Web Browser's UI

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Bosh, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Bosh

    Bosh MDL Developer

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    Hi everyone!

    I wanted to know what do you like about your favorite's browser UI, and what other things you dislike of any other browser (including your favorite). The idea is to see if the "companies" are doing what users like, or they just think that with moving things around the are clever UI designers.

    In my case, I love the fact that Chrome uses no title bar, and also that it uses the same textbox for the URL input and the search :D

    I also think the new Firefox's UI sucks, there's a lot of space wasted just because they don't want to copy Chrome's or Opera's smart placement of things.

    Open friendly discussion :D
     
  2. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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    Firefox 4 realeased today :)

    The interface is much better than the 3.6, and assimilates with Chrome in terms of simplicity

    It is still an "eater" of memory, 122MB loaded with 3 tabs open!
     
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  3. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    I like Chrome for it's minimalist approach to UI, using the title bar as the tabs bar and the on demand status bar . I see in IE 9 they have copied Chrome so it gets a thumbs up from me. The Opera UI has never impressed me. It is very modular, but the default settings need too much tweaking to conform to what I want it to be, it needs out of the box optimizations. I agree the Firefox UI is atrocious.
     
  4. Daz

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    #4 Daz, Mar 22, 2011
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    I would use Chrome as I like it's UI but it's options just plain suck. I mean if I wanted to set the cache size, redirect temporary data to ram instead of using the disk (saves SSD life) you can't simply do it from an options menu. Instead they expect you to manually edit all shortcuts to include a bunch of parameters. Screw that :rolleyes:

    I like Firefox due to it's plugins but the UI for Firefox 4 is ugly as sin for systems running XP. Luckily theres a fix ;)

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    Image taken from my netbook. And yes, it takes exactly the same space as Chrome does.
     
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  5. CODYQX4

    CODYQX4 MDL Developer

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    I think Chrome UI is the best, but I feel IE9's is just awkward and tried to copy it but the tab layout just looks weird to me.
     
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  6. Bosh

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    Is that available through photoshop?? lol

    I also like the new looks of IE9, but again, the wasted space in the empty title bar sucks.
     
  7. Tito

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    Chrome!!! for its minimalistic style ;)
     
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  8. Daz

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    #8 Daz, Mar 22, 2011
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    It's real.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fxchrome/

    Just disable the menu bar and then put tabs on top and it's near identical. Sure theres a few bugs the author needs to work out but on my netbook it looks great and saves space :)
     
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  9. Bosh

    Bosh MDL Developer

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    #9 Bosh, Mar 22, 2011
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    EDIT: I just installed Firefox 4, I love the UI, there's no need for Chrome-like extension (just the omnibar), there's no title bar space wastage (it was there on the betas) :D :D Welcome Firefox, again.

    Thank you Daz! Now I can have best of both worlds, my favorite browser (free, open source and no Google spyware) and my favorite minimalist UI. :D

    Also here are other 2 add-ons that might help:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/omnibar/

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/app-button-remove/
    (I'm not sure about the purpose of this one, but it makes it more Chrome-like)
     
  10. Daz

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    #10 Daz, Mar 22, 2011
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  11. Bosh

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    #11 Bosh, Mar 22, 2011
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    Well, if you maximize the window the difference is about 2-5 pixels (without the theme). I'm waiting for the update of the bookmark addon that hides the bar, in order to achieve the Chrome-like behavior I want.

    The only thing I really miss in Firefox is the new tab from Chrome (with the bookmark bar shown as links when it's hidden), in FF there's just a blank page :p
     
  12. 3sidedcube

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    I use chrome due to the fact that it's quicker and simpler than all the other's - only one thing irritates me about chrome is the fact it has to look for your Hard drives when opened. why?. I have no idea... I have two hard drives that I use for storage and after a while they become idle and go to power saving mode. but as soon as I open chrome I here them whirl into action. dose anyone else get the same when they open chrome ?. If so what's your view's.
    More to the point why dose it do this when others don't.

    Is there a program or a way that I can watch what files /dll files that chrome look's for. thank you in advance.
     
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  13. Bosh

    Bosh MDL Developer

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    Try with Process Monitor, it's very good IMHO
     
  14. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    i never thought a browser was capable of such an action?? why have you come to that conclusion?? my storage hard drives never spin when i open chrome:confused: and i use an ssd for OS and apps
     
  15. kku

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    I just use internet explorer because I am too lazy to download anything else