May 04, 2011

Firefox 4

One of the hassles about replicating the environment you had on your previous machine is that the software may have been upgraded or changed since you installed the version you were using. This can be disconcerting.

In my case, Firefox now offers version 4.01 for download on Mozilla's main page. That's all well and good, but the version I'd been using was the most recent before that, version 3.6.6. Version 4.01 changes the appearance of your screen: tabs are now at the very top above the address bar and the bookmark drop-down menu is over at the far right below the address bar. It takes a little getting used to.

I'm sure there are other changes as well, but these are the two I noticed immediately.

Oh, and some of the add-ons (LeetKey and Linkification) aren't compatible with FF 4 yet. Now that's annoying.

Posted by Linkmeister at May 4, 2011 08:21 AM | TrackBack

I'm at work now and running 3.6.16, but pretty sure Linkification works with my MacBook laptop running 4.01 at home. I seem to recall that the auto-updater is broken for that because the author changed addresses.

Don't know about Leetkey

Posted by: Rob McMillin at May 4, 2011 09:59 AM

Hmm. That's interesting. I'll download it and see what happens, then. Thanks, Rob.

Posted by: Linkmeister at May 4, 2011 11:07 AM

Someone on Making Light posted a fix for the Leetkey problem a while back. It's just that the author hasn't updated it in a long time, so it has a version number inside saying it's only compatible with 3 or lower. Uninstall it, save the file, change that number to a 4 and reinstall and it works; they posted more detailed instructions.

Posted by: Clifton at May 4, 2011 07:09 PM

Aha! Your memory is good, Clifton! Right here with instructions, posted on March 29 of this year.

Posted by: Linkmeister at May 4, 2011 08:48 PM


I'm catching up on your posts, and you're getting spam in the comments of fairly recent ones. You should probably weed it out before they seriously target you.


Posted by: Juli Thompson at May 5, 2011 05:21 PM