Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 Milestone Released

Friday September 1st, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 has been released. This milestone for developers and testers includes a visual refresh of the theme and user interface. Other features new to Firefox 2 include phishing protection, search suggestions, session restore, support for JavaScript 1.7, Live Titles for bookmarks (using microsummaries) and a new Windows installer. For more information, refer to the Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 Release Notes, and the release announcement at the Mozilla Developer News weblog, which includes download links.

#6 New theme

by Karlosak

Saturday September 2nd, 2006 3:14 AM

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I really like everything in Fx 2.0b2 except the visual refresh. Spell checker, search tips, improved RSS feeds, redesigned Options and Add-on menus, undo close tabs and session manager - all are great, pushing this version ahead. However the new appearance is IMHO horrible. The icons are bland and pale, the toolbar is small for the icons to properly fit in. Moreover, when using small icons (my favourite setting for the "old" theme) it gets really difficult to distinguish one icon from the other. I much prefer a visible border around the icon image when hovering the cursor over it than the image glow. It seems that the active "clickable" area for the back/forward buttons got smaller - now I must precisely click on the arrow symbol, otherwise I get no action or a drop-down list, even though I didn't clicked on the strange drop-down button behind the big arrow! The new tab appearance is not much better. At first look, they're refreshing, modern looking. But after a while of heavy browsing a new issue is apparent. When there is more tabs open it's really hard to quickly find the active tab. It's quite funny that one of goals of the new visual refresh was to make the active tab more visible, though my feelings are exactly opposite - the old theme with the orange stripe was better in this regard! Last thing, only nitpicking - the close button in the active tab is not centered, it is 1-2px higher. I'm afraid that there is not much space for improvement since we are already at beta 2, release candidate coming. In that case, I hope the old theme (or Fx 2.0b1) will be available for the Fx 2.0 final.