Last month, I tried out the Flock browser beta for a few days, but ended up abandoning it because their “cool” features weren’t things that I could use, and it was just too much of a memory hog. This week, I’m trying out the Firefox 2.0 beta. Aside from being able to make it crash within 5 minutes (I have a talent for that, as many developers who have worked with me in the past can attest to) by copying and pasting some HTML around between sites, it seems to be pretty stable. Four things that I’ve noticed so far:
- The close buttons for the tabs are situated on the tabs themselves (like Flock), rather than a single close button at the right-hand side. I’ve had a few mistakes with that by closing the right-most tab rather than the one that I’m viewing, but I can get used to that. The nice thing about it is that you can close a tab without viewing the tab.
- When the browser crashes, it has the decency to ask on restart if I want to reopen all the same windows, which it does — including any text that I had keyed into text fields before the crash. Handy, although wouldn’t be necessary if it didn’t crash. 😉
- I can subscribe to a site directly in Bloglines and other feed readers by clicking on the feed icon that appears in the right side of the address bar (the feed icon was there before, but wasn’t an active control). Sweet.
- As I type in any text field in the browser, such as the one that I’m typing in now to create this blog entry, it spell-checks my text, underlines unknown words with a dotted red line, and allows me to add them to the dictionary or replace them with a known word from a (right-click) context menu. I’m totally in love, just for this feature alone.
Definitely enough good stuff to make it worth the upgrade, although you may want to wait until the final release if you’re not into the occasional crash.