"Australis" theme for Firefox now available for download

By on June 20, 2012, 5:00 PM

Earlier this year Mozilla outlined plans to unify the look and feel of Firefox across desktop and mobile offerings through a new theme known as Australis. The design aims to bring a fresh and consistent style to the browser while still conforming to the underlying platform and best of all, it’s available right now as a preview build for anyone to try.

The most obvious new feature of Australis is the curved tabs at the top of the browser window. These look very similar to Chrome’s tabs but Australis’ seem a bit more refined. Only the active window is shown as a curved tab – all other tables tend to fade subtly into the title bar.

The new tabs were designed and built by Mozilla developer Jared Wein and Frank Yan over the past few weeks. Wein said in a recent blog post that he feels they are pretty close but would like to see if they can draw the tabs using a method that would lend itself to better platform integration.

Adventurous users are encouraged to download and test the new preview build. Since it’s still in a very early stage, we wouldn’t advise anyone working in production environments or with mission critical systems to participate. As of writing, the Australis build is only available to Windows users.

I’ve been testing the new build as I worked on this story and thus far, I have no complains. The new tab system looks great although I can see where some might complain that inactive tabs could be a bit difficult to read if you have a dark desktop wallpaper.




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Guest said:

No thank you. And I wish I still had Firefox 3.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

No thank you. And I wish I still had Firefox 3.

:P Why wish when you can get?

Guest said:

You can get all the old Firefox releases as well as many other older versions of programs from OldApps. See Previous Firefox at :-

http://www.oldapps.com/firefox.php

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

No thank you. And I wish I still had Firefox 3.

:P Why wish when you can get?

I have "Firefox 3 theme for firefox 4+," works great for a curmudgeon like me. =p

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Looks like old FF is up to version 13 now. Will they catch up to Google this year? Only 6 behind...

Guest said:

Cant say I'm a fan of the color, tho I assume (I know I should never do that) that it is dependent on your aero theme. I like the design tho.

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

the NASA theme makes this unreadable, the standard theme is a bit too bright for my liking. should be ok to work with once it's in completed and the rough edges are gone.

Guest said:

I wish they'd concentrate on fixing their browser rather than concentrating on pretty themes and "my version number is bigger than yours."

captainawesome captainawesome said:

you guys should check out Oygen theme for FF. It's very nice:

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Guest said:

I really enjoy my current firefox because of its lay out is more interchangeable compared to others, if it still does this, then I will upgrade.

Firefox on the steam hardware and software is the most utilized browser with 63% last month

Guest said:

Sorry, but NO. I use Mozilla Firefox not Google Firefox, that's shame theme, imho <_<

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