Australis first impressions

Axel Hecht axel at
Wed Nov 20 15:12:57 UTC 2013

My first minute observations:

* I ended up with a lot of horizontal space taken by icons next to the 
** non-default items: firebug, lightbeam, talkilla, proxtube

When I cleaned things up, I wanted to get rid of the bookmarks menu, but 
keep the star. Sadly, I can only have both.

Neither Firebug nor lightbeam like being customized into the icon popup 
area, it seems.

I had one glitch where the mac window icons where shown at a small 
offset and showed artifacts, but I'm unable to reproduce those.


On 11/19/13 4:45 PM, Benjamin Smedberg wrote:
> I have actively avoided using Australis until now, so that I wasn't
> affected by work-in-progress code. So I'm going to post some first
> impressions after having used it for half a day or so.
> 1) I *hate* having no room in the titlebar. Does nobody use the mouse on
> Windows? The amount of room you have between resize-dragging the top of
> the window and dragging a tab is *tiny*. I know that there are hidden
> prefs that fix this for me, and I even wrote
> to
> show the page title in the titlebar again, but this still feels like
> it's going to be horrible for anyone who doesn't keep Firefox maximized
> all the time. browser.tabs.drawInTitlebar = false looks ugly because of
> styling:
> Also because the end of the tab bar ends before the minimize/close
> buttons of the window, there is so little room for the non-pinned tabs.
> 2) I want my big refresh button back. I had customized Firefox so that
> the refresh button wasn't in the location bar.
> 3) The bookmarks menu button icon at least has confusing graphics. It
> looks like a zoomed-out version of the Firefox menu, so when I go over
> there I have to think about which one I'm clicking. I don't ever use the
> bookmarks menu, so I really wanted to customize it away, but I couldn't
> 4) I was surprised that I couldn't move the menu button. I figured from
> screenshots and descriptions of Australis that I'd be able to customize
> it and put it on the left of the tab bar, but apparently you can't even
> move it at all. I kept trying to drag it, and Firefox just kept leaving
> customize mode. This was frustrating until I asked about it on IRC.
> --BDS
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