Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Man if this skin doesn't rate 5 stars from everyone then I don't know what the heck should rate it. There is no skin that even comes close in my book to Proto. I quit using Firefox for a while because I couldn't find a skin that I liked at all.
The Safari like skins were OK but still looked a bit cheesy to me. I like the Safari theme but Proto is even better. Love the big back button and why does anyone hate the rounded address screen? Who says that every thing should be square? This ISN"T Safari, its Proto and it is its own animal. to me it's the best skin for any browser Mac or Windows. I wish there was a Proto for windows as well when I have to use my stinking windows box at the office. Congrats on a job well done! Expect my donation!
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
This is an excellent add-on - half the reason why a left Safari. But I have one comment.
SERIOUS consideration should be given to remaining with "standard" navigation on the back and forwards buttons. Currently if I click on either button I need to select which page I want to navigate back to. As with most other users this is more often than not the last page.
The current implementation is (1) counterintuitive, (2) not according the generally accepted browser behaviour and (3) slows down the navigation process.
I really enjoy this add-on but the navigation functionality, as currently implements, would be a show stopper for me, unless it changes.
Really excellent work guys, but I would SERIOUSLY, SERIOUSLY reconsider the navigation implementation.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
OK, it now looks kinda like an OSX application – the only problem is that it doesn't behave like one: The shading still doesn't change correctly on focus/unfocus and only a tiny part of the »grey area« is dragable. Those might be minor shortcomings for many people, but I'm running into them (especially the second one) several times a day and it's just annoying.
Oh and one more thing: Is there any good reason for making the locationbar round? It makes the whole toolbar look very candy-ish, especially with those strange button-like background of the favicon and the search engine icon.
For the rest: pretty good work! Firefox is mor OSX than ever!
I too love the Proto look Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I have to say, I also am very fond of this Proto look -- big 'back button' and all. Everything is clear and easy to find right away. If I wanted a clone of Safari, I can easily get one here called 'GrApple Yummy (blue)'. Without a doubt, it does look very much like the latest version of Safari. BUT. This was the first time I felt I could use Firefox right out of the box without hunting for something that made it 'look decent' on the Mac. And that is really a giant bonus for me, as this beta works SO WELL for me that I doubt I'll ever go back to Safari again (on this computer -- I run about half a dozen different ones). The tip provided here by 'gl0tzk0wski' perfectly addresses those who do NOT like the large back button. Simple solution -- love it!
Firefox DOES need a 'look' unique to itself for branding purposes, and it is my opinion that they have found it and darn near perfected it on the Mac. I, like 'Jules' here, also use the graphite colouraton, and would really like a way for this to automatically integrate with my system. I'm sure this will happen as time progresses. I suppose my only beef would be that little 'black' Home icon. Something should be done to clean up that 'blotch'. Maybe have a look at the GrApple way of dealing with it? In GrApple, it is visible, but tastefully treated. I would also like to see the search engine icons either 1.) dumped completely with just the words identifying which one is use or 2.) the icons rendered as black line only. Currently, they look too garish and arcade-like for my taste. The GrApple theme does it right.
Other than that, I think the development team working on this Proto theme is doing a super job on the Mac side. Now -- since I work on the PC (WinXP) too, how about some clean-up for that version? It really just looks gawd-awful messy with all those icons in the Bookmarks Toolbar.
Overall I give the development team extremely high marks for a unique, yet super looking Mac theme, to compliment an outstanding browser (even still in beta!) that is destined to become my standard on ALL platforms I use.
Thanx for all your hard efforts to date, as I truly appreciate them!
Love the Proto Look Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I know there is difference of opinion on the Big Circle back-button. I for one love it. I feel it is the key to the new look. Please do not destroy this look. If it is ever decided to change this look, please leave it as an option for the many of us that prefer this unique look.
Thanks for all your on-going efforts. . . I am really looking forward to the final version of 3.0 with all the bugs fixed.
Great new design but... Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Get rid of the big Circle back button. The oval back and forward buttons are so much better, bring them back.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.14.1).
Happy with the current design Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Unlike some folks, I have been paying attention to the rationale behind the keyhole buttons, and I agree with the thinking there. I quite like the keyhole; my one objection is the fact that the history button is essentially a trough, which is imho a usability no-no.
I'm not a fan of brushed metal, but that's not on Firefox, it's Apple's decision. Insofar as brushed metal is the de facto look and feel of OS X nowadays, Firefox does a fine job of looking like a native application.
As for those who are complaining about the removal of the home button: View | Toolbars | Customize is your friend...
Not excited Rated 2 out of 5 stars
I don't know where people get the idea Apple's UI is so consistent. Safari's toolbar doesn't look much like Mail's. And to me, Mail looks much better. I don't see the advantage of everything in greyscale, and particularly the New Tab and New Window icons would be incomprehensible without labels.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.12.2).
hello windows Not yet rated
I am going to have to agree with just about every other user and say that this is a HUGE regression. I thought the idea of Friefox 3\'s new themes were going to be to integrate with the OS that it was running on? Proto .12 is NOT Mac-like. For one, have you ever seen the combination large back/small forward button anywhere in jthe OS? The only place I have ever seen it is Windows. And the pill buttons that were introduced in .10 are deffinately not the dominent interface in the OS. If you want to emulate the OS\' GUI, then why not emulate Finder\'s? The only apps with pill buttons are Mail and Preview and I was really hoping that if Firefox was getting a more OS X theme then the new Thunderbird 3 would and I could get rid of Mail. THis is by far the worse version of Proto. Why not listen to the vast majority and go back to the way the buttons were in 0.9?This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.12.2).
Rounded button... Rated 5 out of 5 stars
... hey guys,
if you don't like the rounded button, switch to small buttons and you have the "old" version, which you want. i think its a nice solution for all users and come more and more closer, i love it...
Not good...at all Not yet rated
I don't see what's so hard here, honestly, just copy safari and be done with it. If you really are so opposed to straight copying safari, try something along the lines of camino. Camino is most definitely its own visual style, and yet it still works very well with os x (notice how they updated the theme for leopard). This current version (.12.2) is atrocious to put it nicely. Honestly, single individuals are putting out better work than however many of you are working on this theme.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.12.2).
Great theme Rated 4 out of 5 stars
This is a great theme for the Mac, and contrary to what most of the other comments say, integrates with the OS UI very well. Rounded buttons *are* used in Mac OS X (take a look at Mail.app) and they distinguish Firefox from Safari, rather than making it a clone. I don't like the large back button, but once switched to small buttons that is removed. I would suggest that you make the small buttons option the default.
One problem I *have* noticed is that there is no graphite version. I use graphite as my default theme and, unfortunately, this theme uses blue (aqua) highlights around the search and url boxes whether your Appearance is set to Aqua or Graphite. Please find a solution to this (even if it is to offer a second version).
0.12.2 Not yet rated
ladies and gentlemen please welcome osx firefox vista media player!!
you gotta be kidding :) !! this version is uglier than the previous one!
the sad thing... proto is the default theme for the upcoming firefox3
metal rounded buttons (0.10) ugly unconsistent gui element
metal mediaplayer vista buttons (0.12) no comment...
hope someone in the devteam see the light and choose another default theme
i used to love proto, i've switch to firefox for proto(.9)... the lighter tabbar was/is very nice... the only nice thing left :S
try to take a look at:
Designing Toolbar Icons:
"The capsule-style toolbar control can be used in toolbars, but should not be used in bottom bars. The capsule-style toolbar control is a versatile control that can be used as a push button, a toggle button, or a segmented control. Figure 15-5 highlights one of the variations of the capsule-style toolbar control in a Preview window."
there's no metal capsule gui element at all in the apple interface guidlines, and rounded input text fields belong to "spotlight" (search related) an url field must be squared.
firefox has a buttonbar not a toolbar!!
the plastic/capsule buttons are documented the metal ones no... and the last design(.12) maybe you look to much at wista :)
looking pretty good Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I don\'t care much for the keyhole, but the small icon set looks nice. I, for one, like the rounded buttons and location bar, and would hate to see them changed just to look more like Safari. It\'s both more distinctive and more attractive this way. Thanks for changing Stop back to a plain X, by the way.\r\n\r\nHowever, I definitely concur that the bookmark star should be black again. If not black, then please use a gold star like the other themes, rather than this garish blue. Active tabs still don\'t look right when the bookmark bar is hidden, or when another toolbar is displayed below it. Also, the search engine text should be gray, to show at a glance that it\'s default text.\r\n\r\nSpeaking of the search field, how about making the entire end cap turn blue on Open Search sites, a la the location bar?\r\n\r\nObviously, 12.2 has introduced a few bugs like favicon misplacement and funky rich results display, but I\'m sure those will be fixed soon. Thanks, and keep up the good work!This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.12.2).
0.12.2 GUI and Design Issues Rated 2 out of 5 stars
It is apparent and obvious where we are going with this new theme and I am not happy, I would like this to be considered as I am a designer and fine artist.
The buttons were really nice in early builds, then they became oval and now we have a massive round 'back' button, in some sort of IE/Modernist move. This is wrong, especially for OS X, it disrupts the native feel of the system and the GUI doesn't feel right, it doesn't run right through the system, you switch from a Mac App to this and you realise that it is too different.
I don't want to criticise whether the round button is good design or not, it is, it is rather sexy. But there are other apps on Mac too and it needs to be considered, it doesn't fit right.
What should be done: Safari-like Rectangle buttons needed, an option to bring the home button back, when bookmarks bar is disabled the tabs colour clashes with the main interface, the yellow star needs to come back (the blue one is intrusive).
Basically, it needs to be more like a real Mac app, otherwise you could loose Firefox users and you could always release the current build as an optional download for those who like the round button.
Love the keyhole Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I Love the keyhole back and forward buttons.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.12.2).
0.12.2 Not yet rated
The new buttons are absolutely horrific! PLEASE change them back to 0.9.x Those buttons were by far the best buttons you have had on this theme. I do not want it to look like the Windows version!
Also PLEAsE get rid of the blue!
When I first heard of Proto it was 0.9.1 and I absolutely fell in LOVE with it. Then you changed it so the browser was taking drugs (Round pill buttons)! Now makeing it more Windows like when even the Windows people don't even like their OWN?!?! WHY?!?!?!?!
Wait... Are you even listening? Hello?!?!?
Not mac integration Rated 2 out of 5 stars
First, this theme is turning out to be beautiful. But it's not a mac integration theme. Just making the theme (almost) the same color as the OS does not integrate it into the system. We need a skin that is consistent with the Apple UI. Users pick up visual cues from the shape of buttons, shadows, text boxes, search boxes, etc. Apple is finally getting their act together to make a consistent UI, and there is no excuse to not follow it.
There is nothing wrong with the direction this theme is going, but it is not an integration theme. A great way to fix this is the make it look more like Safari. Yes, I know that's not creative, but Safari is an excellent example of of Apple's UI. That means getting rid of the silly round bubble buttons and rounded address bar.
I used to love you... Not yet rated
...but it's all over now.
You've totally lost the plot in the latest releases... the round buttons suck. It's getting LESS Mac-like with every release.
Might as well hand the job over to Radiant Core again at this rate.
Back to Grapple for me.
How this theme should be Rated 1 out of 5 stars
The official theme of Firefox on OSX should be IMHO this one:
THIS looks like an OSX application.
Proto is becoming uglier and uglier. It just doesn't look like an OSX application. Sorry, nothing wrong with the developers.