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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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I agree that it's a...

I agree that it's a good thing to have new products look like things you're used to using, but I think it works for Windows users too. It annoys me that iTunes and Quicktime are made to have the Mac appearance. It seems like Apple is mostly about aesthetics, but then iTunes looks and feels weird when I have to regularly use it and it looks and acts nothing like every other piece of Windows software that I use.

There are a lot of other bad programs that try to have some non-standard look too, but I really feel like Apple is trying to drag me into the Mac way of life by hoping that I'll fall in love with the textures and button styles of iTunes. I probably wouldn't use it if I wasn't locked into it because of my iPod. But I love the features though.

I wish there was a way to make Firefox look and act like Internet Explorer but without the bad stuff. Then I'd switch everyone I know and hope that they wouldn't notice the difference.




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