Some of you who follow my blog may remember I did a post way back in November of last year regarding the Firefox 28.0a1 build, which included a slick new theme, along with a bunch of other new stuff.
However, it was still in Beta, some people might not have wanted to use it. Well, fear no longer. Firefox 29 has been released across all desktop iterations, complete with the Australis theme!
Part of this major change (which has been in the works for over a year now – and in use on Firefox Mobile) there are some more, less obvious changes, as well as other unrelated to theme changes.
First off, the tabs are much more curved and there is much larger distinction between forward and background tabs, as you can see here:
There are also changes that affects the menus, with a new one being added to the upper-right-hand corner of the window, removing the well-known Firefox menu and several others.
You can now access all of the commonly used features of Firefox straight from this menu, and, it’s customizable. You can not only drag around the parts of the tool-bar, to and from the menu, you can drag and drop any of the many, many addons as well. You can move the search bar into the menu, add the Print button the the toolbar, or add a favorite addon to sit next to the Awesome bar.
The addon bar has been entirely removed, and if you want to access addon options, you can add it to the menu or toolbar and access it from there.
The Bookmark button, which previously sat in the address bar (or Awesome bar), is now combined with the bookmarks menu, making accessing the sites you love that much easier.
The Forward button now appears only when there is actually a page to go forward to, and the Forward/Backward buttons have a slightly different look, part of the new theme.
There is a new interactive tour feature, where it will take you through all of the new features that the average user would use. You can access that here.
Firefox Sync has changed, with new, more secure ways to sync your bookmarks, settings, etc.
And on top of all of this, there are some slick new animations, as well as a new color scheme, to go with the Australis theme.
Other changes include:
- An interactive onboarding tour to guide users through new interface changes;
- The ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account;
- Gamepad API finalized and enabled;
- Clicking on a W3C Web Notification will switch to the originating tab;
- navigator.plugins is no longer enumerable, for user privacy;
- ‘box-sizing’ (dropping the -moz- prefix) implemented;
- Console object available in Web Workers;
- Promises enabled by default;
- SharedWorker enabled by default;
- <input type=”number”> implemented and enabled;
- <input type=”color”> implemented and enabled;
- Enabled ECMAScript Internationalization API.
A full list of changes is available in the release notes, along with the currently known two bugs with Firefox 29.