Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 2 Released

Wednesday December 19th, 2007

Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 2 is now available for testing. The second beta of the next major Firefox version offers around 900 bug fixes over Beta 1, including several feature enhancements and fixes to improve speed, stability, security and memory usage.

Perhaps the most striking change is the redesigned Location Bar autocomplete menu, which now highlights which parts of the page title and/or URL match the entered text. The Downloads window has also been improved: amongst other tweaks, it displays the domain of the source site next to each completed download. The Places feature, which organises bookmarks and browser history, has also been enhanced, offering improved searching functionality and a new Smart Bookmarks folder on the Bookmarks Toolbar.

Linux users will appreciate the improved theme, which makes Firefox look more like a native GNOME application and makes use of GTK+ icons where available. Further changes to better integrate Firefox with the look and feel of the operating systems it runs on are planned before the final release.

Firefox 3 Beta 2 can be downloaded from the Firefox beta page. The Firefox 3 Beta 2 Release Notes have more details, including information about what's new in Firefox 3 and what's been improved in this specific milestone. The Mozilla Developer News weblog's announcement of Firefox 3 Beta 2 includes links of interest to developers. Mike "schrep" Schroepfer, the Mozilla Corporation's vice-president of engineering, has written a weblog post with links to lists of bugs fixed in Firefox 3 Beta 2.

Several websites have posted reviews of the new beta. Wired News has a screenshot-laden overview of Firefox 3 Beta 2, while Ars Technica describes Firefox 3 Beta 2 as "another very impressive release". Australian site iTWire notes the user interface changes and praises the navigation improvements in Firefox 3 Beta 2: "Unlike previous attempts at predicting where you want to go," the article says, "this latest beta really does a pretty darned good job of remembering and discerning your surfing habits." Finally, Mozilla Links has a detailed review of Firefox 3 Beta 2, including a lengthy list of changes.

#32 Page Zoom and Text Size

by dan_public

Thursday January 24th, 2008 9:15 PM

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This is my first post and I don't even have FF3 Beta of any kind.

I want to express an opinion about only one thing - Page Zoom and Text Size. I converted to FF2 after over a decade of using IE after using FF2 for 30 minutes (literally). One of the MASSIVE benefits of FF2 is the ability to zoom the TEXT and not the stupid page zoom like IE. I do NOT want to lose this in FF3.

At least 95% of the time, I ONLY want the text to be larger or smaller. I do NOT want the page to zoom. When looking at images or videos THEN I want the page to zoom. These are two separate and distinct needs, with the text size adjustment being MUCH more important (IMO).

Easy, flexible and fast text size adjustment is one of the best features of FF2. Please do NOT corrupt this feature in FF3.

Suggestion: Leave <Ctrl>+mouse wheel to control text size. Add <Ctrl>+<Alt>+mouse wheel to zoom the page. This maintains continuity with the current (2.0) version and adds great flexibility for a new page zoom feature.