Things to Do With Firefox 1.5

Firefox 1.5 is here, and available for all to download and use.

Many of you no doubt have tried out the Beta and Release Candidate builds. Here’s a list of things to do and see with Firefox 1.5.

  • Use the back and forward buttons to see the dramatic increase in rendering speed resulting from Firefox’s new “fastback” cache.
  • If you installed one of the Beta or Release Candidate versions, you could wait until Firefox updates itself using its new incremental update system.
  • When tabbed browsing, grab the tabs with your mouse and drag them to the order you want.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to bring up the “Clear Private Data” window to clear private data such as history, cache and cookies.
  • Go to websitedoesnt-exist.com to check out the new, non-obtrusive error messages.
  • Check out “Help > Report Broken Website” to see how easy it is to report a Website that doesn’t work in Firefox.
  • Install Firefox on your Mac and see how easy it is to migrate your profile information from Safari.

If you’re still itching to get involved with Firefox, you could consider the following:

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  • http://www.rideontwo.com z0s0

    How long till someone registers website-doesntexist.com? ;-)

  • http://www.lowter.com charmedlover

    I only have to say that most of these features have been in Opera for a long time. (Like I could let that go).

    I’m glad that FF has finally gotten some needed updates, and hopefully this will bring some attention to it and get more IE switchers! Is there really a need to steal Safari users though? :(

  • ilovesfoxes

    Anyone know how to tell for sure that you have the new version? I’ve been using the 1.5 release candidates and just updated to the final 1.5 version and the info in about: is exactly the same.

  • http://www.sitepoint.com/ mmj

    Anyone know how to tell for sure that you have the new version? I’ve been using the 1.5 release candidates and just updated to the final 1.5 version and the info in about: is exactly the same.

    If you check “Help > About” you should see this as the user agent string:

    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8) Gecko/20051111 Firefox/1.5

    The info is probably the same because they didn’t need to change anything after the last release candidate.

  • http://www.designity.nl peach

    I only have to say that most of these features have been in Opera for a long time. (Like I could let that go).

    So true, this version of firefox still has the tabbed browsing functionality of Avant Browser in 1999 :P

  • http://www.dotcomwebdev.com chris ward

    Start making your Websites FirefoxStandards-friendly!

  • http://www.dotcomwebdev.com chris ward

    okay, looks like the blog comments drop <del> and <ins> support

  • M.Mahgoub

    going on the right way.

  • momos

    Only thing I’m really missing is nth-child(even) in CSS…

  • chrisb

    don’t suppose it can use the windows favourites folder yet? (in user profile) – thats the main reason I’ve come across for people trying it and then moving back to IE – people are used to accessing from start>favourites, which firefox doesn’t allow properly since it doesnt store new bookmarks in same place.

    btw, I did suggest this on their forums ages ago but was ignored..

  • GreenBoy2000

    chrisb says: btw, I did suggest this on their forums ages ago but was ignored..

    but were ignoring that !!!

  • Hormone

    The annoying thing I’ve found so far with this version is the installation (or update) of extensions.

    > Install or update an extension
    > Restart browser to activate the extension
    > Error message can’t connect – the BIG screen notice
    > Restart browser a second time – no issues, everything works just dandy!

    I did’nt have this problem prior to 1.5. I also haven’t searched the mozilla forums yet so there may be something in bugzilla.

  • Greg

    @chrisb NO NO NO!!!! I don’t want my browser to EVER store bookmarks in the Windows “favorites” folder.

    Reasons:
    1.) Not everyone using Firefox, is using Windows
    2.) Firefox supports amazing Bookmarklets, that IE’s favorites can’t handle, because they store as shortcuts (512char limit)
    3.) One file baby. all my bookmarks are in one file. Easy to transport, import, export, search. IE’s implementation is bad, just plain bad. (even the developers that worked on it, back in IE 4,5,6 agreed it needs HUGE work)
    4.) That option, in the start menu, slows down your system… ditto with the documents option. Try turning them off, and see how fast your start menu renders!
    5.) Once users understand how the “personal” bar works, for bookmarks (cause it sucks big in IE’s “links” bar), they won’t want to use the start menu.
    6.) Can’t “favorite” a multi-tab bookmark

    That said… anyone I’ve seen try Firefox, for a few days, has never gone back. Until IE7 is out, why would anyone torture themselves using IE?

  • Xavius

    Although I’m guessing FF has this ability now – I’ve used IE for the “open” function. When you open a new browser window it puts the same url from the existing browser window into the next browser window. Additionally the feature “open in new window” (when you right click on a link) is ncie too. Both great features for doing research.

  • chrisb

    Greg- there may well be benefits to using firefoxs default option, but doesnt mean it shouldn’t at least be an option. most users dont need or will ever use most of the benefits you listed, however useful.. as I’m sure you know, most people have a pc purely for email, browsing and occasionally word processing etc.

    As to who would use it and go back – Case in point being my own dad – he tried firefox for a few days and went back to IE because its what he’s used to, and its what most sites support. Main reason was his online bank didnt support firefox properly and the other was he couldnt use the favourites menu. He’s not the first person I’ve heard this same thing from.

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  • http://www.rideontwo.com z0s0

    How long till someone registers website-doesntexist.com? ;-)

    Didn’t take long! Better go and rel=nofollow that link…

  • http://nathanwwong.com someonewhois

    Although I’m guessing FF has this ability now—I’ve used IE for the “open” function. When you open a new browser window it puts the same url from the existing browser window into the next browser window. Additionally the feature “open in new window” (when you right click on a link) is ncie too. Both great features for doing research.

    While when I first switched (back at Firebird 0.6.1+) I thought that that was the greatest feature ever, I have to say that since then I’ve realized how impractical it is. After going back to IE for a few weeks (long irrelevant story as to why, it was against my personal choice to say the least though) and I realized how slow it was to load up the page that I’m still viewing every time I want a new browser window.

  • http://aplosmedia.com/ Eric.Coleman

    Firefox? What’s that…..

    Get Safari!

  • http://www.magistudios.com magistudios

    My favorite feature of Firefox is the tabbed browsing. I’m pleased to hear that they are now draggable.
    With the “Help > Report Broken Website”. Where does the report go? I merely ask this because I have yet to download 1.5

  • http://www.sitepoint.com/ mmj

    With the “Help > Report Broken Website”. Where does the report go?

    The folks at mozilla maintain an aggregated database of them and presumably they and/or the whole community around them will lobby for the major sites to become compliant. That’s my presumption.

  • rb

    does javascript support opening a link in a new tab rather than a new window? if not, since everything seems to be going the way of tabbed interfaces, maybe it should.

  • John_Betong

    Anybody tried using negative CSS z-index parameters?

    My results:

    iExplorer 6 : visible
    CrazyBrowser: visible
    Opera 8.05 : visible
    Flock : HIDDEN
    Mozilla 1.5 : HIDDEN

    Am I doing something wrong?

  • http://www.errewf.it RaS!

    At least!!! I’m going to get it now…

  • website-doesnt-exist.com

    Ok, the non-existant website exists now!

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  • syntax error

    @John_Betong

    Netscape/Mozilla never supported the negative z-index as far as I can remember, any reason you would need to use a negative z-index?

  • http://www.calcResult.co.uk omnicity

    When is Firefox going to understand about multiple locations in OSX?

    When I change location in the OS, Safari knows to use a different proxy, but in Firefox I have to manually change the settings every time!

  • http://www.mainecoastdesign.com Lance

    I upgraded and now there are no rss discovery icons on any pages that had them in the old version…anybody know about this?

  • jarmonkeys

    I upgraded and now there are no rss discovery icons on any pages that had them in the old version…anybody know about this?

    It’s now in the left side of the address window rather than at the bottom left of the browser.

  • jarmonkeys

    It’s now in the left side of the address window rather than at the bottom left of the browser.

    Sorry, Right side…

    Duh……

  • Alex_

    I’m a huge Firefox fan and I talk about it whenever I have the opportunity to (usually when someone’s pc crashes because of some virus or spyware they got using IE), but there are two things that really bother me about it:

    1 – You can’t use the html-style tags when using Yahoo! mail
    2 – It downloads pdf files instead of showing them like IE does

    Last week I upgraded to 1.0.7 and I found they fixed both thing, awesome! A couple of days ago I read about 1.5 and got it instantly, but it seems to do 1 and 2 ¿?

    I’m back to 1.0.7.

  • p@ssion

    For the option to download pdf or open in new tab use the extension from:

    http://www.rabotat.org/firefox/

    Good luck

  • isabella

    Thanks for sharing the link. I’ve downloaded it successfully.

  • OSMike

    I am an IE convert to FF – and prefer it by far to IE (not seen IE 7 yet though). For the first time however (and its beta so possible acceptable) FF is actually crashing on my PC and the dreaded dialogue is displayed apologising for having to close down. Other than that its great! I look forward to a stable version.

  • Melinda

    I HATE tabbed browsing and will be unhappy when IE 7 comes out.

  • buddybuddha

    How long till someone registers website-doesntexist.com? ;-)

    Its already regged…

  • Timid&friendly

    I’m a Mac user. Hooray for me!!!! but has anyone else noticed that the keyboard short cuts for copy and paste don’t work? (i.e. command C, command V)?

    Also i noticed that that background images don’t center vertically if you specify it in your code, they drop a few pixels, very annoying for prescion image placement. In 1.07 it worked fine!?

  • Dave Matthews

    When I first tried Firefox I didn’t like the way it stored my Big list of favourites, so went back to using Internet Explorer. However, recently I found a plugin which allows you to access your favourite list within Firefox – this altered my mind in using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer.

    WHY don’t the developers stop messing around, and make this a default???? How many other people stopped using Firefox because of this same reason?

  • http://www.dewebtimes.com dewebtimes

    I have always loved my experience with firefox, lots of extension they are really gr8 and helful

  • medienstern.de

    Mozilla Firefox is a best Best Browser of the Wolrd. I have a Mac no problems.. Thanks for MozillaMedienstern

  • Anonymous

    Mozilla is one of the best Browsers no question. I would be glad, if the Parser of most Browsers use one standard. This is allways a big Problem with CSS and complex Designs – special Tabfolders.

  • http://www.dreamland.de Werbeagentur

    Firefox is the best Browser. The Parser is good and I agree that there should be some kind of standard.

  • Autoversicherung

    Firefox is for my the best Browser. Very thanks for this article. Greatfull. Best regards

  • yman25

    Now i’m using the new version of Avant Browser and i think it’s really good. One issue is if Avant Browser is closed improperly, all open web pages are saved and will be automatically reopened at next startup. I got from here: Avant Browser