Firefox 9.0 released, new OS X Lion gesture support

by Antony

FirefoxFirefox 9 has just been released for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Mozilla claims the latest version brings some significant boosts to javascript performance, some theme fixes, and a variety of other under-the-hood enhancements. Probably the most noticeable addition will be for OS X Lion users though, with the addition of two-fingered swipe gesture navigation.

For Mac OS X Lion users with a trackpad or Magic Mouse, the new two-finger gestures are:

  • Swipe left to go forward a page
  • Swipe right to go back a page

These are the same gestures that exist in Chrome, although Firefox is missing the hovering arrow which tells you the direction of your swipe.

Firefox 9.0 can be downloaded from this Mozilla page, and the release notes is available.

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From Firefox 9.0's release notes:

Added Type Inference, significantly improving JavaScript performance
Improved theme integration for Mac OS X Lion
Added two finger swipe navigation for Mac OS X Lion
Added support for querying Do Not Track status via JavaScript
Added support for CSS font-stretch
Improved support for text-overflow
Improved standards support for HTML5, MathML, and CSS
Fixed several stability issues

Firefox 9 still does not include native Full Screen support for Lion, and although you can enter its own fullscreen mode with Command-Shift-F.

Firefox 9.0 can be downloaded from this Mozilla page, and the release notes is available.


Posted by Antony Shen on December 21, 2011 12:43 AM

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