Pale Moon is a custom-built and optimized Firefox-based browser for Windows operating systems with current, high performance processors. It looks identical to the standard Firefox browser and supports Firefox extensions, themes and identities.
- Highly optimized for modern processors
- 100% Firefox sourced: As safe as the browser that has seen years of development.
- Uses slightly less memory because of disabled redundant and optional code
- Significant speed increases for page drawing and script processing
- Stability: experience fewer browser crashes.
- Support for SVG and Canvas, and downloadable fonts including WOFF
- Support for HTML5 and WebGL (v4+)
- Support for Firefox extensions (add-ons), themes and personas
- Support for OOPP (Out-of-process plugin execution)
- Able to use existing Firefox bookmarks and settings with this migration tool
What's new in Pale Moon version 24.0:
This is a new major release with many changes and improvements. A concise summary of the changes follows. There are too many changes and updates (both resulting from the code base update and from the additional Pale Moon development on top) to list all of them in detail.
- Switch to a new Mozilla code base (Gecko 24.0).
- Update of the Pale Moon icon/logo. Special thanks go to Roger Gómez del Casal for providing me with an interesting concept design image to use as a base for it!
- Fixes for all relevant security vulnerabilities.
- Many changes and updates in the rendering, scripting and parsing back-end to provide significant improvements in overall browser performance (including benchmark scores).
- Addition of a number of HTML5 elements, improving overall HTML5 standards compliance.
- Implementation of the webaudio API (most features that are no longer draft).
- Removal of Tab Groups (Panorama). If you actively used this functionality, I have also made an add-on (Mozilla dev sourced) available to restore this feature to the browser.
- Removal of a few additional Accessibility options.
- Inclusion of an updated version of the Add-on SDK and loader to solve recent issues with SDK/Jetpack add-ons.
- Adjustment of the Quickdial "new tab" feature to have better layout.
- Extension of the address bar shading functionality to more clearly indicate when there is a problem with a secure site (red shading on broken SSL/mixed content).
- New way of handling plugins with control on a per-site basis. An extensive description can be found on the forum.
Restored/maintained a number of features that were removed from recent Firefox versions:
- Graphical tab switching feature with quick search (Ctrl+Shift+Tab).
- Removing the tab bar if there is only one tab present.
- Options for the loading of images.
- More recovery options in the Safe Mode startup dialog box than just nuking your profile.
- Send Link/E-mail Link mail client integration functionality.
- Unification of version numbers. x86 and x64 will from this point forward use the same version number (and icon) without an architecture designation. This will solve potential compatibility issues on new major versions, as well as the superfluous compatibility check when switching between x86 and x64 on the same profile.
What's new in version 24.0.1:
This is a small update to address some small issues with the new major version:
- Fix for unreadable address bar text when visiting a broken or mixed-mode SSL site.
Fix for an incorrect browser cache size default when first starting the browser. (regression)
Note: If you have used version 24.0, then please check your Options -> Advanced -> Network tab, and if the cache size is set to "1024", change it back to its default "250" to prevent unnecessary use of disk space and potential slowing of the browser.
- Fix for themes not applying to Private Browsing windows. (regression)
- A small update to the new icon to fix some visual issues with it.
- Reduction of visual friction and CPU usage on some operations by disabling smooth scrolling on it by default (e.g. Home/End keys).