Dale Dietrich
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Firefox 3.5 Ticks Along Nicely

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firefox logoI upgraded my iMac and my Windows 7 machines to Firefox 3.5 (available here) today. 

All went well. The total download/install time was about 4 minutes on my iMac – 2 minutes on Windows 7 RC.

This isn’t a particularly important release for me. I was happy with Firefox 3.0.1. But they promised more speed so I gave it a whirl.

  • Snappier: With its new JavaScript engine – TraceMonkey, it does appear to be snappier, but not a whole lot more snappier as some had suggested.
  • New Tab Icon: I like the new tab ‘+’ icon. They are imitated  an IE feature here.  This is useful, especially for news.
  • Moving Tabs Between Windows: Now you can drag a tab out of the browser and a new window will open with that page. Or drag a tab from one window to another. For multi-monitor users like myself, this is a terrific new feature.
  • Addons – Extensions: All my extensions except 1 migrated nicely. I needed to do a manual update to my Tab Extensions 1 extension (discussed here and available here) but that was to be expected.
  • Open in Tabs’ Overwrite Bug: This ‘bug’ still persists in Firefox 3.5 (discussed here ). Alas, as long as the Tab Extensions add-on is available, this is not a problem for me.

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  • http://www.zatznotfunny.com Dave Zatz

    I've been using the betas since last October or November. There's much less memory use and slowdown when running multiple tabs which is a bigge for me, as I usually have over a dozen open. The browser is the OS. ;)

  • Dave Zatz

    I’ve been using the betas since last October or November. There’s much less memory use and slowdown when running multiple tabs which is a bigge for me, as I usually have over a dozen open. The browser is the OS. ;)

  • http://www.daleisphere.com Dale Dietrich

    I usuall have a couple dozen tabs open across 2 or 3 or 4 open Firefox Windows at any given time but I haven't noticed slowdowns since version 2. something. I have Windows 64 with 4 Gigs of RAM so maybe that has made a difference for me. Otherwise I'm not finding the tab memory use any better in 3.5 than 3.

  • http://www.daleisphere.com Dale Dietrich

    I usuall have a couple dozen tabs open across 2 or 3 or 4 open Firefox Windows at any given time but I haven’t noticed slowdowns since version 2. something. I have Windows 64 with 4 Gigs of RAM so maybe that has made a difference for me. Otherwise I’m not finding the tab memory use any better in 3.5 than 3.