|The Firefox 29 Advantage|
|Written by Ian Elliot|
|Monday, 05 May 2014|
Firefox 29 has been released with a new user interface and lots of the web tools that have been in the beta channel for some time.
The Australis UI has been under development for five years and now that it is here not everyone is happy. But it is generally the case that disgruntled users complain while those satisfied, or dare I say it, pleased by new features don't bother to comment. Having tried it out for a couple of days, and overcome the sense of unfamiliarity, I'm one of the pleased users.
According to Jennifer Morrow, senior user experience designer at Mozilla, on her personal blog:
"It’s not an interface adjustment or tweak. It’s not a bug fix. It’s a complete re-envisioning of Firefox’s user experience."
The new look is similar to that of Google Chrome, including rounded tabs and a three-bar menu icon in the upper right corner. Where it currently has the advantage over Chrome is its ease of customization. Using drag and drop you can add items from the drop down menu to the main menu bar.
For users who keep a lot of tabs open, the facility to arrange them in named group is a big advantage as your tab bar will be far less cluttered showing only those for the current group with other groups relegated to the background in a single tab:
Mobile users can now sync Firefox bookmarks, passwords and more across multiple devices, both Android and iOS, with a simpler interface.
The new interface is not the only important feature of Firefox 29. According to the Mozilla blog It includes all the following - some of which I have to admit thinking were already there:
Despite the outcry at the new UI, and despite thinking that this version of Firefox looks more like Chrome than ever before - when did the three bar icon become universal for "menu"? - it seems to be a good upgrade. This is the first time for a while that Firefox has had something to give it the edge over Chrome - for users the customized UI/grouped tabs and for developers the Firefox OS support and the Extensions API.
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|Last Updated ( Monday, 05 May 2014 )|