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[How To] Enable Incompatible Add-ons In Firefox Beta/Aurora/Nightly Browser

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Hope you got a quite a good idea about what is Mozilla’s plan for this year. Mozilla’s rapid release cycle is working really well for them. In our previous post we discussed about How to Get Hands on Firefox 5 Beta before the official release.

Well all that was possible because of the latest feature added by Mozilla Team in their Aurora build which is called as “Channel Switcher“. Using this switch user can switch between with release, beta and aurora build anytime they like.

OK now! Have you tested Firefox 5 Beta? Is everything working fine? Yes! Are you sure?

If you ask me, I’ll probably tell I just hate one feature in Firefox which they never fix as soon as new version is available!

Puzzled? You got to be. Because even you would have seen this and left as such.

Have you ever thought about why your Add-on/s is not compatible for latest update? Well Firefox is just lazy about updating it and blames developer should update and test it. But frankly speaking, Mozilla takes long time to release SDK for that latest release!

Because of all this reasons, obviously users won’t get their favorite compatible Add-on for months.

How can I make it compatible?

firefox addon compatibility change image [How To] Enable Incompatible Add ons In Firefox Beta/Aurora/Nightly Browser

As title says, today we are going to show you how you can enable the incompatible add-ons in latest build of the browser (Aurora/Beta/Release).

Following are the steps you should follow to get your add-ons compatible,

  • Step 1: Open you browser and type “about:config” in address bar

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  • Step 2: Click on the button “I’ll careful, I promise!” button icon wink [How To] Enable Incompatible Add ons In Firefox Beta/Aurora/Nightly Browser

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  • Step 3: Right-click and Choose New -> Boolean

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  • Step 4: In the Pop-up type or paste “extensions.checkCompatibility.X.XX“. Here “X.XX” means, version number show in the about dialog. Eg. If your browser is of version 5.0a1 then just type “extensions.checkCompatibility.5.0a“. Similarly you can do for other versions. Press enter.

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  • Step 5: In the next pop-up, select false.

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This disables compatibility checking and reactivates all your add-ons. But be careful, some add-ons may not work and may crash your browser as you are modifying configuration file. Use at your own risk!

Here we got an another tip which can keep them strong enough in browsers war!

Some of them are working really fine for us. Please share your thoughts or feedback if you tested this tip icon smile [How To] Enable Incompatible Add ons In Firefox Beta/Aurora/Nightly Browser

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[How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

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As you all know Mozilla has changed its recycle cycle and cut down to release new version of Firefox once in every 3months. And as per the latest rapid release cycle Mozilla has reached the beta release date for Firefox 5.

Firefox 5 Beta will be released on May 17, 2011 i.e. tomorrow.

Mozilla Firefox is moving to a rapid release development cycle to deliver new features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster. To help with this, Mozilla recently launched the Firefox Aurora channel to give users more opportunities to participate in building Firefox. The Aurora channel is where users can test early stage features for future versions of Firefox without all the polish and stability of a beta release.

But here we got a small feature which was added in Aurora build of Firefox few weeks back called as “Channel Switcher“. Using this Channel Switcher, users can change the channel to get beta which in turn updated your Aurora build to Firefox 5 beta.

5 steps to get Firefox 5 beta using Aurora?

Following are the steps you should follow to get Firefox 5 Beta before the official release,

  • Step 1: Download Firefox Aurora Build

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  • Step 2: Open the About Dialog

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  • Step 3: Click on “Change” as highlighted in below image.

firefox aurora channel switcher image [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

  • Step 4: Choose Beta from the drop down

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  • Step 5: Click on “Apply and Update” button to get Firefox 5 Beta

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This beta version has been released unofficially some time ago. If you had already downloaded then you are already on beta path.

Following are the Firefox releases scheduled for tomorrow,

  • Firefox 3.7 (pre-release builds of a1-a5)
  • Firefox 4.0b (beta builds 1- 12)
  • Firefox 4.0.1 beta
  • Firefox 5.0b1 (test beta)

If you are already using Aurora build of Firefox browser, you will not receive the beta update notification as it offers “Channel Switcher” option for manual update. Mozilla also said even Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 (final release) users will also not receive a beta notification.

Either you can follow the steps mentioned above to taste the Firefox 5 Beta or you should wait for official release.

Well we hope Mozilla is going to give tough competition to Google Chrome with their rapid release cycle. We are excited to watch this browser war icon smile [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release How about you? Share your thoughts….

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Here Comes The End Of Firefox 3.5 Era!

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Mozilla Firefox 3.5 version was released on June 2009 which complete 2 years now. Firefox 3.5 came up with variety of new features which was twice as fast as Firefox 3.0 due to the introduction of TraceMonkey JavaScript engine and rendering improvements.

But the current version Firefox 4.0 which came out with lots and lots of features and better UI tweak. We had even informed you that Mozilla will soon stop shipping Firefox 3.6. Well this move was mainly to make room for Firefox 4.0

Unplugging Firefox 3.5

Well finally Mozilla started to unplug the older versions of its browser. Mozilla has planned to disconnect updates for Firefox 3.5 in one month from now and planning to push them towards either 3.6 or 4.0 release.

Mozilla has been frustrated with their efforts to move users off of old releases and are worried too many people do not upgrade and are on vulnerable and unsupported versions of Firefox.

Currently Firefox 3.5 is having 12 million active users and Mozilla wants to put EOL flag as quickly as possible.

Firefox 3.5 → 3.6 is the “perfect storm”

Well after hearing to this news most of us would have thought Mozilla will try to push their Firefox 3.5 users towards 4.0. This is quite obvious because Firefox 4.0 provides a secure browsing and is very less vulnerable.

But Mozilla thinks it will be better to force their users to update to Firefox 3.6 due to couple of reasons.

  1. More than 95% of add-ons which are compatible for Firefox 3.5 works fine with 3.6 version
  2. Virtually no UI changes and the changes are mainly additive

How do they communicate?

Mozilla has found some interesting ways of communicating this news to their users.

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  • What’s new / first run pages

Shown when a user downloads a build from FTP and runs it for the first time (first run) or when a user updates a current 3.5 build (what’s new). What’s new is only really an option when a new 3.5 update is released.

  • Google homepage snippets

Small text/images shown at the bottom of the customized Google start/home page. Only has an impact for users who have the default homepage.

  • Advertised update

A popup with a message about the update and the ability to easily opt-in and install. Only an option when a non-3.5 update is available.

Making noise through various PR channels. Likely won’t have a material impact.

  • Websites

If users browse to Mozilla web properties (MDN, mozilla.com, AMO) some random way we can show some sort of message.

Conclusion

Mozilla is planning to release the last and small update for Firefox 3.5 on June 21. This news will be circulated via article and tweet to raise awareness as soon as possible.

Finally, how many of you are happy about this move by Mozilla? Is this a wise decision took by Mozilla to make room for future releases?  Please share your thoughts icon smile Here Comes The End Of Firefox 3.5 Era!

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[Browser Stats] Chrome Unstoppable! Firefox 4 Better Than IE9 And Opera 11

browser stats [Browser Stats] Chrome Unstoppable! Firefox 4 Better Than IE9 And Opera 11

Microsoft released it latest version of its browser, Internet Explorer 9 just two months back. Mozilla finally released Firefox 4 which took almost a year to develop and test. Opera slowly and silently releasing the updated version now and then. About Chrome, Google never stopped the updating process!

After all these latest updates how they are performing? Are they getting new users or losing the existing ones to their rivals?

Well the latest market share for the month of April is out and here what stats speak about.

Chrome’s Growth – Unstoppable

 

As you all know Google has got a new schedule plan of releasing new version of Chrome browser once in every six weeks. The plan is working out well for them as they started gaining more and more new users by releasing great and new features in very short period of time.

According to Net Applications, Google Chrome is almost nearing to 12% of market share which now stands at 11.94%. From last month, Chrome has certainly gained 0.37% of market share.

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But another browsers statistics provide StatCounter speaks something different. According to StatCounter, Google Chrome’s market share stands at 18.29% which is 0.92% up from previous month stats.

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Even after the release of next generation browser by Microsoft and Mozilla, Internet Explorer and Firefox market shares has gone down quite a bit.

Firefox 4 Better Than IE9 And Opera 11?

 

firefox 4 better than ie9 opera 11 [Browser Stats] Chrome Unstoppable! Firefox 4 Better Than IE9 And Opera 11

Well this month market share shows Firefox 4 is running on more machines when compared to Internet Explorer 9 and Opera 11.x. Nothing shocking in that as Firefox 4 surpassed IE9’s download count within few hours of public release. And Opera is not so impressive even though they got some amazing features.

Mozilla is nearing to release Firefox 5 in a month of time. It’s time for all these browser vendors to wake up soon and get some other advertising strategies to grab their lost market share. Else Chrome will eat their share soon as it is getting done with some great features in coming versions.

What do you think this market share of leading browsers? What they are missing? Please share your thoughts by hitting comment box below icon wink [Browser Stats] Chrome Unstoppable! Firefox 4 Better Than IE9 And Opera 11

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Firefox’s AwesomeBar Getting Better Than Chrome’s OmniBox!

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After the release of Firefox 4 which just changed the stats of browser war with its awesome features, Mozilla never stopped working hard on future of Firefox browser! Well we must agree, Firefox 4 got back Mozilla into browsers war and going strong day by day.

During the development phase of Firefox 4, Mozilla labs started new channel for experiments which they named as Mozilla Prospector.

Prospector is a series of experiments from Mozilla Labs focused on analyzing, experimenting and prototyping improvements on how you search and discover content with Firefox. We’re focusing on three main areas: websites you have visited, tabs you are currently viewing, and pages you haven’t visited yet.

As Mozilla says, Prospector mainly focuses on address bar which actually does the above mention areas. And now, here come a question! Is Mozilla actually planning for something like OmniBox in Google Chrome?

Awesomeness Inside AwesomeBar HD:

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Welcome to AwesomeBar HD! AwesomeBar HD is an add-on for Mozilla Firefox which turns the address bar to something more and something awesome. AwesomeBar was first released for testing on October 27, 2010.

Mozilla first started imitating Google by suggestion for the letter typed. Mozilla found it very useful and added this feature to Firefox 4. Recently AwesomeBar HD got an update and user can “Find what you want” at their finger tips!

Following are the points which show AwesomeBar HD can do something more and better than OmniBox on Chrome can do.

AwesomeBar HD project focuses on experiments on a combined location and search bar with a Mozilla twist. Unlike other browsers, the combined input will not send every letter you type to a remote server.

When user starts typing on AwesomeBar, Firefox will only look through its local history without any network activity. And results shown will be dependent on how frequently and how recently the page has been used.

Download AwesomeBar HD

Following are the top options available in AwesomeBar HD,

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  • Search: users can search through AwesomeBar by typing “search:” and followed by keyword they want to search. AwesomeBar currently allows Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines.
  • Books: if you are a book addict then AwesomeBar provides a shortcut to find them with ease! User can search books from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google Books.
  • Maps: user can search a restaurant or any address through AwesomeBar HD directly by top three providers like Google Maps, Bing Maps and MapQuest.
  • Pictures: search for any image on Flickr, Google Images and Bing Images by just typing “pictures:” and image keyword.
  • Videos: search for your favourite video from YouTube, Bing Video and Flickr Video.
  • People: This is an awesome feature added by Mozilla. Now user can search someone very easily on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Awesome! Isn’t it?

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These are the not only options, AwesomeBar also has shortcuts for,

  • Food: Yelp, Google Places, Menuism
  • Movies: Internet Movie Database, Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango
  • Music: Pandora, Amazon Music, Songza
  • News: CNN, NY Times, BBC
  • References: Wikipedia, Answer.com, Dictionary.com
  • Shopping: Amazon, eBay, Google
  • Sports: ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated
  • Weather: Weather Channel, Weather Underground, AccuWeather.com

Tech Link: First Look At Firefox 5 – A Site Specific Browser!

For those who don’t like to use their mouse for clicking on the options always, Mozilla has also got some useful keyboard shortcuts as well.

  • Ctrl-L focuses the location bar with the URL selected — ready to copy, edit or replace
  • Ctrl-K pre-fills with “search: ” so you can search the web just like from the search bar
  • Ctrl-T + tab opens a new tab and activates search (as if you tabbed to the search bar)
  • Easy to search like “boo: book name” is enough to search for books. No need to type full work “book:” or “picture:” for any search.

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Notice that “boo:” is good enough to activate the books category (it turned green), so if you wanted, you could just type “b:” to get books as well.

What Awesomeness Is Still Missing?

  • One related side effect of defaulting to opening new tabs is that replacing pinned app tabs is a bit more difficult. You actually can’t change the URL of an app tab with AwesomeBar HD installed because the URL will open up in a new tab. So for now, you’ll have to remove the app tab or create a new one.
  • Instant search will be more useful if we stop thinking about server hit every time.

The Prospector team is very interested in hearing back from you, so please install it for a bit, and let Mozilla lab know what you think. The Awesomebar HD is strictly an experiment so there’s no need to worry, or rejoice, just yet, it’s probably going to be a while before changes like this end up in Firefox.

We may expect to get these features in Firefox 5, Firefox 6 or Firefox 7 which are expected to b available by this year end!

Are you able to easily browse to websites that you normally go to? Do you care that you can return to your history without someone else knowing? Does the category list of text and clicking behaviour work for you? Share your experience with us icon smile Firefoxs AwesomeBar Getting Better Than Chromes OmniBox!