Bookmarks on Places now enabled for Firefox 3 alpha 5

Firefox 3 Alpha 5, slated for a release next week, will include some form of the much awaited bookmarks revamp known as Places: "we are excited to let you all know that last week we enabled the Places implementation of bookmarks on the trunk". The team would also like to emphasize to make a backup of all bookmarks, just in case. As well, once the migration of bookmarks occurs, all changes to bookmarks will be kept up to date in Places. That means that changing bookmarks or adding bookmarks in an older version of Firefox will only be seen in Places if they are manually exported and re-imported into Places. It should be noted that the UI is still being designed in terms of both functionality and performance. In addition to bugzilla and the newsgroups, a good way to contact the Places team is to head over to #places on Mozilla IRC.

News source: Mozilla Developer Center

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can you have the alpha installed along side of FF2.0? i'd like to try it out, but i don't want it using the same configs and directories and mess up my FF2 settings, bookmarks, etc....

Yes. Unzip (or install, or whatever) the alpha to somewhere separate to your 2.0 install, but don't run it.

Create a shortcut to the alpha firefox.exe and to the end of it add -profilemanager

Run the alpha with this shortcut and make a new firefox profile.

Close firefox, and then change the shortcut to the alpha to read:
firefox.exe -no-remote -p <alpha profilename>

Then for the shortcut to your 2.0 install, change it to read:
firefox.exe -no-remote -p <2.0 profilename>

Now when you click on your 2.0 shortcut fx will use your 2.0 profile, and likewise the alpha build will use your alpha profile.

(the -no-remote lets you run both builds at the same time)

atm it's just the backend of Places (storing bookmarks as sqlite). The UI is still the same as firefox 2; UI changes will come later.

Cryton said,
atm it's just the backend of Places (storing bookmarks as sqlite). The UI is still the same as firefox 2; UI changes will come later.

Thanks for giving a quick explanation. I was a little confused as to what it was and the article did nothing to explain it to me.

Slimy said,
You speak for all those people that didn't read past the first sentence.

Not for nothing, I now what places is and I still can't see any actual description in the article and I read the entire thing.

Slimy said,
"the much awaited bookmarks revamp known as Places"

Doesn't explain much. Some indepth information about how the system is any different from the html bookmark implementation would have done wonders to give readers a clue as to what's going on.

Oh really? It answered his question. He didn't ask "Why didn't you give more details on Places?" Shall I explain what alpha means too? There has been enough information on Places on the front page before.

Slimy said,
Oh really? It answered his question. He didn't ask "Why didn't you give more details on Places?" Shall I explain what alpha means too? There has been enough information on Places on the front page before.

Usually when people ask what something is, they want what it actually is, not a regurgitated description of what they've already read. I read the articles here diligently, and I guess I missed it too because I didn't know what it was. :/

Thanks anyway.

The only reason I'm using FF3 Alpha as my main browser is because FF 2 (stable) always crashed on me. We have reversed problems where yours makes sense (with it being an alpha) and mine doesn't