New Modern Skin Soon
Monday April 2nd, 2001
Joe Hewitt writes:
Does anyone else notice that a lot of the changes made are responsive to the criticisms of the original Modern2? For instance, several folks complained that the navigator buttons in Modern 2 aren't 3-D enough; so now we have more 3-D navigator buttons, and folks are complaining about how thick the lines are!
Me, I think this theme (which obviously isn't finished yet) is heading in the right direction, and I'm not about to criticize either the author of this theme or Netscape. I'm used to Modern2, I got used to Modern1, and I actually liked the old EarlyBlue theme best (and yes, I have installed that early-blue theme and I switch to it sometimes). I doubt that the changes between Modern3 and Modern2 are going to turn people off Netscape. (I'm not sure if they'll help distinguish a later Netscape from the IMHO premature 6.0 product, but hell, it's worth trying: Mozilla today is much better than 6.0 was in November.)
That said, I would prefer to see a little more work on the browser window; there have been some interesting points made above.
Comments for other aspiring theme designers: I wonder if a more translucent look might not be more aesthetically pleasing, though, given the direction the two major commercial operating systems are headed? Linux folks you don't have to worry about too much; they'll probably download alternate themes anyway or make their own (I imagine we'll start see a lot of new E and Sawfish themes designed to match Moz and a lot of Moz themes designed to harmonize with the existing E and Sawfish themes). But OSX folks will want something that looks good with Aqua, and XP folks will want something that looks good with XP. (Not native, just harmonizing). So it might be worth it for some UI guru out there to work up a theme with a translucent color scheme that will look good with either (or both), which I think Classic (and possibly Modern2) will not. (Aphrodite's Sullivan is good, but not quite what I am thinking of . . .)