Firefox 29 Is Out, Brings With It the New Australis Interface
Article by George Norman
On 29 Apr 2014
On April 29, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 29 to the stable channel. This latest release introduces a new visual experience it introduces a revamped interface called Australis. Firefox 29 also introduces an enhanced Firefox Sync.

If you’re currently using Firefox 28, you can go to the About menu and manually get Firefox to check for updates. The update will be applied after you restart the browser; when the browser launches you will be presented with an interactive tour that will guide you through the new Australis interface.

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Mozilla version 29 graduated out of Beta and was rolled out to the stable channel today, the 29th of April, 2014. This latest release comes with a new Australis interface that, in my opinion, is very similar to Google Chrome’s interface.

The Firefox orb from the upper left hand side is gone. It has been replaced with a new “Hamburger” button. Just like in Google Chrome, this new button is presented in the upper right hand corner.



The nice thing about this Chrome-like menu is that it provides easy access to several features: new window, new private window, history, add-ons, and more. The even nicer thing is that the menu can be customized. You can pick and choose what elements are displayed on it.

Speaking about customizing the interface, there are a few other options you can play with: enable/disable the title bar, show/hide the menu and bookmarks toolbars, remove the elements to the left of the Awesome Bar (the Google search box, the bookmarks button, the downloads button, and the home button.



Firefox 29 uses a rounded design for the tabs. By default, they are displayed ah the top. Firefox 28 also displayed them at the top. By setting browser.tabs.onTop to false from about:config, you could get the browser to display the tabs at the bottom. This does not seem to work anymore.



When you upgrade to Firefox 29, you will be presented with an interactive tour that presents the new Australis interface.





Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Australis, interface, update, browser
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