Monday, October 26, 2009

Mockup for Firefox 4 Theme

firefox 4 theme-1.png

There have been a few themes that have been developed using the mockups Mozilla made for Firefox 4.0. What's funny is that while Firefox 4.0 is over a year away you can already get the same beautiful design without having to wait.

As you can see in the screenshot above the theme is extremely close to this particular mockup from Mozilla. Unfortunately, however, there are a few things that you have to install other than just a theme in order to get the full affect. The good news is that the theme developer outlines all of the different things you'll want depending on exactly how far you want to go:

  • Strata40 – This is pretty essential… because it's the theme itself.
  • StrataGlass – Needed for Aero glass effects on Windows 7/Vista.
  • Personal Menu – Needed for tools and bookmarks toolbar buttons. I noticed that if you hide the Menu bar that you'll want to disable the ability to press the Alt key to quickly display the toolbar. If you don't there is a small group of text that isn't properly hidden by the theme.
  • Omnibar – Not essential but great for using the address bar for searching instead of the search box. You'll probably want this because the theme seems to have a little bit of troubles if you have the search box displayed. Our CyberSearch add-on may also be handy in this respect.
  • Fission – Needed for "progress line" feature. Shows the page's loading progress as a small line below the address bar.
  • The mockups also include a tabs on top version. If you would like a tabs on top version install an addon called Stylish, and then install this style.

It may sound like a lot of work, but I was actually able to get it all setup in less than 5-minutes. And there's no need to say that I've had several people ask what browser I'm using when they've seen me running this.

Strata40 Firefox Theme [via ghacks]

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