Firefox 3, Bookmarks and consistent interface

One of the reasons I like OS X is the consistent user interface. Apple has well established guidelines that lay out how an application should look and feel, and for the most part developers adhere to this. And those who don’t are usually mocked….

So you can imagine how excited I was when the Firefox team announced that they would be releasing operating system targeted themes for Firefox 3. Under Windows XP, it would have XP-like styling, Firefox for Vista takes cues from native Vista apps, and on a Mac, Firefox 3 looks like it belongs:


I’ve been using the Firefox 3 Beta off and on for several months, but until recently I was unable to make the switch. You see, one of my favorite Firefox extensions wasn’t yet compatible with FF3.

Then the Bookmarks team announced support for Firefox 3 and my life was complete! The new version is hot. It has a handful of improvements, like status bar indicators and shiny buttons. Unfortunately the plugin doesn’t match the sweet new OS specific themes. The new buttons are right at home in Windoze, but they’re inconsistent with the UI of my Mac.


I thought I could live with it. I only made it two weeks. So I made a couple of buttons in the new Mac style. For your viewing pleasure:


Now doesn’t that look better? If you’re running Firefox 3 Beta and Bookmarks on your Mac, you can have my hot buttons too :)

  1. Download this file.
  2. Add it to the chrome folder in your Firefox profile.
  3. (If you already have a userChrome.css file in your profile folder, go ahead and combine the two).
  4. Restart Firefox.
  5. Profit!