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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:02 pm    Post subject: Firefox HeadsUp Reply with quote

Firefox is currently on version 56. Version 57, due for release towards the end of November will render many add-ons useless as they are switching to Web-Extensions.

If you use FF then check the Add-Ons. You will likely see that most are tagged 'Legacy'. These are the ones that will fail under FF v57.

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Firefox add-on technology is modernizing

Add-ons allow you to add extra features and functionality to Firefox, modify the Firefox user interface and change its appearance. There are several types of add-ons but extensions are the most common. Anyone can create an extension and make it available for download.
What's happening?

In the past, extensions often stopped working each time a new version of Firefox was released, because developers had to update them every six weeks to keep them compatible. Since extensions could also modify Firefox internal code directly, it was possible for bad actors to include malicious code in an innocent-looking extension.

To address these issues, and as part of broader efforts to modernize Firefox as a whole, we’ve transitioned to a new framework for developing Firefox extensions. Outside of rare instances, extensions created with the new standard won’t break in new Firefox releases. You can still personalize Firefox with extensions the same way you do now, except they won’t break in new Firefox releases.
Note: Starting in Firefox 57, which will be released in November 2017, only extensions built with this new technology will work in Firefox. These are indicated by the "Compatible with Firefox 57+" label on addons.mozilla.org (AMO). Extensions built with the old technology are labeled "Legacy" in the Add-on Manager (about:addons) tab.

Keep in mind that many developers are in the process of updating to the new compatible format. Once they make the transition, your extension will automatically update and there is nothing you need to do.

If you are using legacy add-ons and want to start looking for alternatives in case they become incompatible in Firefox 57, use the extension finder utility to look up the extension you would like to replace and discover recommended replacements.

For more help, please head over to the FAQs.

We recommend that you install add-ons with the "Compatible with Firefox 57+" label to ensure compatibility with Firefox beyond November 2017.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads-up, Kremmen.

The biggest problem for me would be losing the Xmarks bookmark sync, which is marked "Legacy". Hopefully the developers are working on an update to make it compatible with FF v57, but they don't have much time. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So if it won't work, don't upgrade. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M8TJT wrote:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Very Happy

I'm beginning to see an almost evangelistic message in your replies, M. Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've checked mine and only 1 was OK (Privacy Badger)

I've updated Adblock+ but all my others haven't been done. They include Norton and Lastpass. Both of which I would have thought would be on the ball.

As it is M is right. Stick with 56 until you're favs are done.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think I've got any extensions.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So your avatar is really you Dennis Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't yours?? Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, dunno - he looks to have his face on upside down.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I said 'headsup' ...................
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adblock Plus is marked as legacy. Interesting!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After updating to Firefox v56 last week and finding that the folders were grey instead of the standard Windows yellow, making it difficult to differentiate between folders and bookmarks, I did a system restore in order to revert to v55.

It looks as if, after very many years of using FF, I shall have to try a different browser. As I really don't want to use IE I guess I'll have to check out Chrome.

Such a shame as I was really happy with FF until this last update. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not noticed any grey folders, where are you looking?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anita wrote:
...... I guess I'll have to check out Chrome
That#s what I use. No problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kremmen wrote:
I've not noticed any grey folders, where are you looking?

Sorry, I didn't explain properly! Bookmark folders in the sidebar, as complained about here and here.
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