Firefox 3 Anti-Aliased Corners

With the release of Firefox 3 Alpha many people are left wondering what the benefits are of Mozilla switching to Cairo for the rendering engine. As demonstrated above the corners that are rendered using the latest Firefox 3 Alpha are anti-aliased meaning they are smoother. There is only a slight difference when looking at the two comparisons but it is a little more noticeable when you look at the zoomed-in portion. According to the Cairo Homepage these are some of the other things that it is capable of:

Operations in cairo including stroking and filling cubic Bézier splines, transforming and compositing translucent images, and antialiased text rendering. All drawing operations can be transformed by any affine transformation (scale, rotation, shear, etc.).

As if that isn’t great enough news for Firefox fans, the latest nightly builds are also passing the Acid 2 test. That can’t be found in the Alpha 1 release but it will surely be a hit when Alpha 2 is released (which is currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2007). For those of you wanting more information on Firefox 3 here are some links that CoryC pointed out along with certain features highlighted from each:

There we go, I went through each of those topics and what’s listed are the things I found interesting on each of the pages. All of those aren’t guaranteed to be implemented but I would like to see support for BitTorrent and definitely an online bookmark manager which mixed into a few of the pages. Sure there are a lot of extensions that will manage your bookmarks online but I think that a majority of users (especially a lot of my friends) never bother to install extensions and they would be amazed if Firefox synchronized their bookmarks.

Bring on Firefox 3! ;)