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With Firefox 3.7, Mozilla is making its browser shinier, and is switching its frame top to a fancier Aero-ized design (see the glass look and lack of File/Edit/etc... in the pic below). It cites Office 2007 and Windows Explorer (Vista) as examples of what it considers optimal interfaces.  (Source: Firefox Developers Wiki)
For better or worse, Firefox is getting Officized

Mozilla's Firefox is the world's second most popular browser behind Internet Explorer.  Mozilla is constantly looking to refine its user interface, engine, and features.

Now it's turning to a surprising source for inspiration -- Microsoft.  Mozilla wrote in their developers wiki, "Starting with Vista, and continuing with Windows 7, the menubar has been systematically removed from Windows applications built by Microsoft and other vendors. It has been replaced with alternatives like the Windows Explorer contextual strip or the Ribbon found in Office 2007. The Ribbon UI is now also used in Paint and Wordpad for Windows 7."

Mozilla is not adopting a ribbon, but will be adopting a similar approach in cleaning up its menu bar.  It says that the perks of the change will be giving the browser window more space, something nice for netbooks.  it will also bring the Windows Aero Glass effect, currently only in the frame, to the entire controls strip.

Currently Firefox just isn't shiny enough says Mozilla.  Writes the company in its development notes, "Firefox feels dated and behind on Windows. Issues include the absence of Glass, anemic purple toolbar color on Vista, tall and bulky UI footprint, element overload, inconsistent toolbar icon usage/style, lack of a tactile look and feel and perhaps too great of a divergence between the look on XP and Vista/7."

Under the current plan, the new look will be rolled out with Firefox 3.7 set to air in March 2010.  Users will be able to switch between the new and old look by clicking the "ALT" key inside the Firefox frame.

Mozilla is still open to suggestions, though, and the change isn't set in stone.  Writes Mozilla, "This direction is at the team proposal stage, to be approved by drivers and subject for constructive community feedback."



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RE: Nice
By mindless1 on 10/3/2009 9:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
It's not "dated", it's what is called iconized for good contrast, instead of some foolish idea of flowing colored gradients.

Color gradients are the most idiotic thing to ever come to a GUI interface, the whole point was supposed to be to clearly delineate the different controls so you barely have to look at them to use them.

Dumb people feel they need everything artistic instead of just stepping a way from the computer sooner, because it was better designed, and admiring a real work of art on their walls.

Vista and Win7 interface is a sad joke, as well as Office. Retards say "ooh ahh" but they can't even work as fast as they used to with computers multiple times the speed.

Monkeys like shiny objects, but they just stare in awe not appreciating that they have nothing but senseless fascination with colors and shapes instead of the basic ability to appreciate what a good interface really is.

With a well designed GUI you should be able to sit 10 feet away from a normal/typical resolution monitor in use today and still navigate it fine. Unfortunately they keep making strides to make the interface worse and worse in the interest of lame nonsense like "new purty modern flowing".

How's this for flowing, let's take all the controls on everything and just remove all markings and make them look as much like the surrounding area as possible.

The funny thing is when people say they can use this junk fine but they barely do anything on a computer, mostly non-productive except following a template that takes the least interaction possible because they can scarcely interact due to how long their pretty interface takes them to do anything.

/rant

There is a science to human recognition. It is madness to deviate because of some notion of "does look a tad dated".

Let science dictate what path we choose, not change for the sake of change, that is the worst reason possible.


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