, June 18, 2011

time for tech--->Firefox 5.0 has been released!

Update... I got the scrolling addon, the screen capture one to work! Here's how I got that to work:

save the add-on .xpi to your desktop you must navigate to the addons page (not using the addon browser, but going to the ff addons site) and right click on the download button>save as> save the xpi file then:
rename the .xpi to .zip
open the zip and extract the install.rdf
open the install.rdf with any text editor
find 4.0.* could be any version number
edit to 5.0.*
save and put back in zip overwriting the original and save zip
rename .zip back to .xpi
open firefox and "install add-on from file" find modified .xpi

 So this is how you get those addons working that won't work in the latest version of FF! easy and nice!

installed.... some critical addons not working like my realplayer one and my smooth scrolling one.... will wait a lil to use it...

Here's a lil performance graph: 20 tabs, 25 browser actions, flash/html5 not loaded yet:


will write a review later once I've used it a month...

New In Firefox 5.0:
• Added support for CSS animations
• The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
• Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
• Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
• Improved spell checking for some locales
• Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
• WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures
• Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance

well I hope it's worth it and they get rid of the bloat....

Download Firefox 5.0 (windows)
Download Firefox 5.0 (linux)
Download Firefox 5.0 (macosx)

and here's how to run multiple versions of firefox at the same time as well:
Install firefox to a new directory like:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox5\firefox.exe

Run the following command from start>run>:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox5\firefox.exe" -p -no-remote

that'll bring up the profile manager

create a new profile for FF5

now, do not click to use the new profile yet. we'll need to leave the profile's folder blank.

navigate to your firefox profile directory:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\93fdjdfu.default (or whatever your profile's name is)

copy all files in that directory to the blank new profile dir

now run the command:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox5\firefox.exe" -p -no-remote

now click the new profile and it will copy all settings, and stuff like that and you can now run any amount of versions of FF even at the same time!

I have 3.6,4.0.1, and 5 and I can even run them all at the same time. this is good for devs and people who want to retain thier older versions.

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