Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 released

I see Mozilla have released Firefox 1.5 Beta 1.

According to the Release Notes here’s what’s new in this release:

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.
  • Improvements to popup blocking.
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
  • is added to the search engine list.
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and “Safe Mode” experience.
  • Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the information on a Braille display, enabling blind and visually impaired users to use equivalent software functionality as their sighted peers.
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.
  • Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.
  • New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.
  • Many security enhancements.
  • List of notable bug fixes since Deer Park Alpha 2

What’s cool in this release is the drag and drop re-ordering for tabs – not nearly as important as the security fixes, or the Clear Private Data feature – but it is something I have wanted in a browser for a long time.

Also, on the Mac side of things – there is better support for OS X and you can now minimise your windows complete with Genie effect, using CMD-M!

The downside is that most of my favourite extensions were disabled after the install as they were incompatible with 1.5 – with the notable exception of my favourite extension Adblock – had Adblock been disabled, I’d have gone back to 1.06.

Hat tip to Michael – on whose blog I saw mention of this release first.

3 thoughts on “Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 released”

  1. I hadn’t spotted that change in behaviour Twenty, tbh.

    I think I prefer it though – when I click in the menu bar, I’m more often than not editing the uri rather than changing it completely so now I don’t have to de-select the entire uri to select the bit I want to edit.

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