When updates break things

by Suw on October 26, 2006

I really hate it when software updates break things, particularly when that update is to Firefox and the thing it breaks is the one extension that makes me love Firefox. I've just installed Firefox 2.0, which means I've just discovered that 'extensions' have now become 'add-ons' and that the one extension I loved is not compatible with 2.0.
I love Tab Mix Plus, and I'm glad to see that there's going to be a new version soon, but surely Firefox is sophisticated enough to scan through our extensions and tell us if there are any that are not going to be compatible? I would have waited a week to install Firefox had I realised that it would break my favourite extension.
So I'm going to try Flock for that week. Annoyingly, you can't import your bookmarks from Firefox into Flock, which means I had to port them from Firefox to Safari and thence into Flock, but I seem to have mislaid some along the way.
Kevin's been raving about how great Flock is – seems it is finally fulfilling some of the potential I saw at BlogOn last year. I'm not sure if I'll move my blogging from Ecto to Flock, but I might give it a shot. Certainly Flock's Flickr uploader is better than either 1001 or Uploadr, so I'm already converted there. Still, I'll spend a little time setting things up, and I've set Flock to be my default browser, and we'll see what we see.
Meantime, shame on you, Firefox. For the next release, how about you work on notifying us when we update if you're going to break things?

Anonymous October 26, 2006 at 9:19 pm

But plain Firefox 2.0 has allof the all the features that I like about tabmix. Your milage may however vary.
The best of the extensions made it into the main codebase, this is good.

Anonymous October 26, 2006 at 9:35 pm

Well, I used to use the session manager… less 'use', more 'rely on', actually. But I can't find that functionality in FF at all. The ability to remember sets of tabs across sessions was necessary to the smooth functioning of my brain, really. That and the ability to stack tabs in the rows at the top of the browser window. That was great.
I haven't yet figured out what they've incorporated, but I can't find the bits I liked.

Anonymous October 26, 2006 at 11:10 pm

http://tmp.garyr.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3515 for the FF2.0 compatible release of TMP

Anonymous October 27, 2006 at 12:08 am

Hey Suw, you should have been able to import your bookmarks from Firefox…I'm not sure why you were not able to. Anyway, hope you have fun with Flock. I look forward to your thoughts after playing around with it more. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Will Pate
Community Ambassador, Flock

Anonymous October 28, 2006 at 9:41 pm

Session Saving does work – but you have to change the option for what to do when Firefox starts – Tools, Options, Main, then set it to open windows and tabs from last time (was such a non-obvious setting that I only found it when someone else mentioned it – I just assumed the session management didn't work). Anyway, it seems to work ok for me, but probably worth doing a bit of testing before really relying on it.

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