Mozilla Firefox for Mac

Mozilla Firefox for Mac

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 532 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.5.2
File Size:
62.79MB
Date Added:
August 03, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Total Downloads:
3,251,482
Downloads Last Week:
3,678
Product ranking:
#1 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox 3 is full-featured, lightning fast, and an able foe for both the big-dog competitor Internet Explorer and competitors nipping at its heels. Firefox's killer add-ons remain strong, and the latest update makes version 3.5 about two times faster than version 3. However, competition is strong and it can no longer be said that Firefox is the fastest browser available.

Several notable improvements in the latest revamp keep Firefox abreast of current browsing tech. Along with Mozilla's new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine that renders Web applications faster on Firefox than ever before, there have also been improvements to the layout engine Gecko for faster page rendering. The new Private Browsing brings a feature to Firefox that competitors have had for a while: the capability to turn off cookie and history logs. Users also have more granular control over cookies, history, and bookmarks in version 3.5 via the redone Clear Recent History option under Tools. Geolocation courtesy of Google has been activated by default in Firefox, so that generic searches such as "city hall" will come closer to pegging the government offices nearest you.

Web developers should be excited about expanded support for HTML5 local storage, downloadable fonts, and native support for OGG-formatted embedded video. ICC profiles, SVG transforms, CSS media queries, native JSON support, and Web worker threads also get lots of love from v3.5. There's no doubt that Firefox 3.5 is a must-have, but it's an update that's more about keeping the browser current rather that blazing new trails.

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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 532 votes

    • 5 star: 176
    • 4 star: 141
    • 3 star: 68
    • 2 star: 55
    • 1 star: 92
  • Current Version:

    1.2

    out of 5 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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