In preparation for Firefox 3 Beta 3 release, Mozilla has finally landed today the updated icons for Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X. On Mac OS X, the landing is actually the addition of the Proto theme in development for a couple of months now as the default them for Firefox 3.
For Windows XP and Vista, we can finally see the result of the changes announced a while ago and the icons commissioned to Iconfactory.
As expected, the Back button has been made larger and together with the forward button looks like a keyhole which is expected to become an easily recognizable shape associated with Firefox across all platforms.
I would still prefer more saturated, plastic colors for all the buttons. Particularly the back and forward buttons still have the washed-out look of Firefox 2 icons. Also, as it has been reported, the reload icon looks too thin. Making the arrow head just like the Back icon’s could be enough to make it better.
The unified history menu for the Back and Forward buttons.
Here’s a view of all the other icons available in a separate toolbar. I would say that in general they look a little more playful which is what Luna (Windows XP’s default theme) is all about.
Icons in the Options window have been updated as well. If the privacy icon looks to you like it’s wearing a helmet, you are wrong but no one can blame you. In reality, it is a yellow handle with a white “do not disturb”sign hanging from it. Hope to see it updated soon.
So far, it looks like a welcomed refresh for me with just the few observations I made.
Remember this is just about the new icons landing and some other theme changes are still pending as well as additional Library icons and a few others.
Stay tuned for the Windows Vista icons refresh later today.