I haven't toyed with any of the betas, but, thus far, it's fairly smooth transition. The Add-On and Extension interface is really improved, and the browser itself markedly faster. They have made it a little Chrome-y in as far as the look and feel of it go.
Anyway - here's a pretty comprehensive review from my favorite web-only tech journal.
I tried it on my XP laptop here at work yesterday...it wouldn't display my bookmarks toolbar unless I disabled, then re-enabled it. I don't much feel like doing that EVERY time I open a new window with fx4 so I'm sticking with the latest 3.6.x version for now. It DID seem a little more sprightly than FF3.
I've been testing it out at one of our spare computers at work (with XP) before fully committing, and I've gotta say that - so far - I've noticed no problems ... even the lack of a status bar wasn't as jarring as I initially feared.
I think I'll give it until the beginning of next week (juuuuuust to make sure there aren't any stray bugs/security issues lingering), but I plan on installing it at home/work ... Hey, as long as Ad Block Plus (mozilla.org) still works, I'll be happy ;)
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Right-click in the bar space to the right of the tabs and select "Customize".
From there, you can click and drag everything into the position you want it in.
Right-clicking also gives you the option to turn on the Menu Bar if you want that back, plus you can turn off "Tabs on Top". The tabs will revert to below the address bar. Between that and the Menu Bar, Firefox 4 should look strangely familiar.
**NOTE** - Re-enabling the Menu Bar will get rid of the Bookmarks icon whether you wanted it to go away or not. It returns only when you re-disable the Menu Bar.
I just figured out something else that was annoying me. You've probably noticed the "back" button no longer has a clickable drop-down to give you the option to go back several pages. This is replaced by clicking the "back" button and holding it down for a full second. The history list then pops up and remains up until you either choose a link, or click outside the box.
I am not loving it. I went to full screen and it was disconcering. The fact that it seems to block everything or seems a bit slower is not helping. I have actually chosen IE til I get moer comfortable with it.
Originally posted by JayJayDeanSo...goddam...slow...
Oddly, it's quite quick on my laptop.
My only gripe is that in the earlier versions, the rating for an add-on was right there on the search window. In this incarnation, one must look into the information before seeing how well its rated. Do not like.
EDIT: Two things I don't like:
1: Doing a search from the address bar is no longer a Google "I'm Feeling Lucky" search, but I'm sure that can be changed.
2: Flash games on Facebook just plain suck on FF4. They are slow and stutter. There's always Chrome or Opera for that.
Originally posted by CRZI tried it on my XP laptop here at work yesterday...it wouldn't display my bookmarks toolbar unless I disabled, then re-enabled it. I don't much feel like doing that EVERY time I open a new window with fx4 so I'm sticking with the latest 3.6.x version for now. It DID seem a little more sprightly than FF3.
With 4.0.1 out, I gave it another try today and the issues I had with 4.0 seem to be fixed, so I took a flying leap both here (XP) AND at home (Mac). It's a little weird to not have my grey bar at the bottom of the window, but I think I'll get used to it. I'm not sure if it's actually any faster or not, but I'll pretend it is.
I know this is a stupid complaint, but when you right click a link and open it in a new tab, they changed the order of the options. It used to be Open in New Window on the top THEN Open in New Tab and now those options are reversed and I keep opening shit up in a new window on accident.
Originally posted by wannaberockstarThe status bar should still be there by going to view->toolbars->add-on bar (or Cmd-/ on a Mac). :)
Hey, you're right! Who's the genius that called it an add-on bar, when add-on already has a completely different meaning in a Firefox context?
Never mind, it's not really a status bar; it's only there for add-ons. So I have my ad-block stop sign and my Google reader notifier, but if I hover over a link, it doesn't show up on the bar, but rather above.
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Originally posted by CerebusI know this is a stupid complaint, but when you right click a link and open it in a new tab, they changed the order of the options. It used to be Open in New Window on the top THEN Open in New Tab and now those options are reversed and I keep opening shit up in a new window on accident.
Stupid and annoying.
...and I couldn't figure out why the hell I kept opening a new window. If it's because they actually did change the order, I feel a little better, thanks!
Seriously I would avoid anything USB at this point. So many damn devices are using it, and it's flaky at best. When it works, it's fine. But that's half of the time for most people who have multiple USB devices. Find another route.