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Sunday, 13 July 2008

How's Firefox 3 Coming Along?

It's been quite some time since Mozilla Firefox 3 came out.

So what do you think of the new browser? Discovered any new features yet?

Well, the first thing I've noticed is that the installer has shrunk in size. A mere 8MB for an amazing browser! That's an amazing feat. This probably means it will take up less computer resources too.

But who cares about backend changes? Nobody gives a damn about what they don't see. What they care are the things that matter.

So far I've only uncovered few important changes.

1. The address bar

Firefox's address bar gets smart! Instead of typing the URL of a website, a user can enter a keyword from the URL or the title of the website, and a list of sites will appear, with the related keywords are bolded and underlined.The sites include bookmarks and history. Bookmarks are denoted with cute yellow stars to their right. This is real handy, as it is easier to remember the title of a website rather than its URL.

Search as you type, smart address bar!

You can now delete entries from the address bar's dropdown list too. To delete an entry, mouse over the entry. The entry will be highlighted. Then, press the delete button on your keyboard. Now you see it, now you don't!

2. Better drag and drop

OK, you're browsing Wikipedia. Or Owl Order, whichever you prefer. You stumble across an adorable picture. How often does that happen when you browse Owl Order? Well, anyway, what do you do next? You right click on it, and then choose "Save Image As...", choose your destination directory, click "Save", watch the download manager finish the download, go to the destination to make sure it's there, clean up the download manager, and close the download manager.

Wait. That's the past. Now, it's different.

Now, all you have to do is just to click and hold on to the picture, and drag it into a certain location, be it a folder somewhere in your computer, desktop, or even your messenger to send it directly to your friend.

Dragging an image to the desktop. A translucent copy of the image will follow your cursor. Pardon me, the cursor wasn't captured in the screenshot.

And voila! The image will be sent instantly to the location. Try it and believe it!

Any other new tricks? Please share them with me. Thanks in advance!

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