Aero glass feedback wanted

Thomas Stache thomas.stache at gmx.net
Wed Jul 21 15:08:12 UTC 2010


On 21.07.2010 15:34, Andreas Nilsson wrote:
> Hi!
> Been working together with Richard Marti to make Thunderbird make use of
> Aero Glass ui look under Windows Vista/7 on bug 569400
> (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=569400).
>
> As the visual changes touches upon several windows and controls we found
> the best approach would be to develop it as a theme. We now need help
> from people trying this out on their Windows machines and test the guts
> out of it before it gets anywhere near core. :)
>
> Here is the latest version of the theme:
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=458985
> And here is how it looks in action:
> http://www.andreasn.se/diverse/temp/aero-glass-preview.png
>
> Please leave feedback on the bug report!
> - Andreas

Well, it's... interesting. I have some comments:
(tested on Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0b3pre) 
Gecko/20100721 Shredder/3.2a1pre)

1. The splitters between the panes need a wider hit area, I think 
Firefox' Aero theme has some tricks making the splitters look 1px thin, 
while actually being wider.

2. I have a transparent context menu e.g. in the thread pane (only text, 
no background and borders)

See http://yfrog.com/evxy2p
(the screenshot shows a custom "paper sheet" style I added myself using 
usercontent.css, this is not in AeroGlass)

3. Generally I'm not convinced of using so much glass - the menu bar and 
the toolbars lack separation, especially in the Compose window. Maybe 
making the menu bar auto-hide as in Firefox would be worthwhile. But in 
the end I might prefer the blue toolbar style sketched here
https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:UX/Priorities/3.1/Theme-win7
(or dare I say it... in Postbox) better...



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