In late July, I started working on making Instantbird use the Mozilla
2.0 platform (which the recently released Firefox 4 betas are based on).
This work, which started in a branch, has recently reached a point where
we believe it could benefit from wider testing. The mozilla2 branch
was merged Friday, September 10th, 2010.
This didn’t happen as smoothly as I would have hoped, but after 10 (!)
bustage fixes, yesterday we were able to provide the first set of
Instantbird nightly builds based on Mozilla 2.0. Our slowly growing
community on #instantbird has
jumped on them, and quickly reported a few significant issues. Thanks to
their awesome help, those are fixed, and today we have a new set of
Additional help to test these new builds (Windows and
will be greatly appreciated.
Known issues of this set of builds:
- The ‘Show Logs’ menuitems don’t work (already fixed and will work tomorrow).
- The Add-ons manager is broken. This is bug
- The ‘Instantbird’ checkbox in the ‘Update’ pane of the ‘Advanced’
panel of the preference Window is disabled (already fixed and will
The preferences dialog is a new feature in Instantbird 0.2 which will
feel familiar to Firefox users. The overall appearance is the same,
making you feel at home.
Some of the options are also the same…
… while some are very specific to Instantbird:
Some tools you already have in Firefox can help you manage your
conversations in Instantbird:
Trying to find where a topic or keyword was mentioned in a long
conversation is a common action. Instantbird uses the same findbar as
Firefox to provide a search facility inside conversations. Just press
Ctrl + F (Command + F on Mac OS X) and the findbar will appear:
However, when looking for something in a conversation, the most recent
match is probably the most interesting. That’s why for Instantbird we
adapted the findbar to search from bottom to top by default.
Having trouble reading the text in conversations or fitting all the
content on a small screen? Then the zoom feature is for you.
The keyboard shortcuts are the same as in Firefox: Ctrl + + to increase
the size, Ctrl + - to decrease, and Ctrl + 0 to reset to the default
size (Command instead of Ctrl on Mac OS X).
The changes in zoom settings are applied to all conversations at once
and saved so that you do not need to adapt the zoom more than once.