Firefox 4 Mockups, Linux, Windows & Mac (Quick Thoughts)

I’m quickly becoming a fan of Stephen Horlanders design work on Firefox 4:

FX4_linux FX4_mac FX4_windows

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Some quick thoughts:

  • We should keep in mind these are mockups. There’s a very good chance not all these three images are updated with all the latest decisions being made at Mozilla. For instance, the “Page” and “Tools” buttons present on the Linux screenshot seem to have taken the back seat to the App button.
  • Which is interesting because it’s one button, something Chrome is also moving towards.
  • The App button isn’t present on the Mac. Perhaps that’s because the File menu is there anyway?
  • The Linux screenshot has an early mockup of the Mozilla identity manager which promises to sign you in to websites for you.
  • It’s both interesting and sad to think how much time was spent making sure Firefox 3 fit each individual platform  in icon style, when clearly the icons are more minimalistic (and therefore automatically cross-platform) today.
  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: tabs should be on top. It’ll be interesting to see whether Safari gets with the program, or whether we’ll see iOS  and Android overtake desktops with their new interface paradigm before that happens.
  • The general interface layout of browsers, these days, seems to be very Chrome and Opera 10. Yet this is still visually very much Firefox with its keyhole back/forward and square tabs. Subtle, great design work here.

Despite the great work that’s going on here, I’m really kind of sad that Chrome will most likely remain my main browser come Firefox 4.

7 thoughts on “Firefox 4 Mockups, Linux, Windows & Mac (Quick Thoughts)”

  1. Firefox 4 Mockups on Linux, Windows and Mac: http://noscope.com/?p=6229

  2. Levi says:

    These latest screenshots look much more refined than the last set I saw, much earlier in the year.

    But I’m in the same boat as you, it will be great when Firefox 4 is released, but unless there are some huge changes under the hood, Chrome will remain my default browser.

    1. Joen says:

      but unless there are some huge changes under the hood, Chrome will remain my default browser.

      Which is really sad. Because it really was Firefox that started the revolution.

  3. A short question (which may require a not-so-short answer):

    How com the tabs are not lifted so they live at the very top of the application window (the title bar) – wouldn’t that give som precious screen estate?

    Regards, Rolf

    1. Joen says:

      A short question (which may require a not-so-short answer):How com the tabs are not lifted so they live at the very top of the application window (the title bar) – wouldn’t that give som precious screen estate?Regards, Rolf

      Short answer: because these screenshots all show windows that are not maximized. Of course it can’t be maximized on the Mac, so what you see here is what you’ll get.

      However, it will be interesting to see on Linux and Windows, how it’ll look. I hope and expect it to be like Chrome, in that tabs move way up to the top of the screen, with the app button moving to the left of the tabs.

  4. Welcome back from your vacation mate. Any ideas why there are no “close” buttons on the tabs!?

    Are you also using Chrome for development/styling?

    1. Joen says:

      Welcome back from your vacation mate. Any ideas why there are no “close” buttons on the tabs!?

      Are you also using Chrome for development/styling?

      Thank you!

      I would assume the close buttons are removed or minimalism, and appear on tab rollover.

      I’m also using Chrome for development, now.

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