Mozilla has released Firefox 106 with major new features including PDF editing, text recognition in images on macOS, a new Firefox View, new themes, and more.
What’s new in Firefox 106?
Firefox now allows users to edit PDFs right within the browser. In Windows, users can also set Firefox as their default browser, to make it their default PDF application. This does not work on macOS as of now.
Users can now pin private windows to the Windows taskbar in Windows 10 and Windows 11 for quick access. Firefox 106 also sees a new design for private windows to convey their private nature better.
Text recognition in images in macOS
On macOS 10.15 and later, Firefox now supports text recognition in images. Users can copy this extracted text and paste it anywhere they want. The feature is also compatible with VoiceOver, the screen reader in macOS. This feature only supports English in macOS 10.15, while it supports the following languages on macOS 11 and later:
More Accurate Recognition: English, Chinese, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish
Faster Recognition: English, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish
Firefox View allows users to quickly get back to the websites that they had recently closed. A new pinned tab appears in the browser, which features a history of the websites, as well as a “Tab Pickup” feature that shows open tabs from Firefox on other synced devices.
Instead of adding this to the homepage, Firefox has strangely added this as a pinned tab. Most users would not want to keep a pinned tab in their browser, and removing it would mean that they wouldn’t be able to access this feature.
This Firefox update also gets 18 new “Colorways”, or browser themes. Each of the new colors are accompanied with custom graphics and text attached to its meaning. The new collection will be available until January 16, 2023.