October 18th, 2006 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 2 RC 3 – Preview Release

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Web Apps, Windows

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The releases of Firefox 2 is speeding up very quickly. Following the last RC 2 release of Firefox 2 last week, the development team has already announced the release of Firefox 2 RC 3! This could be the last Release Candidate to freeze all changes to Firefox 2, before officially announcing the public release.

I have been using Firefox 2 for quite some time, even during the unstable development stage. I must admit I have been really impressed with the features that the Mozilla team have put into the browser.

There are several improvements to RC 3:

  • * Visual Refresh: Firefox 2’s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience. For instance, toolbar buttons now glow when you hover over them.
  • * Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing sites.
  • * Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or Answers.com search engines.
  • * Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button.
  • * Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session.
  • * Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle Web feeds (like this one), either subscribing to them via a Web service or in a standalone RSS reader, or adding them as Live Bookmarks.
  • * Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms (like this one) without having to use a separate application.
  • * Live Titles: When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a bookmark with a “Live Title”. Compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest information.
  • * Improved Add-ons manager: The new Add-ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes, combining them both in a single tool.
  • * JavaScript 1.7: JavaScript 1.7 is a language update introducing several new features such as generators, iterators, array comprehensions, let expressions, and destructuring assignments.
  • * Extended search plugin format: The Firefox search engine format now supports search engine plugins written in Sherlock and OpenSearch formats and allows search engines to provide search term suggestions.
  • * Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
  • * Client-side session and persistent storage: New support for storing structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of data, such as documents and mailboxes.
  • * SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to follow a curve or shape.
  • * Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.

Download Link:
Firefox 2 RC 3 Download Site

2 Responses to “Mozilla Firefox 2 RC 3 – Preview Release”

  1. Gallery of posts up to 10-22-2006 » SoftSift Says:

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  2. Mozilla Firefox 2 Final to be Released on October 24 » SoftSift Says:

    [...] With recent release of Release Candidate (RC) 3 of Mozilla Firefox 2, it appears soon that the final release is round the corner. As expected, there have already been news spreading around that this final release of Mozilla Firefox 2 is ready to be released on October 24, 2006. [...]

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