Missing Features…

Oy. Ok, I tried to like it, I really did. I used to for almost a week now. It is faster than Seamonkey, but I’m really missing some features, and tonight, I hit the wall. First, I can’t middle-click from Mailnews anymore, because it opens a link in a new Mozilla tab, instead of a new Firefox tab, and non-Linux users don’t get anything like Linux’s -remote openURL([URL],new-tab) funtionality (bugs 104204 and 121969). I’ve lived with that for a long time, and it wasn’t TOO bad since I use Mozilla for mailnews and browsing.

Second was the nice dialog for selecting with remembered login set for sites where you have saved multiple logins. Clicking in the username field, typing the first letter of the login you want to use, then selecting it from a drop down, THEN logging in or whatevre is NOT easier that clicking on a list in a popup dialog.

Third was sidebars. I use the HTML 4.01, CSS2, and DOM2 reference sidebars constantly. I could live without them if I had to, just use bookmarks in new tabs.

Fourth is the numerous toggles I’ve got to flip to get it more Seamonkey like in function. Also livable, since I don’t have to do it too often.

The last straw was tonight though. There’s no decent download dialogs. I hated the Download Manager when it debuted in Mozilla, and it’s prettier but just as useless in Firefox, and now there’s no alternative. This is bug 233122 which is Verified Wontfix. Frankly, this sucks.

There’s a lot to like about Firefox, but these make it unacceptable to me. I can’t wait until someone whips up an extention for these issues. Pulling odd features and moving UI points is one thing, but removing commonly used features like download progress dialogs is just dumb. A simple XUL dialog like Mozilla has, and even a toggle in about:config would be far far better than this situation.


For the sidebars, bookmark and check "open in sidebar" in properties

Hmm, intriguing… Thanks Eric.

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