Mozilla is now testing support for multitouch gestures in the newest beta for Firefox 3.1 We’ve covered an experimental version of Firefox in the past that had multitouch support, but now Mozilla is building that support into regular Firefox.
The gestures are as follows (swipe refers to three fingers):
- Swipe Left: Go back in history (hold Cmd to open it in a tab)
- Swipe Right: Go forward in history
- Swipe Up: Go to the top of the page
- Swipe Down: Go to the end of the page
- Pinch Together: Zoom out
- Pinch Apart: Zoom in
- Twist Right: Next tab
- Twist Left: Previous tab
You’ll need a unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air to take advantage of these gestures. If you’ve downloaded the experimental version of Firefox, then you’ll recognize these gestures as being identical.
Also being added to the latest beta is Private Browsing Mode, which has basically one purpose…anonymous banking. Moving on. This feature has been in Safari for some time now, so it’s good to see Firefox finally catch up with Apple.
Just remember that this is a beta release, so, if it crashes, don’t be surprised. Let’s be honest though, Firefox has a tendency of crashing from time to time anyway, and these betas are usually pretty decent.