Firefox 4 Beta 1 to flaunt new theme with tabs on top

Firefox 4 theme

We've known for quite some time that Mozilla was preparing a new theme for Firefox 4. On Mozilla Links, the UI team has informed the public that the new theme will finally find its way into the browser's first beta release. According to the post, the following changes can be expected in the Windows version:

  • The Firefox button - a new menu button that aggregates the most frequently used browser menu options (default for Windows Vista and 7; can be disabled)
  • Aero Glass interface - a new skin that fits with the default theme of Windows Vista and 7 (currently only available via third-party plug-ins)
  • Customizable tab bar - ability to drag buttons around the tab bar
  • Bookmarks button - opens bookmarks menu and lets you dock it as a sidebar
  • Tabs on top - now enabled by default and can be changed by user

Regarding tabs on top, many users have been quick to call Mozilla copycats. Opera, as well as Google Chrome, have both used tabs on top for quite some time. However, to set the record straight, Mozilla wants to assure the public that it has thought long and hard about Firefox's tab placement and has posted a video explaining the design decision (see below).

The Mac OS and Linux versions will also see UI overhauls, though Mozilla's post doesn't go into details. Besides the changes listed above, other improvements can be expected before a final product is launched. App tabs are one of the features to be implemented and will allow users to make sticky tabs with no navigation interface for application-like websites (such as your email). This is sort of like permatabs.

Firefox 4 Beta 1 is scheduled for release in the coming weeks. Mozilla plans to have the final version of the browser out the door by the end of the year.

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Shiranui said,
Firefox is just a host program for AdblockPro.

seriously? the only reason you ever browse the web is so you can block ads? so the content is secondary to the fact that you're blocking ads?

primexx said,

seriously? the only reason you ever browse the web is so you can block ads? so the content is secondary to the fact that you're blocking ads?

No, I mean that the primary reason I still use firefox over Chrome is AdBlockPlus.
Firefox 3.x has lost a lot of ground on the other browsers in most other areas. Hopefully with v4 they will catch up.

Alex...slow down the narrative! Why the speed talking? What is the rush? A lot of what you are saying is just lost and not appreciated, because you are talking too fast. Most especially, when you got into the heavy "technobabble" towards the end of the presentation.

Glad they figured out tabs on top is superior after 6 years. And the longer mouse movements is mostly eliminated with mouse gestures. So when are you going to add them natively, Mozilla? If they do so I might use Firefox a lot more than I do now.

x-byte said,
Glad they figured out tabs on top is superior after 6 years. And the longer mouse movements is mostly eliminated with mouse gestures. So when are you going to add them natively, Mozilla? If they do so I might use Firefox a lot more than I do now.

http://www.mousegestures.org/

Very interesting points. I like tabs on top on Vista/7/OS X. But on this comp I use XP with a very minimal theme and it just looks like crap.

I've had tabs on top with Strata40 for some time now, And I love it that way.
As the video said, it makes much more sense from a logical standpoint, and hell, I think it looks far nicer too.
I can't wait for FF4, screw all you haters

'Tabs on top' looks a bit daft and awkward to me .. but I've not used tabs that way before ..

time to try it out methinks ..

Here is hoping Firefox 4 has a low cold start time, doesnt need restarting to install extensions and doesn't use so much RAM.

Wanyal said,
Here is hoping Firefox 4 has a low cold start time, doesnt need restarting to install extensions and doesn't use so much RAM.
Agree with all except the RAM bit.. Only Opera uses less RAM than FF..Chrome/IE use it much more

I'm posting from the pre-beta right now. The new tab positioning is fine with me, but I'm definitely not a fan of the weird Office-like Firefox button (especially since it shows up in fullscreen mode and does not minimise with the rest of the interface). Unfortunately not all features demoed in the video are in place yet, such as the tabbed bookmarks and history views (the addons tab has been implemented, however, and works very well).

I want to know what FF is doing to improve there security in the browser and also memory leak issues? They seem to rely on 3rd party add-ons just to secure it and have been ignoring those issues.

RawGutts said,
I want to know what FF is doing to improve there security in the browser and also memory leak issues? They seem to rely on 3rd party add-ons just to secure it and have been ignoring those issues.
What security issues specifically? What memory leak issues specifically?

The one big thing for me is that I can't move the bookmarks button over next to the home button. The layout makes no sense... why arrows pointing to the right when the sub-menu opens to the left?

I was avoiding Firefox specifically because of it's inconsistent or cluttered design (especially hated old-fashioned menu bar), but now I like what I see.

х.iso said,
I was avoiding Firefox specifically because of it's inconsistent or cluttered design (especially hated old-fashioned menu bar), but now I like what I see.
The Firefox menu bar has always been able to be turned off from the context menu; the only difference with 4.0 is that it's going to be hidden by default. As with Internet Explorer the menu bar can still be accessed with Alt commands even when hidden.

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