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Gorgeous, Mac-centric Firefox themes

GrApple - Aronnax`s Firefox Themes

Dang, these Mac-o-phillic Firefox themes are yummy. I've actually been using "GrApple Eos Pro" for some time now, but I'd never realized just how many subtle variations were available.

I'm not sure if it's just a Mac thing -- or even whether it's necessarily always a good thing -- but I really believe the chance of a product's wider adoption amongst Mac users is greatly enhanced when it looks like something we're used to using. Thanks to the broad range of talented hands contributing to open source projects these days, we're starting to see more top-notch work like this from people like Aronnax; stuff that keep us snooty 5ish% very happy and visually dazzled. Good on you. (And a tip of the Mac to Jon for supplying their hosting and cool domain name.)

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Themes are not functionality; they...

Themes are not functionality; they are lipstick on a pig.

Firefox does not behave anything like 99% of other Mac applications. It does not support any Cocoa services, its drag and drop support is poor, and it uses a completely wacko sense of file associations (like associating downloaded .zip files with Stuffit Expander instead of Apple's non-shareware extractor). Firefox uses the same "click-and-hold means control-click" mechanism from Netscape 4, and it feels every bit as out of place now as it did then. Show me one other application (besides another Mozilla app) that behaves that way.

I really wish Camino were still in active development. Without the cruft of themes and XUL interface design, it looks and performs wonderfully.

On a site like 43folders where Cocoa poster-children OmniOutlier and QuIcKs|Lv3r are paraded around as lifesaving tools, to advocate Firefox for Mac is just silly.




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