Firefox 29.0 released for download

Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

What's new in this version:

  • Significant new customization mode makes it easy to personalize your Web experience to access the features you use the most
  • A new, easy to access menu sits in the right hand corner of Firefox and includes popular browser controls
  • Sleek new tabs provide an overall smoother look and fade into the background when not active
  • An interactive onboarding tour to guide users through the new Firefox changes
  • The ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account
  • Gamepad API finalized and enabled
  • HTTPS used for Yahoo Searches performed in en-US locale
  • Malay [ma] locale added
  • Clicking on a W3C Web Notification will switch to the originating tab
  • 'box-sizing' (dropping the -moz- prefix) implemented
  • Console object available in Web Workers
  • Promises enabled by default
  • SharedWorker enabled by default
  • implemented and enabled
  • implemented and enabled
  • Enabled ECMAScript Internationalization API
  • Add-on bar has been removed, content moved to navigation bar
  • Implemented URLSearchParams from the URL specification
  • Various security fixes

Download: Firefox 29.0 for Windows | 27.7 MB (Freeware)
Download: Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis)
Download: Firefox 29.0 for Linux | 34.6 MB
Download: Firefox 29.0 for MacOS | 56.1 MB
View: Firefox Website | Release Notes

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well i could make it look OK with classic theme retorer putting tabs below changing the tab to squared australis

here what it looks like on my windows 7 and on xp looks kinda like it
https://imgur.com/HgQbMi4

Edited by eilegz, May 3 2014, 2:57pm :

Having a problem that's plagued past releases - keeps running after it's closed. Tried wiping the profile, uninstalling, etc.

:(

Happens to me from time to time, i.e a firefox process still remain after closing.
I kill it. I think it is linked to flash, or some heavy javascript running.
You might report the problem, if it's more serious than than.

Well, I'm gone to Palemoon.

It is simply impossible to use plugins like flashgot, scriptish, https everywhere without getting hit with bug 921175. Everything is hidden behind another click. The right side menu lags when opened (8 cores, 4.6 ghz). Run it into the ground, hopefully opera gets its act together before firefox derails so far into idiocy palemoon guy can no longer keep up. Status bar removed, but text still pops up there, so it isn't like space was reclaimed - just usability removed. Over and over usability removed & useless eye candy added.

i cant understand why killing all the features and customization its a good thing...

first opera and now firefox. what its the point to make everything look and behave like chrome if we wanted to use chrome i switch to it.

What its worse its that those changes its FORCED, yeah change before we can revert it easily now we have to hack use addons and do so many thing to have the firefox we love and get use to.

its a big disservice for those who didnt want to move or like to use chrome. stop making and forcing thing on the users, make everything optional

for better or for worse firefox its still the most customizable browser on the market and i could revert some things with classic them restorer

eilegz said,

for better or for worse firefox its still the most customizable browser on
the market and i could revert some things with classic them restorer


Actually, now that Firefox has had some of its customisation removed with Australis, the most
customisable browser on the market now, is SeaMonkey. It doesn't need a specific restorer
add-on, since it already has a classic interface built-in, quite reminiscent of classic Firefox.

You can even hide the Menu bar in SeaMonkey with one click, if that's your thing.

I switched to Chrome a while ago so it doesn't really irk me that much. Been playing with Aurora with Classic Theme Restorer for a while now too...along with the regular FF. Guess I can dump Aurora now and have 1 less FF on my PC. I have 4 Firefoxes for different reasons.

personally, I don't like the new layout, but if it gets more people to use FFx, then good.

I've been using Stratiform to customize Firefox for a few years now to make it fit better with Windows 8's UI. FFx 29 broke compatibility though.

You're welcome! Also i think it works better than the "Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis)", that the article suggests!

Considering Windows is their primary OS by far you would think they will try to make their app look decent on it. These wavy tabs look hideous and completely out of place. Having to use third party add-on to fix such things is simply absurd (for any self-respecting browser). Shame. Firefox used to by my favorite browser. Nowadays I actually use IE for all my web browsing needs and Chrome for development (nothing can beat it's F12 DevTools yet) because both FF and Chrome have been sucking more and more lately. IE keeps it clean, minimal and simple which I like the most.

Obry said,
Considering Windows is their primary OS by far you would think they will try to make their app look decent on it. These wavy tabs look hideous and completely out of place. Having to use third party add-on to fix such things is simply absurd (for any self-respecting browser). Shame. Firefox used to by my favorite browser. Nowadays I actually use IE for all my web browsing needs and Chrome for development (nothing can beat it's F12 DevTools yet) because both FF and Chrome have been sucking more and more lately. IE keeps it clean, minimal and simple which I like the most.

australis is significantly more 'clean and minimal' than the previous theme...

Or alternatively, you can do this:
1) Click the Firefox button.
2) Select Options.
3) Click Advanced, then choose the Update tab and select the radio button labelled "Never check for updates (not recommended: security risk)".
4) And click OK.


Been using the betas on mac/windows. Personally I much prefer the new look. Plus the sync account being set my email works better for me versus the previous code system.

OK, looks like I'm uninstalling Firefox permanently if I need a 3rd party add-on to restore sanity in the GUI.
Thing is, even this add-on doesn't restore all the sanity, like putting the tabs back where they should be.

Thankfully SeaMonkey retains a sensible GUI that can be fully customised how I like it, 100% Australis free.

DJGM said,
Thankfully SeaMonkey retains a sensible GUI that can be fully customised how I like it, 100% Australis free.

Not dissing your choice.. but you want customization, and yet dislike addons? Kind of a weird statement, that's the whole point of addons. It's not like they bloat the thing up as big as Chrome or something.

Max Norris said,

Not dissing your choice.. but you want customization, and yet dislike addons? Kind of a weird statement, that's the whole point of addons. It's not like they bloat the thing up as big as Chrome or something.

You know, Chrome really has gotten huge (And demanding). I use Firefox for my main browsing with Chrome for quick searches and such. Chrome has quickly eclipsed Firefox for memory consumption IMO, which is shocking considering what Firefox was at one time...

Max Norris said,

Not dissing your choice.. but you want customization, and yet dislike addons?
Kind of a weird statement, that's the whole point of addons. It's not like they
bloat the thing up as big as Chrome or something.


I actually have 39 Extensions and 20 themes installed on my main installation of SeaMonkey
The type of customisation I like is GUI customisation, part of which is baked in by default,
that being the "Customize Toolbar" option when you context click on the main toolbar,
that doesn't require a 3rd party extension or add-on of any kind.

Most of the extensions I'e installed extend the functionality rather than customise the GUI.