Firefox 29 Released, Features Brand-new Menu and Customization Mode

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News Posted: Sat, May 3 2014 3:53 PM

As appreciated as new Web browser versions are, there's often very little for an end-user to pay attention to - unless, of course, bug fixes and back-end enhancements excite you. With Firefox 29, though, Mozilla's delivered a genuinely exciting release - one that's so good, I'm starting to wonder if it's time to make the leap from Chrome.

At the forefront, the user interface has been overhauled, and the differences will be noticed immediately. It's hard to pinpoint a single element that's worth highlighting, but I'd imagine that the Mozilla team must have sore arms from all the polishing their beloved browser received.

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The browser has also received a revamped menubar; it offers super quick access to various options and modes, and looks far easier to deal with than a standard list menu.

The most useful feature of this release is 'customization mode'. With it, you can drag and drop various elements either to the menu bar, or a location situated to the rightmost area of the tabs row. Such functions include opening a new private window, accessing your history, opening the options, and so forth. While dragging and dropping icons doesn't sound too interesting, the polish here is striking.

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Mozilla's also overhauled its Firefox Sync feature, making it more secure and easier for new users to get setup with an account. Once setup, Sync will store your bookmarks and history in the cloud, making it easily accessible on other devices.

As if Firefox 29 needed even more packed in, a new interactive guide has also been implemented that allows you to learn of all of what's new.

Overall, a fantastic release. This is the first time since moving to Chrome that I've considered moving back to Firefox. Well done, Mozilla.

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As soon as I saw this, I was hit with the update. Firefox 29 is slow, sluggish and after 5 minutes of script errors, I was allowed to make this comment. So far......not liking it. It's a good way to drive people back to IE. I'll give it a little time to de-bug before being drastic enough to go to Microsoft crying.

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The old browser was just fine. No need to fix something thats not broken

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Already using it. I installed it yesterday.

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Better to have Iron. http://i40.tinypic.com/20zu0hu.jpg

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Not a bit of trouble. Must be your computer. http://i40.tinypic.com/20zu0hu.jpg

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Brad1 replied on Sat, May 3 2014 9:07 PM

About a week late on this news.

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Brad1 replied on Sat, May 3 2014 9:09 PM

IE is complete crap... and I agree with David; If you're having those kinds of problems, you should probably give your computer a good cleaning and reset firefox. Been using 29 for a week or so, zero problems

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MCaddick replied on Sat, May 3 2014 10:45 PM

29's new UI is dreadful. Is there ANY way to add text to the back/home/refresh buttons or make them bigger? Coz I sure as hell can't find it.

I have no issues with speed or crashing, but to make the refresh button so small as to be almost invisible is an utter UI sin.

I'm going back to 28 and NOT letting FF auto-update itself in the future. If I wanted a browser to look like chrome and hide everything useful and customizable, I'll go use chrome.

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Did the clean and uninstalled/reinstalled. We'll see how long it takes for shockwave to start giving me issues again.

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Actually FF is not trying to look like Chrome. This is the style that FF was pushing a while back and Chrome actually stole. Just sayin.

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http://lifehacker.com/the-best-about-config-tweaks-that-make-firefox-better-1442137111

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InfinityzeN1 - Its still unforgivable that they have removed most of the customizability and reduced essential UI elements in size so you have to actively search for them whenever you need to use them

29 is a joke. Its a crappy copy of chrome's UI (I don't give a damn about who google copied for it).

Th stupid thing won't even let me position the home/refresh/back/forward buttons in a nice group over to the left where they should be, rather than shrink and scatter them all over the damn place. FF has totally failed.

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MCaddick:

29's new UI is dreadful. Is there ANY way to add text to the back/home/refresh buttons or make them bigger? Coz I sure as hell can't find it.

I have no issues with speed or crashing, but to make the refresh button so small as to be almost invisible is an utter UI sin.

I'm going back to 28 and NOT letting FF auto-update itself in the future. If I wanted a browser to look like chrome and hide everything useful and customizable, I'll go use chrome.

Agreed try Classic theme restorer..  for FF29+  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/classicthemerestorer/

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