Mozilla adds Multitouch Gestures to Firefox for Macs

Dec 10, 2008
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The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 will bring many new features that we have been asking for, including multifingered gesture support for Mac users. In October, Mozilla's Eddie Lee created an experimental version that allowed Mac users to have limited gesture controls, now it has been made official.

Some features Mozilla added is the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is now on by default for web content, improved rendering and support for new web technologies. After testing it out we have come to the conclusion that the gestures work every bit as good as in Apple’s Safari browser.  When zooming in the browser Firefox zooms according to your movement rather than one level for each “pinch.”

As in Safari, Firefox is now fully controllable with a single hand. As much as we would hate to say it, the one-handed browsing along with the new private browsing (porn mode) makes Firefox the number 1 browser for XXX surfing. MacRumors has provided a list of available gestures:

* Swipe Left: Go back in history (hold Command 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


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