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Following on from my recent post “How to Show the http:// or https:// URL Scheme in the Firefox Address Bar”
I have received a few questions and concerns regarding “Add-Ons” or should I say the lack of them!
One of the comments received was from my good friend Mouh Azizoun from http://blog.effortlessebookwriting.com Mouh decided not to go ahead with the update as he did not want to lose some of his Add-On’s he was using … so maybe this will help Mouh?
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Ok, Moving on: Firefox Add-Ons and “7″ Reasons to be Cheerful and Upgrade
The Issue of The Missing ADD-Ons
Add-on incompatibilities have been a fairly common phenomenon each time Mozilla releases a new version of its free Firefox browser, but following the launch of Firefox 7 on 27th September this year, a different kind of add-on problem raised it’s head!
Some users; once they had upgraded to Firefox 7, it looked as if their add-ons had completely vanished! It might have appeared that way but in fact they are still intact but where hidden! This prompted Firefox to release the version 7.01 which eliminates that issue.
Some users are finding their Add-Ons not just hidden but actually “disabled” after an update. If you are one of the unlucky one’s that see their add-ons listed as disabled in the browser’s Add-ons Manager; guidance for fixing the problem can be found on Mozilla’s Firefox Help site.
However I would strongly advise that you take care if you intend to use the “Add-on Compatibility Reporter” to force the Add-Ons to work as this could have serious consequences and you could find that an incompatible add-on causes Firefox to crash.
I would advise that you regularly check for Add-On updates; Firefox checks once a day for new versions of your add-ons and updates them automatically but you can manually check for new versions at any time…
Check Firefox for New Versions of your Add-Ons
- At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and then click Add-ons.The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
- Click and select Check for Updates. If Firefox finds updates, they will be downloaded automatically.
3. Click the “Restart now to complete installation” link.
Search for Updates on the Add-On’s Website
Some Add-Ons creators have different versions of their add-on for different versions of Firefox so updating though the Add-on Manager might not work. In this case, an update might be available on the add-on’s website.
- In the Add-ons Manager tab, click on More on the incompatible extension, and then click on the link next to Homepage. You will be taken to the home page for that add-on.
- Download the latest version of the add-on from the add-on home page.
Search for alternatives
There may be other add-ons with similar features that are compatible with your version of Firefox. The Add-Ons site is a good place to find alternatives.
For example, if you use the Google Toolbar mainly for access to your Google Bookmarks, then the GBookmarks add-on might be a great replacement.
Amazingly; there are some 9000 free, community-contributed add-ons available for Firefox. Its been reported that roughly 85 percent of Firefox users have add-ons installed, so maintaining a smooth transition across releases is particularly important.
Incompatibility problems, is a huge concern and has been voiced by many critics of Mozilla’s new rapid release schedule for the Firefox browser. To be fair Mozilla is listening and are now working on a slower, 30-week release schedule for enterprise-oriented versions of the software complete with extended support.
Do you use “Add-Ons” with Firefox? If so, did you have any problems with this latest update?
7 Reasons to be Cheerful and Upgrade
With the release of Mozilla Firefox 7.01 in September of this year it’s newest release came as part of the Rapid Release Schedule Mozilla implemented for Firefox earlier this year, by which users are offered upgrades every six weeks. A Draft outline is posted on Mozilla’s site for all to view!
However there are certain business users who require and want less-frequent updates will soon have a Slower Alternative Schedule. The first such Enterprise-Focused Extended Support Release (ESR) version of desktop Firefox is expected to be based on Firefox 8 or 9 towards the end of this year to early next year.
So for now; there are plenty of reasons to switch or to upgrade to this newest version, which is available as a free download. Many of them, in fact, boil down to one key thing: faster speed.
1. Memory Management
Ever since Firefox 7 entered the Aurora channel back in July, its priority and focus has always been speedier performance and better use of memory, and that emphasis is apparent in the latest release.
Firefox 7 manages memory more efficiently than its predecessors did. Users will notice Firefox is faster at opening new tabs, clicking on menu items and buttons on websites, and heavy Internet users will enjoy enhanced performance when lots of tabs are open and during long Web browsing sessions that last hours or even days.
2. More Speed
New tools included in Firefox 7, meanwhile, are designed to make it easier for developers to build speedy Web experiences for users. A new version of hardware-accelerated Canvas, for instance, speeds up HTML5 animations and games in the browser, allowing developers to build more compelling and interactive Web experiences.
Firefox now also supports the W3C navigation timing spec API so developers can measure page load time and website navigation against bandwidth speed, website traffic and other factors.
3. A New Performance Tool
Focusing on future speeds, Firefox 7′s new Telemetry tool collects performance feedback so as to help Mozilla make future Firefox releases even faster.
Exceptionally slow consumer hardware, changes in usage patterns and preinstalled “bloatware” can all affect Firefox performance in unexpected ways. The browser’s new Telemetry tool will prompt users to opt into reporting performance data to Mozilla.
4. Add-On Compatibility
When Firefox 6 launched, 97 percent of add-ons compatible with Firefox 5 were still compatible with version 6, according to Mozilla. Not only that, but Firefox 7.01 is 99 percent compatibility from Firefox 6.
Now with Firefox 8, which is in Beta Testing, compatibility issues should improve even more!
5. A Cross-Platform Approach
By supporting tools like WebSockets across desktop and mobile platforms, Firefox lets developers create faster, seamless Web applications for use on mobile phones, tablets and computers. Firefox also now supports the W3C navigation timing spec API across desktop and mobile platforms, so developers can optimize websites and Web apps for different types of devices, platforms and networks.
6. Free, as in Bear (Just for you Barry!)
Firefox is free in more ways than one. First and foremost is that it costs you nothing to install, use or upgrade–a winning feature by most accounts, though certainly not Firefox’s only one.
7. Free, as in Total Freedom!
Perhaps even more important, though, is that Firefox is Open Source Software so it doesn’t restrict your use of the browser in any way. There’s no vendor lock-in, and it’s eminently flexible and customizable to your needs.
Also another significant factor is that Mozilla is what it calls a public benefit organization, existing not to make money but to make the Web better for everyone.
I thought I would finish this post with a video in answer to another question I received concerning the “DOMAIN HIGHLIGHTING which was another unhelpful tweak carried over from version 6 which “Grey’s Out” the URL Tex while leaving the DOMAIN NAME in Darker Lettering!
Rachel and Dave here’s how to correct the menace!
How to Change Domain Highlighting in Firefox Address Bar
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