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Firefox 3 vs Internet Explorer 8 (beta 1) [ID:839] (1/1)

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Have you tried IE8 and Firefox3? In 8 minutes I compare the two to show you why you should upgrade from IE6 (it is 7 years old and holds back the Web!) and why you should prefer Firefox 3 over IE8. Topics covered include Firefox's Awesome bar and improved security record, plugins (for both browsers) and how to get each browser. Created by ProCasts (professional screencasters).

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Nice video, simple and I hope that we could see other apps that go from proprietary to open like Photoshop, MS Office, MS Project and others.

12. anonymous Sun, 18 Oct 2009 10:16

Presently use Firefox 3.5 mostly and IE 8 occasionally. I use Firefox for the stated reasons in this video. However, I am taking a computer repair class and the instructor states his preference for IE rather than Firefox; according to him there are instances of programs & applications being in conflict (not comptatible) with Firefox, but it is not apparent. Those programs/apps. seem to work fine in IE. Is Firefox working on this issue & is there any way to know if your programs & apps. are not working in Firefox?


11. anonymous Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:14

usefull - also new arguments for professional users - thanks

Note for Herb Neuhaus: The procedure on this Ubuntu forums thread solved all my Firefox video streaming problems. Even if you don't run Ubuntu it might help.

Review of Firefox 3 vs Internet Explorer 8 (beta 1)

Nice video. Ironically, I had some difficulty getting the video to play to the end in Firefox. Quit without warning a few times. The problem may be on my end but thought I'd mention it.

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I agree generally with the comments that André has made. The ProCasts sound-bite is a good idea but I think spoken a little more slowly and clearly it would be more useful.

Something I liked a lot was the balance of the piece. Although you stated that you wanted to persuade people to change to Firefox you gave a fair review of IE.

Perhaps a word or two on the benefits of supporting open source software wouldn't have gone amiss.

Overall a very good, useful video.

Hi André, thanks for the feedback. For anyone who's just joined, in the Group I asked for critical feedback since I produced this video under my own brand of ProCasts:

I put this video up as a first example of new tools and techniques I'm using. I do intend to do some more Firefox videos, maybe some for Firebug too. The ProCasts sound-bite will stay, this same video is going into YouTube, Vimeo etc and I want people to be able to find who made it.

Thanks for the criticism, the points you've made are all fair and useful, I'll bear them in mind for future videos.



Excellent video. The image is crisp, the sound quality is good.

== Begin hypercritical ==

Minor points to improve:

1. The "made by procast" soundbite does not appeal to me.

2. When you mention the number of security advisories, it would be useful to highlight them on the page as the graphics contains a different number than the one you quote (which appears above)

3. The awesome bar is highlighted too long.

4. I would not quote wikipedia as an authoritative source when discussing security - it could too easily be dismissed as having been edited by firefox fans.

5. searching for Firefox would not bring me to the page that you show - you should probably add a comment like "if you are in Europe ..."

I realize that these are specific to *this* video (which you probably won't redo) but I suggest that they may be general things to look for in future videos.

== end hypercritical ==

As usual, a job well done.

Wow that was a great presentation. Evviva the firefox revolution!

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