See Firefox â€” Notes (57.0) â€” MozillaI’ve used FireFox for ages. It was decent but had several annoyances, like huge memory usage and camouflaged tabs. I’m not kidding. If you are on the trail of some information on the web and have a bunch of tabs open, just try to figure out which tab is active and which is dormant… The indicator was that active one had slanting rounded edges, a feature that hid the tab for my eyes. If you want to hide something give it vague colours and shapes. That’s camouflage 101. In version 57, the tabs are sharp and square and the active tab has a thin blue bar above it, highlighting it. What an amazing improvement. Memory appears to be down and each “Web-content” has its own piece of RAM so I can kill what misbehaves. I love it!
Gasp! I don’t know if this is the promised land of browsing but it’s sure a sweet green valley.
PS – The first thing I did with 57 was write this post. That worked fine except my “Press” plugin would not close its window after selecting “Standard Editor”. Still the post is here… I guess WP will have to adjust. The browser does seem to be more responsive to my needs and wants. Huge pages like FaceBook load quickly and do not take control of my computer. I love it.
UPDATE – Slashdot has a good discussion post about the pros and cons. In amongst the naysayers there are some good tips about customizing the thing, like right-clicking on stuff and entering “customize” mode. I did that and was able to put the reload button back to the right of the address bar, where it belongs… 😉 They also mention an extension called uBlock Origin, which I might try out.
UPDATE – The “Press This” plugin for WP does not work with browsers as before. Now you have to browse to /wp-admin/press-this.php and copy and paste a URI. WP has also removed their “Press This” bookmarklet which I found very useful. This is very sad. I used that a lot. This is not specific to FF 57 but all browsers. This cloud may have a silver lining but rain is still falling.