Modern 2.0

Wednesday August 23rd, 2000

Netscape has begun working on landing the new modern skin for both Mozilla 1 and Netscape 6. The current plan is to dump the current modern skin when the new one has fully landed.

While the skin looks better than the first version of Modern, we think this time could be better spent on improving the Classic skin, which is preferred by the majority of users, rather than working on a skin that has already been shunned by most in the community. What are they thinking?

#82 Close(r), but...

by sremick

Friday August 25th, 2000 2:11 PM

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From the screenshot, I have to admit this is a BIG improvement. There's promise to this skin, perhaps. I can't wait until they get all the parts of Modern 2.0 into the nightlies as currently only parts are there and it looks horrid.

Yet I still can't get over the feeling that with this skin I'm not using an application (read: "tool"), but playing a cartoon. Although parts of Modern 2.0 are more polished than Modern 1.0, a major difference between the two seems to be just assorted gradiated fills tossed in here and there. The navigation buttons still don't even look like buttons. If you're going to do 3-D, then DO IT... don't make this funky surface with buttons that just look painted on. Emboss them or something at least.

So while a significant improvement, I still can't feel all that affectionate towards it, and will probably stick with the Classic theme for now. But I will be paying close attention to any progress made on the Modern theme and haven't given up on it yet.