Mozilla’s newest version browser has been released for desktops, tablets and smartphones. What new things are available:
- Built-in tools for developers to tweak their websites in real time.
- Page Inspector for developers – enabling navigation between page elements and viewing the HTML structure for each page more quickly.
- Style Inspector, more for developers, allowing quick access to inspect the CSS properties and being able to view or change these values within the browser.
- The previous Scratchpad Java Script editor has been upgraded to enable use of the Eclipse Orion code editor for syntax highlighting amongst other things.
- 3D graphics have been enhanced and accelerated as standard.
- CSS 3D Transforms so that 2D images can be converted into 3D without having to use any extra plug-ins.
However the guys at Mozilla have hidden the ‘forward’ button until you navigate backwards. They have also made it so that most add-ons for the browser should be compatible with newer versions in the future going forward.
There are also some changes in Firefox’s implementation of HTML5, with the addition of new application programming interfaces that allow developers to write full-screen web apps. This will be best used in games, videos and presentations.
Mozilla have also used Firefox 10 to fix some bugs previously experienced by users, such as the crashes when moving bookmarks. Another fixed bug sometimes caused the Mac OS X version of Firefox to crash due to a conflict with Apple’s latest Java release.
While the Android version of Firefox 10 benefits from most of the browser’s new features, there is always room for improvement as it still lacks a Flash plug-in, which slightly limits the utility on Android smartphones and tablets.
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