Firefox 1.5 Mini-Review

Just today, Firefox web-browser version 1.5 launched from the brand new Mozilla Corporation.

As always the browser is a delight to use and the new version includes numerous nice features apart from usability and interface cleanups here and there. Among the most noteworthy features is the new Clear Private Data feature, and the much improved software/extension update mechanism. Also, a long-standing link overflow bug has been fixed, which means (among other things) that Google Adsense ads will no longer be scrollable.

On the downside, most extensions need to be updated to work with the new version. Finally, to make Firefox menus work better on the default Windows XP “Luna” skin, Firefox developers changed the menu appearance. While it’s easy to switch it back to the old style, I’m more stumped at the fact that the Firefox interface is built using CSS stylesheets…

All things aside, Firefox 1.5 is currently the best browser available for the Windows platform.

7 thoughts on “Firefox 1.5 Mini-Review”

  1. Nik says:

    Fortunately Chris Pedericks Web Developer Toolbar still works with 1.5

  2. Joen says:

    Got it 🙂

    Now if only they’d update Aardvark I’d be all set!

    Oh, strangest thing. My headers set in Arial are borking now… Really wierd.

  3. AkaXakA says:

    I?m more stumped at the fact that the Firefox interface is built using CSS stylesheets…

    That’s been the case since the old Mozilla (Seamonkey) days…it’s xul-power.

    As far as extention troubles go, you can always use the Nightly Tester Tools extension to make all your old extensions work.

  4. Joen says:

    That?s been the case since the old Mozilla (Seamonkey) days…it?s xul-power.

    But is that cool? Sure it’s cross-platform… but to me as the end-user, on Classic XP skin, Firefox 1.5 stands out like a sore thumb.

    What happens with the new Longhorn transparent default skin?

  5. AkaXakA says:

    I said it was power, not cool. For UI it’s a horrid idea, but from a developing standpoint I can see why they’d want to go that route. K-Meleon actually took the route of native win UI around a Gecko core, and boy oh boy was it ugly.

    FF1.5 actually integrates quite well for me as I’ve got a panther style from FlyakiteOS as xp skin. I wouldn’t even dare to imagine what would happen on longhorn however.

  6. Joen says:

    but from a developing standpoint I can see why they?d want to go that route.

    I see what you mean. I love CSS myself 🙂

    I wouldn’t even dare to imagine what would happen on longhorn however.

    Exactly. But I imagine it’s something they’ll have a headache dealing with.

  7. Joen says:

    Aardvark has been updated to work with Firefox 1.5.

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/49645

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