“All of our engineers are designers and our designers are engineers. When you separate the two, you get the designers doing things for marketing purposes rather than functional reasons.”—Inventor James Dyson (via strake)
I swear some magical stuff happens when a designer knows a little about engineering or vice-versa. The two fields truly compliment each other perfectly.
So I think it’s that time of the year again where I attempt to switch browsers. I have done this about 4-5 times over the last 2 years, usually whenever a major browser release comes out. Last time was Chrome, and it pissed me off because it embraced all of Safari’s philosophies about minimalism but completely missed the boat on OS integration.
Firefox 4 Beta
So this time I am trying out Firefox 4. It boast a new theme that actually looks good on OS X, still doesn’t look as good as a native app, but I may be able to live with that sacrifice if tab candy is as tasty as Mozilla is claiming them to be.
Features I’m looking forward to
Tabs on top
Actually useful extensions
More options then I can shake a stick at.(both a good and bad thing, mostly good for now.)
Having only the options I need(I know I’m a hypocrite about this)
Native Cocoa controls
Already while writing this in Firefox I’ve noticed that there spell checker is dramatically better then the native one at finding corrections and I am already missing my native inline dictionary look up(alt + cmd + d while hovering over a word in OS X will look it up in a little dictionary pop up window instantly).
And on a side note I’m also switching my default search engine over to blekko
Basically what I’m doing here is using pseudo :after selector to draw a box rotated 45º inside a box that has it’s clip property set to only show 50% of the box, so all you see is the side of a rotated box(aka a triangle). The rotated box can then have it’s background set to what ever you like, including a gradient or box-shadows.