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DevTools Integration Build

21 July 2011

(Crossposted to dev.apps.firefox and my blog)

Update February 14, 2012 by kdangoor: The link below for developer tools builds may not be active. Those builds have been used when we’ve had large features in development and wanted regular test builds. As I write this, you can find the latest developer tools on the Nightly channel.


I have a present for you.

If you go there and download the version for your operating system, you can get a sneak preview of what we’ve been working on in the Developer Tools group. It is a little rough around the edges still as it’s all a work in progress, but it gives you an idea of what we’re working towards.

The features can be found in the Web Developer submenu in the app menu on Windows (aero) and Linux or under the Tools>Web Developer menu on Mac and WinXP or Linux Firefoxes without the AppMenu.

The big feature in this build is the Highlighter available through the Inspect menu item (subject to change). It’s still using a panel for the HTML display, but that is going to be docked and de-emphasized soon enough. There’s a Style panel available through the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. The layout of this panel is going to change very shortly as well to provide more immediate access to the information you’re looking for.

The other cool easter egg in this build is the Orion editor in Scratchpad. I’m kind of ruining the surprise by telling you about it, but I just couldn’t help myself.

I’ll kick off another build in a week or two including the Style Editor and some improvements to the Web Console as well as ongoing additions to the Highlighter. Note that the updater will download the latest Nightly from mozilla-central, so if you let it update, you’ll lose this build.

Please let us know what you think. Here on this blog, on d.a.f, or file bugs against the Firefox::Developer Tools component.

I hope you like it.

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    3 Responses to “DevTools Integration Build”

  1. Ronnie Says:

    I have an app called ScratchPad, Version 1.3, Copyright © 2007-2008 Alex Seifert. I use it everyday, and wouldn’t want it to be overwritten by something else with the same name. Do you know if Alex Seifert’s ScratchPad will be overwritten? I wouldn’t even risk downloading FF 6.0., ScratchPad is that essential.

  2. kdangoor Says:

    Scratchpad is one web developer feature of Firefox. It just appears as one menu item. Don’t worry, it won’t interfere with any other tool on your system.

  3. Ronnie Says:

    Thanks, kdangoor. I’m relieved.