quote:A very exciting set of changes is landing in Firefox Nightly. Weve been calling the project Australis, but, simply, its the next iteration of the Firefox user interface. Its not quite finished, and it needs more polish, which is exactly why were so eager to get it out to a wider set of the community.
So, what is Australis? 1. Its the most beautiful and detail-obsessed iteration of Firefoxs visual design yet: modern, clean, and comfortable. 2. More fundamentally, its a streamlining and simplification of the default interface, to declutter and better focus on how people use a browser today. 3. Finally, it includes a new simple way to customize the browser and make it your own.
There are also many side-benefits: a better more extensible interface model that will accommodate future features and additions; a simpler presentation of add-ons as equals to built-in browser features; and a familiar look and feel across all our platforms so that Firefox feels like Firefox everywhere. Well be writing more about all of these in future posts.
In that recent survey I let them know that I was switching over to Chrome (and I use nightly most days of the week) since there wasn't anything worthwhile different between the two except that Chrome seems to use less system resources and doesn't cache start up pages by default. -- ♬ Dragon of good fortune struggles with the trickster Fox ♬
I was just going to post something about this; despite the number of articles, Australis has NOT landed in Aurora as of yet. I know because I just downloaded it (and checked for updates) and same old UI. HOWEVER, the installation process was noticeably different (but I don't know if that happened in the now current beta version or if it's new for Aurora, I suspect the latter). -- ♬ Dragon of good fortune struggles with the trickster Fox ♬
The other day, I pulled down, then pulled up Nightly. When I was finished, I could NOT figure out how to Exit. Literally! (I had a LOT of windows/tabs open, so the close (X) button on one window would not do.) I looked & looked & looked, but saw no way out? I literally killed the task to quit.
I then started it up again & found myself in the same situation. Figured I must have missed it.
Turns out, it is that hieroglyphic-like thing, that mostly circle with a | bar in it (seen in the pic above), icon that is the "Exit" button. Had no clue.
Now that I know... But that is not the point. The point is take some who does something regularly, who uses something regularly, & change it... Why? To not provide something familiar, for those who want it, I think is wrong & will prove out to be wrong. (There isSeaMonkey .) Now I may be a (quasi)Luddite, no watch, no cell, no... & while a 3rd grader would likely have had no problem figuring it out... I did!
Isn't that just what MS did with Win8? They took the familiar, what we know & are used to, & threw it out the window... Because...? Aren't we all the better for that!
So the me, the comment:
> force it down their throats ... Tongue planted firmly in cheek
is more then just "tongue in cheek". It affects my usage (well not really since I rarely use FF) of & impression of, FF.
Either way, I found that the current sync for FF is problematic and confusing. If this new one works as well as Google's, I am all for it. While I do not run Chrome, I do have my bookmarks set up in Chrome in the cloud somewhere at this time because I do not even have Chrome installed in my computer right now. BUT, the Chrome browser for Android works very well for me and it has a very nice bookmark management system when compared to the last mobile FF browser I tried. So my 1400 bookmarks that are all sorted into categorized folders are all synced up very nicely for me there.
Re: [Dev Build] Australis is landing in Firefox Nightly
29beta1 has shown up at PortableApps:
Customization? ...what customization?
Yeah, I'll be playing around with it... of course, I'll be "holding" at 28 for quite a while longer.
Edit: Missing toolbar space? Yep. Installed Vertical Toolbar (which I had stopped using because I didn't need any more space on the default toolbars with small icons) and The Puzzle Piece (for add-on bar and statusbar stuff I still use, plus it adds some still useful toolbar thingies [spacers and such]), and I'm back to being comfortable [enough] with it.