Mozilla is moving at a breakneck speed. Just days ago they released a couple of mockups for the upcoming Firefox 3.7. Yesterday they released another set up dummy screenshots for Firefox 4.0. They aren’t radically different from what we have seen in version 3.7, but a few changes are noticeable.
Apparently, they can’t decide whether to keep the tab bar above the address bar like in Opera or below. So they prepared two mockups with both. Below is a mockup with the tab bar at bottom as usual.
The second one shows the tab bar below.
- 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.
Firefox 4.0 will also feature a Combo Stop/Refresh/Go Button. Instead of separate buttons these will be combined into one. The button also changes color depending upon your actions.
- It goes green when you start typing
- Blends with the location bar when at rest.
- Turns blue on hover.
- Turns red when a page is loading.