The Coolest Feature of Firefox 3

Firefox 3 is amazing, and comes with so many improvements. It has shown great innovation. But the greatest advantage, to me, is:

I don’t need as many extensions as I used to.

That is it. Less extensions means faster startup, and way more stability. At one point my FF2 install had upwards of 50 extensions, and half a dozen themes.

FF3 gets rid of this need. The visual styles are moot. The icons and look are all straight from my theme, so Firefox looks exactly how it should out of the box. Lots of new functionality is integrated as well.

My current list of extensions:

  • Adblock Plus
  • DOM Inspector
  • DownThemAll!
  • Fission
  • Flashblock
  • Neo Diggler
  • PDF Download
  • Scrapbook
  • Stylish
  • Taboo
  • Web Developer

The best part is that most of these are not what most people want or need. Several (Web Developer, DOM Inspector) are for web development. Flashblock and Adblock Plus are to fix my aversion to ads and Flash. Only a few are fixes for what I see as deficient in Firefox. DownThemAll! is far superior to the Firefox download manager. Fission is a neat feature from Safari that I happen to like. PDF download should be integrated, as it provides a great, lightweight service. Neo Diggler is a personal favorite of mine. Scrapbook should remain an extension,l not everybody needs its functonality.

Taboo should definitely be part of Firefox. It has a  great idea, saving tabs for later, like visual, temporary bookmarks. One of the best and most useful extensions I have ever used. Stylish is similar. It is incredibly useful once you install it. You wish that it had come built in so you wouldn’t have had to discover it.

I hope that Firefox continues to focus itself on usability. They need to remove what isn’t needed and add what is. I’m very happy regarding speed. The RAM usage is way down, only ~60mb vs the ~200 on FF2. The only thing still slow is the Awesome bar. Incredibly useful, extremely slow.

Overall, I love Firefox 3.

By the way, sorry about the lack of posts. End of school year + final prep, etc. On the plus side, almost 6,000 hits on the blog! 5,900+ in the last 3.25 months.

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