1Mozilla Debuts New Australis Interface for Firefox 29 Aurora Browsers
by Sean Michael Kerner
2Firefox Aurora Is Early Release Software
Although early adopters and the curious are likely to want to try out the new Firefox Australis interface, it’s important to remember that it’s still alpha software developed by an open community.
3More Contoured Tabs in Australis
The first thing users will notice in the Firefox 29 Aurora release is a more fluid and cleaner interface than prior iterations of Firefox.
4Pinned Tabs Get Rounded
Firefox’s pinned tabs, the tabs that users lock or “pin” to the browser bar are not left out of the interface update and also get a new rounded look in the Australis update.
5New Menu System Puts Options on the Browser Bar
One of the biggest changes in Firefox Australis is the new menu system, which now resides at the far right of the browser interface. The Firefox Australis menu consolidates multiple functions and options in one location.
6Add-Ons Extend Firefox Functionality
Firefox has long supported browser add-ons that extend functionality. In the Australis update, add-ons land in the new menu system and are visible on the main browser interface bar.
7Browser Customization Gets Easier in Firefox Australis
Though prior versions have enabled browser users to customize interface elements, Firefox Australis provides a simpler easier-to-use customization interface.
8Site Bookmarking Gets a New Look
The site bookmarking feature in Firefox Australis is more prominent than prior releases; this enables users to create and access site bookmarks easily.
9Firefox Sync Is Reinvented With User Accounts
The Firefox synchronization tool for browser tabs and preferences is also getting a major update with Firefox 29. Users will now be prompted to create a single Firefox account, which is the central point from which multiple Firefox browsers can be synchronized.
10Update Available to Mac OS X Users
In addition to Windows, Mac OS X users will also be able to benefit from the Australis update.
11Firefox Australis Coming to Linux
Linux users haven’t always received the same interface upgrades as their proprietary operating system brethren, but that won’t be the case with Australis, which is now available in the Aurora channel for Linux users, too.
12Developers Can Test for Responsive Design
Multiple developer tools are also present in the Firefox 29 Aurora update, including a Responsive Design tester that lets developers see sites at different screen resolutions.
13Mozilla Wants User Feedback About Aurora
As an alpha development release, Mozilla is keen to collect user feedback and information to improve the browser. Users have the choice to opt in or out of that feedback via a Firefox menu option.