Mozilla finally seems to be making good progress on getting user interface items implemented into the Firefox 3 nightly builds. Last week they were able to get an early version of the new download manager incorporated into the browser. I didn’t think that it was all that bad, but then again I am a person who has their download history automatically cleared. When I was reading in the Firefox Builds Forum earlier I even noticed that some people were against the new download manager.
Towards the end of last week Mozilla had also implemented a smooth tab scrolling system that adds a little eye candy for those of you who often have dozens of tabs open. I put together a video demonstration of the feature so that you can see what it’s like.
Mozilla has now added one of the first visual pieces for Places into Firefox 3 nightlies, with the hope of shipping the next milestone prior to September 18th. The new bookmark system now supports tagging capabilities so that organizing your bookmarks will be a little easier. Right now you utilize this feature by double-clicking on the star located in the address bar or by pressing Ctrl+D on your keyboard. You’ll then be presented with a menu where you can enter the name of the bookmark, choose a folder to place it in, and add any tags that you want. Here are some things you should know about how it works:
- There are three folders by default: Bookmarks Menu puts the bookmarks in the drop-menu and in the sidebar, Bookmarks Toolbar puts the bookmarks in the toolbar, and All Bookmarks is the default location and doesn’t show up anywhere except for searches right now.
- There is no structure yet for viewing tagged bookmarks, and items not placed in a folder can only be found by performing a search in the sidebar.
- Multiple tags can be separated by commas, and existing tags can be seen by pressing the drop-down menu button next to the tag box.
So there is still quite a bit of work that needs to be done on the new system before it is ready for fulltime use, but it’s coming along quite nicely. I put together a quick 28-second video that shows you how the new system works:
There is no doubt that Mozilla needs to tidy up the interface for the new bookmarking system, but the important part is that they make it functional first. I’m excited to see what else the new Places will bring, and hopefully Mozilla sticks with their plan to create an easy-to-use API for the new bookmarking system. That way interaction with online services, such as Del.icio.us, will virtually be a painless process.