Mozilla puts native PDF viewer in Firefox 19

The Portable Document Format is one of the more ubiquitous document types both on the Web and on personal devices, and can be used for distributing manuals, brochures, and most other formatted documents.

However, until now Firefox, one of the more popular Web browsers, in part due to its availability on OS X, Windows, and Linux, has not had a built-in PDF reader. Instead, to open PDFs it's been necessary to either install a browser plug-in or download the PDFs and open them in a managing program like Apple's Preview.

However, in the latest version of Firefox, Mozilla … Read more

OS X 10.5 Leopard may lose Firefox in 2012

In a recent discussion about the support of OS X 10.5 for its popular Firefox Web browser, Mozilla developers have been considering the removal of support for Leopard.

Leopard is now four years old, and the prediction by the Mozilla development team is that by the time Firefox 13 is released in June of 2012, the number of users running the operating system who would install it will have dropped to less than 10 percent of the Firefox Mac install base. In addition, technical challenges would make continued support for OS X 10.5 an unnecessary burden on Mozilla'… Read more

X-Firefox IS Firefox, only portable

X-Firefox is a totally portable version of Firefox, Mozilla's popular open-source Web browser. Mozilla's core underpins many Firefox rivals, offering Firefox-like functionality with individual touches. But X-Firefox isn't a Firefox clone or wannabee; it's Firefox, the whole kit and caboodle, just rendered portable. It functions in nearly every way like the installed version of Firefox, only it runs from a different location, one that can be a USB drive or other external storage device. With X-Firefox, you can carry your personalized browser with you and run it on different machines without having to customize each Firefox … Read more

'The Hobbit' in 48fps

Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded

Cisco Systems shuts down production of the Flip video camera

You can now rent movies in your browser through Vudu

HTC launches the Sensation with a video-streaming service called HTC Watch

Nokia releases two new phones with Anna, the newest iteration of Symbian

Sprint kicks off a streaming music service and store called Music Plus

Microsoft hopes to rival Google Maps Street View with Bing Maps Streetside, which has started image capture in London

The Firesay Firefox extension lets you use voice control in Facebook

Apple announces Final Cut Pro X

The upcoming … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer e-mailed questions from our readers. This week there were questions on upgrading OS X for use with iLife, transferring bookmarks from Safari to Firefox for the iPad, increasing the size of interface elements in OS X, and managing blinking question marks when installing OS X. We continually answer e-mail questions, and though we present a few answers here, we certainly welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.

Question: Upgrading Mac OS X to run iLife MacFixIt reader "Henry" asks:… Read more

How to remove the Conduit 'Community Toolbar' in OS X

Add-ons to Web browsers are exceptionally popular, but sometimes can result in features being tacked onto the brower's interface that can be annoying at best if they're not used. Many times these add-ons are simple drag-and-drop plugins that can be removed from the various Internet Plug-Ins folders in either the global or user libraries, but at other times the add-ons may use alternative means of loading, which can make removing them less straightforward.

One of these is the Community Toolbar, which is developed by "Conduit" and may be customized by other developers for specific purposes and … Read more

Fixing malfunctioning Web sites with cookie resets

In addition to having multimedia and other rich content, Web sites are becoming a lot more interactive and have areas where people can sign in to user accounts for access to settings, discussion forums, and numerous other options. Though these features are beneficial, periodically they may not work. For instance, if you try logging in to a Web site you may find the browser giving you an error that the page was not found, or it may return you to the main page without logging you in.

Recently this type of problem happened to me upon visiting the Apple discussion … Read more

Firefox 3.6 likely the last for PowerPC Macs

The current version of Firefox will likely be the end of the road for people using PowerPC Macs.

A final decision will be based on usage data that's better than what Mozilla possesses right now, but technical difficulties raised by Firefox 4 improvements mean at a minimum that it's a strong possibility only Intel-based Macs will be able to run the new browser.

"I am gathering data on the number of PPC users we have, but the likely outcome is that we will not be supporting PPC [PowerPC] for Firefox 4," said Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's … Read more

Next Firefox to drop Mac OS X 10.4 support

Mozilla has officially decided that the next major version of Firefox will require at least Mac OS X 10.5 when running on Apple computers.

"We believe a Mac OS X 10.5 minimum will allow us to provide the best experience possible to our users," Mozilla Mac programmer Josh Aas said Tuesday in a mailing list announcement. Firefox is built on a browser engine called Gecko, and the upcoming version 1.9.3 will have technology for Mac OS X 10.4 and before removed, he said.

The recently released Firefox 3.6 works on Mac OS … Read more