While Mozilla has still not officially made the next release of the popular desktop web browser, Firefox 19, available on its website, the browser is now available for download
through Mozilla's servers via FTP.
The release finally brings a built-in PDF viewer to the browser allowing users to view .pdf documents within the web browser. According to the Firefox beta release notes, the release also brings in other changes and fixes to the browser.
A report by TheNextWeb
also hints at a new Android release of the Firefox browser. The beta release of the smartphone browser brought features such as themes and integration with the Google search widget.
Mozilla had recently rolled out
a new build of the Firefox web browser for the developers, offering a touch-oriented UI and following the 'Metro'(Modern) design style of Windows 8 apps. There is no word on when the company plans to make this version available to all, but it should not take Mozilla long to do that.Change log as per Beta Release Notes:
- NEW: Built-in PDF viewer.
- CHANGED: Canvas elements can export their content as an image blob using canvas.toBlob().
- CHANGED: Startup performance improvements (bugs 715402 and 756313).
- DEVELOPER: Debugger now supports pausing on exceptions and hiding non-enumerable properties.
- DEVELOPER: Remote Web Console is available for connecting to Firefox on Android or Firefox OS (experimental, set devtools.debugger.remote-enabled to true).
- DEVELOPER: There is now a Browser Debugger available for add-on and browser developers (experimental, set devtools.chrome.enabled to true).
- DEVELOPER: Web Console CSS links now open in the Style Editor.
- HTML5: CSS @page is now supported.
- HTML5: CSS viewport-percentage length units implemented (vh, vw, vmin and vmax).
- HTML5: CSS text-transform now supports full-width.
- FIXED: Starting Firefox with -private flag incorrectly claims you are not in Private Browsing mode (802274).