10 things Phoenix is better at than Mozilla.
First I switched from IE to Mozilla, mostly
because of tabs, middle-click, loading tabs in the background,
saved time browsing and it sucked a lot less. Now,
I've switched to Phoenix. Here are the top 10
(well, more than that now) reasons for the switcharoo. Not necessarily in the order of importance.
Change theme on the fly. Mozilla requires a restart for the change to take effect.
Popup windows disallowed as default, afaik first browser to do so. Finally. Really.
Standard (at least for Windows) “Find in this Page” dialog. As a result, the app feels like part of the OS.
Non-cluttered status bar.
- Replace tabs instead of adding them.
- This was my pet peeve: in Mozilla when you click on a bookmark group,
it appends tabs rather then replace;
in Phoenix it is customizable via Preferences.
- Customize toolbars, including creating a single line menu/toolbar for more space. People have suggested
browsing with Full Screen, but this is better.
- Has more themes for it now than Mozilla will ever have.
Forms intellisense, a la IE.
- No longer are 150 different icons there. "You are online" icon? What the hell is that?
When you place something on the bookmark toolbar, it remembers the favicon.
- This feature is rumored to be on the way to Mozilla, though I haven't seen it yet.
Alt-Left Click on a link and Phoenix will save the linked page to your PC.
Nathan Zunker pointed out that Mozilla does the same thing now, just via Ctrl-Left Click.
Alt-D takes you to the address bar.
- I guess time to update my Mozilla. As has been pointed out by
Christian Hudon, Moz 1.3a has this feature. On the older nightlies, Alt-D would take you to the Debug menu,
but that is no longer the case. Thanks, Christian.
Popup windows allow-lists (necessary evil sometimes).
- The latest Mozilla nightly now also
has allow-list. So I am assuming that this feature will make it into the upcoming 1.3 release.
Someone is on the ball. Thanks to Thomas Morf for making me download the latest nightly
What it still needed for Phoenix to become the best thing since sliced cheese. In order of importance.
- Quick Launch. Phoenix still launches slower than mozilla with quick launch.
- Google search from the Address bar.
Different application icon, please.
It would be good if Phoenix shipped with more than one theme. Phoenity Lite theme is a great alternate one.
As has been pointed out by several people, right out of the box, it's possible to search google
by typing "google search criteria" in the URL. This is connected to the Quick Searches bookmark entries.
However, the first thing I do when installing a new browser is delete ALL existing bookmarks and add my own.
So at the time I didn't realize there was something interesting in Bookmarks. Still the approach is
whacky - I like Mozilla's approach better. Key functionality such as searching the web shouldn't be
set in a fluid place like Bookmarks, but in Preferences.
Regardless, here are the directions to making Google (or anything else) work for you in the Address bar.
Steps to make Google searching from the Address bar in Phoenix easy.
Thanks to Gunnar Johannesmeyer from Germany for providing the steps.
- Visit google and search for something. Then add the results page to your Bookmarks.
- Edit the properties of this bookmark. Change the Location textbox to this: http://www.google.com/search?&q=%s
- Then type q into the Keyword textbox. Click OK.
- Viola: now type in the q mysearchstring into the Address bar and press the Return key
- Note that %s here acts as a variable, so you can implement method for any other search engine or site.
As an exercise try this dictionaty site: http://dict.leo.org/?search=%s
See, the toolbar, menu bar, address bar, bookmarks all on the same line.
Several people sent me emails asking me exactly how did I manage to place all the
buttons on the same line. It's actually not that different from Visual Basic or MS Office.
Here is a quick rundown:
- Open View menu/Toolbars/Customize. Now you can drag & drop any buttons anywhere.
- So drag the Back, Forward, Refresh, Stop and Home buttons (one by one, of course) to the same line where the menu.
- Then drag the Address bar there. Then drag the Bookmarks Toolbar Items there as well. Then drag whatever else you want.
- Then click Done. Following that uncheck View/Toolbars/Navigation Toolbar and View/Toolbars/Bookmarks Toolbar.