Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista, Mac, Linux look-and-feel

Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista, Mac, Linux look-and-feel

Summary: Firefox 3 beta 3 was released as expected on Tuesday with more than 1300 improvements since beta 2.Most of the changes are improvements and enhancements to the user interface, ease-of-use, performance and security aspects of the browser, the Mozilla foundation announced on Tuesday night.

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Firefox 3 beta 3 was released as expected on Tuesday with more than 1300 improvements since beta 2.

Most of the changes are improvements and enhancements to the user interface, ease-of-use, performance and security aspects of the browser, the Mozilla foundation announced on Tuesday night.

As promised, beta 3 sports a more Vista-like look-and feel with new icons and themes, and a more native look-and-feel for Mac OSX and Linux as well. For example, Firefox menus now display using Vista’s native theme. Running on Vista, users can access a combined back-forward button and star icon that allows users to add a bookmark with a single click.

Beta 3 also features a new Download Manager that makes it easier to locate files that are downloaded and the source of the download. Additionally, podcasts and videocasts are supported by the media playback tools, according to the Mozilla release.

As part of the Smart Location feature, beta 3 also now features an improved search algorithm that “calculates the recency and frequency” of site visits in order to yield the most relevant search results. Users can now also associate keywords with bookmarks to sort them by topic.

On the security side, beta 3 provides one click site info to determine who owns the site and whether or not the connection is shielded from eavesdropping. The browser also alerts users when they arrive on sites that are known to install malware. Additionally, beta 3 also supports Vista’s parental controls feature. Beta 3 also offers significant performance improvements and 50 improvements to memory use since beta 2 was released late last year.

Firefox 3 is expected to be released in early 2008 but developers have not specified an exact release date.

Topics: Apple, Browser, Hardware, Linux, Microsoft, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • 2 Reasons why ZDNet lost me ...

    1) They wrote a story about Firefox 3's Beta 3 release -- with no download link.

    2) To write this comment I had to tell them the name of the company I work for &
    where I live. Of course I put bogus info in the collection form.

    Bonus:

    3) I had to opt out twice, for the plethora of newsletters offered.
    meaaa3
    • ZDNet lost me ...

      GAWD dude you give a whole new meaning to the word $tupid.

      http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html

      There is your link silly man it took all of 2 second to find it!
      That wasn't so hard was it!
      aussieblnd
  • Dohhh

    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.0b3/releasenotes/
    meaaa3
  • RE: Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista, Mac, Linux look-and-feel

    When I insalled Firefox Beta 3 a message came up that it does not support English USA and English Canada !! Any Ideas???
    jsr92643
    • Firefox 3 beta

      Did you download the right one?
      aussieblnd
  • RE: Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista

    Oh Pretty nice clean look and fast. Much faster than Microsoft Explorer.
    aussieblnd
  • RE: Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista, Mac, Linux look-and-feel

    I gave up when it wouldn't let me put Firefox 2 theme back - the new look is dreadful - I want my home and RSS buttons on the navigation toolbar, not the bookmark toolbar, which I turn off.

    Worse, while it installs in a separate directory, because it shares settings, etc., with the existing Firefox installation, it deleted my forward, back and home buttons from Firefox 2 navigation toolbar and wouldn't let me select an alternate theme for that either! I had to reinstall 2.0.0.12 to get it back.

    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and the look and feel wasn't broken. It will be a great pity to lose the other genuine improvements, such as the noticeably faster image rendering, because someone wants to impose their view of what looks good. Hopefully sense will prevail before the final release.
    Ashby
  • Aww no screenshots? :(

    That's disappointing, I was all excited about this article and the possibility of seeing what the new "native" interfaces look like but alas, I guess I'll have to install the beta to see for myself... :(

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach