the Firebird review


well I am now one week into my trial of Firebird and I will confess I have changed my mind about it. Although I’ve had some issues with it, the overall experience has been positive. I have, however, reverted back to using IE as my default, mainly because of the compatibility issues Firebird has with .Text and several internal MSFT sites, and these just caused my annoyances. But I think I will be leaving Firebird on my laptop. Here’s why:



  • I am getting addicted to Tabs. I know I can do this with IE add-ons like MyIE2 and I am about to download that again to check out the new version. Until i started using Firebird I couldn’t really think of a reason I’d need to have multiple sites bookmarked together in tabs, but it is amazing how quickly I got used to the idea once I started using it.

  • Google searching from the address bar. I know I can tweak IE to do this, but its nice having it as an out of the box feature.

  • Is it faster? Not sure. Seems fast, but so does IE.

  • More screen real estate? Sure but not a big deal.

Overall, I like it.


Comments (8)

  1. One thing that I absolutely love about Firebird, is the availabilty of extensions.

    One of my favorite, is the Web Developer toolbar. I can, with a click, see how my pages perform for users with Javascript disabled, or with browsers that don’t support CSS. It’s got statistics on the page at a glance, validates the GTML, CSS, Sec. 508, and even allows me to view the pages as if I was using a lower resolution.

    These kind of add-ons (and tabbed browsing, and built-in pop-up blocking) are why it’s solidly my favorite browser, even though there are some sites that aren’t entirely compatible.

  2. rick says:

    +1 to the extensions. In addition to the Web Dev one, I also use the All-In-One Gestures (if you like mouse gestures, they get addictive) and the Edit CSS one.

  3. Russ C. says:

    +2 to the extensions 🙂

    I love the RSS reader extension, even in its unpolished state. I’d probably stop using IE altogether if I could get Firebird working with ActiveX.

  4. Russ C. says:

    Mind you it does have a nasty issue with viewstates and posting on here. If I write a few sentences , as soon as I post it I get a .Text invalid viewstate exception … I have to backpage, copy what I’ve just typed to the clipboard and refresh the page. If I click submit quick enough, it works … mad !

  5. Yoeri says:

    I love its support for web standards …

  6. Dave D. says:

    One thing about the integrated search box that’s easy to miss–you can easily add many different search engines in addition to Google, including various site’s internal engines.

    I have Google, Froogle, IMDB, Teoma, Ixquick, AllTheWeb, Sourceforge, New Egg, Amazon, 3 different online dictionaries and a thesaurus.

    I also have the Googlebar extension for power searching on Google. 🙂