Firefox’s streamlined “Australis” user interface lands in nightly build

  1. Firefox has officially announced availability of its new "Australis" theme for testing purposes. The redesigned interface brings in a number of visual and UX changes to the popular open-source browser. For example, browser tabs now sit higher in the titlebar, have...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    Not loving the new look.
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  3. Is that Firefox or Chrome? Ever since Firefox hit version 4 they've been going downhill for me. Looks like I haven't missed much.
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  4. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 671   +73

    I really don't like how they keep moving towards chrome's design. I use FF for a reason. I'll have to use IE(good browser now, but im still a bit prejudice about it) or opera pretty soon. I use FF nightly btw as my daily browser.

    Please Mozilla, be yourselves.
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  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,619   +336

    I won't use IE, but I might re try Opera. Hmmmm:confused:
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  6. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    I read about Australis a year ago and saw the concept ideas, I was afraid that the approach for simplicity might lead them to take away some of the powerful customization Firefox has, I was wrong.

    This is exactly why I still use this great browser, Chrome might have faster startup times but Firefox is open, fast, customizable to a huge extend and most of all, it's not Google.
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    I like my browser interface the way it is now. Not too simple or complex. from the screenshots it looks as if the navigation bar I can add (File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, and Help) is removed completely and I don't think I will enjoy using a browser without those. Or my bookmark toolbar which is SO useful.
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  8. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 671   +73

    It still has a bookmark toolbar, you just have to right-click the blue space at the top and select it. All features are still there I think, but now you have to press buttons and go through drop down boxes. It's highly customizable, but I don't like the look at all.
  9. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 66   +12

    At last, I dig's Chrome interface, not Chrome's performance, this is most welcome.
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  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,560   +2,901

    What they should do is make this a new theme not a new look. They should allow for the continued use of the old look as well as introducing the new look.
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  11. hammer2085

    hammer2085 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    > What they should do is make this a new theme not a new look. They should allow for the continued use of the old look as well as introducing the new look.

    Now that would be smart thing to do.
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  12. Senthil.c

    Senthil.c TS Rookie

    This looks great on my mac.. well done!
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  13. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    LOL! I think browser designers nowadays don't have a hard time figuring out how to do a good browser design.... They just copy Chrome's design.
  14. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    That would be true if Chrome WAS a good design. What Chrome has is "market share", because its f'ing included pre-checked for install with *EVERYTHING*. If Mozilla had been smart enough to keep doing this (like they did in the early '00's) and expand it, they would still be #1. Instead their trying to imitate the perceived market leader becaue that's what clueless companies do.
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  15. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    The reason I switched to Chrome when it launched was its noticeable speed improvement and its snappier response to open and close tabs and to open the browser itself. Chrome's developer tools are awesome and its HTML 5 support is top notch. What more do you need than that? I think it's the best browser around. I have to admit Firefox has improved lately especially in performance but it's still not snappy as Chrome and it's developer tools are not refined and are missing features. I'm a web developer and I use Chrome daily to develop with.

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