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Installed FF 4 and am now using it. Disappointed to see that it does not have the thumbnails of frequently visited sites on the new tab page, like is available in Chrome and IE 9. The FoxTab addon has something similar which is ugly but usable.
Some extension that are not yet available include.
MR Tech Toolkit, AutoCopy, Clear Search, Text Formatting Toolbar.
There's a beta version of MR Tech Toolkit in the Mozillazine Extension forum, it's a some way from being fully functional. But the feature that disables compatibility checking is working, with that done you can install the old versions of Autocopy & Clear Search which are are OK, but Text Formatting Toolbar is a bit "flaky.
Make sure you use a certified FF4 theme, if you have an old one configured it may try to use it and the results seem unpredictable. I'd be interested to hear of any "quiet" dark themes that work in FF4 - I've been using Pitch Dark for a while. I don't really like themes that glow in the dark, unless they glow grey
It is definitely much faster
LEMONS TO LEMONADE: A review on the new Firefox 4 browser
March 23 my Firefox browser informed me I needed to upgrade to version 3.5.6 which I dutifully did. When the browser reopened I was informed of the new Firefox 4 and was encouraged to download it. I did. Therein began my long and frightening trek into the land of no browser.
The first five minutes on 4.0 were exploratory, and the speedier browser was acting odd, which attributed to my unfamiliarity. Suddenly the spinning doughnut appeared in the tab and on my mouse, and stayed there until I finally closed the browser. I was informed that I could not re-open FF as it was still running. Reboot!
Long story short, after many trips to the saved download file and a few uninstalls and reinstalls of everything from 3.5.4 back to 4.0, I managed to download Chrome, which is now my default browser. The spinning doughnut never left 4.0 even after several uninstalls, and I managed to get FF 3.5.6 back up and running, but I'm really liking Chrome.
Last edited by tdbass2; 2011-03-24 at 02:53. Reason: clarification and separating paragraphs
Just in case anybody is looking for it like me, the Refresh button has been combined with the Stop Loading this Page button, and moved to the right side of the tool bar (it changes to X while the page is loading). This can be moved to a more 'normal' position by using the Customize option under View|Toolbars.
Roboform 6 is now at 6.10.2 but It still doesn't work with my Firefox 4. One of the main reasons I switched to IE9.
I tried Firefox 4 and found it seems to be full of bugs. Compared to 3.6.16:
- The toolbar bookmarks don't work correctly. And sub-menus in that toolbar don't work at all.
- It won't open on my home page, even though it shows that it's supposed to do that in Options.
- Most of my add-ons aren't working. I disabled them all, but the above problems persist.
- If I try to use the little x in the tab to close that site, the screen goes pale and I have to go to the Windows program manager to close Firefox.
I've uninstalled it and reinstalled it twice. Doesn't help.
(This is with Windows 7 Ultimate 64, Dual core AMD Athlon, 4 GB RAM, and McAfee)
I've gone back to 3 and will wait until Mozilla gets things straightened out.
Unless someone here has the solutions...
As I've written, I'm having serious problems with Firefox 4.
I'd like to try to get it fixed, but I'd like to also keep using 3.6.16 until I get 4 straightened out.
Can Firefox 4 be installed separately while 3 is still active on the same machine?
If I can, can I keep separate profiles for each (otherwise I'd be messing with 3, which I don't want to do)?
But you can do it on Windows & Linux
Have a look at this http://superuser.com/questions/16098...de-firefox-3-6
I now have Portable Firefox 4 installed on my hard drive and on a thumb drive - have a look here http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable
Creating a new virtual machine is another choice, that's discussed a bit at the superuser site
I'd start with the portable version, it will be slower than the real version.
- You can install it on your hard drive into its own directory. I suggest NOT within Program Files, I have it in C:\Firefox 4 Portable
- It keeps all the stuff that's normally in Users (Vista Win 7) or Documents & Settings (Win 2000, XP) in the Program Files directory and it doesn't use the registry.
- Read the install & usage instructions that are on the Portable Apps site before you install it, it includes instructions how to "copy" your existing bookmarks.
- I suggest you install fresh copies of extensions, themes etc.
- To get rid of FF4 Portable just delete the directory into which you installed it