It’s been a few months since I last checked in on the progress of Australis, the new Firefox interface coming to Windows, Mac and, of course, Linux.
Australis is designed to create a consistent interface across desktop and mobile versions of Firefox, whilst also remaining “native looking” to the system it’s on.
Since my last look in March a new menu has been implemented. It doesn’t sit to the left of the tab-strip as in current Firefox builds but on the far right, behind a ‘hotdog’ icon.
It’s easy to shout ‘Chrome Clone’ at this icon but the menu that sits behind it is anything but. There us no long-winded list of options. Instead Firefox offers up a curated set of icons for easy clicking (and, one assumes, ‘tapping’).
In a neat touch, both the popover menu, and virtually every other interface element, can be rearranged in a new WYSIWYG editor.
The new look is expected to debut in Firefox 25, due later this year.
In the meantime, if you want to have a poke around with it you can find the latest UX Nightly behind the link below.