Firefox 11 Due Today, Features Chrome Migration, Add-on Syncby Andrew Cunningham on March 13, 2012 9:30 AM EST
Mozilla is due to release Firefox 11 to the stable channel today, and like every Firefox release since 4.0 the new version adds a handful of new features and fixes without drastically changing how the browser works. Firefox 10, the current Firefox Extended Support Release, will see a new 10.0.3 patch that will implement Firefox 11's security patches but not its new features.
Firefox users looking to move back to Mozilla's browser after trying Chrome will now be able to import that browser's bookmarks, history, and cookies, with passwords, form data, and settings to follow in a later version. Users of Firefox Sync will now also be able to synchronize their browser add-ons across multiple computers, ensuring a more consistent experience for people with multiple systems.
Additionally, the new Firefox offers a couple of new developer tools: the first is called Tilt, and it's pictured above - when inspecting page elements (right-click a page, click Inspect Element), users with WebGL-capable systems can now click a 3D button to see a copy of the page rendered in 3D. You can move the page around and zoom in and out at will - in addition to looking pretty cool, it can also make it easier to interact with elements that overlap. The other addition is a new Style editor, accessible from the Web Developer menu.
All of this comes with a handful of smaller changes and security fixes which are laid out in the release notes, linked below. Firefox 11 is available for Windows XP, Vista, and 7, as well as OS X 10.5 (Intel), 10.6, and 10.7 and most Linux distributions.
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Xajel - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkJust to note, the Tilt feature was a plug-in ( and I'm already using it, it's called Tilt 3D) but I think with Version 11 Mozilla partly integrated it in Firefox
The original Tilt 3D add-on
kensiko - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkThanks for the info.
Can we scroll the page while in Tilt mode?
Andrew.a.cunningham - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkYes. You can also view elements that have been hidden beyond the margins of the page.
magreen - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkAny word on multi-process support? Multicore is so old that smartphones are getting it. A browser that can't multitask simultaneous loading of pages is useless to me. That's why I quit using Firefox and went back to IE.
kensiko - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkOn hold:
MrSpadge - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkYou're being held back by locally rendering web sites on a multi-core desktop CPU? You must be using some hardcore sites.. for me the limit are always the internet connection or the servers.
magreen - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkYes, lots of sites take a long time to load, especially when opening multiple tabs at the same time. The problem is especially acute when one page goes haywire and pegs one core at 100% utilization, which is reasonably often. Then most everything else Firefox does freezes. IE and Chrome (usually) don't have that problem.
But I think you knew that already.
Arnulf - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkPerhaps Mozilla should bump the major version number to 36 rather than fix any bugs, I'm sure that would help.
magreen - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkBut our version goes up to 11.
JNo - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - linkLOL!
Superb spinal tap reference...