More Theme Bits

With the initial pieces of the new theme now in the hands (or at least seen by) of thousands of users, there’s no shortage of feedback. The task ahead is to separate the noise from the signal and begin assessing the many concerns, suggestions and bugs. Most of the issues users discovered today have already made their way to Bugzilla – these are just a handful of the total bugs already on file for the new theme, but they’re the issues that I’ve seen being most loudly complained about:
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Firefox 2 Visual Refresh Progress

Last night I worked on getting the new theme changes hacked into my trunk build. After about an hour of failed attempts, I ended up having to pull a new tree to get the patch to grudgingly apply – only to run into bug 346214 and a missing close tag introduced by the patch in browser.xul.
Overall the theme itself is nearly complete and only has a few remaining CSS and polish issues to hammer out. Barring anything catastrophic, the new theme should be landing on the 1.8 branch really soon and should be available in nightlies sometime tomorrow or over the weekend. So without further ado, may I introduce to you the latest iteration of the new official theme for Firefox 2!

Update: The theme is now available in the latest nightly builds. See the link below to grab a copy.

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Microsummary Available

I just setup a microsummary for the main page of this blog. I’ve set it up so you’ll easily be able to see the date of the latest blog entry. If you’re using a recent trunk or branch build, you’ll be able to use the microsummary here by adding the main page of this blog as a bookmark and selecting the summary in the drop down menu.

Once added, the bookmark will end up looking like this:

You can find more information and some microsummary examples here.

6 Things You’ll Love About Bon Echo a2

With things being prepared for the release of Bon Echo a2 in a day or two, I figured I’d post a little preview of the new features added since a1 that’ll be sure to turn some heads.

1. In-line spell check

Just start typing in any <textarea> and Firefox will automatically underline any words you spell incorrectly. Right click on any mispelled word and you’ll be given a few options from the currently loaded dictionary. You can spellcheck <input> fields by right clicking on them as well.

2. Better search engine management

Tired of having to dig though your searchplugins to delete search plugins? With the new search engine manager, this is a thing of the past. With the ability to delete and reorder plugins and the new backend support for formats such as OpenSearch, that handy search bar just got handier!

3. Search suggestions

The search backend now provides search plugins the abilty to specifiy an autocomplete URL. This allows plugins to provide a feature similar to Google Suggest directly in the browser UI. A2 will ship with this feature enabled for the Google and Yahoo! plugins.

4. Improved feed discovery and presentation

Firefox has now gained the ability to sniff out and display feed previews within the browser. Features such as selecting a default external reader or web reader service (In the options menu under Feed Reader) aren’t fully implemented yet, but with a little work you may be able to get it up and running.

5. Session restore

Currently session restore is currently only enabled for crashes, but soon restarts for extension installs/app updates will be able to use the session restore service.

6. Improved extension/themes manager UI

The extension manager and themes manager have been merged into a new ‘Add-ons’ manager which features improved update notifications, server-side blacklisting of malicious extensions and a streamlined installation process.

Bringing it all together

So far there haven’t been many major UI changes since a1 (and 1.5 for that matter) but as we draw nearer to a finshed product, things should really start to fall into place. The next few weeks should prove to be pretty amazing in terms of finishing up the final feature set and refreshing the look of the browser.

edit: A2 has now been officially released, you can download it via the link on this announcement.