7 Reasons Why Feedly Loves Firefox 3.5

firefox 3.5The Mozilla Team released today version 3.5 of the Firefox browser. Here are 7 reasons why the feedly team is excited about it:

Reason #1 – TraceMonkey JavaScript engine. Firefox 3.5 executes Javascript a lot faster than Firefox 3.0 which was itself a lot faster than Firefox 2.0. In a nutshell, Firefox runs about 10x faster than when we started feedly in January 2007 and we are benefiting from those performance improvements without having to change our code. This is important because 1) it results in a snappier user experience for our users and 2) it gives us room to continue to add features to feedly without impacting the overall performance of the browser. Learn more about TraceMonkey

Reason #2 – Smoother Scrolling. Some of the feedly pages (like the latest page or some of the category pages) are long, with lots of text and images embedded in them. Firefox 3.5 is able to scroll through those pages much faster and smoother than firefox 3.0. Here again much better experience without having to make any changes to our rendering logic

Reason #3 – Geo-location. Firefox 3.5 includes support for geo-location. This means that user can grant applications permission to know about their location. In the context of feedly, this means that we will soon be able to work with some partners and offer you a “Near you” section in your cover and digest. More relevant information + Less input/configuration = Good. Learn more about Geo Location support

Reason #4 – Native Video Tag. Firefox 3.5 has a native video tag. This will make over time embedding of videos simpler and will allow developers (like us) to use Javascript and CSS to build more fun and interactive video experiences (using a model that is consistent with how the rest of the page is built). Same thing about audio. Learn more about <video> and <audio> in firefox 3.5

Reason #5 – More CSS Goodness. Firefox 3.5 adds 20 new CSS properties: transformations, shadows, word wrap, etc. All these will allows for richer layouts and experiences going forward while simplifying the HTML and Javascript code needed to produce those layouts. Learn more about the new firefox CSS properties.

Reason #6 – Web Fonts. Firefox 3.5 adds support for web fonts. This means that CSS files can now declare and download on demand new fonts. Fonts and typography have played an important role for printed newspapers and magazines and we see them play a very important role in the future of feedly (specially as we start adding support for skins). Learn more about web fonts and @font-face.

Reason #7 – Open. Reason #1-#6 are all based on open standards. Making the entire web a better place one feature at the time.

It is great to see Firefox get continuously better. We thank, as a result, the mozilla team for making feedly continuously better. We are excited about what the future holds in terms of better video, richer experiences and geo-location.

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24 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why Feedly Loves Firefox 3.5”

  1. Feedly is seriously dog slow after upgrading to FF 3.5. All of my tab pages take 15-30 seconds to load now, whereas 3.0.11 would refresh in less than 5 seconds.

  2. Oops, didn’t realize there was a new Feedly version out (2.0a). Just updated and it is much faster now with FF 3.5.

    Curious as to why the extension didn’t pick up the 2.0a update automatically though…

  3. Anyway,

    Can’t you guys add support for IE(8)?
    I don’t want to install additional browser on my desktop, but I wished to have you on what’s already installed.

  4. Sometimes (now with 2.0a and FF 3.5 very often) when I hit “read all” and then refresh, feedly just freezes. It shows: “Refreshing digest. Please wait… ” and that’s all. Is there anyway to fix this, and is there anyway to simplify the process of refreshing and marking content as “read”?

  5. Feedly has a serious usability problem. When setting a minimum font size in Firefox, the Feedly lines beyond the first one overlap each other and make reading them impossible. This issue has been raised by many users even last year but the problem is still not fixed.

    1. Hi Marco. Yes. Sorry about that: The feedly UI is not elastic yet. It is on our roadmap but this year end up being super intense. Hopefully we can do a better job around elastic layout in 2010.

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