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Weekly Status Report, W33/2009

Here's a summary of SeaMonkey/Mozilla-related work I've done in week 33/2009 (August 10 - 16, 2009):

Two great features landed this week in the SeaMonkey tree: SMILE and the new Mac theme. While I still hope we'll hear a bit more about them in blog posts on the official SeaMonkey blog, here's a small description of what makes those two items special enough to be highlighted:

SMILE is the SeaMonkey Interface Library for Extensions and is the same as FUEL for Firefox and STEEL for Thunderbird - a collection of APIs or access points that make work tremendously easier for add-on developers and. Starting with nightlies this week, SeaMonkey provides the Application object (as a smileIApplication instance) implementing the common extIApplication functionality and a bit more. Any add-on that uses those functions in Firefox or Thunderbird already is now much easier to get to run in SeaMonkey as well. Jorge Villalobos did the initial implementation of SMILE, Philip Chee finished it up so we could add it now - thanks to both of them for this work! We're still looking for someone who can write up documentation for it on MDC - are you willing to help there?

The new Mac theme is important for completely different yet creatively similar reasons, the common thread is consistency. While SMILE makes add-on interfaces more consistent with Firefox and Thunderbird, this new default theme on OS X make SeaMonkey's look not only consistent with those but also practically all of the modern Leopard desktop. The unified look of the window title bar and the toolbars, their dark look, the look of tabs in the page info dialog, thin vertical splitters and a lot of other things were tuned by Stefan Hermes to make SeaMonkey fit as well with the Leopard style as reasonably possible, even if he says that there's still a few things he can improve even more. I hope he'll do a post with a few screen shots soon so everyone can see how much better SeaMonkey 2.0 looks in Mac style now.

We have about two weeks left until feature freeze for the 2.0 series and we're coming along nicely. Let's use the remaining time and make it even better!

Entry written by KaiRo and posted on August 17th, 2009 21:33 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | 7 comments | TrackBack

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Tony Mechelynck

from Brussels, Belgium

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Themes upgrade
I suppose that this is for W34 actually, and marginally OT, but today I noticed an auto-upgrade (to version 2.0b1) of the "Early Blue" and "LCARStrek" themes, which are "third-party" SeaMonkey themes from a certain Mr. Robert Kaiser of Austria ;-).

I probably didn't notice all the novelties but it looks like there are a few new icons, in the download manager columns and maybe also on the customizable toolbars. General look&feel unchanged.
2009-08-20 22:44

KaiRo

Webmaster

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Tony, yes, they finally were approved to come out of the sandbox and go public. EarlyBlue is "just" updated for 2.0b1, LCARStrek has seen more work in a lot of details.
2009-08-21 00:19

turu

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well, I am not Mac user and so this is not my business at all, but did he tweak ui for mac to suite with Leopard or "Snow Leopard" ? I heard the new UI for mac os X called "Marble" is much darker than before (link for page explain it below )...
http://gizmodo.com/5184629/apples-os-x-snow-leopard-operating-system-getting-a-darker-marble-user-interface
2009-08-24 19:19

turu

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I found another screenshot for Snow Leopard, and Safari in there looks same as it is on Leopard. That mean UI for Leopard looks fine on Snow...please forget about my last comment :(
2009-08-24 19:39

KaiRo

Webmaster

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As we can't really see what Snow Leopard will look like, Leopard is the current thing to go with and which he used as a model. This is also what Firefox is basing its look on, and from all we heard Snow Leopard should be quite similar in how it looks.
2009-08-25 21:47

Kristin

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SeaMonkey & Snow Leopard?
I use SeaMonkey 1.1.17 on a MacBook Air with OSX 10.5.8. I have used Mozilla/SeaMonkey since 1998 (on windows-based computers) and continue to upgrade with each new release (thanks to your hard work).

In 2008 I switched to a mac and now use mac OSX. I want to upgrade to Snow Leopard but am afraid that SeaMonkey wont work. Are there known compatibility issues?

Thanks! :)
2009-08-31 01:05

KaiRo

Webmaster

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From what I know, SeaMonkey itself works fine on Snow Leopard, but the Java plugin used in 1.1.x versions has some problems. In SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta versions, the Java plugin works fine with Snow Leopard as well.
2009-09-01 21:25

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