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Firefox 11 releases with 3D Debugging and Add-on sync

After some delay Mozilla has finally released Firefox 11 of its open source browser, with improved developer tools over the previous versions. The latest version takes us into some new territory - 3D. 


The new "tilt" feature lets you view a 3D representation of pages in layers of related content. A new live Style Editor, meanwhile, lets them make changes to CSS style sheets and see the results instantly.. The depth of nesting of a page element is mapped to its depth in a 3D view. So. for example. a button nested in a set of divs would stand out higher than a button in the body of the page. Once you have the 3D page on the screen you can rotate it and zoom to see anything that takes your interest.You can also select any area and see the tag list that creates it just as you can in the standard 2D representation.





Firefox 11 now adds the ability to sync add-ons, extensions, and browser customizations. Previously, Firefox users could sync bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history, and open tabs. Google Chrome browser has sync extensions feature fo quite some time, while Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 still doesn't have sync capabilities. The Firefox Sync works also with Android version of Firefox, and iOS Firefox Home.



Firefox 11 has a new updated to the style editor, which you can use to change the CSS of the current page. The big new feature is that instead of showing you a summary of styles and properties extracted from the page it now shows you the actual style sheet used. This means that you can experiment with changes until you get the page as you want it or as it should be and then you can save the style sheet locally. This should really save time when fine tuning or debugging.

Firefox 11, finally includes suporrt for SPDY (Google's replacement for slower HTTP), if you encounter a site that offers SPDY you can take advantage of it or use HTTP.


Here is the release notes from Firefox 11.

  • Firefox can now migrate your bookmarks, history, and cookies from Google Chrome
  • With Sync enabled, add-ons can now be synchronized across your computers
  • The CSS text-size-adjust property is now supported
  • Redesigned media controls for HTML5 video
  • The outerHTML property is now supported on HTML elements
  • View source syntax highlighting now uses the HTML5 parser
  • The Style Editor for CSS editing is now available to web developers
  • Web developers can now visualize a web page in 3D using the Page Inspector 3D View
  • SPDY protocol support for faster page loads is now testable
  • XMLHttpRequest now supports HTML parsing
  • Websockets has now been unprefixed
  • Firefox notifications may not work properly with Growl 1.3 or later
  • Files can now be stored in IndexedDB


Known Issues
  • If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash
  • For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual 
  • Some synaptic touch pads are unable to vertical scroll 
  • OS X: WebGL performance may be degraded on some hardware
  • Windows: The use of Microsoft's System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates


You can download Firefox 11 from here.


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