Mozilla has released Firefox 15 to its pre-beta Aurora channel and the new release comes with some major new features and improvements to the built-in tools for Web developers.
In a blog post, Kevin Dangoor, product manager for developer tools at Mozilla, said the Firefox debugging interface has been redesigned for Firefox 15. Dangoor wrote:
Other new features in Firefox 15 include a new Responsive Design View that makes it easy to resize just the page the developer is viewing. With the Responsive Design View, you can work on your designs without constantly pulling out your mobile phone to see how it looks, Dangoor said. And, you can try out your designs without shrinking your browsers tools, toolbars and other tabs.
Firefox 15 also features a new Layout View that enables developers to see how the margins, padding and border are set for a node in one view. The Layout View is collapsed to a single line showing the developer the size of the element. It is available as part of the Style Inspector. Meanwhile, enhancements to the Page Inspector enable developers to turn off highlighting behavior.
The Firefox Aurora channel is where users and developers can go to preview features of what is in store for upcoming versions of the Firefox browser. Users and developers can share their experiences with the pre-beta software and help shape the final product. Mozilla announced on June 5 the availability of Firefox 13, the latest version of its desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. And on July 7, Mozilla released the latest beta of Firefox 14. According to Mozillas rapid release cadence, new releases are planned for every six weeks. Firefox 14 is expected to be generally available in mid-July.