Firefox 9 Released: Adds Back & Forward Swipe Gestures for Mac OS X Lion

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    Firefox 9 Released: Adds Back & Forward Swipe Gestures for Mac OS X Lion




    Firefox 9 has just been released for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The latest version brings some significant boosts to javascript performance, some theme fixes, and a variety of other under-the-hood enhancements. Probably the most noticeable addition will be for OS X Lion users though, with the addition of two-fingered swipe gesture navigation.

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    For those with Mac OS X Lion and a trackpad or Magic Mouse, the new two-finger gestures are:

    Swipe left to go forward a page

    Swipe right to go back a page

    These are the same gestures that exist in Chrome, although Firefox is missing the hovering arrow which tells you the direction of your swipe.

    The official “what’s new” release notes for Firefox 9 are:

    Added Type Inference, significantly improving JavaScript performance

    Improved theme integration for Mac OS X Lion

    Added two finger swipe navigation for Mac OS X Lion

    Added support for querying Do Not Track status via JavaScript

    Added support for CSS font-stretch

    Improved support for text-overflow

    Improved standards support for HTML5, MathML, and CSS

    Fixed several stability issues

    Firefox 9 still does not include native Full Screen support for Lion, and although you can enter its own fullscreen mode with Command-Shift-F, it’s not as fluid and the arrow buttons aren’t there for those who are keystroke shy. Also missing is embedded PDF support, forcing you to download and open PDF’s with Preview. With how fast Firefox is pushing out releases, you’d think they would bring it up to par with the expectations of a Lion app already, but maybe some of these features will come in version 10. All in all these are relatively minor complaints though, and if you use Firefox as your web browser of choice, it’s very much a worthwhile update for the speed and javascript improvements alone.
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    Firefox For Mac Goes Retina In Latest Beta


    Mozilla released another public beta of its Firefox browser today. Version 18 beta 1 brings a number of new features and improvements, most notably Retina display support for Apple’s 2012 MacBooks. When this version of Firefox becomes official, the once-popular browser will join the ranks of Google Chrome, Opera and other third party browsers that have already received Retina support.

    Here’s the full change log for today’s Firefox beta:

    A new Firefox Beta for Windows, Mac and Linux is now available for download and testing. This update includes JavaScript improvements that make Web apps and games perform better and support for W3C Touch Events. Firefox Beta also supports Retina Display for Mac users.

    IonMonkey: IonMonkey is a new JavaScript JIT compiler that provides a more efficient way for Firefox to process JavaScript. With IonMonkey, Firefox will perform faster with Web apps, games and other JavaScript-heavy pages.

    Retina Display Support: Firefox Beta supports Retina Display for Mac users to make Firefox even sharper when watching movies, playing games and browsing the Web.

    Disable Insecure Content: Firefox Beta can disable insecure content on HTTPS secure websites to maintain the privacy of your communication with the website. You can enable the feature in about:config.

    Support for W3C Touch Events: Firefox Beta supports standard W3C touch events in addition to MozTouch events.

    You can download the release for yourself on Mozilla’s website. This version should be available for non-beta users shortly.

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    Mozilla Releases Firefox 18 with Retina Display Support



    On Tuesday, Mozilla released Firefox 18 for Mac, Windows, Linux and Android. The new version brings Retina display support for Macs and a new JavaScript compiler called "IonMonkey" that Mozilla says will speed up Web apps and games by 25 percent.

    Also included, according to Mozilla are: performance enhancements in tab switching, better imaging with a new HTML scaling algorithm and preliminary support for WebRTC.

    The Android version will provide a warning when the user attempts to access a Web site that may be harmful and also supports Do No Track.

    Current users should see the update available in the "About Firefox" window. Direct Download.



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    Firefox 20 For Mac Goes Live With Tabbed Private Browsing And New Download Manager


    Mozilla has released Firefox 20 for Mac users, and this major update brings several new features and improvements to the web browser. Two of the biggest features are “per-window” private browsing and a redesigned download manager.

    You can now open a private browsing tab instead of having to open an entirely new window and close the current session. The new, Safari-like download manager is a little arrow that sits in the browser’s toolbar next to search. You can click it to see and interact with all current downloads.

    Mozilla has also added the ability to customize the shortcuts for favorite sites on the home screen. Buggy plugins can be killed independently, which means that Firefox will finally stop crashing every time something goes wrong.

    There are a lot of other stability and support additions in this release, so be sure to grab Firefox 20. The update will be downloaded in the background if you already have Firefox installed on your Mac.


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