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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 02 2004 - 09:34 AM

Based on your recommendations I downloaded and
installed Mozilla Firebird in hopes of replacing
Microsoft Internet Explorer.

So far, well, it seems okay. The thing is, it doesn't
come loaded with bells and whistles. It seems all the
extra "extensions" you need have to be downloaded from
the Mozilla Home page.

Perhaps you guys have some suggestions on what to
install and how to get the best out of this program.

The FIRST problem I have is a lack of a FLASH player.
I can't even display the flash banner on the HTF home
page. Perhaps you guys can start with directing me to
the right file.

Any other suggestions, tips, etc. would be appreciated.

 

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#2 of 31 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 02 2004 - 09:47 AM

Update....

Found the FLASH plug-in, but it wasn't thru
Mozilla's site.

How do I do tabbed browsing?

Any other really good plug-ins that you recommend?

 

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#3 of 31 OFFLINE   Chris_Morris

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Posted February 02 2004 - 10:00 AM

Firebird extensions

I use:
Tab Browser Extensions
AdBlock
Things They Left Out
IE View 0.6 (lets you open the current page in IE)


Firebird 0.8 should be out later this week.


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#4 of 31 OFFLINE   John*Jones

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Posted February 02 2004 - 10:03 AM

For a long list of extensions go here.

I like the Google toolbar for firebird. Also, having options in the context menu like "Open link target in IE" and "Search Dictonairy/Amazon/IMDb.com" with highlighted text is helpful. Flash block and Adblock are two other great extensions.

For tabbed browsing I usually just use the middle-click button on the mouse or right-click.

Getting plug-ins to work isn't always easy...this page helps.

And when all else fails, I use the forums.

Hope this helps.

#5 of 31 OFFLINE   Greg*go

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Posted February 02 2004 - 02:16 PM

I think the tab browsing is already installed on it. Just right click on a link and it's in the menu that pops up. And if you want to open a new tab hit Ctrl T. To get the flash player to work, you just have to tell it to recognize Firebird.

I just got Firebird myself, and am liking it. I've taken explorer off my desktop for the time being to give Firebird a fair chance.

What will the newer 0.8 edition have differently?
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#6 of 31 OFFLINE   Chris_Morris

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Posted February 02 2004 - 11:42 PM

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I think the tab browsing is already installed on it.


It is, but it is not as good as it could be. The Tab Browser Extension (TBE) makes it alot more functional.

This site
here has some good tips and tweaks for Firebird.


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#7 of 31 OFFLINE   Peter Kim

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Posted February 09 2004 - 12:21 AM

Firefox 0.8 (no longer called Firebird) is out.

Looks (cosmetically) more like Safari...very clean and polished.

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New features in this release include:

* A powerful new download manager that makes tracking multiple downloads easier;
* Numerous improvements to bookmarks handling, making it easier than ever to keep track of your favorite sites;
* Improved handling of extensions - small, easy to download applications that can be installed with a few simple mouse clicks and extend the browser’s functionality. Community members have created more than 200 such extensions, including add-ons that remove ad banners, add spell-checker functionality, and add the ability to search Amazon.com, eBay or other popular sites from the Firefox toolbar;
* An easy to use installer for Microsoft Windows users;
* A new default theme for Mac OS X users that integrates seamlessly with the OS X desktop environment.

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#8 of 31 OFFLINE   Rob Gillespie

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Posted February 09 2004 - 05:44 AM

Judging by the response from the site I'd say half the world is trying to download it.
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#9 of 31 OFFLINE   Rob Gillespie

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Posted February 09 2004 - 05:58 AM

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Looks (cosmetically) more like Safari...very clean and polished.

Errm... looks exactly the same to me as Firebird. Exactly.

Mind you, I ain't got a Mac.

Actually, I'm having trouble seeing what has changed, if anything.
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#10 of 31 OFFLINE   Peter Kim

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Posted February 09 2004 - 06:47 AM

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* A new default theme for Mac OS X users that integrates seamlessly with the OS X desktop environment.


It sounds like there are no cosmetic changes to the PC side, unlike what is described above.
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#11 of 31 OFFLINE   Rob Gillespie

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Posted February 09 2004 - 06:54 AM

The bookmark manager is still a turd though. It needs a 'Sort by name' option like IE.
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#12 of 31 OFFLINE   Peter Kim

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Posted February 09 2004 - 07:04 AM

I'm trying to grab some extensions for the 1st time, but like Rob, I'm experiencing what might only be attributed to a cabbage-patch-doll rush to the firefox help page -

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Getting hit too hard from this new firefox release. Try another mirror.


I guess I'm lucky even to have downloaded the update...attempts to try again are met with clocking out.
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#13 of 31 OFFLINE   Rob Gillespie

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Posted February 09 2004 - 07:06 AM

Try here, if you haven't already
http://www.mozilla.org/mirrors.html

I'm really having difficulty seeing anything that has changed from Firebird 0.7. Except that now the Google toolbar doesn't work and nor do half the themes I had installed.
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#14 of 31 OFFLINE   NickSo

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Posted February 09 2004 - 07:13 AM

Sweet, i was just about to post the new Firebird news, but decided i should check in here first... cant wait to intall it Posted Image

#15 of 31 OFFLINE   Chris_Morris

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Posted February 09 2004 - 07:24 AM

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I'm really having difficulty seeing anything that has changed from Firebird 0.7. Except that now the Google toolbar doesn't work and nor do half the themes I had installed.


Same here. The name was changed, plus it auto installed, but I saw no difference. None of my extensions worked, and to me the extensions are the lifeblood of Firebird/fox. The extension sites are being slammed and hard to get to, so I went back to 0.7 until I can get the extensions for Firefox that I need. I still fail to see what the changes were, other than the improved download manager, which doesn't do me much good.

On another note, I love the new logo, but was perplexed to see that it wasn't the default "spinning" icon on the browser Posted Image

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#16 of 31 OFFLINE   NickSo

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Posted February 09 2004 - 07:46 AM

Well, i can tell its faster tha .7 loading pages, but there are a bunch of bugs that need to be worked out...

Some problems for me:
Loss of Foreward/Back buttons. Even when i tried to add it in, it wasnt there in the CUSTOMIZATION menu

No vertical scrollbar on the right.


#17 of 31 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 09 2004 - 07:55 AM

Currently using Firebird 0.7

Can someone send me a link to an install
with an .EXE (I don't want to simply unzip the files).

In other words, I need a Windows installer version.

And....with some of the problems posted here, should
I actually install this over my existing version?

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#18 of 31 OFFLINE   Chris_Morris

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Posted February 09 2004 - 08:01 AM

Ron, the only Windows version has the installer, I don't think there is a zipped Windows version this time.

http://www.mozilla.o...oducts/firefox/

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And....with some of the problems posted here, should I actually install this over my existing version?


After installing it, I noticed no real difference. If FB 0.7 works fine, I would wait on installing it. Barring that, I made a new folder and copied over the main FB folder and the Phoenix folder, then installed Firefox over the existing installation, after disabling all extensions.


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#19 of 31 OFFLINE   Peter Kim

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Posted February 09 2004 - 08:04 AM

At least in the mac environment, since this update is named Firefox, it's treated as a separate install, not a install-over...IOW, I deleted Firebird .7 separately.

Nick, I'm baffled by the loss of back/forward button (functionality). All the buttons/scrollbar work fine for me. In fact, it uses the previous .7's preferences/toolbar setup that I created.
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#20 of 31 OFFLINE   Rob Gillespie

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Posted February 09 2004 - 08:13 AM

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Can someone send me a link to an install
with an .EXE (I don't want to simply unzip the files).

Ron, 0.7 only comes as a .zip folder. Just unzip and place the folder into your C:Program Files folder. Make a shortcut ot the MozilaFirebird.exe file and you're done.
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