Gmail Redesigned, the dark-skinned theme that’s part of the popular Google Redesigned Extension, has been released in a 3.0 version that adds more message space, reduces in size by half, and supports newer Gmail features.
Gmail Redesigned 3.0 isn’t a major, uh, redesign of the all-encompassing skin, but it does try to address issues and irks that users have emailed and posted to Globex Designs. Chief among them is reducing the amount of vertical space taken up at the top by the logos, out-links, and other elements. There’s also support for the newer pages orbiting Gmail, like the stand-alone Google Contacts, and full support for the “Older” (/faster) Gmail version. In addition, the design team states that they reduced the size of the pre-loading elements by around 50 percent, hopefully speeding up load times for users. Web designers, take note:
How are we able to make sure drastic reductions in size while adding so many new features? The biggest factor was the unification of many of the interface elements and further improvements of our compression algorithms. If you’re interested in finding out more about our CSS compression, keep an eye out on our website as we will be releasing a brand new product called – CSS Compressor.
Enough code talk—let’s take a look. The top picture on this post is the basic inbox view; here’s how things look in a Compose window:
Gmail Redesigned 3.0 will automatically update itself if you’re using the Google Redesigned extension. Hit the link for details on the download, as well as the individual Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Reader styles.
Gmail Redesigned Hits Version 3 [Globex Designs]