Meet the browser: Firefox Next


Recommended Posts

ViperAFK

Is there any way to achieve this in 4.01 Final?

Nope, in firefox 4 and 5 you gotta disable directwrite.

Link to post
Share on other sites
SkyDX

Nope, in firefox 4 and 5 you gotta disable directwrite.

Thanks for the reply! I see, what a bummer :( What I haven't understood this far, if I disable directwrite, do I lose the HA or not? :pinch:

Link to post
Share on other sites
ViperAFK

Thanks for the reply! I see, what a bummer :( What I haven't understood this far, if I disable directwrite, do I lose the HA or not? :pinch:

You should be able to disable

gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled

to just disable directwrite, and still have layers enabled.

Link to post
Share on other sites
SkyDX

You should be able to disable

gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled

to just disable directwrite, and still have layers enabled.

Thanks again! The thing is, it does not work :pinch: I set it to disabled and nothing changed. Then to be sure I made a new profile and

gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled

was by default set to disabled. Just to say what I want to do, I use Win7 with GDI++ to enhance my fonts, unfortunately, ever since Firefox 4 GDI++ wont apply anymore to it. So my goal is to retain HA and let GDI++ handle the fonts^^

Link to post
Share on other sites
ViperAFK

What is the point of this?

Its sort of a security feature to help protect the more novice users from phishing. Some phishing sites will try to make their urls look similar to the legit site, for example: neowind.tz/neowin.net/forums/132q12413/ vs neowin.net. It makes it easier to tell if you are on the fishy site.

Thanks again! The thing is, it does not work :pinch: I set it to disabled and nothing changed. Then to be sure I made a new profile and

gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled

was by default set to disabled. Just to say what I want to do, I use Win7 with GDI++ to enhance my fonts, unfortunately, ever since Firefox 4 GDI++ wont apply anymore to it. So my goal is to retain HA and let GDI++ handle the fonts^^

In that case even if you used the new settings that landed in the nightlies, GDI++ still would not be handling the fonts. The just let you tweak directwrite's font rendering to make it look more like the classic cleartype rendering, directwrite still handles the font rendering. You may have to try turning off hw acceleration completely in the options.

Link to post
Share on other sites
SkyDX

In that case even if you used the new settings that landed in the nightlies, GDI++ still would not be handling the fonts. The just let you tweak directwrite's font rendering to make it look more like the classic cleartype rendering, directwrite still handles the font rendering. You may have to try turning off hw acceleration completely in the options.

Ahh okay, that explains it, thanks! I will just live without GDI++ for FF4, losing HA isn't worth it imo^^

Link to post
Share on other sites
The_Decryptor

I'd strongly suggest getting used to it (by trying it, etc.) DirectWrite is the new font rendering API Microsoft want people to use, so Firefox, IE9, Steam, etc. are just the beginning of the trend. And unlike Steam and Firefox, most apps won't let you just randomly disable it.

You should be able to disable

gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled

to just disable directwrite, and still have layers enabled.

You need to disable Direct2D, you can't mix and match them (that preference only controls forcing DirectWrite on when you're doing software rendering.)

Link to post
Share on other sites
Jamushroom

^Fair enough. I've enabled it now and I'll be testing it for a day. To me it doesn't look as good as when I have it disabled :s

Edit: This might be a placebo effect but, did they change the way DirectWrite renders the font? Cause it looks different compared with the last time that I tried it out. Also, I can see the red and blue channels in the fonts way to easy. Is there any way that I can change this?

Link to post
Share on other sites
The_Decryptor

Yeah, they adjusted it slightly to match the way IE renders. (Basically, it ignores the default API settings, unless a user has run the ClearType Tuner) The preference "gfx.font_rendering.cleartype_params.enhanced_contrast" governs that behaviour (I think the old default was 0.5 or something)

Link to post
Share on other sites
Jamushroom

I did run ClearType Tuner in Windows 7. But I don't feel like changing it only so that the text in Firefox looks better. If I'd do that, the text outside of Firefox will look bad.

I'll just use it a day and see how I feel about it tomorrow.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Gutierrez

erm , yeah ie9 is faster coz of dropping support for xp and not coz of some chakra (or dead code elimination :shiftyninja: ) , so yeah xp is the one to blame :)

attachment.cgi?id=525501

Some new stuff regrading the branches :D

reshack and I got that **** the same. So, whats the point? :laugh:

Link to post
Share on other sites
Jamushroom

^Is that a custom theme?

Edit: Nevermind, it's probably a mockup :p

Link to post
Share on other sites
V23

Anybody else's Nightly completely stuff up with the latest update? Every time I open it there is an error window. If I press restart it just opens the same error window and if I press quit it just closes. Even tried updating to the latest hourly but same thing.

Link to post
Share on other sites
riceBox

No problems with the latest Nightly here. Running stable, at least for me, as usual.

Link to post
Share on other sites
kilara1988

Tell us what does the error window say so we can figure out what may be the problem?We are not fortune tellers.

PS:Most likely it is a broken addon.

Link to post
Share on other sites
V23

Tell us what does the error window say so we can figure out what may be the problem?We are not fortune tellers.

PS:Most likely it is a broken addon.

Sorry, I should have said 'Mozilla Crash Reporter' not 'error window'. I updated to the latest nightly and it still crashes so it might be an add-on incompatibility.

EDIT: I've got it running in safe mode now so I will narrow down the possibilities.

EDIT 2: Fixed the problem. One of my add-ons was responsible so I disabled it and everything is working again (thanks for the suggestion kilara)

Link to post
Share on other sites
grayscale

What addon? It'll be useful for those who will have similar problems.

Link to post
Share on other sites
V23

What addon? It'll be useful for those who will have similar problems.

I was going to mention which one but I didn't think it was widely used. Anyway, it's called 'Net Usage Item' and keeps track of bandwith usage for those of us with caps.

Link to post
Share on other sites
mysiskatten

Any news on move tab animation?

will it be in fx5 or fx6?

Link to post
Share on other sites
alisalem

I'm liking the new "Tabs on bottom". I think it looks better this way even with the Bookmarks toolbar.

capture.png

Any idea how I can force installation of add-ons?

Link to post
Share on other sites
alisalem

^ works great, thanks!

Another thing that bugs me is scrolling. It's too slow compared to Chrome. Any chance I can increase scrolling speed to match Chrome's?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Kaoxt

Highlight the domain name in the address bar

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=451833

will be in tomorrow's nightly!

edit:

it's in latest hourly:

http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/tinderbox-builds/mozilla-central-win32/1304433556/firefox-6.0a1.en-US.win32.zip (win32)

but there's not enough contrast IMO

51828860.png

Looks like they don't have everything worked out with this yet: http://espn.go.com/

They just have go.com highlighted and not espn, like Chrome normally would have.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Copernic
      Firefox 89.0.1
      by Razvan Serea



      Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. It offers great security, privacy, and protection against viruses, spyware, malware, and it can also easily block pop-up windows. The key features that have made Firefox so popular are the simple and effective UI, browser speed and strong security capabilities.

      Firefox has complete features for browsing the Internet. It is very reliable and flexible due to its implemented security features, along with customization options. 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.

      Beginning in 89, you’ll notice a number of changes, including:

      Simplified browser chrome and toolbar: Less frequently used items removed to focus on the most important navigation items. Clear, streamlined menus: Re-organized and prioritized menu content according to usage. Updated labels and removed iconography.

      Updated prompts: Infobars, panels, and modals have a cleaner design and clearer language.

      Inspired tab design: Floating tabs neatly contain information and surface cues when you need them, like visual indicators for audio controls. The rounded design of the active tab supports focus and signals the ability to easily move the tab as needed.

      Fewer interruptions: Reduced number of alerts and messages, so you can browse with fewer distractions.

      Cohesive, calmer visuals: Lighter iconography, a refined color palette, and more consistent styling throughout.

      Firefox 89.0.1 fixes:

      Windows: Resolved an issue causing some screen readers to not interact correctly with Firefox anymore (bug 1714212) Updated translations, including full Spanish (Mexico) localization and other improvements (bug 1714946) Fix various font related regressions (bug 1694174) Linux: Fix performance and stability regressions with WebRender (bug 1715895, bug 1715902) macOS: Fix screen flickering when scrolling a page on an external monitor (bug 1715452) Enterprise: Fix for the DisableDeveloperTools policy not having effect anymore (bug 1715777) Linux: Fix broken scrollbars on some GTK themes (bug 1714103) Various stability and security fixes. Developer

      Developer Information Download: Firefox 89.0.1 for Windows | Firefox 64-bit | ~50.0 MB (Freeware)
      Download: Firefox 89.0.1 for Linux | 64-bit | ~70.0 MB
      Download: Firefox 89.0.1 for MacOS | 126.0 MB
      View: Firefox Home Page | Release Notes

      Get alerted to all of our Software updates on Twitter at @NeowinSoftware

    • By Usama Jawad96
      Vimeo improves page load times with support for AVIF images
      by Usama Jawad

      While video-hosting service Vimeo isn't quite as popular as YouTube, it still has hundreds of millions of users. Over the past few years, the company has been regularly updating its service to entice more customers.

      The firm has announced that it now supports AVIF images which means an automatic improvement in page load times and bandwidth consumption too.

      Image via Vimeo For those unaware, AVIF is an acronym for "AV1 Image File Format" and is essentially an AV1 format for still images. Both these specifications have been getting a lot of traction recently. AVIF is getting official support in Android 12 and has been supported in Cloudflare since October 2020 as well.

      Vimeo has stated that with support for AVIF images, page load times will increase as the format preserves comparable image quality to JPEG and WebP, while maintaining a smaller file size. Although a potential downside is that encoding takes longer, the firm says that this will not be an issue because this will be a one-time operation after which AVIF images will be cached.

      Moving forward, Vimeo says that its image server will deliver image formats depending upon the HTTP headers of a web request and the properties of the source image. All browsers that explicitly support the AVIF format will automatically receive images in the format, while browsers which don't will receive WebP images. JPEG and PNG will only be kept as fallback options and for compatibility with those on outdated configurations.

      Vimeo has highlighted that if you use Firefox and have AVIF enabled manually, you should keep in mind that colors will not appear accurate because the browser lacks proper color space support.

    • By zikalify
      Firefox 89 arrives with controversial Proton interface
      by Paul Hill



      Mozilla’s Firefox 89 releases to the general public today complete with the new Proton interface which simplifies the browser’s menus and alters the tabs bar beyond anything we’ve seen from previous Firefox releases or other web browsers. This update also improves macOS integration and includes further privacy enhancements.

      The first thing that people will notice in this update is the Proton interface, the browser chrome and toolbar have been simplified so that redundant and less frequently used features have been removed, menus have been altered so that the most used features are prominent and visual noise has been reduced.

      Firefox 89 includes redesigned menus and tabs Proton also updates prompts so they have a cleaner appearance and unnecessary alerts and messages have been removed. The attached tabs have also been supplanted by floating tabs; Mozilla says the rounded design of the active tab “signals the ability to easily move the tab as needed.” While almost everyone will support cleaner menus, the new tabs are drawing the ire of some who are not pleased with the radical departure from the traditional look and feel of tabs.

      Prompts have been updated in Firefox 89 For those on macOS, Firefox 89 will be better integrated with the operating system by including support for the elastic overscroll effect that’s featured in other applications. The gentle bouncing animation serves as an indicator to users that they have reached the end of the page. Additionally, Firefox 89 supports smart zoom; to use this, double-tap with two fingers on the trackpad or with a single finger on the Magic Mouse to zoom the content below your cursor into focus.

      Private Browser mode is now more private in Firefox 89 with the enablement of Total Cookie Protection which confines cookies to the site where they were created. This stops companies from tracking you from site to site. If you’ve heard of Total Cookie Protection before, that’s because Firefox 86 introduced it but it was only enabled when Enhanced Tracking Protection was toggled to Strict Mode. Firefox 89 also introduces the second version of SmartBlock which enables seamless browsing when trackers are blocked.

      To download the latest version of Firefox head to the bottom of this article. If you already use Firefox, you should get the update automatically in the coming days.

    • By Copernic
      Firefox 89.0
      by Razvan Serea



      Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. It offers great security, privacy, and protection against viruses, spyware, malware, and it can also easily block pop-up windows. The key features that have made Firefox so popular are the simple and effective UI, browser speed and strong security capabilities.

      Firefox has complete features for browsing the Internet. It is very reliable and flexible due to its implemented security features, along with customization options. 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.

      Beginning in 89, you’ll notice a number of changes, including:

      Simplified browser chrome and toolbar: Less frequently used items removed to focus on the most important navigation items. Clear, streamlined menus: Re-organized and prioritized menu content according to usage. Updated labels and removed iconography.

      Updated prompts: Infobars, panels, and modals have a cleaner design and clearer language.

      Inspired tab design: Floating tabs neatly contain information and surface cues when you need them, like visual indicators for audio controls. The rounded design of the active tab supports focus and signals the ability to easily move the tab as needed.

      Fewer interruptions: Reduced number of alerts and messages, so you can browse with fewer distractions.

      Cohesive, calmer visuals: Lighter iconography, a refined color palette, and more consistent styling throughout.

      This release also includes enhancements to our privacy offerings:

      We’ve enhanced the privacy of the Firefox Browser’s Private Browsing mode with Total Cookie Protection, which confines cookies to the site where they were created, preventing companies from using cookies to track your browsing across sites. This feature was originally launched in Firefox’s ETP Strict mode. For macOS users, we're introducing the elastic overscroll effect known from many other applications. A gentle bouncing animation will indicate that you reached the end of the page.

      In addition, we added support for smart zoom. Double-tap with two fingers on your trackpad, or with a single finger on your Magic Mouse, to zoom the content below your cursor into focus.

      Native context menus: Context menus on macOS are now native and support Dark Mode.

      Firefox 89.0 fixes:

      Colors in Firefox on macOS will no longer be saturated on wide gamut displays, untagged images are properly treated as sRGB, and colors in images tagged as sRGB will now match CSS colors. In full screen mode on macOS, moving your mouse to the top of the screen will no longer hide your tabs behind the system menu bar. Also in full screen mode on macOS, it is now possible to hide the browser toolbars for a fully immersive full screen experience. This brings macOS in line with Windows and Linux. Various stability and security fixes. Changed:

      Introducing a non-native implementation of web form controls, which delivers a new modern design and some improvements to page load performance. Watch for layout bugs in web pages that make assumptions about the dimensions or styling of form controls. The screenshots feature is available in the right-click context menu. You can also add a screenshots shortcut to your toolbar. Learn more. Enterprise

      Various bug fixes and new policies have been implemented in the latest version of Firefox. You can see more details in the Firefox for Enterprise 89 Release Notes. Developer

      Developer Information Better keyboard navigation for editable BoxModel properties in the Inspector panel Web Platform

      The Event Timing API is now supported. The CSS forced-colors media query is now supported. Download: Firefox 89.0 for Windows | Firefox 64-bit | ~50.0 MB (Freeware)
      Download: Firefox 89.0 for Linux | 64-bit | ~70.0 MB
      Download: Firefox 89.0 for MacOS | 126.0 MB
      View: Firefox Home Page | Release Notes

      Get alerted to all of our Software updates on Twitter at @NeowinSoftware

    • By Sszecret
      Microsoft Weekly: No more Windows 10X, joint E3 conferences, and better vertical tabs
      by Florin Bodnarescu



      A confirmation of Windows 10X’s demise, a better vertical tab experience in Edge, and an unsurprising announcement of a joint Xbox – Bethesda E3 event. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of May 16 - 22.

      No more Windows 10X


      If you were expecting the arrival of Courier v2 (aka Surface Neo) and its companion OS, Windows 10X, sometime this century, that won’t be happening anymore.

      Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 10X is for all intents and purposes dead, but that some of its features will live on in Windows 10 proper. Among those, improvements in the voice typing experience, an enhanced touch keyboard, and much more.

      What did however make it to market was the May 2021 Update, now available to everyone. It adds some Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements, as well as enhancements to Windows Hello for systems with multiple cameras that are face-recognition capable. In other words, not much to write home about.

      As was the case with previous updates, some features have been deprecated or outright removed. For example, the XDDM-based remote display driver and the legacy version of Edge have been stripped out, with the Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC) tool and personalization roaming now showing up as deprecated. What this means for the latter two is that Microsoft is no longer developing them and will most likely remove these in a future update.

      Staying a little longer on the subject of updates, folks on 1909 may experience problems logging into Microsoft 365 apps following the installation KB5003169. A suggested fix for now is simply to restart the system, and if that doesn’t do the trick, the firm suggests that the web-based variants or clients on other operating systems be used, as those are not affected by the bug.

      Flipping over to exploits, one was released, targeting a flaw in the Windows 10 HTTP protocol - CVE-2021-31166. Luckily, this has been fixed with KB5003173 as part of the May 2021 Patch Tuesday set of updates.

      Insiders got some updates too, namely build 21382.1000 which landed in the Dev channel to test the servicing pipeline, followed by build 21387, which retires the IE11 desktop app and temporarily shuts down ‘Eco mode’ in Task Manager.

      For insiders across the Release Preview and Beta channels, Microsoft also released builds 19042.1023 and 19043.1023 with an impressive list of fixes. What needs to be highlighted here is that those on 2004, 20H2, and 21H1 will all receive these same exact fixes when the Redmond firm rolls out the next set of cumulative updates, seeing as they share the same bits.

      And speaking of bits, a rather sought-after bit of news by ARM enthusiasts and, in particular, Surface Pro X owners, is the announcement of apps running natively on the platform. Well, one such announcement was made this week, as Photoshop can now run natively on Windows 10 on ARM, shedding the ‘Beta’ tag that’s been put on it since November of last year.

      Joint E3 conferences


      Surprising perhaps three people, Xbox Game Studios head honcho Matt Booty has confirmed that Xbox and Bethesda will in fact be combining their E3 presentations into one big show.

      Along with news about Halo Infinite and Age of Empires IV, both launching later this year, we might also get a glimpse at BGS’ Starfield, which will benefit from the big improvements to the Creation Engine. Said improvements, as per BGS studio head Todd Howard, are some of the biggest in the engine’s history, perhaps even dwarfing the improvements made from Morrowind to Oblivion.

      Of course, let’s not forget that id Software, MachineGames, Arkane, and others are also now under XGS, so it wouldn’t be too unexpected for Microsoft to showcase some unannounced projects from those studios.

      Until then, we have some things that are a tad more official. For example, there’s a Halo: MCC Insider test which brings visual improvements to Halo: Combat Evolved, the usual array of Deals with Gold, and the reveal that the next-gen variant of GTA V will be making its debut on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 on November 11, 2021.

      For fans of Paradox’s grand-strategy games, the publisher has announced Victoria 3. While still early in development, the game has been confirmed to hit Steam and Xbox Game Pass for PC on launch day, mimicking the launch of Crusader Kings 3.

      And speaking of Game Pass, the service is soon set to welcome in its ranks Peggle 2, Conan Exiles, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest, Slime Rancher, and many more throughout the month of May, covering cloud, console, and PC availability.

      We’ll end the section with a rather interesting original Xbox Easter egg. Though Xbox’s 20th anniversary is upon us (more specifically on November 15), certain aspects about the original console are still shrouded in mystery.

      Among them is this rather quirky Easter egg, which for some reason involves an audio CD and the typing of the name Timmy, followed by the letter ‘y’ 24 more times, and an exclamation mark. It’s just about as weird as it sounds, if not more so, and you can read more about it here.

      Better vertical tabs


      At the rate Microsoft is adding things to its Chromium Edge browser, we’re bound to cover its development to some extent. This week in particular highlights some good news for fans of the vertical tabs feature.

      As per Leopeva64-2 on Reddit, Edge was set to soon support the hiding of its title bar when using vertical tabs, something which perhaps should’ve been there from the start. This was first seen in Canary v92.0.891.0, and not long after its initial discovery, made its way to the Dev channel.

      The Redmond firm also took a moment to update its password monitor and health dashboard, though the feature is expected to roll out to users starting this month, so some folks may not have it just yet.

      If you’re in one of the Insider channels however, you will have access to Math Solver. The experimental feature does pretty much what it says on the tin, allowing students to take a picture of a math problem, import it into Edge, and use Microsoft’s AI capabilities to find out an answer and instructions on how to solve said problem.

      Dev channel
      Personal features in Teams are now generally available. A preview of Dynamics 365 Intelligent Order Management is out now. LaLiga and Microsoft have expanded their partnership to transform the digital sports experience. O2 has partnered with Microsoft to trial Mobile Edge Computing. The Redmond giant has explained how it’s making gaming more accessible. Teams on mobile will soon get support for large gallery view. Dark mode is rolling out for the unified Office app on Android. According to Microsoft, this is how meeting rooms will look like in the future. Logging off
      We round off this week’s column with a look at the EOL of Internet Explorer. Version 11 to be more precise.



      With the focus on its Chromium-based Edge browser as of late, as well as the inclusion of IE mode in its latest browser, the Redmond software giant has decided to put a firm date on the end of IE11: June 15, 2022.

      While the deprecation of the feature will affect Windows 10 client and IoT versions 20H2 and later. For now, the IE platform (MSHTML/Trident), IE11 on Windows 8,.1, 7 ESU, 10 Server, 10 IoT LTSC, Server LTSC, and client LTSC are spared.

      Should the time come for IE mode in Edge to be retired, the company says it will give at least a one-year notice for organizations to prepare. Beyond the all-important EOL date, Microsoft has provided additional details in regards to how businesses can get ready for the browser’s end of support.

      Missed any of the previous columns? Be sure to have a look right here.



      If you’d like to get a daily digest of news from Neowin, we now have a Newsletter you can sign up to either via the ‘Get our newsletter’ widget in the sidebar, or this link.