Firefox 11 is out, users can now sync add-ons across computers

Mozilla is chugging away at them Firefox updates, officially releasing Firefox 11 today. Most of the changes, once again, deal with back-end and developer issues rather than end-user facing features. The most significant change for the end-user is the ability to sync add-ons across multiple computers for anyone that uses Firefox Sync. Other than that, HTML5 video controls have been redesigned, you can now import bookmarks, history, and cookies from Google Chrome, and a bug with Growl 1.3 notifications has been fixed. The rest of the changes are nothing that will be of interest to the average user:

  • The CSS text-size-adjust property is now supported
  • The outerHTML property is now supported on HTML elements
  • View source syntax highlighting now uses the HTML5 parser
  • The Style Editor for CSS editing is now available to web developers
  • Web developers can now visualize a web page in 3D using the Page Inspector 3D View
  • SPDY protocol support for faster page loads is now testable
  • XMLHttpRequest now supports HTML parsing
  • Files can now be stored in IndexedDB
  • Websockets has now been unprefixed

Firefox 11 will be rolling out to users through Firefox’s auto-update starting in a few days; anyone that is impatient and wants to upgrade now can grab it from Mozilla’s FTP repository (link below). If after upgrading to Firefox 11 you find your add-ons have been disabled, feel free to give Add-On Compatibility Reporter a try to show Firefox who is boss.

Official Mozilla Firefox 11 FTP Repository

Update: For some reason Firefox 11 has been pulled from the official FTP repository. You can still grab it from MajorGeeks, however.

[via Ghacks]

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  • Ashraf

    @Bob Mason: Yeah, it can be tricky sometimes knowing what is an official version and what is an unofficial fork.

    @jayesstee: Not really, I haven’t looked into Zemana that much to say much. It has received excellent reviews, though.

  • jayesstee

    @Ashraf: I picked up your reference to “KeyScrambler”. I use ‘Zemana AntiLogger’, is there any advantage in using KeyScrambler instead or as well?
    I have noticed no slowing down or other problems using Zemana AntiLogger, but I see problems reported with KeyScrambler on: http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/7083/
    Any guidance Ashraf?

  • Bob Mason

    Ashraf–you’re the expert, and we do have reasons for being paranoid. Originally I thought Waterfox was the 64-bit version of Firefox. Only after I had been using for awhile did I realize it wasn’t! But so far it’s been okay, though Firefox is still my default browser.

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Sounds like a good reason to start again.

    @Bob Mason: No I haven’t used it. I stay away from unofficial forks. I’m paranoid.

    @Prema: Add-ons keep me to Firefox. Like KeyScrambler.

    @Farrukh: That is odd. It was working earlier. You can grab FF 11 from http://majorgeeks.com/Mozilla_Firefox_11.0_Final_d7257.html.

  • Farrukh

    Link is not working any more. Latest folder in Releases is 11.0b7.
    :(

  • Daniel

    @Bob Mason:

    Look like I will check it out then :)

  • Bob Mason

    @Daniel:
    Waterfox does seem to be faster than Firefox. I’ve had problems with forms that don’t respond when filled in with both. When that happens, Chrome is the fix.

  • since I upgraded my PC to Windows 7 recently, I do have firefox, but I hardly even use it now (surprising because I used to use only Firefox before ;P). Chrome is the way to go!

  • Daniel

    @Bob Mason:

    I was wondering about wonderfox, is it just as good as firefox but only better on x64 bit windows?

  • Bob Mason

    I’ve had problems with Firefox since about version 9, so I’ll pass. But I did switch to Waterfox, the 64 bit version that they don’t seem to push much at all. It’s now my default browser. Maybe you could look into it and give us your thoughts on it? Have you tried it?

  • Locutus

    Sync? I used to use that all the time! In fact I should probably set it up again so I can get all my bookmarks back. :P