Wednesday, March 19, 2008

firefox 3 beta 4

downloaded the beta 4 for firefox (from here) after reading multiple news snippets about it in a day.

initial impressions with regards to its performance was quite good. it started up much faster (which is not a mean thing as at any point in time i have about 40 tabs in 4 windows from the last session). it also seemed to take a wee bit lesser in memory over the 5 hours that I was using it, but then let me down by crashing sometime during the night. :(

apart from the performance i found that the new gui seems much cleaner, especially the new navigation toolbar and its buttons.

i also liked were also the pop-up style password manager and the cool scrolling effects on the tab bar (the ones that appear when you have too many tabs open to render them in one screen).

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but the single worst thing i saw was the rendering of fonts. never been an expert in this field and so i can't tell you in technical words whats wrong. just that it looks yucky!!
the site most hit by this was gmail. pics not included as I realized i really didn't want pix of my mailbox on the internet :) instead u can see screen-shots of google reader in ff2.0..0.12 and ff3.0b4]