[Nightly Update] Firefox 39.0 Comes with New “Reader View” Feature

NOTE: This article is updated whenever some interesting stuff is found in Nightly build of Mozilla Firefox web browser. So keep checking this page regularly.

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UPDATE 78:

Today I noticed a new feature "Reader View" in the latest Nightly 39.0 build. Mozilla has added 2 new buttons in the addressbar:

  • Enter Reader View
  • Add page to Reading List

Mozilla_Firefox_Reader_View_List_Buttons.png

You can use these buttons to view any webpage content in distraction-free reading mode where only the text of the main article is shown without any extra thing. In the Reader View/Reading Mode, you can change the font style, font size as well as the background color.

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You can also add any website to Reading List to save them and read them later.

Quite similar to Spartan web browser's Reading view and Reading lists features...

UPDATE 77:

Just noticed a new option "Play DRM Content" in the latest Nightly 39.0 build.

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UPDATE 76:

The latest Nightly 38.0 build comes with an improved About:Config page UI.

Mozilla_Firefox_New_About_Config_UI.png

It looks like a modern skin for the about:config page.

Thanks to our reader "Alan" for the update...

UPDATE 75:

The latest Nightly 37.0 build comes with a new improved Search UI. When you search for a term using search box, you get a new search interface as shown in following screenshot:

Mozilla_Firefox_New_Search_UI.png

The new search interface is called One-Click Search. The search interface has been improved as well as some new buttons for different search engines have been added below the search suggestions.

A new Search tab has also been added into Firefox Preferences page which allows you to change default search engine. You can also show or hide desired search engine buttons which are shown below the search suggestions in new search interface.

Also Check: How to Disable New One-Click Search Bar Interface in Mozilla Firefox?

UPDATE 74:

A few day back, in UPDATE 66 we told you about a new feature "Invite someone to talk" which was added in Nightly 33.0 build.

Now the feature has been improved a lot in the latest Nightly 36.0 build. The feature has been renamed to "Firefox Hello" and comes with a brand new UI.

Mozilla_Firefox_Hello_Feature.png

Once you click on its toolbar icon, you get a call URL to share with your friends. You can also change your chat status to Available or Do Not Disturb.

UPDATE 73:

The latest Nightly 35.0 build comes with a new toolbar button called "Forget Browsing History" which helps users in quickly deleting cookies and browsing history of selected time period. At the moment users can select from 3 given choices: Last five minutes, Two hours and 24 hours.

Forget_Browsing_History_Button_Mozilla_Firefox.png

UPDATE 72:

The latest Nightly 35.0 build comes with working e10s functionality. Mozilla has started testing of Electrolysis (e10s in short) functionality in the latest Nightly build.

When you launch the latest Nightly 35.0 build, you get following notification in addressbar to enable e10s functionality:

Mozilla_Firefox_E10S_Multi_Process_Notification.png

After restart, you'll notice that tab titles are shown as underlined in e10s mode to distinguish it from normal mode:

Mozilla_Firefox_E10S_Multi_Process_Mode.png

You can also enable or disable Electrolysis aka e10s functionality using Firefox Preferences window:

Mozilla_Firefox_E10S_Multi_Process_Option.png

Thanks to our reader Kyle for the update...

UPDATE 71:

In latest Nightly 34.0 build, Mozilla has added a few built-in themes to customize Firefox appearance. Users can apply these themes using Customize screen:

Firefox_Builtin_Themes.png

UPDATE 70:

In latest Nightly 34.0 build, Mozilla has moved "Always check to see if Firefox is the default browser on startup" option to General tab of Preferences window.

Default_Browser_Option_Firefox_General_Preferences.png

UPDATE 69:

Recently we told you about "Share This Page" button which was added to Nightly 33.0 toolbar but at that time the button was not working. It was just a dummy button with no functionality.

Now in the latest Nightly 34.0 build, Mozilla team has added functionality to this button. Now when you click on "Share This Page" button, it allows you to add various social networking website icons such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc to Firefox and then you can click on those icons to immediately share the current webpage on those websites.

Share_This_Page_Feature_Firefox.png

If you can't see the "Share This Page" button in Nightly toolbar, check the button in Australis Menu.

UPDATE 68:

The latest Firefox 34.0 Nightly build comes with a new menu to customize "New Tab" page appearance:

Mozilla_Firefox_New_Tab_Page_Customization_Menu.png

As you can see in the above image, it allows you to select New Tab page look from following 3 options:

  • Enhanced
  • Classic
  • Blank

Thanks to our reader "Kyle" for the update...

UPDATE 67:

The latest Firefox 33.0 Nightly build comes with a new button "Share This Page" in toolbar:

Share_This_Page_Toolbar_Button_Firefox.png

Currently the button is not working. Its always remains disabled. It seems Mozilla has disabled the button for some reasons and the button will start working in upcoming Nightly builds.

UPDATE 66:

Mozilla has added a new toolbar icon "Invite someone to talk" in the latest Nightly 33.0 build. You can click on the icon and get a call URL to invite a friend to talk.

Invite_Someone_to_Talk_Call_Icon_Firefox.png

UPDATE 65:

The latest Nightly 32.0 build comes with an improved iconized context menu which shows basic icons such as back, forward, refresh, bookmark at the top:

New_Firefox_Context_Menu_with_Icons.png

Thanks to our reader "TheAslan" for the update...

UPDATE 64:

Mozilla has put a new option to enable or disable Title Bar in the latest Nightly 29.0 build.

How to Enable Titlebar Text and Icon in Mozilla Firefox 28 and Later?

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UPDATE 63:

Mozilla has added a new option in the latest Nightly 28 build to directly launch Firefox in Windows 8 style Metro mode as shown in following screenshot:

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UPDATE 62:

The latest Nightly 28 build comes with 2 new options in toolbar context menu:

  • Add to Menu
  • Remove from Toolbar

Add_Remove_Firefox_Toolbar_Buttons.png

These new options appear when you right-click on titlebar or toolbar.

"Add to Menu" option adds the toolbar button to "Customize and Control" menu previously known as orange Firefox button.

"Remove from Toolbar" option deletes the button from toolbar.

Nice and useful addition by Mozilla.

UPDATE 61:

The latest Nightly 28 build comes with a new Australis UI.

Mozilla_Firefox_AustralisUI.png

Check out our exclusive review of Australis UI:

[Review] The New "Australis" UI of Mozilla Firefox Web Browser

UPDATE:

Mozilla has updated the "New Tab" page in the latest Nightly 17.0 build. Now a new "preload" function has been introduced which makes the "New Tab" page faster by preloading it in the background.

Currently the feature is under testing and users will need to manually enable it. To enable preload feature:

1. Open about:config page and type preload in the Filter box and look for following boolean key:

browser.newtab.preload

2. The entry "browser.newtab.preload" would be set to false. Double-click on it or right-click on it and select "Toggle". It'll set its value to true.

It'll immediately enable preload function for "New Tab" page and it'll load much faster than before.

UPDATE:

Latest Firefox 14.0 Nightly build comes with new re-designed "Download Manager". Now when a download starts, a new "Downloads" icon appears in Navigation toolbar which shows progress of download. Alternatively you can access the download manager using "Ctrl+J" keyboard shortcut.

PS: If you don't like this new download manager and want to switch back to old one, you can use following steps:

1. Open about:config page and type ToolkitUI in the Filter box and look for following boolean key:

browser.download.useToolkitUI

2. The entry "browser.download.useToolkitUI" would be set to false. Double-click on it or right-click on it and select "Toggle". It'll set its value to true.

Now you'll be able to enjoy the classic download manager in a separate window instead of the new one.

UPDATE:

The latest Firefox 14.0 nightly build comes with new Script Debugger which is disabled by default. You can enable it using following steps:

1. Open about:config page and type debugger in the Filter box and look for following boolean key:

devtools.debugger.enabled

2. The entry "devtools.debugger.enabled" would be set to false. Double-click on it or right-click on it and select "Toggle". It'll set its value to true.

Now you can access this new Script Debugger using "Web Developer" menu or using "Ctrl+Shift+S" hotkey.

Thanks to our reader "Carbonize" for this info...

UPDATE:

The latest Firefox 14.0 nightly build comes with built-in PDF reader. By default its disabled, but you can enable it using following method:

1. Open about:config page and type pdfjs in the Filter box and look for following boolean key:

pdfjs.disabled

2. The entry "pdfjs.disabled" would be set to true. Double-click on it or right-click on it and select "Toggle". It'll set its value to false.

Now whenever you'll visit a webpage containing a pdf file, Firefox will open it in its own built-in PDF reader.

This built-in PDF reader uses HTML5 to display PDF files directly in Firefox browser.

Thanks to our reader "Carbonize" for the update...

NOTE: Previous updates have been removed to reduce database overhead.

PS: If any of your favorite extensions is not working in this nightly build, you can use instructions given in following topic:

How to Fix Broken Incompatible Extensions in Firefox, Make Them Compatible With Newer Versions





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