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Tag: COMPATIBILITY

Is Mozilla making a huge mistake by breaking add-ons so badly on Firefox 4?

I'm stoked about Firefox 4; I think many of us are. It's a beautiful browser, and with the addition of Tab Candy (now "Panorama"), it's even cooler. Whenever Mozilla release a new version of Firefox, add-ons break. It's become routine, so nobody's overly worked up about it by now. The Mozilla add-ons site is littered with yesteryear's great extensions, including such crowd pleasers as Hit-a-Hint,...

When can I use ... is a great resource for browser compatibility advice

Developing for the Web can get quite rough at times, especially when IE is involved. Even when you take IE out of the picture (which you can't really do), there are still myriad differences among browsers, particularly in the implementation of newer technologies such as CSS3 and HTML5. When can I use ... is invaluable for answering questions such as "Should I be using the new HTML5 video tag in...

Firefox Friday Five

Happy Friday everyone! I suppose it's to be expected, after a flurry of activity from the Mozilla HQ over the last few weeks, that things would calm down a little. There wasn't much Firefox news this week I'm afraid, but I've done my best to scrape together five fairly-interesting tidbits. Let's start with a neat tip: 1. Overriding the add-on compatibility/version check Most of you...

Are your apps ready for Snow Leopard? SnowChecker can tell you

If you aren't sure whether your favorite Mac apps are compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, SnowChecker can help. It scans your hard drive for apps, and then checks their compatibility against the info posted at snowleopard.wikidot.com. Not only does SnowChecker show you whether your apps are incompatible, it also gives you details notes about which features are broken. To quickly see which...

Apple's naughty list: which apps aren't ready for Snow Leopard?

We've all heard - or seen for ourselves - how OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is basically a smaller, faster version of 10.5 Leopard. That doesn't mean much if your favorite apps still haven't been updated to be compatible with the new OS. I've had a good experience so far, with all of the major apps I run working quite well under Snow Leopard, but Apple's keeping a list of some that don't. Your...

Office 2003 SP3 "blocks" old file formats

If you are an Office 2003 user who has recently installed Service Pack 3 who has found it necessary to open up file formats from the pre-Office '97 era, you may have noticed that Office now blocks access to these file formats. According to Microsoft, older Word, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3/Quattro and Corel Draw files are affected, because "...By default, these file formats are blocked because they are...

Microsoft releases updated Vista reliability, stability and compatibility pack

You know, we're starting to think that by the time Microsoft actually gets around to releasing Windows Vista SP1, all the major updates will already have been made available as update packs and hotfixes. Microsoft has just released yet another compatibility, reliability, and stability pack for Vista. Here are some of the highlights: Extended battery life on mobile devices Improved stability...

StyleTap to let Symbian users run PalmOS apps

StyleTap plans to launch a Symbian version of its PalmOS compatibility software. StyleTap currently lets Windows Mobile users run applications designed for PalmOS. The company estimates there are over 20,000 commercial and freeware applications designed for Palm that can run on Windows Mobile using StyleTap. The new version should open the same library of programs to Symbian users. Of course,...

Read Office 2007 documents without installing Office 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 may include a bunch of nifty updates from previous versions of Microsoft's office suite. But it also includes new document formats for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In other words, it causes a bunch of headaches when an Office 2007 user sends files to Office 2003 or OpenOffice.org users. There are a bunch of services that will convert the new .xlsx, .docx, and .pptx files...

Adobe provides info on Vista compatibility

If you are using any of the Adobe products and have the itch to upgrade to Windows Vista, you might want to check out the How Adobe Products Support Windows Vista document (pdf alert). Adobe applications are listed with their current status concerning Windows Vista support and any workarounds that might be needed until official support is available. Adobe plans to keep this document updated as...