After three release candidates, Firefox 1.5 is finally released! I downloaded Firefox 1.5 and, even though I was expecting it, I was surprised to see that at first glance it looked identical to Firefox 1.0. Except for one thing I noticed right away on which I could not seem to put my finger. I finally figured out that the menu and toolbar styles were a tad different. Slight, but noticeable.
Menus and toolbars in Firefox 1.5:
And in Firefox 1.0.7:
In addition, after some browsing I realized that the Live Bookmarks icon has moved. Firefox 1.0.7 featured it in the status bar:
… While Firefox 1.5 puts it in the Location Bar (i.e. the address bar):
On a different note, several of my extensions that did work in Firefox 1.0.7 didn’t work with Firefox 1.5, but thankfully none of the incompatible extensions were used by myself very often anyway. One of them that didn’t work was a tab-reorganization extension, obviously due to the fact that tab-reorganization is now native to Firefox in version 1.5.
I’ve also noticed on a site that I made that Firefox now displays it slightly better than version 1.0.7 did. Of course, probably only I would notice this detail, since I made the site. But this is a visible sign to me that the rendering engine has undergone improvement.
If I find anything else worth noting, I’ll let you know. You can download Firefox 1.5 here.