Geek Smithology

June 12, 2008

Well Done, Mozilla

Filed under: Announce,Craft of Dev by Nathan @ 9:59 pm

I just got around to installing Firefox 3 on my MacBook Pro, and while I find the new Firefox is completely hideous under Ubuntu, it is beautiful in OS X. It’s obvious that a lot of effort was put into making the GUI have the native look and feel. From a couple hours of light browsing everything is better – from the little things like buttons and checkboxes and text fields looking “right”, to the new look for the tabs, to the buttons, Firefox finally looks like it belongs on a Mac.

I’ve never been a fan of skinnable applications, I’d rather have everything be consistent (in an aesthetically pleasing way). So, great work on making Firefox look great out of the gate. And this doesn’t even include any of the new features:

– It only saves passwords after you’re authenticated – about damn time!
– Nicer download window
– Waaay better incremental search in the address bar
– like the new add-ons and plugins look and feel

And it’s noticeably faster for general browsing. I’ve tended to use Safari (gasp!) over the last few weeks, but Firefox has come back with a vengeance.

My only real complaint is that my All-in-One Gestures plugin isn’t compatible. When the hell are you going to make mouse gestures part of the core feature set, Mozilla? Opera did it years ago…

Update – All-in-One Gestures has been updated, so Firefox is back to it’s glory. That said, I’m doing this update from Safari…go figure. Oh, and I changed my heretical misspelling of MacBook because Popowich made fun of me.

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