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Mozilla Firefox for Mac

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Read CNET senior editor Rob Vamosi's extended review of Firefox 3.

No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox 3 is full-featured, lightning fast, and an able Safari foe. Previous versions have seen Mozilla's approach to features such as tabbed browsing and extensions become extremely popular. Even though Firefox 3 lacks a killer feature, it offers significant improvements not to be missed.

Version 3 introduces a multitude of safety and usability features. The location bar drop-down menu now includes URLs from both your browsing history and your bookmarks. A new Add-Ons manager includes a built-in plug-in search engine, saving you the previous trip to the Mozilla Web site. Single-click the star icon on the right of the location bar to bookmark the current page, or double-click on it to simultaneously add and edit the bookmark entry. You can tag bookmarks, too. Other impressive new features include password confirmation before adding it to the saved passwords list, the ability to pause and resume downloads, and merged forward and backward history lists.

Firefox 3 now runs faster and, according to Mozilla, is less susceptible to hacks and other vulnerabilities. The browser now warns your system's antivirus program when you download a file, and anti-phishing utilities automatically give you a warning page before allowing Firefox to load risky sites. The favicon reveals Web sites' ownership details and displays the security level of your connection to that site.

Developers will appreciate that Firefox 3's new graphics and text rendering code provide rendering improvements in CSS and SVG as well as improved display of fonts and complex scripts. Firefox 3--still open-source, as ever--is a browser that all users should consider making their default Web-surfing tool.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 527 votes

    • 5 star: 177
    • 4 star: 140
    • 3 star: 67
    • 2 star: 52
    • 1 star: 91
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very nice!"

    August 26, 2008  |   By nickf182

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Pros

    I like the new version very much! I like Safari better on my Mac but the new version of Firefox is awesome!

    Cons

    The only think I don't like is the two finger scrolling with my MacBook on Firefox is a lot different from Safari.

    Summary

    A very nice browser. It's my second favorite browser, Safari being the first.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "5 stars all the way. The best edition yet."

    July 11, 2008  |   By hummerboy51

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Pros

    I like that this edition of Mozilla Firefox is much better all around. It has a sleeker look, as well as everything you need and more! In my own personal opinion this edition of Mozilla Firefox (Firefox 3) is the best edition yet. Hopefully they will satisfy us and then more with the next edition!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Firefox just pushed me back to an IE only user."

    July 2, 2008  |   By b72077

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Pros

    I liked the previous version. And foxmarks bookmarks addon.

    Cons

    I am actually unistalling firefox completely, just so that I don't accidentally use it anymore. I'm going to IE after many years of firefox only . Dissapointing, I only used firefox before. Firefox 3 crashes itself often (white screen). I cannot stand it on my older laptop, it can't even keep up with typing speed on google. HORRIBLY SLOW. And startup speed is now triple or worse than it's last version, and also IE. And.... upgrading from 2.0 to 3.0 seems to be practically speaking, irriversable. It pains me. It also copies the look of the new IE, which is annoying enough. Why does default button location have to change itself so much? The back forward is so tiny, and crammed and 'perfect circles' gag.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's a improvement from FF2"

    June 29, 2008  |   By jscott418

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Pros

    I installed FF 3 on a MacBook Pro. I have been using FF 2 for some sites that did not work well with Safari. But I still used Safari the most. FF3 left me scratching my head about it. I think it looks better in OS X then FF 2 but as far as function I had problems with a couple of sites I used FF2 for. It certainly was faster loading pages and I had no crashes in the time I used it.

    Cons

    I don't like the fact it did not work with some sites I use Firefox for. I even tried the IE rendering spoof option. But the site still was rendered wrong. So in the end I still find Safari better overall for Java too. Firefox still is trying to be too much of a browser. I was hoping for a more streamlined version.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good"

    June 29, 2008  |   By sreekumarharitha

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Much improved!"

    June 28, 2008  |   By ptritch

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Pros

    Look and feel are improved, and I like the new address block, with its pull-down list of recently visited sites

    Cons

    Still some difficulty with a few sites' interaction with Firefox.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast very fast"

    June 26, 2008  |   By bhrater

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Pros

    I have only been using Firefox 3 for a couple of days. I am on a mac so I am comparing it to Safari.

    I can say from the start it is very fast, not that Safari is slow; but there is a real difference in loading times. I am glad that I have not had to get plugins yet, I always found that to be annoying. So far it has worked with all the media I have played.

    Over all a very decent browser, and really fast.

    Cons

    Before I just hit control to open a link in a new tab, now I have an option menu. I don't know if I like that; maybe it can be tweaked in the settings.

    No other issues yet!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Disappointed."

    June 25, 2008  |   By zadzpad60

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Pros

    Speed.

    Cons

    Disappointed you can no longer just copy and paste photos. Works more like a blasted PC now instead of a wonderful Mac.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Really dissapointed!"

    June 21, 2008  |   By andeyejah

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Pros

    I use windows and mac and unfortunately i can't download firefox 3 on my mac as it does not support my 10.3.9 software.Fortunately though operah does and is running really well.So good in fact im going to install it on windows again.

    Cons

    Wazzup firefox leaving your old panther loyalists behind?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Firefox 3"

    June 20, 2008  |   By Avaiz

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3

    Cons

    I really don't like the new default skin and apparently there is no option to select the older skin.

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