Today is the big day where Mozilla will try to break a record for a piece of software downloaded the most number of times within a 24 hour period. It’s the launch of FireFox 3 which promises over 15,000 improvements including bug fixes, performance increases and an increase in reliability. However, there is one aspect of the new release which will hold me back for at least a month or so and that is the extensions.
After installing FireFox 3 onto my notebook just as a test, I discovered that a number of extensions I use on a daily basis as a means of getting my work done were incompatible. The extensions were as follows:
- MeasureIt 0.3.6
- SnagIt 1.0.1
- TinyURL Creator 1.0.4
- tweetbar 1.0
- whos.amung.us Users Online Counter 1.6
The only plugins which really matter to me within this list is the Tinyurl creator, Tweetbar and SnagIt. Without these, my productivity goes down the tubes. Considering FireFox 3 has gone through so many release candidates, I don’t understand why these plugins are not compatible. I did a check to see if there were any updates and the only one which updated was the FireFTP extension.
This reminds me of the situation with Windows Vista. There were so many release candidates for the operating system on top of the amount of time between beta releases and the final release yet, there were plenty of incompatibilities.
My advice, hold off on upgrading if some of the extensions you use are vital to your workflow. If you have already upgraded and noticed an extension was not compatible, let us know in the comments. Also, I’m interested in knowing what your experience has been like with the new version.