Weave Sync Graduates to Beta 2
Article by George Norman
On 25 Nov 2009
Weave Sync, the Firefox add-on that allows you to synchronize your Firefox experience (by that I mean bookmarks, passwords, history and tabs) across multiple computers has reached another important milestone in its development process. After announcing Weave Sync Beta 1 earlier this month, the Mozilla Labs team has now announced the release of Weave Sync Beta 2.

“Thanks for all the feedback for Weave Sync beta 1. We’ve got a second beta for you to try out which incorporates a number of fixes to issues that people have been reporting. If you’re using Weave Sync, you should have already gotten an add-on update notification on each of your machines,” announced Edward Lee, on behalf of the Weave team.

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Here is what you can expect to get from Weave Sync Beta 2:
- The password and/or secret phrase recovery flow has been improved. I have to admit this is a much welcome improvement that should help Weave users that have trouble setting up their second machine. I myself did not forget the password, but I did (briefly) forget the secret phrase – some other users may not be so lucky.
- Sometimes Weave would store bookmarks in the wrong folder. This happened when partially syncing same-named folders. The manner in which Weave handles same-named folders has been enhanced.
- If you delete a webpage from History, that webpage is deleted from History on all your other computers.
- When the user views tabs from other computers, he’ll see a name based on the computer’s name and user name.

For those of you that missed the Weave Beta 1 release, here are the new bits and pieces the software brought to the table:
- The add-on uses heuristics to compute an “interestingness” score. You know how pages that you acces more often popup top of the list in the AwesomeBar? Thanks to the “interestingness” score, the Weave Sync add-on does the same.
- The UI (user interface) has been simplified. Even novice users should get the hang of it in a couple of minutes or so. The interesting thing is that the UI is flexible enough to accommodate experienced users as well.
- The Weave Sync add-on works in the background and when the computer is idle. This means your regular Firefox experience will not be interrupted by Weave Sync. The Weave Sync add-on also uses what Mozilla calls “the incremental sync behavior” – data is synced in chunks, and according to the “interestingness” score mentioned above.

If you would like to get the Weave Sync add-on, you can grab it straight from Mozilla here.
If you would like to learn more about Weave Sync, visit the official site
here.



Tags: Mozilla, Mozilla Labs, Weave Sync, Add-on, Firefox
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