Mozilla shows off Firefox 3.0's Places

Mozilla has published mock-ups of Places on its website. Places is one of the most-awaited new features in the upcoming Firefox 3.0 web browser.

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Mozilla has published mock-ups of Places on its website. Places is one of the most-awaited new features in the upcoming Firefox 3.0 web browser.

As part of the weekly Firefox 3.0 status update that Mozilla posts to a wiki, the open-source developer included screenshots of Places Organiser, the interface users will see later this year or early next when the browser goes to its final release.

Places, the name given to the new unified history and bookmark manager, was originally scheduled to be included in Firefox 2.0, but it was yanked last year from that version because Mozilla decided it couldn't finish the feature in time. Unlike current browser bookmark tools, Places will use a database - the SQLite database engine powers it - so users can search for saved pages. Places will also support the use of tags, or user-defined labels that are applied to categorise bookmarks and make them easier to retrieve via searches.

The Places Organiser mock-up uses Windows-Vista styling to show bookmarks, surfing history and downloads in one spot.

Places Organiser, which is set to appear in M9, a pre-release version likely to ship late next month, will also boast built-in bookmark backup and possibly a thumbnail view to go along with a more traditional list.

The code for the current development version, Firefox 3.0 M8, was frozen last Wednesday in preparation for rolling out the build next week. The last-released build was pegged as Gran Paradiso Alpha 7, rolled out in early August.

Firefox 3.0 has been touted as offering improved security compared with earlier versions of the browser.

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