Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Firefox 4.0 Windows Theme Mockups

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Today i would like to share the two mock up versions of Firefox 4.0 for Windows 7 expecting to release by the late 2010. So here goes the screen shots released by Mozilla Foundation;

Version - A - Tab on bottom:

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Possibly add a Bookmarks widget as an upfront replacement for the Bookmarks menu/Bookmarks toolbar (option to turn those on would remain).

Version - B - Tab on top:

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 The more contentious Tabs-on-Top concept.
  • Save Vertical Space
  • Efficiency/Remove Visual Complexity - Right now the tabs have to be connected to something. So we are adding an extra visual element for them to connect to.
  • Shorter Mouse Distance to Page Controls
  • Breaks Consistency/Familiarity - Moving things confuses existing users.
  • Title is MIA - With the space removed from the titlebar you only get the truncated version in the tab.
  • Longer Mouse Distance to Tabs - Takes longer to mouse to a tab.
  • Lost Space - Sandwiched in between the application icon and the window widgets you lose some space.    
Combo Stop/Refresh/Go Button:
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Attached at the end of the location bar.
  • Turns green when you start typing.
  • Blends with the location bar when at rest.
  • Turns blue on hover.
  • Turns red when a page is loading.
The proposed iconography is mostly colorless. Adding color to these temporary action driven buttons will make it more obvious something is going on.

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