Firefox Friday - Panorama tab search, auto-updating and add-on sync (sort of)
IE9 got all the hype, but Mozilla's testing some new stuff for Firefox that's simply awesome: bug fixes, tab seach in Panorama and Firefox autoupdates (finally!) are all just around the corner.
Join me as we explore a great week in Firefox!
Quick fixes on FF4 Beta bugs
Make sure you've got the latest Firefox 4 Beta, because it includes two important quick fixes. The Windows update gets a stability fix, while the Mac update resolves a plug-in issue that prevented users from typing into text fields on web pages.
Mozilla is experiment with a super-slick tab search in Panorama (formerly Tab Candy), that finds and highlights matching tabs as you type, even in hidden Panorama groups. Erez has the specifics for you, including a video, in his post from earlier this week. I'm sure Sebastian will have plenty to ask Aza Raskin and the Firefox team about this awesome new feature.
Firefox auto-updating is almost here
After some snags involving a startup crash bug in FF 3.6.8 and 3.5.11, Mozilla is finally off to the races with automatic Firefox updates. To start getting automatic updates to Firefox right away, you can download FF 3.6.9 or FF 3.5.12. The fix only took Mozilla 1 day! Lee's got the whole story in this earlier post.
If you have to set up new Firefox installations all the time, and you're tired of manually downloading your favorite add-ons again, then try downloading just one add-on: Siphon. Siphon lists your add-ons, and allows you to decide which ones sync and which ones are specific to the local installation of Firefox. It will be awesome when Mozilla adds its own built-in extension sync, but Siphon fills the gap for now. [via Lifehacker]
Well, that's what I've got for you this Friday. Check back soon for the return of your much more charming regular Firefox columnist, Sebastian Anthony. I hope he's out there pumping Aza Raskin and the team for some exclusives on upcoming Firefox features!