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Jay Dreyer :: Firefox 1.5 Released

Firefox 1.5 Released

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How am I missing all of these things? Mozilla just released a new version of their Firefox browser – version 1.5. You can download the latest from Mozilla.com, which I guess is the replacement site for Mozilla.org.

I just downloaded the new version today and have only played with it for a few hours so far. There are two features that stand out. First, the browser seems to be a bit faster when surfing. The back button seems more responsive and the pages appear to render quicker. I don’t know if this is true or if I am just imagining it. The second feature, and the one I really like, is the ability to drag-and-drop tabs. I can get really anal when it comes to where my tabs are positioned within Firefox. When I accidentally close one, I end up closing them all and starting over. Don’t ask. Now, I can just open a new tab and drag it to wherever I want it. Very cool. I wish Microsoft would let me do this with the Taskbar.

If you do make the switch from 1.07 to 1.5, be aware that not all of your extensions will work with the new version. I’m a big fan of the SessionSaver and ReloadEvery extensions and neither worked when I upgraded. There is a workaround, however:

  1. In the location bar, type in: about:config. Press Enter. You’ll see a screen with a bunch of config info.
  2. Right-click on the list, select New > String
  3. Enter “app.extensions.version” (without quotes) for the preference name.
  4. Enter “1.0” (without quotes) as the value for app.extensions.version.
  5. Restart Firefox 1.5
  6. Click “Tools” then “Extensions”. The extensions that are disabled will be slightly faded out.
  7. Right click on each disabled extension and select “Enable”
  8. Restart Firefox 1.5 again to activate the extensions.

That should do it. At least it worked for me. I guess there are some errors with some of the extensions so this may cause problems with 1.5. If you run into any problems caused by enabling an extension, just disable it.

I modified the above instructions, which were taken from LifeHacker.com

Update
After further review, I don’t think SessionSaver is working yet with 1.5. I get the same number of tabs to appear when I restart it, but none of the pages load. I’ll have to keep looking into this.

Update #2
I found a newer version of SessionSaver that is supposed to work with Firefox 1.5. It seems to work just fine.

 

| posted 11/30/2005 07:26 PM


Permanent link to this comment  Burke Maxwell  on  12/02/2005 05:10 PM  said: 

When you make the switch also keep in mind that some of your themes may not work. I downloaded 1.5 about a week and a half ago and there were only a few themes that worked. Since then many of them have been updated to support the newer version of the browser. Themes may not be that important to some people but this is one of the things I love about Firefox – it lets me change up the look of my browser if I get the urge. They had pretty cool Halloween theme that I had up for a few days. Not the most user friendly, especially with the colors, but it was a good change of pace. Plus, I was super excited to learn that the greatest theme ever, Pimpzilla, has just been upgraded to work on Firefox 1.5!

Permanent link to this comment  Joe  on  12/05/2005 10:22 PM  said: 

On my way to change now. I use Firefox all the time and wasn’t aware of this update at all. It seems like they would have pimped it a little better than that. If it were a Microsoft update, an agent would have shown up at my door to make sure I have followed the proper downloading procedures.


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