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Hello, gorgeous! Firefox’s sleek, new look comes loaded with intuitive features like in-browser screenshots and more.
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Shape Up Your Floats
CSS Shapes lets a floated element sculpt the flow of content around it beyond the classic rectangular bounding box we’ve been constrained to. For instance, in the above screenshot and linked demo, the text is wrapping to the shape of the grapes vs the image’s border. There are properties for basic shapes all the way up to complex polygons. There are of course great docs on all of this, but Firefox 62 also includes new tooling to both inspect and visually manipulate CSS Shapes values.
You can learn more in Josh Marinacci’s post on the new CSS Shapes tooling from yesterday.
Variable Fonts Are Here
No punny title, I’m just excited! OpenType Font Variations allow a single font file to contain multiple instances of the same font, encoding the differences between instances. In addition to being in one file, font creators can expose any number of variation axes that give developers fine-grained control on how a font is rendered. These can be standard variations like font weight (font weight 536 looks right? no problem!) or things that were never previously available via CSS (x-height! serif-size!). In addition to the candy-store possibilities for typography nerds, being able to serve a single file with multiple variants is a major page weight savings. Dan Callahan goes much deeper on the grooviness to be found and how Firefox makes it easy to tweak these new custom values.
The Developer Toolbar was an alternate command repl input in the Firefox Developer tools, apart from the Web Console. I say “was” because as of Firefox 62, it has been removed. It was always a bit hard to find and not as well-advertised as it could be, but did encapsulate some powerful commands. Most of these commands have been progressively migrated elsewhere in the devtools, and this is wrapped up in Firefox 62, so we’ve removed the toolbar altogether.
One of the last commands to be migrated is screenshot, which is a power-user version of the “take a screenshot” button available in the devtools UI. The screenshot command is now available as :screenshot in the Web Console. For example, have you ever needed a high-res screenshot of a page for print? You can specify a higher pixel density for a screenshot via the command: :screenshot --dpr 4
There are a bunch of other options as well, such as specifying output filenames, capture delays, and selector-cropped screenshots. Eric Meyer wrote a great primer on the power of :screenshot on his blog, and it will change your page capture game.
- Added content blocking, a collection of Firefox settings that offer users greater control over technology that can track them around the web. In 63, the feature is configured to block tracking content only in private browsing sessions. Users can also opt to block third-party tracking cookies and create exceptions for trusted sites that don’t work correctly with content blocking enabled.
- WebExtensions now run in their own process on Linux.
- Firefox now warns about having multiple windows and tabs open when quitting from the main menu.
- On macOS, WebGL power preferences allow non-performance-critical applications and applets to request the low-power GPU instead of the high-power GPU in multi-GPU systems.
- Improved Windows 10 integration: your Firefox theme now matches your OS Dark / Light mode.
- Faster tab switching in the majority of cases for our macOS users.
- Improved the reactivity of Firefox on macOS.
- Resolved an issue that prevented the address bar from autofilling bookmarked URLs in certain cases
- In the Library, the Open in Sidebar feature for individual bookmarks was removed.
- The option to Never check for updates was removed from about:preferences. You can use the DisableAppUpdate enterprise policy as a substitute.
- The Ctrl+Tab shortcut now displays thumbnail previews of your tabs and cycles through tabs in recently used order. This new default behavior is activated only in new profiles and can be changed in preferences.
- The build infrastructure of Firefox on Windows moved to the Clang tool chain, bringing important performance gains
- Refreshed visual style of Developer Tools menus to improve navigation and consistency
- The Dev Tools accessibility inspector is now enabled by default. This tool surfaces information exposed to assistive technologies on the current page, allowing you to check what’s missing or otherwise needs attention.
- Added support for Web Components custom elements and shadow DOM
- Quick Heal internet security software might crash 32-bit Firefox on Windows. A workaround is documented from this support article until a fixed version of Quick Heal is available.
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