Theme Bugs Filed, Wiki Updated

Theme Bugs Filed This Week

Note: I haven’t filed any Linux bugs yet and the Wiki page is out-of-date. Still working out some details there and should have that resolved this week.

This week I filed the first round of Bugs for implementing the new theme:

  • #544815 – Allow for placing Tabs over the Navigation Bar with option for Tabs under the Navigation Bar
  • #544816 – Attach combined Stop/Go/Refresh button to the Location Bar
  • #544817 – Create Bookmarks Widget with placement dependent on Bookmarks Bar status
  • #544818 – Progress “Line” indicator for background loading tabs
  • #544819 – Create a basic Home Tab linking to the current Home Page
  • #544823 – [Meta] Theme Visual Refresh
    • #544820 – [Windows] Theme Visual Refresh
    • #544821 – [OS X] Theme Visual Refresh

This is a pretty exciting step for me after having worked on the design for so many months.

 

Wiki Updates

I also spent some time getting all the mockups and thought processes on the Wiki current:

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20 Responses to “Theme Bugs Filed, Wiki Updated”

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  1. David Naylor says:

    I can’t help thinking that the current mockups still are wasting space at the top.

    If the goal is to reduce the use of vertical space, why not go all out and reduce the height above the tabs? As it is, Firefox would still be “behind Chrome” in this aspect.

    Move the tabs up next to the window minimize/maximize/close buttons. Can’t the Firefox button work just as well at the far right of the toolbar? (By removing the old menus you’re still ripping up loads of learning – would it make things any worse by putting it on the right?)

    To leave this change for a future release and *then* move the Firefox button from left to right would be even worse.

  2. mucinch says:

    The tab bar background color for Olive-green XP theme the same as the title bar, but that is not the case with the other XP themes. FYI, I like the Olive one compared to the others. Also, the text in the background tabs are all too dark. Shades lighter than the background would be easier to read.
    The Aero/Basic mockups are beautiful; compared to them the XP themes are still ugly (just my opinion). In this case, I would sacrifice nativity a bit for a nicer UI. XP is still the dominant user base and will be for the next 1-3 years (considering the recession). The Firefox 3.0 UI was such a disappointment considering the level of user interest around theming at that time. And the push towards nativity made all the UIs native but bland. Sorry about the rant!
    Still its great to see progress being made. Again better luck for Vista/7 users and continuing woe for the majority still in the clutches of XP.

  3. mucinch says:

    Why bright-green progress lines for all themes? And I love the orange Firefox button. Slightly lesser padding with rounded edges on the navigation toolbar, might make it look sleeker. Can we have the back button overlapping the bookmark toolbar to further reduce the height?

  4. Paul says:

    Are you still accepting feedback on the design?

    Have you thought about doing something more with the bookmarks button than just replicating the existing menubar style? For example, IE’s bookmark button opens a panel similar to the Firefox bookmarks sidebar. The current menu style is pretty painful if you have a lot of bookmarks in many folders.

  5. Meph says:

    It’s exciting to see that this is finally happening!

    However, I’m not too sure about the Firefox button. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. Once it’s released in a beta, general users will be able to test it and *then* we’ll know if it’s a good idea.

  6. Edward Webb says:

    I like the idea of the Firefox menu, though I agree with David; there’s too much empty space between the button and the window buttons in the corner. The concepts for the submenus looks good, though I would focus on simplifying the menus, and moving preferences to a tab with a spanner icon, on the right hand side of the tabbar. Maybe a Test Pilot would be useful?

    Personally, I would like to see the menu as a tab with a Firefox icon, styled with an orange background, to the left of the home icon. The menu would be on the same level as the tabbar, displayed as an upside-down tab. The idea of the tabbar at the very top with the window buttons sounds good, though it would have to be tested first.

    One more idea is including bookmarks as a tab, functioning as a menu like it currently does. I know, too many tabs taking up space, reducing visibility for the other tabs. From a usability perspective, though, it’s better to have bookmarks function like this than on the right hand side as a button, where submenus open from right-to-left, which is crazy!

  7. Edward Webb says:

    I like the idea of the Firefox menu, though I agree with David; there’s too much empty space between the button and the window buttons in the corner. The concepts for the submenus looks good, though I would focus on simplifying the menus, and moving preferences to a tab with a spanner icon, on the right hand side of the tabbar. Maybe a Test Pilot would be useful?

    Personally, I would like to see the menu as a tab with a Firefox icon, styled with an orange background, to the left of the home icon. The menu would be on the same level as the tabbar, displayed as an upside-down tab. The idea of the tabbar at the very top with the window buttons sounds good, though it would have to be tested first.

    One more idea is including bookmarks as a tab, functioning as a menu like it currently does. I know, too many tabs taking up space, reducing visibility for the other tabs. From a usability perspective, though, it’s better to have bookmarks function like this than on the right hand side as a button, where submenus open from right-to-left.

  8. Ken Saunders says:

    Hey congrats, everything looks good overall.

    Here’s some unsolicited feedback. Well, you allow comments but haven’t said “please critique my hard work”.
    :)

    The Mac theme looks sweet. No doubt the best. I’ll eventually be switching to Fedora and so I hope that the Linux theme turns out to be as cool as the others.
    About the Mac theme, the Progress Line indicator looks awesome in it, but it’s pretty flat looking in the Windows mockups. I suppose that adding a darker green to the gradient/equation would help primarily because it would provide greater contrast between the other hues in the line.

    I can’t image you changing much here, but in all of the Window’s instances with the tabs on top, the selected tab looks very flat (ya, again with the flat, sorry). It gives the interface a flat folder look. Aside from making the bottom of the nav bar’s gradient darker to start and end up lighter but not bright at the top and then adding a subtle gloss (like on tabs on bottom), or, just trying the subtle gloss on the top of the tab with the existing gradient, I guess that a slightly deeper or darker drop shadow behind the top of the selected tab would work to make it more 3 dimensional like the backgrounds tabs.

    I still think that the Firefox button and the Button States rocks and the additional buttons are cool although the gloss on the stop button stands out a lot more than the other two (making their gradients darker would fix that).

    Great work man.

  9. Mr.Henky says:

    [5] Meph: You can try it now.

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  11. Love the new Mac theme… I’m gonna pass it along to my buddy who is a huge Mac guy. Think he’ll think the same. Keep up the great work, its always interesting to come check out your stuff.

  12. David Pohl says:

    Hi Stephen,

    This is for you:

    1) I have ideas for the context menu which will be run from your orange button !

    2) I have original ideas for make your interface better !

    Please visit my blog and see for yourself! Will it be the new context menu of Firefox ?

    http://davidpohl.wordpress.com/ Much will depend on you,

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  14. Ted says:

    Hey, love the new windows theme! I do feel bad for you though, getting all these “great” ideas from the community. Must get really annoying, lol. Stick with what you got, its great!

  15. I have a functionality proposition, since we’re talking about tabs.

    There should be a way to select multiple tabs to drag them off. Say, Ctrl-click or Shift-click multiple tabs, and then drag them off as a group to form a new window with all those new tabs.

    I find I need this functionality quite commonly when I’m doing art research. I push the tabs on firefox- 30+ tabs per window, 3 to 5 windows, commonly. I move different groupings of sites into different windows; usually what I have to do is copy-and-past links or drag each tab from one window to another, but it’d be a nice time saver if you could just ctrl-click several odd tabs and drag them off,creating a new, organized windows.

    Thoughts?

  16. Plymouth says:

    Also, I was wondering if you thought about what to do with the Windows Classic theme. It is still being used by many people.

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  19. Poker says:

    I also really like the new theme. Thanks :)

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