Firefox 4.0 Mockups: Early Screenshots for New Interface
Our beloved Mozilla team has posted the new interface design for Firefox 4.0. While it's just for brainstorming as indicated, it does give us a sneak preview for those of us who are never content with what we have today.
The most significant of all is the possibility of a redesign that places tabs on the top, like Google Chrome. Here is their evaluation on the pros and cons:
- Save Vertical Space
- Efficiency/Remove Visual Complexity - Right now the tabs have to be connected to something. So we are adding an extra visual element for them to connect to.
- Shorter Mouse Distance to Page Controls
- Breaks Consistency/Familiarity - Moving things confuses existing users.
- Title is MIA - With the space removed from the titlebar you only get the truncated version in the tab.
- Longer Mouse Distance to Tabs - Takes longer to mouse to a tab.
- Lost Space - Sandwiched in between the application icon and the window widgets you lose some space.
The second design change is to combine Stop/Refresh/Go to one button. This makes sense for space saving without compromising functionality.
Note that the post is all about proposed changes, and they are subject to changes from feedbacks. Take a look for yourself: Firefox/4.0 Windows Theme Mockups