“Vatrena lisica” je napokon doživela svoje finalno izdanje verzije 4.  Zanimljiv je podatak da je FF4 u prvih 24 imao 4.7 miliona preuzimanja – duplo više nego Internet Explorer 9 za isti vremenski rok. Što se mene tiče, ja i dalje koristim IE8, iz jednostavnog razloga [to e-banking Banke Intesa ne funkcioniše ispravno u IE9 – nešto što bi bih voleo da se što pre ispravi. Takođe, namerno nisam želeo da isprobam nijednu RC verziju četvorke, kako ne bih pokvario “wow” efekat…

…Ali prvi utisci sa Firefox 4 nisu najbolji. Meni lično, koji godinama koristim Operu (još od verzije 6) i Opera mail ugrađeni klijent, FF ne pruža najbolji ugođaj. Naravno, koristim ga kao nužno zlo, jer sajtovi koje radim moraju raditi u svim browserima + WebUI uTorrent programa, iz ko zna kojeg razloga, najbolje funkcioniše na Ffoxu. U FF4 sve je nekako minimalistički urađeno i već viđeno na Operi. IE9 i FF4 su dobro iskopirali UI.

Bilo kako bilo, Nova verzija je tu i donosi nam:

Firefox 4 is based on the Gecko 2.0 Web platform. This release features JavaScript execution speeds up to six times faster than the previous version, new capabilities for Web Developers and Add-on Developers such as hardware accelerated graphics and HTML5 technologies, and a completely revised user interface. Please read below for more detailed information about what’s new in this version of the release, as well as the known issues.

  • Firefox 4 is available in over 80 languages
  • Uses JägerMonkey, a new, faster JavaScript engine that is up to six times faster than Firefox 3.6
  • Support for the Do Not Track (“DNT”) header that allows users to opt-out of behavioural advertising
  • Firefox Sync is included by default, allowing you to securely synchronize between multiple computers and mobile devices
  • Certain graphics rendering operations are now hardware-accelerated using Direct3D 9 on Windows XP, Direct3D 10 on Windows Vista and 7, and OpenGL on Mac OS (OpenGL on Linux will be supported in the future)
  • Direct2D Hardware Acceleration is now on by default for Windows 7 users
  • WebGL is enabled on all platforms that have a capable graphics card with updated drivers
  • Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format, hardware accelerated where available
  • Firefox button has a new look for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
  • Tabs are now on top by default on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar
  • The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you’d like)
  • Crash protection for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins
  • You can turn any tab into an “App Tab” by right-clicking on it and selecting “Make into App Tab” from the context menu
  • The default homepage design has been refreshed
  • Overhaul of the bookmarks and history code, enabling faster bookmarking and startup performance
  • Per-compartment garbage collection is now enabled, reducing work done during complex animations
  • Additional polish for the Firefox Add-ons Manager
  • Improved web typography using OpenType with support for ligatures, kerning and font variants
  • Web developers can animate content using CSS Transitions
  • Responsiveness and scrolling improvements from the new retained layers layout system
  • HTML5 Forms API makes web based forms easier to implement and validate
  • Support for the new proposed Audio Data API
  • Support for HSTS security protocol allowing sites to insist that they only be loaded over SSL
  • A new feature called Panorama gives users a visual overview of all open tabs, allowing them to be sorted and grouped
  • An experimental API is included to provide more efficient Javascript animations
  • Firefox now supports the HTML5 video “buffered” property
  • Changes to how XPCOM components are registered in order to help startup time and process separation
  • New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release)
  • Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions
  • CSS Transitions are partially supported
  • Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently
  • Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page using HTML History APIs
  • More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction
  • Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload
  • CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user’s browsing history
  • New HTML5 parser
  • Support for more HTML5 form controls
  • Web authors can now get touch events from Firefox users on Windows 7 machines
  • A new way of representing values in JavaScript that allows Firefox to execute heavy, numeric code (used for things like graphics and animations) more efficiently

Sinhronizacija između više računara je nešto što Opera odavno ima. Lično, mislim da je ovo mnogo bolje rešeno jer u Operi nije potrebno čuvati ili zapisivati sync šifru. Opet, ovo doprinosi sigurnosti, ali je nepraktično.

Ako ste do sada koristili Firefox, imate svoje razloge za to. Ja ću i dalje 85% vremena surfovati Operom, 14.9% Firefoxom i 0.1% IE8. A onu abominaciju od Google Chrome neću ni da spominjem…

Link za preuzimanje Firefox 4: http://www.mozilla.com/products/download.html?product=firefox-4.0&os=win&lang=en-US