Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 1 Available for Testing

Wednesday September 27th, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. This preview of the next version of Firefox browser is aimed at Web Application Developers, testers and early adopters.

For more information, refer to the Release Notes.

#6 Re: I like the look vs the last beta

by RobertM

Wednesday September 27th, 2006 10:08 PM

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I'm on a Mac and I think the theme itself fits together better on the Mac now (i.e., the Go button and rounded search box now don't have problems lining up where they should and whatnot), but I still think the 1.x theme looked better--this theme still isn't very Mac-like.

Error number one is the hover effects on the buttons. Mac icons don't increase in saturation when you hover over them--that's a Windows thing, and it feels and looks weird. Second, the Back/Forward drop-down button has a weird non-Mac-like effect, too--heck, that probably looks weird on *any* OS. (The last beta also decided it was too cool to use native-looking toolbar buttons on Windows when I tried it last and instead relied solely on the saturation-increase on hover. If you ask me, buttons should just go back to being "normal" [assuming RC 1 didn't change anything, which I wouldn't know because I haven't tried the Windows version yet]. Change the icons if you must, I can live with that.)

Also, on the Mac I have a problem with it staying "open" even though I've closed everything. The only way I know it's still open is that the dock icon still has the triangle underneath it, and I have to Force Quit before I can start it again. Beta 2 had that problem, and it seems to exist in RC 1 as well. No, I haven't filed a bug report, and no, I haven't looked to see if someone else has, though if anyone knows that would be great. :)

Anyway, to kinda sum this all up, I like the changes in functionality but think it looks weird, especially on OS X--go back to native-looking toolbar (pinstripe background?) and ditch the hover effects, and you'll be well on your way to looking normal again. Otherwise, for the first time, I just might have to (gasp) use the non-default theme. :)