First Glimpse At Firefox 5’s Design Revisions

First Glimpse At Firefox 5’s Design Revisions

Mozilla’s user experience team is doing their nit-pick-y work on Firefox 5 in public — yes, before Firefox 4 is actually shipped. Check out what they’re thinking of changing up, including webapp improvements, session restore, menu fixing and other small but nice improvements.

Up top, you can see the subtle shading and tweaking considered for the search bar. It’s not a revelation or revolution in Firefox function, but it’s interesting to see what the interaction team deems worthy of attention.

For example, Firefox 4’s really slick Panorama tab manager might be the place where session restore is activated:


Menus, on the whole, are given a lot of scrutiny: how they react when you mouse over, click, expand and otherwise touch them. What should be inside each menu, too, is being reconsidered:


Previously a function of the Prism project, Firefox 5 will create site-specific webapps. Those webapps might get some very handy inside-link function in their menu bars:


Firefox 5’s Add-On Manager looks to get a bit more detailed about the apps you have, where they came from, and what you can do with them (Click image to enlarge).


You can check out more images, notes and ideas from Mozilla’s UX team at the full EtherPad post. What do you think of Firefox 5’s early-alpha-preview sketches, and what would you like to see looked at in the future?

ux-weekly [Mozilla/EtherPad via ZDNet]


  • Sorry Mozilla, you lost me to Chrome. FireFox needs to make up a LOT of ground in order to convince me to go through the annoyance of switching browsers and setting up a configuration which is comfortable for me all over again.

        • I tend to do a lot of fix-it work on older pcs, and you still can’t beat firefox for low-end performance.

          Yesterday I got the current firefox build running on a windows 2000 box – a 266mhz, 256mb beast. Skipping the issues of ‘why the owners insist on using it’, It’s a current full-featured browser running on ancient hardware with an 11-year old OS. It takes about 10s to start up initially, but is quite responsive afterwards.

          Chrome is a great browser, but Firefox is a swiss army knife.

          • Try Opera for low-end boxes. I use it on my old Dell laptop (a.k.a. The Craptop) and it leaves the others for dust.

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