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New Firefox Build Adds Support for Multi-Touch Gestures

As MacRumors notes, this Monday Mozilla released its latest beta version of Firefox 3.1. Across all supported platforms, the “Beta 2″ version of the popular web browser will include:

-Private Browsing Mode
-Faster JavaScript engine
-Improved rendering
-Support for new web technologies

Users of Apple’s newest line of laptops, with built in multi-touch trackpad support, will also be pleased to find out that this version of Firefox will support even more gestures than Apple’s Safari. Experimental Firefox support for multi-touch track pad was first introduced in a pre-Beta build back in October of this year, by Mozilla’s Edward Lee. If Mozilla’s beta testing goes as planned, we can expect these changes, and more, to make the final 3.1 version of Firefox, which has yet to announce a release date.

Supported gestures include (with “swipe” referring to a 3-finger swipe:) (via MacRumors)

• Swipe Left: Go back in history (hold Cmd to open it in a tab)
• Swipe Right: Go forward in history
• Swipe Up: Go to the top of the page
• Swipe Down: Go to the end of the page
• Pinch Together: Zoom out
• Pinch Apart: Zoom in
• Twist Right: Next tab
• Twist Left: Previous tab

Please note that this version of Firefox is intended for developer testing and community feedback only.

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2 Comments to “New Firefox Build Adds Support for Multi-Touch Gestures”

Andrew @ December 10th, 2008 at 12:53 pm
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It works perfectly – a welcome addition to the new trackpad.


Christina @ December 10th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
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We are pleased to hear you are content with Mozilla’s neweset addition. Keep checking back for updates regarding the 3.1 version of Firefox. We wonder what useful features it will ultimately provide.