It’s been a fun journey over the past 5 years creating Firefox themes. I created nearly a dozen themes, stating with iPox, and I’ve got over 5 million downloads! However, I just can’t keep up.
With Firefox 4 just around the corner, my themes would probably need to be revamped from the ground up and I just don’t have the time. Heck, some of theme aren’t even updated for Firefox 3.6!
It’s a hard decision to make though as I loved creating them. I loved making the fans happy and I wish I could keep up with them.
iPox version 3 is now available!
iPox v3 has landed with some re-designed elements, bug fixes, and iPox Aqua mixed in.
So what’s new?
- The scrollbars have been re-designed utilizing CSS. They are now a light grey with a nice mouse over effect.
- The throbber has been reverted back to the Mac throbber.
- The URL bar has been re-designed to *hopefully* work better with URL extensions. It’s now all CSS and even highlights when active.
- Added a full screen button.
- Also includes many fixes under the hood to incorporate a bunch of smaller, missing elements. Probably didn’t catch them all, but it’s better.
Good news and bad news.
The bad news is that my themes are currently NOT compatiblewith Firefox 3.6. I tested it out the other day and nothing happened. No error, no theme, no luck.
The good news is I was able to find out why and fix it. I had to re-do the theme structure and install files but I did get it to work. If you are using iPox Remix as the basis of your theme, you’ll need to make the updates as well. I hope to have a how-to on that soon.
Only a few days ago Mozilla put up some ideas on how they’d like to re-design Firefox in the next version. BoneyardBrew and SoapyHamHocks then took the mockups and created a working theme called Firefox 3.7 Mockup Redux 2.0.
There are some tweeks and extensions that have to be used to get the full effect as seen above, and I’m not sure it’s exactly Mac friendly, but it’s a very nice looking theme.
It’s also partially based off the iPod Remix set of tutorials which is very cool!
Good news, I’ve gone though and updated all my themes and extensions to work with Firefox 3.5!
There are no major issues, but there are some minor ones. Like the bottom part of the scrollbar is missing and secure pages don’t render the secure part of the URL bar. I consider these to be pretty minor overall, but do hope to fix the annoyances.
Since Firefox 3.5 is well on its way to being released in June, I thought it was high time I get a few updates in.
Ever thought that you liked parts of one of my themes and parts of another? Well one reader by the name of Jeremy did. He decided to combine MidnightFox and iPox Aqua to come up with Midnight iPox.
Midnight iPox combines the dark of MidnightFox and the bright blue buttons of iPox Aqua to create a pretty nice theme! Hats off to Jeremy for such a nice mashup.
To install, download the Midnight-iPox.jar file from the link above. Then open Firefox and go to Tools -> Add-ons and drag Midnight-iPox.jar into the left side of the Themes section. Once installed, restart Firefox to use it.
iPox Aqua has the same style and feel as iPox, with a bit more colorful buttons and brighter blues.
Now I think I have only 3 more to update.
Theming Firefox has its good and it’s bad times. Yes, it’s a lot of work for no money, but making people happy is something I like to do too. And it appears that, according to Mozilla’s stats, I’m making a lot of people happy with my themes.
Check out these stats!
Total downloads since April 8th 2007: 234,303
Active Daily Users on Wednesday September 3rd: 35,425
Total downloads since January 29th 2007: 530,214
Active Daily Users on Wednesday September 3rd: 80,814
Total downloads since January 4th 2006: 1,479,462
Active Daily Users on Wednesday September 3rd: 79,518
I love to create Firefox themes, make addons and lots of freebees that others often enjoy. I do this on my free time and love to see people enjoy them. But some days, I’m ready to throw in the towel.
I’ve recently got a few comments from a visitor saying “hurry up and release the f**king theme” and “do your f**king job.”
Now I know that there is bound to be one jerk out of hundreds of users, but it’s comments like these that make me wonder why I continue to spend my time on themes. It’s not my job and, the more negative comments I get, the slower my progress will be. These things take hours to build and there is a lot to take into consideration.
With the Firefox 3 release upon us, a lot of people will be wondering about the status of my themes.
So what is the status?