Pinstripe New Default Theme for Mozilla Firebird on Mac OS X
Sunday November 9th, 2003
The latest nightly build of Mozilla Firebird for Mac OS X now features Kevin Gerich's Pinstripe as the default theme. The skin received several enhancements in preparation for its inclusion in the standard OS X builds, including a new set of icons from Stephen Horlander. A screenshot of the new-look Pinstripe is available.
The Pinstripe theme was originally created for the Mozilla Application Suite before being ported to Firebird. The skin is designed to match the native look and feel of Mac OS X and better conform to the Aqua Human Interface Guidelines. As the theme relies on OS X's own Appearance Manager to draw some widgets and backgrounds, it is not available for Windows or Linux.
Mac OS X users can experience the new theme by downloading the latest Firebird nightly build.
Is firebird going to replace camino now?
No of course not, but it is available for Mac, so it should have a different look and feel then the windows version.
If firebird uses the native OSX wigets for L&F ... what is the point of camino then?
But Firebird doesn't use the native wigets.
<I>"As the theme relies on OS X's own Appearance Manager to draw some widgets and backgrounds, it is not available for Windows or Linux."</I>
the XUL widgets just ask the Appearance Manager how they should look, firebird is not using the native widgets.
Same as Galeon and Firebird, as on Linux both are gtk2: one is just a Gecko browser and the other is full XUL. People who want a deep integration of their browser in their desktop may choose Galeon or Camino, those who prefer to benefit of a XUL browser (extensions, themes, customizability...) would choose Firebird.
Of course if integration with the desktop is your primary concern, you would probably choose Epiphany over Galeon ...
Yes, I was hesitating between Galeon and Epiphany as an example. I end up thinking that Epiphany being the official web browser for Gnome, it should be compared to Safari on the mac, even if one is Gecko and the other khtml.
Galeon and Camino are for people who feel the need to have more features in their browser than the default one.
Same reason why both Firebird and K-Meleon are available for Windows.
I'm very impressed! This is much better than having people spurt their coffee when they see a Mac OS X app with a XP theme. :)
#13 I liked the icons in the beta version better
Monday November 10th, 2003 2:50 PM
I liked the Pinstripe theme's icons much better when it was in beta. The new Safari-like icons are IMO not only ugly but also seem to say "we copied Safari because we can't come up with anything better" which I don't think is the case. Like I said, I think the Pinstripe's beta icons were much more original and eye-pleasing. Just my .02.
#14 Re: I liked the icons in the beta version better
by LinkTiger <LinkTiger@myrealbox.com>
Monday November 10th, 2003 4:39 PM
But I thought the original looked like it was just a copy of IE:Mac. I know they're a little different, but these aren't EXACTLY like Safari's either. I like it, even if it is a little similar to other browsers.
#15 Re: Re: I liked the icons in the beta version bett
Monday November 10th, 2003 8:03 PM
You must be talking about the Pinstripe theme for Mozilla. It looks much like IE Mac. But the Firebird version had different icons. I liked those the best out of all three. They are extremely simple and obvious. IMO these are the most important aspects of a browser's GUI. I think browsers, possible more than any other application, should be extremely easy to use and the purpose of buttons and items in the GUI should be very obvious. There. Now you've got my $.04.
#16 Re: Re: Re: I liked the icons in the beta version
Monday November 10th, 2003 8:05 PM
Just to clarify: I'm talking about the icons used with Pinstripe for Firebird development version 0.4. The screenshot is here: <http://kmgerich.com/pinstripe/beta.html>