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26 August 2008

Just got the prompt, and upgraded. . . . Anyone else do this?[More:] The first thing I notice is that my dropdown browsing history seems to be a truncated hybrid of my bookmarks and actual sites I have gone to recently. Weird.
I am waiting for the add-on developers to catch up.
posted by Ardiril 26 August | 17:02
The change in the drop down box is what is preventing me from upgrading. For whatever reason, I use the address bar a lot to visit my primary sites. I tried out FF3 and then went back.
posted by DarkForest 26 August | 17:14
how does one go back?
posted by danf 26 August | 17:19
Uninstall, download the older version (I have 2.0.16), and reinstall.
posted by DarkForest 26 August | 17:25
D'oh. Download the old version before you uninstall. :)
posted by DarkForest 26 August | 17:27
Thanks. . .could have used MIE to reintall also.

Version 2 seems better, or at least more comfortable.
posted by danf 26 August | 17:37
I finally got around to fixing the ugly little boxes instead of funky asian characters issue today. Other than that I am happy with 3.
posted by Meatbomb 26 August | 18:24
There's a way to deactivate the funky location bar. Google firefox 3 location bar or something similar.
posted by Eideteker 26 August | 18:35
There are other ways to get rid of the, uh, smartbar, I believe they call it, but here's an easy one:
posted by box 26 August | 18:39
Oh, heck, that might not be exactly what you have in mind. Rather angry discussion here. AskMe kinda tackles it here and here. I opened about:config and then changed one of the browser.urlbar settings, but, alas, I don't remember which one it was. MaxRichResults to zero, maybe?
posted by box 26 August | 18:51
This LifeHacker link has the answer for you and a couple more.
posted by MonkeyButter 26 August | 18:57
Scroll down to the item regarding AwesomeBar To Oldbar.
posted by MonkeyButter 26 August | 18:58
I looked into "oldbar" back when I tried FF3, but the disclaimer that it only changed the appearance without changing FF3's underlying algorithm scared me off. Eventually I'll just upgrade and deal with it. I'm procrastinating for now.
posted by DarkForest 26 August | 19:15
I upgraded a while ago - the address bar thing took a while to get used to, but now I would hate to lose it. I particularly like that it displays the page titles.
posted by dg 26 August | 20:14
That sounds correct, box.
posted by Eideteker 26 August | 20:19
I use the address bar more than I use book marks now, once you get used to it, it makes finding sites much easier.
posted by octothorpe 26 August | 20:27
If I understand right, though, that OldBar extension changes the look but not the function--I think that a combination of OldBar and the about:config settings might be required to get that 2.x functionality back. That said, I haven't tried the extension, and so I could be totally making shit up.

(Honestly, though, I've started running Portable Firefox off my flash drive all the time, with settings optimized for speed and minimal writes and whatnot, with the history turned off entirely. It's not such a hardship to type, and ditching all that stuff seems to make the browser a whole lot quicker.)

Also, 'awesome bar'? What am I, twelve?
posted by box 26 August | 22:15
I'm a veteran of the address-bar method, myself, but I love the FF3 approach. I use the "Most Visited" drop-down much more often than I expected to, as well.

Remember those first AJAX-y drop-downs, how fun it was to play with them, but they didn't seem very useful in the long run? This is an effective way to make them useful.

box: The actual name is the "Smart Location Bar". In fact, How to disable the Smart Location Bar is the second most popular article on the Mozilla Support page.
posted by stilicho 27 August | 00:57
Yeah, I upgraded at work today, but my home machines are still running FF2, and probably will for awhile. The Smart Bar IS weird - Google Reader, for example, tends to fill up the bar with
* Google Reader (10)
* Google Reader (9)
* Google Reader (8)

etc. etc., which limits the functionality quite a bit. I need to dig in and tweak the settings a bit to get something that's more helpful.
posted by muddgirl 27 August | 06:47
That's a relief--I saw 'awesome bar' in a couple places, but felt sure it wasn't the official name.

Okay, so, if I understand right--the OldBar extension removes the two-line thing, but doesn't otherwise change the functionality? And changing browser.urlbar.MaxRichResults to -1 maintains autocomplete, but searches only from the beginning of urls, not all the text inside 'em?

If I recall correctly, FF 2.x's default was a dropdown list of one-line entries that included both typed and visited urls, and auto-completed based only on the beginning of the url. Is there any easy way to replicate that in 3.x?

The new style seems to be ticking off a lot of folks. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when the decision was made.
posted by box 27 August | 06:55
This all reminds me of the MS commercial wandering around the web about Mojave or whatever. The biggest reason I have not switched to Vista is because I just got XP working the way I want. (I may have stolen this sentiment from BP and something similar he said a few years ago.)
posted by Ardiril 27 August | 14:39
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