Anyone download Firefox 4 yet?

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I saw a poor review of Firefox 4 here in the forum a while ago. I just updated my Firefox and was prompted to download Firefox 4. I was wondering what the consensus was for this upgrade?

I understand it has a new look, but I did not find any graphics to show me what it looked like (I didn't look too hard).

Just wondering if I should upgrade or not. Looking for advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    hate firefox now. Soon as I went over to google chrome all my problems washed away.

    I think google chome have their shiznah together. Try them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jermaine Tabor
    I have and Roboform don't work with it. I have to use Internet Explorer to use my Roboform.
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    • Profile picture of the author StephenGates
      Originally Posted by Jermaine Tabor View Post

      I have and Roboform don't work with it. I have to use Internet Explorer to use my Roboform.
      I have the new Firefox 4.0.1 and My Roboform works great with it...I personally love the new browser and have had no problem with it..It is very fast
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    I as a habit run the latest versions of Firefox, IE, Chrome
    and Safari on my laptop.

    I like to be able to troubleshoot webpages, scripts, etc.
    in different browsers.... while testing products.

    I was a huge Firefox fan for the longest time, but became
    too much of a power user, and crashed it far too much. I
    do have the latest versions, and even run beta versions as
    soon as they are available, but I'm a Chrome convert too :-)

    Willie
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    • Profile picture of the author omk
      Willie's post basically sums up what I was going to say on this as well...
      Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

      I as a habit run the latest versions of Firefox, IE, Chrome
      and Safari on my laptop.

      I like to be able to troubleshoot webpages, scripts, etc.
      in different browsers.... while testing products.

      I was a huge Firefox fan for the longest time, but became
      too much of a power user, and crashed it far too much. I
      do have the latest versions, and even run beta versions as
      soon as they are available, but I'm a Chrome convert too :-)

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author tomkane
    I updated Ubuntu the other day and part of it was the Firefox update. I haven't notice any difference in performance but I like the new design changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
    I'm keeping 3.6 until the Roboform issue is resolved. I should probably take another look at Chrome. Didn't like it the first time around.
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    FF4 is a lot quicker, but there are a number of plugins that haven't been updated to work with FF4 yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    I have it and don't even see where its faster, really. It has some new cool buttons like, "paste and go" which I like, but I think FF is permanently suffering from feature overload.
    ...it's too bad, as it used to be my favorite :-(
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    • Profile picture of the author UMS
      Originally Posted by brucerby View Post

      I have it and don't even see where its faster, really. It has some new cool buttons like, "paste and go" which I like, but I think FF is permanently suffering from feature overload.
      ...it's too bad, as it used to be my favorite :-(
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      Bruce
      I generally have around 4-5 windows open, with around 50-70 tabs. I can tell you that starting FF4 up is significantly faster than the older versions.

      However, I still find FF crashes every second day or so. I'd move to Chrome if it supported all the plugins I like to use.
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by UMS View Post

        I generally have around 4-5 windows open, with around 50-70 tabs. I can tell you that starting FF4 up is significantly faster than the older versions.

        However, I still find FF crashes every second day or so. I'd move to Chrome if it supported all the plugins I like to use.
        Same here, I find FF 4 significantly faster and less prone to crashes. Also, when it crashes now, in many cases it's just isolated to the affected tab, and does not bring the whole browser down!

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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I've found FF 4 to be significantly faster, especially in start up times, than FF 3.XX.

    The additional features like grouping of tabs and integration across all your devices are pretty nifty too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    Well, I just opened up Firefox after restarting my computer
    and it was lightning fast when I opened it up this time. Often
    it's pretty slow opening and it usually crashes.

    Cool right?
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    • Originally Posted by UMS View Post

      FF4 is a lot quicker, but there are a number of plugins that haven't been updated to work with FF4 yet.
      True, but as with any browser update, plug-ins have to be updated, as well. Blame that on the plugin authors, not FF. Give them a few weeks. Heck, even WP plug-ins have to be updated with each new WP upgrade.

      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      I've found FF 4 to be significantly faster, especially in start up times, than FF 3.XX.

      The additional features like grouping of tabs and integration across all your devices are pretty nifty too.
      I agree with you on both of those points, Paulie. The one thing I don't like, though, is the loss of my status bar.

      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      Same here, I find FF 4 significantly faster and less prone to crashes. Also, when it crashes now, in many cases it's just isolated to the affected tab, and does not bring the whole browser down!

      Paul
      That's because they are using the plug-in container now to keep the plugins separate from the browser, because most crashes are caused by the plugins. That way if a plugin crashes it doesn't kill the whole browser, just the container, and then the container just re-starts itself. It works well, but it does use up a bit more memory and a few more power cycles, although certainly not enough to be concerned about.

      And when the heck is FF going to fix that annoying memory leak? It's an easy enough fix. Get on it, already, Mozilla!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author DR's Fynest
        Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post


        I agree with you on both of those points, Paulie. The one thing I don't like, though, is the loss of my status bar.
        Bradley, the status bar is still there. I was the same the first time I downloaded it when it came out. "Where the heck is my status bar!? I need it for my addons!"

        Just hit "Ctrl+/" and it shows up. I actually like that they made it optional now. It pleases those who want the minimal interface but still there for whoever really used it. For me it's a must because I use the addon "Download Status Bar" - Imo this is a must if you download a lot of things like I do.

        As for the improvements, I must say, I was a Firefox user for a lot of years, even when Chrome came out. Then Firefox started to get a bit bloated and slow so I made the switch to Chrome and fell in love with it's minimalistic interface and how fast it was. On top of that if a tab crashed, you didn't have to stop working. Just close that tab and re-open it

        With Firefox 4, I've been really happy so far. I've been using it for a while now and made it my "default" browser again. It's faster than 3.xx in every sense. Although I gotta admit, Chrome still is a second or so faster at launching - ok, nitpicking now :p

        The addons I personally use have all been updated for this version so I think it'll continue being my go-to browser until Chrome does something cool to bring me back.

        I wonder when Microsoft is going to get their ish together and make IE at least a "respectable" browser. :rolleyes:

        I'd rather use Safari under Windows if I had to live without Firefox/Chrome.
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    I know this thread is slightly old, but I installed Firefox 4 and like it, although I still have Chrome alongside of course.

    Bernard
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Marr
    I upgraded to Firefox 4 but found a few bugs running most of my Web delevelopment and SEO plugins and one of them is my firebug.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMmechanic
      I switched about a month ago. Some plugins are not yet available, but I prefer it to 3.6. It's faster and the look is more user friendly. If I were you I would make the switch. I still don't know what all the hub-bub about Google Chrome is about. I used it for about a week and switched back to firefox.
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  • Profile picture of the author MoneyWorld
    I think it is just fine though it falls short of high expectations...am both using Firefox and Chrome the only problem I have with Chrome is its getting crash a lot of times...i don't know how to fix it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Ultimately
    If Chrome was more compatible with a wider variety of websites (I'm thinking here about all the internet banking websites I use) then it would be unbeatable. I prefer Firefox to IE but its always a bummer when a new release comes out waiting for plugin authors to update their tools... (Roboform)
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  • Profile picture of the author convert2audi
    So overall yes or no on ff4? I was about to update it but now might not
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    • Originally Posted by convert2audi View Post

      So overall yes or no on ff4? I was about to update it but now might not
      If you have a lot of plug-ins that you depend on, I would wait a bit longer, or at least check first to see if they are already compatible with FF4. If you don't use plug-ins, I would definitely make the switch.
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      • Profile picture of the author xento
        Been using firefox 4 for a few weeks, but I'm not a big fan. I actually hate when interface changes are forced on me. I would love for software to always have a "use old interface" setting. This discussion is tempting me to switch back.
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  • Originally Posted by xento View Post

    Been using firefox 4 for a few weeks, but I'm not a big fan. I actually hate when interface changes are forced on me. I would love for software to always have a "use old interface" setting. This discussion is tempting me to switch back.
    Actually, the interface are minimal, I think. Not that much different. I agree that an 'old interface' setting would be nice, though.

    Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

    Is FF4 really a lot faster than FF3? I am extremely reluctant to "upgrade" right now.

    I've started to auto-clear my history each time I log off now. So long as you have bookmarked your favourite sites then they will still auto-complete in the browser url bar.
    It is quite a bit faster. You'll really notice it on start-up. I'm not sure what clearing your history on shut down has to do with anything, but I clear my history and cache each time (same with Chrome), as well. Clearing the cache each time may speed it up a bit if it happens to bloated, but for the most part the cache should help page load time if you go to the same sites a lot. Personally, I've never noticed it loading any faster or slower whether my cache is empty or full.
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    • Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

      There are even hidden areas of Windows that keep all sorts of histories (not just browsing) that can only be cleared out using special programs. I use one of those "hide your activity" type programs to clear my PC periodically. I don't have any secrets per se, it's just to restore some speed!
      I'm assuming you're talking about the index.dat and a few of the 'super' hidden files? AppData?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        I just downloaded FF4 this morning.

        I can see already that it's faster than 3.6.x was.

        I do have Chrome as well, but prefer FF. FF has never "crashed" on me at all, though once or twice I've found sites that Chrome evidently preferred loading.

        I've noticed that the place you have to click on to "reload current page" has moved, but haven't seen any other big differences, and am wondering quite what all the people referring to "a whole new style/design" are referring to.

        Seems fine to me, anyway.
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        • Profile picture of the author marcolav
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I've noticed that the place you have to click on to "reload current page" has moved, but haven't seen any other big differences, and am wondering quite what all the people referring to "a whole new style/design" are referring to.

          Seems fine to me, anyway.
          You can actually move that around if you wish ( I just did and placed it 'where it belongs' )

          Options->Toolbar Layout disregard the popup and instead just drag any existing toolbar item (like the reload) wherever you wish!

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          • Profile picture of the author paulie888
            Originally Posted by marcolav View Post

            You can actually move that around if you wish ( I just did and placed it 'where it belongs' )

            Options->Toolbar Layout disregard the popup and instead just drag any existing toolbar item (like the reload) wherever you wish!

            Marco
            Marco, a faster way to do this would just be to right-click on the 'reload' button and select 'Customize' - this is one of the first things I changed, as I have grown used to having the 'refresh' button right beside the 'back' and 'forward' buttons.

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  • One other thing I noticed about FF4 is that it no longer saves my tabs to re-open next time. I did find a plug-in called Session Manager, though, that takes care of that for me now.
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyPearl
    I installed it on my laptop, just to see how well it worked for me,
    and to 'sample' the latest updates.

    So far, it's ok & I kinda like the new look,
    but I mostly use my desktop,
    and that runs Firefox 3.6.16.

    However, I'll admit that I've been much more hooked on Chrome,
    for reasons that a few of you here in this thread have already cited.

    I was SO sick of FF always crashing, or running videos only when I
    moved the mouse.

    So I'll have to play with the new FF4 on my laptop a bit more to get
    a good & proper evaluation.

    But hey, I'm new here, and wanted to jump out & lay down my first post!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dean Jackson
    FF4 runs extremely slow for me... not sure why. 3.6 runs OK, but it still crashes often. When I take a look in task manager it says it's using up atleast 600mb and the plugin container about 3-400 (1 gb altogether).

    I think I'll be switching to Chrome, although I don't think there's an SEOQuake plugin for it. FF has become a joke.

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    • Profile picture of the author DR's Fynest
      Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post

      One other thing I noticed about FF4 is that it no longer saves my tabs to re-open next time. I did find a plug-in called Session Manager, though, that takes care of that for me now.
      Bradley, you need to look under the hood a bit more :p

      Firefox has that option to re-open the tabs next time you open it. It's under the "preferences."

      When Firefox starts: - Show my home page
      - Show a blank page
      - Show my windows and tabs from last time

      I always choose my homepage. But thanks for that plugin. It's cool because Firefox doesn't really give you the option to "save this session for next time" if you want to close it. This plugin you mentioned allows me to decide whenever I want to save the session or not.

      Originally Posted by Dean Jackson View Post

      FF4 runs extremely slow for me... not sure why. 3.6 runs OK, but it still crashes often. When I take a look in task manager it says it's using up atleast 600mb and the plugin container about 3-400 (1 gb altogether).

      I think I'll be switching to Chrome, although I don't think there's an SEOQuake plugin for it. FF has become a joke.

      Dean
      That's REALLY weird Dean. Firefox doesn't use anywhere near that much RAM. Are you using a TON of plugins and visiting sites with a lot of Javascript and stuff? Shouldn't be anywhere near that.

      As for SEO Quake - Yes, it is available for Chrome I've got it on both.
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      • Originally Posted by DR's Fynest View Post

        It's cool because Firefox doesn't really give you the option to "save this session for next time" if you want to close it. This plugin you mentioned allows me to decide whenever I want to save the session or not.
        Actually, that's exactly what I was talking about. I guess I should have worded it differently. Yes, I wanted the option to save my tabs.

        I even used about:config to change a few settings but, while it did start asking to save the tabs, it wouldn't re-open them upon re-starting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roland Hop
    I use chrome, opera and ff4. I've been using 4 since the second beta and they've certainly made it into a solid browser. It's fast and it is reliable. The only thing that that sucks is that it takes a pretty long time to start up, and sometimes when i close it I'll need to go through the task manager to fully close the process because it gets stuck. other than that though i gotta say it's just as nice as chrome; i use firefox for my main work so I'm using that browser most of the time. if you haven't used it yet I'd certainly recommend that you try it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author chiwawa
    I downloaded and currently using Firefox 4. It works perfectly fine but i prefer the firefox 3.6.
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  • Profile picture of the author playtone
    I really like it, looks good and works well, i prefer it over IE
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  • Profile picture of the author Dean Jackson
    Hey DR's Fynest,

    I should have mentioned that usually happens after it's been running for a little while - maybe about 1-2 hours I'll cancel the process and restart FF. It starts creeping up really slowly.

    I don't think I have too many plugins and I disable stuff that doesn't work immediately... I got SEO quake, roboform, and some downloading plugins like DTA (Down Them All).

    Chrome it is

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  • Profile picture of the author keleli
    I have both Firefox 4 and Google Chrome on my laptop, and i have to say, Google Chrome is way superior.
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  • Profile picture of the author kururunfa
    I hate Firefox 4. It's a bit faster, but it crashes far more often than 3.6 did. Several of my plugins no longer work, and I hate the Chrome-like interface.
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  • Profile picture of the author simbot82
    Love my chrome, firefox just doesn't cut it for me anymore
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    FF4 is okay, I don't think it much faster than the previous one. Google chrome still faster for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxZimmer
    I think Firefox4 is way better than 3.X

    It's quite fast and i love the new design!
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  • Profile picture of the author WebRank1
    FF4 here. It took about 2 seconds for me to get used to the new theme. As a matter of fact, I can't even remember when I switched.
    I don't see the problem with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author derox
    I have used Firefox 4 but I have had to revert to Google Chrome because it is more friendly
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  • Profile picture of the author Nail Yener
    Installed Firefox 4 about 1 week ago and it has some nice new features like a larger visible area etc. I use Chrome, Firefox and IE regularly but Chrome is by far the best for me for general purpose browsing. I have been using it for over a year now and I barely remember it has ever crashed. On the other hand, Firefox and IE do crash more than once whenever I use them. I didn't have the chance to download IE 9 yet, but I hear good things about it.

    Go for Chrome if you haven't tried it yet. I am sure you will like it.
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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by Nail Yener View Post

      Go for Chrome if you haven't tried it yet. I am sure you will like it.
      I tried chrome, but it doesn't appear to have a dropdown in the address bar of all the recently typed in sites, meaning one has to type the same website address everytime one wants to visit it.
      Or am I missing it in the options or something?
      Without that feature it makes it the worst browser for me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

        I tried chrome, but it doesn't appear to have a dropdown in the address bar of all the recently typed in sites, meaning one has to type the same website address everytime one wants to visit it.
        Or am I missing it in the options or something?
        Don't know, Leslie ... but on my "Chrome" although there isn't a clickable box visible/openable (like in FF), as soon as I type the first letter or two into the browser-bar, it then opens automatically, filled with "predictive-text-style" url's previously visited, and I just have to click on the one I want in the normal way. :confused:

        (I agree that not being able to do that would make it terrible.)
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        • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          Don't know, Leslie ... but on my "Chrome" although there isn't a clickable box visible/openable (like in FF), as soon as I type the first letter or two into the browser-bar, it then opens automatically, filled with "predictive-text-style" url's previously visited, and I just have to click on the one I want in the normal way. :confused:

          (I agree that not being able to do that would make it terrible.)
          I know what you mean Alexa, but most browsers use predictive urls
          but it's the arrow at the end of the search box which is missing but is on all other browsers I've seen.
          These usually contain a drop down box with complete addresses that one has visited, so there is no need to type anything at all.

          There also seems to be missing the text links that most other browsers have too:
          File | Edit |View | Bookmarks | Tools
          Not to mention very few icons as well.
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          • Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

            I know what you mean Alexa, but most browsers use predictive urls
            but it's the arrow at the end of the search box which is missing but is on all other browsers I've seen.
            These usually contain a drop down box with complete addresses that one has visited, so there is no need to type anything at all.

            There also seems to be missing the text links that most other browsers have too:
            File | Edit |View | Bookmarks | Tools
            Not to mention very few icons as well.
            I see what you mean now about the drop-down box. Another thing I don't like about Chrome is bookmarking. I like being able to right-click, click again and done.
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  • Profile picture of the author karunverma
    Now FF4 supports the latest version of Roboform, but still some of the my plugins are not supported. I think one should have to wait for some more time till its plugins get compatible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Star_Dancer
      I downloaded Firefox 4 and lost my Yahoo toolbar. Apparently, it isn't compatible. Removed 4 and reinstalled 3.6. I happen to like my Yahoo toolbar and use it all the time. Maybe they've fixed this glitch by now. This was a few weeks ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leviathanos
    Some plugins and such aren't supported yet (As it's new duh) but it's amazing. New look that is quite amazing, and firefox didn't talk bull**** when they said it's 6 times faster. I mean even on this ****ty laptop it's incredibly quick. I love it.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1stscotth
    I Use Firefox 4 I wish I had not upgraded to 4. It is often freezes when I open websites, it's a pane.
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    • Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

      I tried chrome, but it doesn't appear to have a dropdown in the address bar of all the recently typed in sites, meaning one has to type the same website address everytime one wants to visit it.
      Or am I missing it in the options or something?
      Without that feature it makes it the worst browser for me.
      Settings> Options> Under the Hood. In the Privacy section at the top, make sure "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar" is ticked.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
      Hi,

      I use Firefox 4 for a month now, without big problem. I just changed Roboform to LastPass and they work fine together.

      Best,

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  • Profile picture of the author rulez05
    firefox 4 rocks try it
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  • Profile picture of the author ehawkmarketer
    FF4 had a nice intro page where they assembled zillions of tweets into a firefox logo.

    Other than that, and that its a bit faster, with diff interface, its not much new.
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  • Profile picture of the author Macksheppard
    I didn't like FF4 as much as 3. I went back to 3. The main reason is I like the screen grab functionality if I see a good website or optin page because it is so easy to grab and save it for reference. I found FF4 had a bug, at least on my computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Natlex
    After a day I like firefox 4 a lot more now. Chrome is still more stable for my computer, I get a lot of crashes on my desktop (my portable has a very stable firefox somehow). I like better firefox still for everyday use.
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  • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
    I have always hated the fat menu layout in Firefox, so was pleased with FF4 layout, however then it all went wrong for me. It was for me impossibly slow when compared to Chrome, I eliminated all add-ons so this was not an issue.

    The only reason I ever considered returning to FF was for its ability to open only sub-folder bookmarks. However I have now found a Chrome extension that eliminates that does this so my last reason for considering Firefox has passed.
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  • Profile picture of the author darsh17
    There are few issues with Firefox 4.
    Some hangup problem exists.
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  • Profile picture of the author DR's Fynest
    Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

    There also seems to be missing the text links that most other browsers have too:
    File | Edit |View | Bookmarks | Tools
    Not to mention very few icons as well.
    I actually like the "minimal" interface. However, it is not for EVERYONE and that is where Chrome needs to catch up with the customization aspects of Firefox.

    I personally do some customizations to mine that allow me the most screen real state while at the same time, having every single button/feature I need only a click away.

    Hint: You can move around all the toolbars and buttons in FF. You might want to spend a minute or two seeing if you can come up with a layout that works best for you

    Keep in mind in the included picture I have the status bar hidden which contains controls for SEOQuake, Adblock Plus, Download Statusbar, and other plugins. I can always show/hide it by using Ctrl+/
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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by DR's Fynest View Post

      Hint: You can move around all the toolbars and buttons in FF. You might want to spend a minute or two seeing if you can come up with a layout that works best for you
      Yes I know thanks.
      It wasn't FF I disliked.
      You can't move them around in chrome as there's nothing to move Lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Performer
    I find FF 4 is significantly faster than 3.6 . However I would wait with the update because FF4 hangs itself up quite often, I now have to use google chrome because that´s the only Browser I have that works.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    I too use Firefox normally but do not like the new look - plus can't get Roboform to work with it so it is no good to me.

    Think I will give Chrome a go - does anyone know if Roboform works with Chrome?

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author sparckyz
    Downloaded, but not installed yet.

    Do all FF3 plugins work with FF4??
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Just downloaded and installed it. Working well, but sorry to see they went with the chrome style of putting the tabs above the address bar.

      I never could understand why Chrome did that, or why FF is following. That's the part of the controls I reach for most and it's farther away now. There must be people who prefer that. How does it help you?

      baffled
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      • Profile picture of the author emigre
        Originally Posted by Lloyd Buchinski View Post

        Just downloaded and installed it. Working well, but sorry to see they went with the chrome style of putting the tabs above the address bar.

        I never could understand why Chrome did that, or why FF is following. That's the part of the controls I reach for most and it's farther away now. There must be people who prefer that. How does it help you?

        baffled
        Go to view/toolbar/tabs on top

        and uncheck...the tabs will be at the bottom like before.
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        • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
          Originally Posted by emigre View Post

          Go to view/toolbar/tabs on top

          and uncheck...the tabs will be at the bottom like before.
          Thank you. Hadn't noticed that little option, and I appreciate that. With the tabs back where they belong and being able to show / hide the status bar at the bottom, I really like this version.

          I'm doing all my work now on a laptop, and every extra bit of vertical scrolling I can save is appreciated. I do need the status bar sometimes, but not often.
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      • Profile picture of the author DR's Fynest
        Originally Posted by Lloyd Buchinski View Post

        Just downloaded and installed it. Working well, but sorry to see they went with the chrome style of putting the tabs above the address bar.

        I never could understand why Chrome did that, or why FF is following. That's the part of the controls I reach for most and it's farther away now. There must be people who prefer that. How does it help you?

        baffled
        Personally, with the tabs all the way at the top edge of my screen, it is much easier to just "throw" the mouse up there and select the next tab in one movement. Whereas with the tabs below the address bar, I have to make sure to actually click on them or I might end up placing the cursor inside the address bar.

        Sounds like a lame excuse but since I tried it in Chrome, I haven't been able to go back to the tabs below the address bar lol.
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        • Profile picture of the author Gabby12
          For those with roboform problems try installing the new version of roboform, works great on 4 for me.

          also good thread on getting 4 running fast and similar to 3
          http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ng-videos.html
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        • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
          Originally Posted by DR's Fynest View Post

          Personally, with the tabs all the way at the top edge of my screen, it is much easier to just "throw" the mouse up there and select the next tab in one movement. Whereas with the tabs below the address bar, I have to make sure to actually click on them or I might end up placing the cursor inside the address bar.

          Sounds like a lame excuse but since I tried it in Chrome, I haven't been able to go back to the tabs below the address bar lol.
          One thing you might appreciate is a gaming mouse. I have one that lets you set the dpi the mouse moves at. Most mice are at about 400 dpi, and I've kept mine at 800 for years. I'm totally used to it now. Very rarely, when I'm doing something that needs to be pixel perfect in Gimp, I'll set it at 200 dpi.

          The one I have is a Logitech and it is dying. I was just looking at their new ones a few days ago but they don't give the specific dpi you can set them at now, so I'll probably try to talk to someone live soon and see if I can get the mouse speeds I like.

          But for 'throwing' your pointer around the page, nothing beats it. Working with a 400 dpi mouse now seems like stuck in slow motion.
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  • Profile picture of the author lucky777
    Hate the new Firefox. The layout is terrible so have gone back to the previous version which is great.

    Also Chrome is so slow it's virtually unusable.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    It's okay, but I think Chrome has passed Firefox in terms of functionality and usefulness.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trents
    Firefox 4 is great, soo much more space on the screen for the webpage you are looking at.
    Although one thing I've found, is on websites with Popup notification boxes when you leave it doesn't actually show the boxes text when you click to exit the page.
    It just comes up with a message saying "This page is asking you to confirm that you want to leave", which is a bit unfortunate due to the amount of affiliate pages using those (And how well they usually work)
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenJones
    Originally Posted by timpears View Post

    I saw a poor review of Firefox 4 here in the forum a while ago. I just updated my Firefox and was prompted to download Firefox 4. I was wondering what the consensus was for this upgrade?

    I understand it has a new look, but I did not find any graphics to show me what it looked like (I didn't look too hard).

    Just wondering if I should upgrade or not. Looking for advice.
    The look and feel are quite nice to be honest, but some of the earlier plugin don't work quite well with the newer version. i.e. roboform or SEO plugins. But a new update from the plugin creators would quickly solve that, I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayden Rivers
    be prepared for most of your extensions not to work with V4.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr Blue
    Hmmm ... i find G Chrome more speedy and safe .
    in the paste i must recognize that i was a big fan of Mozzila ... )
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  • Profile picture of the author RichardF
    I'm holding off on updating until all my addons are confirmed working. I tried it on my father's PC though, and I _really_ disliked that they switched places on "Open in new window" and "Open in new tab" when you're right-clicking a link. Sooo annoying, and will definitely take a while to get used to. Why the hell did they do that? Guess they want to encourage people to use tabs by placing it at the top, but it'll be really hard to change the habit of clicking the second item.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nickolie0990
    I installed version 4, and so far ALL of my add on quit working right off the back, so I am waiting for updates for the add on
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Nickolie0990 View Post

      I installed version 4, and so far ALL of my add on quit working right off the back, so I am waiting for updates for the add on
      I found this to be the case initially, but within a few days most of my plugins I used were updated, and they're all functioning fine now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Teravel
    Since getting FireFox 4, I have had constant problems with the "Plugin Container" that has been added. This thing crashes every 3rd to 4th page that I load, which makes the computer sluggish while it tries to force quit the program.

    Looking online, I found ways to solve this problem. Such as allowing the plugin container access in your Firewall, and changing Firefox settings directly. Sadly, neither of these things solved the issue.

    Of course, I have Firefox 4 on my Linux laptop, and I must say that it works like a dream. My beef may just be with the Windows version, or maybe just Windows 7 (as I haven't tried it on other OS's yet).

    Other than the plugin container, nothing I have noticed is different other than a few movements in the Settings GUI. Add-ons are still a pain in the butt to completely remove, but simple to install and update. Pages load quickly (when there aren't 3 people watching Netflix in different rooms). And I have yet to require any software other than Flash player and the VLC add-ons.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andre Lavell
    Anyone notice that with firefox4 you can highlight text links, right click and
    open them in a new tab - without copying and pasting?

    Pretty nifty..

    Try it out:
    google.com

    EDIT: Oh you can also highlight text and run a google search too. I don't know
    how long these features have been available - maybe i'm late
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by A Lavell View Post

      Anyone notice that with firefox4 you can highlight text links, right click and
      open them in a new tab - without copying and pasting?

      Pretty nifty..

      Try it out:
      google.com

      EDIT: Oh you can also highlight text and run a google search too. I don't know
      how long these features have been available - maybe i'm late
      Thanks for sharing this, I had no idea this functionality existed! I especially like the Tab Grouping feature that FF4 has (it's the grid icon on the far upper right of the browser) that allows you to organize your tabs and categorize them according to functions/tasks, or however you wish.
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  • Profile picture of the author xMarkPro
    I'm running Firefox 4, and love it! Well, honestly, I don't care. Let's me view web sites and do my job, so I'm happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    With any version of Firefox, I frequently get the ..."you already have one instance of Firefox open so you cant open it again" message.
    Yet I dont see where it is open on my computer. Any thoughts on this?

    I upgraded to the new roboform and I upgraded to FF4 but did not like 4 and went back to the old version.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      With any version of Firefox, I frequently get the ..."you already have one instance of Firefox open so you cant open it again" message.
      Yet I dont see where it is open on my computer. Any thoughts on this?

      I upgraded to the new roboform and I upgraded to FF4 but did not like 4 and went back to the old version.
      You usually have to wait a few seconds before restarting Firefox, otherwise you'll encounter that error. Press ctrl-alt-DEL to view your instance of Firefox that's running, and kill it before opening it again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
    I like the old version better and my G/F hates 4 cause the the look is different
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  • Profile picture of the author Presto Smith
    I like Firefox 4, it seems to work a bit faster.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Passive Income Presto View Post

      I like Firefox 4, it seems to work a bit faster.
      It's not just a little faster...in comparison with Firefox 3.6, version 4 is absolutely blazing fast, especially during start up - I remember Firefox 3.6 sometimes taking 10 seconds or longer to launch, whereas FF 4 does it in the blink of an eye!
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  • Profile picture of the author riorio
    Chrome is far better. But the new version of FF is a huge improvement...much quicker, less of a memory hog from what I see, and anything beats Dinosaur Explorer.

    Originally Posted by timpears View Post

    I saw a poor review of Firefox 4 here in the forum a while ago. I just updated my Firefox and was prompted to download Firefox 4. I was wondering what the consensus was for this upgrade?

    I understand it has a new look, but I did not find any graphics to show me what it looked like (I didn't look too hard).

    Just wondering if I should upgrade or not. Looking for advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by riorio View Post

      Chrome is far better. But the new version of FF is a huge improvement...much quicker, less of a memory hog from what I see, and anything beats Dinosaur Explorer.
      This may sound strange, but the latest version of Chrome has become quite a memory hog, taking up 150MB for the installation and consuming quite a bit more memory (per tab) than Firefox 4.
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  • Profile picture of the author hotlinkz
    Originally Posted by timpears View Post

    I saw a poor review of Firefox 4 here in the forum a while ago. I just updated my Firefox and was prompted to download Firefox 4. I was wondering what the consensus was for this upgrade?

    I understand it has a new look, but I did not find any graphics to show me what it looked like (I didn't look too hard).

    Just wondering if I should upgrade or not. Looking for advice.

    I upgraded and it's slow as frozen butter sliding down course sandpaper. Lots of broken plugins and extensions also. I use Chrome for most surfing activities.
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  • Profile picture of the author hotlinkz
    You're right Paulie. Chrome weighs in at 159MB and FireFox 4 at 52MB and change.

    Still, Chrome is a lot faster at launch and while surfing. However, FireFox, along with some choice plugins is essential for SEO and keyword research. I am still looking for Chrome plugins that match those I have installed with FireFox.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by hotlinkz View Post

      You're right Paulie. Chrome weighs in at 159MB and FireFox 4 at 52MB and change.

      Still, Chrome is a lot faster at launch and while surfing. However, FireFox, along with some choice plugins is essential for SEO and keyword research. I am still looking for Chrome plugins that match those I have installed with FireFox.
      I honestly can't detect any substantial speed differences while surfing with both browsers, and on my computer it seems that FF 4 launches a bit faster than Chrome - which would make sense after all, given the fact that it occupies much less memory (installed) than Chrome.

      Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
    Banned
    I didn't upgraded the new version cause it doesn't support some addons that I use for my seo...
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  • Profile picture of the author redrabbitt67
    I used Firefox for years, but got started on Chrome about one year ago and use it exclusively now. I occasionally go back and try Firefox, but it's really slow compared to Chrome.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by redrabbitt67 View Post

      I used Firefox for years, but got started on Chrome about one year ago and use it exclusively now. I occasionally go back and try Firefox, but it's really slow compared to Chrome.
      Try Firefox 4 for a change. The Firefox that you knew a year ago (3.6 or lower) is vastly different from version 4, which is dramatically faster and more stable.
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      • Profile picture of the author redrabbitt67
        Thanks for the encouragement. I'll update Firefox 4.0 and try it. I liked Firefox for all of the versatility and plug-ins before I switched to Chrome. It almost seems like people aren't necessarily big fans of Chrome, just upset with Firefox.
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  • Profile picture of the author athanne
    I have just downloaded. i hop it will work well
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  • Profile picture of the author Tylos
    I like google chrome, but there are no alternate way to use adons tools, so bound to use firefoxxxx.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThrillerAuthor
    I mainly use FF because of a few plugins that I need for IM work, so I'll have to wait for the the plugins to be supported before I upgrade. My FF (3.6) slows down considerably when I have a few tabs open (say about 12 or more) and I also start opening a few tabs from certain websites (e.g. amazon). I hope this will be improved with FF4.
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  • Profile picture of the author SirThomas
    FF4 is faster than 3.6, but I lost some plugins including SEOQuake and some other SEO plugins ... :-(


    Thomas
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by SirThomas View Post

      FF4 is faster than 3.6, but I lost some plugins including SEOQuake and some other SEO plugins ... :-(


      Thomas
      It looks like the plugin and add-on developers have their work cut out for them - Mozilla are developing its browser at breakneck speed, and are furiously working on Firefox 5 as we speak even though the dust from the Firefox 4 launch has barely cleared!

      Mozilla Switches Firefox to 18-Week Development Cycle; Firefox 5 Expected June 21 | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

      If everything goes as planned, expect to see Firefox 5 launched around June 21st of this year.

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    • Profile picture of the author razorico
      Originally Posted by SirThomas View Post

      FF4 is faster than 3.6, but I lost some plugins including SEOQuake and some other SEO plugins ... :-(


      Thomas
      You'll have just reinstall Seoquake, and everything will be okay. Firefox doesn't automatically grab these applications, and I don't know why.
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  • Profile picture of the author THK
    Enjoying the speed of FF 4. Cannot comment on the plugin issues since I am not heavily dependent on those yet.

    Interesting to see lots of Chrome lovers here. I find it strange that a company with a clear history of breaching people's privacy gain the trust of so many other companies/business owners/entrepreneurs.

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    • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
      Originally Posted by THK View Post

      ...
      Interesting to see lots of Chrome lovers here. I find it strange that a company with a clear history of breaching people's privacy gain the trust of so many other companies/business owners/entrepreneurs.

      Tanvir
      Hi Tanvir,

      It's interesting, really. May be several reasons for this:

      - few people have read about the news of breaching people's privacy

      - people are forgetful

      - who didn't have such a case, doesn't care for that

      - there are so-called brand loyalty

      - aversion to new things, etc. etc.

      Best,

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  • Profile picture of the author BillyBacklinks
    its taking a while to get used to the wider screen, tabs at the very top etc and my plugin compatiability is really frustrating to be honest. Ive reverted to IE for the time being, something i thought id never do.

    see people talking about chrome, might give that a try on the old laptop.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by BillyBacklinks View Post

      its taking a while to get used to the wider screen, tabs at the very top etc and my plugin compatiability is really frustrating to be honest. Ive reverted to IE for the time being, something i thought id never do.

      see people talking about chrome, might give that a try on the old laptop.
      I like the fact that they've compressed the toolbar and menu layout, as this frees up more vertical space to view websites now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Heimdalx
    well but i think firefox is better than chrome coz of the plugin or add on.
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  • Profile picture of the author highave1
    Hey! We're using Firefox 3.6, Is there any extra features ??
    Let me download and try by own.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lokki08
    As long as I have been using Firefox 4 it not has been the best browser that I have used. It's still heavy and all plugins of internet marketing are not supported by Firefox 4. I would highly recommend Firefox 3.6 rather than 4, if you are more into plugins. If you are more into interface then go with 4, its cool looking.

    As for speed, I have not seen any changes from 3.6. Still Google Chrome is the best
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      I hate Firefox 4, period! I switch back to FF v.3.6. and I'm using Chrome that I find better than both. Plus, Firefox 4 was slow loading the WF.
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      • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
        I have FireFox 3.6.17

        While Firefox has never crashed on me, it is a resource hog, especially when I'm doing heavy work in it (multiple tabs).

        I'm wary on upgrading to version 4 only because I need SEO Quake and Firebug. I was using the Web Developer Toolbar, but it suddenly stopped working even after re-installing it. *shrugs*

        Chrome - I have no idea what anyone sees in it. Clunky, worse resource hog than FF, and doesn't play videos very well (Netflix, Hulu, etc) at all.

        IE8 - while it's not bad, I only use it to view work in a 2nd browser to make sure it looks alright. Or when something won't work in FF (sometimes Pogo.com games won't work in FF).
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        • Profile picture of the author capriliz
          I have been using FF 4.0. I was quite annoyed that all of a sudden I am expected to pay for updates to the Roboform tool vs. 7.0 in order for it to work with the FF 4.0.

          I did manage to get roboform vs 6.0 to work with FF 4.0. Just google both, and you will find the fix in the mozilla forum.

          And firebug works with FF 4.0.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    wow a lot of mixed results and tips in here. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henri Lemon
    No browser is perfect, but my patience with firefox is wearing by the minute.
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  • Profile picture of the author sonicadam123
    I've upgraded to FF4, for the most part it does seem to load a bit quicker, but I do get more crashes than before.

    Started using chrome lately too mainly because I get a lot less crashes.
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    Its awesome!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    One thing 3.6 did that 4 doesn't seem to do, was give you the option of saving your tabs when you close the browser. Is there a way to do that, maybe I just couldn't find it?

    Sometimes I don't have time to finish with my tabs before leaving, and being able to just start FF when I get back, and have them all load again, was something that I appreciated.
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    • Profile picture of the author warfore
      Originally Posted by Lloyd Buchinski View Post

      One thing 3.6 did that 4 doesn't seem to do, was give you the option of saving your tabs when you close the browser. Is there a way to do that, maybe I just couldn't find it?

      Sometimes I don't have time to finish with my tabs before leaving, and being able to just start FF when I get back, and have them all load again, was something that I appreciated.
      I think you do that by clicking the option of "restoring a previous session" under History. Do it when you first start FF and it will open the tabs where you left off.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
        Originally Posted by warfore View Post

        I think you do that by clicking the option of "restoring a previous session" under History. Do it when you first start FF and it will open the tabs where you left off.
        You're right, that did it, thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author mistyone
      Originally Posted by Lloyd Buchinski View Post

      One thing 3.6 did that 4 doesn't seem to do, was give you the option of saving your tabs when you close the browser. Is there a way to do that, maybe I just couldn't find it?

      Sometimes I don't have time to finish with my tabs before leaving, and being able to just start FF when I get back, and have them all load again, was something that I appreciated.
      It stopped asking you and just did it automatically.
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  • Profile picture of the author Beatrice
    I downloaded it this morning and so far my computer is definitely working a lot faster! So thumbs up for me....so far...
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    I'm using FF4 now,but seems the speed is much worse than FF3.6.Not sure why.

    I know chrome is much faster,but I just really don't like the idea of letting Big G know about all my personal details....
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    It's supposed to be 6 times faster than Firefox 3 so definitely worth a check
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  • Profile picture of the author deannatroupe
    I saw someone post that SEO Quake was available for chrome. How do I get to that? Is it on the SEO Quake homepage?
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    • Profile picture of the author HankTheCowDog
      One of the things I noticed within the last few days is, whenever I start a second instance of FF4, the bookmarks toolbar disappears on the second version.

      I'm pretty sure I would have noticed that at the onset of the beta version 4.

      Anybody else have the same issue?
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      To: Deannatroupe

      Easiest way. Go to the Chrome Web Store and type in "SEO Quake" in the search box in the upper right hand corner, and it'll take you to the SEO Quake download link
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    • Profile picture of the author razorico
      Originally Posted by deannatroupe View Post

      I saw someone post that SEO Quake was available for chrome. How do I get to that? Is it on the SEO Quake homepage?
      There is a button for installing on the main page SeoQuake - seo toolbar, plugin, seo extension for Mozilla Firefox
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  • Profile picture of the author omk
    Yes, I downloaded it - works great so far.
    I also use the chrome browser.
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  • Profile picture of the author rhinocl
    I have experienced very little performance difference with 4.0 It seems only slightly better, not worth losing plugins yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    Before i used firefox as my default browser. But when i tried Goggle Chrome, i never used firefox anymore. They say firefox 4 is fine. But in never tempted to download it.
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    • Profile picture of the author HankTheCowDog
      IME, no one browser fills all purposes. I use FF, Chrome and IE, all at the same time, daily. I would probably use IE more but I have some weird timeout issue I have yet to resolve. At the end of the day, IE works with ANYTHING.

      Chrome has really stepped their game up; I love the browser but hate the Roboform interface, and using the "find" function takes way too many steps. Don't see that changing though with their minimalistic theme.

      Now I have some weird Acrobat plugin issue with FF4. Swear.
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  • Profile picture of the author 123davelee
    Yes, and i uninstalled it after finding out it screwed up with my computer monitor and re-installed the previous version.
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  • Profile picture of the author wafflehorse
    Maybe i'm not using as much as i could be out of FF4, but i've enjoyed the new setup. I use Chrome as well, and i think they're both great browsers.
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  • Profile picture of the author allegrity
    Can't switch from Firefox...the addons...the plugins...wayyyy too useful. FF4 has been working perfectly for me, no problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeadRooster
    Firefox 4 works great for me. I've been using it for a month or two and haven't had any problems. I have several plugins but haven't tested all of them... I just use them as the situation arises...

    I can say -- for me, at least -- the SEOQuake and Firebug plugins work just fine.

    FF4 seems to evade web bugs a lot better now too.
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  • Profile picture of the author redfieryheart
    personally, I don't like the version 4. There are plugins and application that didn't work well and I need to use Chrome from time to time to use my old plugins...
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  • Profile picture of the author daniel900
    I think the new version is very well. Also very good is opera...
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  • Profile picture of the author blueberries
    I think I'll wait it out. Until I hear better reviews. FF3 is good for now.

    But I really do like google chrome because of the speed. I think it's faster then FF3 in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichleJohn
    yes i download firefox 4 and i was much excited but after one day i uninstall it because it slow down my pc ....and i think its too heavy for my system so i am just back to my firefox 3.5
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