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Oct
05

Firefox 56 released. Find out what’s new!


Version 56 of our favorite browser is live. It is the last version before the revolutionary version 57 which will bring all sorts of performance improvements and a clean break to web extensions. Still, this release brings some noteworthy and welcomed features.

Firefox Screenshots

Introducing Firefox Screenshots

There are a few add-ons that already offer this functionality, but none does it in such a streamlined fashion. I’ve been using Nimbus Screen Capture for the past couple years and it’s been great, but Mozilla’s take is way ahead in terms of smoothness and usability. Granted, Nimbus offers more features so it’s up to you to decide what’s better for your needs.

So, how do we use this nifty feature? You will notice a brand new item in the icon toolbar, just click it and you’re off to the races. There are two ways to capture a part of a page. You can either click on an element or you can define an arbitrary rectangle by dragging. After that you can abandon your capture, download it to your Downloads folder or save it for up to 14-days to your account on screenshots.firefox.com. From here you can download it later or share it. Check out Mozilla’s presentation of Firefox Screenshots.

Firefox Screenshots

Revamped preferences

The redesigned preferences page offers an easier way of navigating through the multitude of options Firefox users can tweak. First of all the categories have been changed and the existing options have been reorganized for better discoverability. Second of all they added a search bar to make it even easier to find what you need. Also, they revised data collection choices so they align with the updated Privacy Notice and the data collection strategy.

Firefox preferences

Miscellaneous

Another small, but useful addition is the Address support for the form autofill (en-US only for now). Filling those pesky forms is a tad easier now. A nice touch is also the fact that they made it that media opened in a background tab will not play until the tab is selected. There are also some tweaks and improvements to the Send Tabs feature.

All in all a solid release to fill the gap until the long awaited Firefox Quantum rolls out.