Awesome Bar

24 Apr 2008 - 12:33pm
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John Gibbard
2008

Will Firefox 3's new 'Awesome Bar' (eeugh) [1] change the way we navigate
online, enhancing search within the browser?

Biggest beef I have with it is that it requires you to cache your history
continuously which isn't great if you are at all concerned about privacy
[2]. Is it appreciably different from the Google toolbar which, if you have
Google desktop installed, presumably performs a very similar function?

Clearly the 15 comments on the post are almost universally positive so I
wonder how the cynical IxDA community will react?

Good times,

John.

[1] http://www.dria.org/wordpress/archives/2008/04/17/628/

[2] http://tinyurl.com/5zr8k2

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24 Apr 2008 - 12:41pm
SemanticWill
2007

In a nutshell. No.

I have been using FF3 for about 2 months now and my feeling is that it does
not cut cognitive load or increase findability.
In fact - I hardly notice it.

On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM, <john at smorgasbord-design.co.uk> wrote:

> Will Firefox 3's new 'Awesome Bar' (eeugh) [1] change the way we navigate
> online, enhancing search within the browser?
>
>
>
> Biggest beef I have with it is that it requires you to cache your history
> continuously which isn't great if you are at all concerned about privacy
> [2]. Is it appreciably different from the Google toolbar which, if you have
> Google desktop installed, presumably performs a very similar function?
>
>
>
> Clearly the 15 comments on the post are almost universally positive so I
> wonder how the cynical IxDA community will react?
>
>
>
> Good times,
>
> John.
>
>
>
> [1] http://www.dria.org/wordpress/archives/2008/04/17/628/
>
> [2] http://tinyurl.com/5zr8k2
>
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24 Apr 2008 - 1:39pm
Fred Beecher
2006

On 4/24/08, john at smorgasbord-design.co.uk <john at smorgasbord-design.co.uk>
wrote:
>
> Will Firefox 3's new 'Awesome Bar' (eeugh) [1] change the way we navigate
> online, enhancing search within the browser?

I didn't notice it as being anything different than FF2 until I read the
"What's New" page on Mozilla' s FF site. At which point I thought, "Huh, I
guess it does look different." Since then I've used it, but I've found
myself squinting through it... Many times it will come up with deep internal
pages before just the home page of a site, and it's usually not the deep
pages I'm looking for.

Also, Google Maps breaks it. The page title listed in the "Awesome Bar" will
indicate an address, search, or whatever, but you'll notice that the URL is
just maps.google.com. I don't know if that's FF's problem or Google's, but
it sure does cause users' actions to have unexpected results.

Sorry if this is a little light on the cynicism. I've used most of mine up
for today. : )

- F.

24 Apr 2008 - 1:49pm
SemanticWill
2007

Speaking of which - has anyone else noticed that 3.0.5 breaks for iGoogle?

On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 2:39 PM, Fred Beecher <fbeecher at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 4/24/08, john at smorgasbord-design.co.uk <john at smorgasbord-design.co.uk>
> wrote:
> >
> > Will Firefox 3's new 'Awesome Bar' (eeugh) [1] change the way we navigate
> > online, enhancing search within the browser?
>
>
> I didn't notice it as being anything different than FF2 until I read the
> "What's New" page on Mozilla' s FF site. At which point I thought, "Huh, I
> guess it does look different." Since then I've used it, but I've found
> myself squinting through it... Many times it will come up with deep
> internal
> pages before just the home page of a site, and it's usually not the deep
> pages I'm looking for.
>
> Also, Google Maps breaks it. The page title listed in the "Awesome Bar"
> will
> indicate an address, search, or whatever, but you'll notice that the URL is
> just maps.google.com. I don't know if that's FF's problem or Google's, but
> it sure does cause users' actions to have unexpected results.
>
> Sorry if this is a little light on the cynicism. I've used most of mine up
> for today. : )
>
> - F.
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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~ will

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and what you innovate are design problems"

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

24 Apr 2008 - 6:17pm
jeff
2008

> Biggest beef I have with it is that it requires you to cache your history
> continuously which isn't great if you are at all concerned about privacy
> [2].

In my opinion, the biggest benefit here is with bookmarks rather than
history. It's a shift away from directories and hierarchies to
tagging and search.

A feature that may not be terribly obvious is that clicking the star
on the right side of the address bar will bookmark the current page.
By default, it doesn't ask you any questions about what to call it or
where to put it, it just silently goes into a place called "unfiled
bookmarks." Then when you want to visit the page again, instead of
worrying about where you put the bookmark or exactly what the page was
called, you just need to remember a few letters of the name, URL, or
your tags.

Surely, this is due in large part to Aza Raskin's presence at Mozilla,
as it fits quite nicely with the principles of his father's book. I
certainly don't agree with everything in The Humane Interface, but I
definitely think this new bookmarking system is a step in the right
direction.

24 Apr 2008 - 5:55pm
Chris Blow
2008

Funny, I just interviewed a user an hour ago who said he uses it all
the time. (He was doing product research on a giant technical site.)
Personally I think it sounds really nice -- I like to save my history
for months and have to rely on the history sidebar, which is pretty
terrible for searching.

In my understanding it's combining the search history feature into
the location bar with nice big fonts, and favicons. Also removing the
need for google toolbar and the history sidebar. And taking up no
extra space.

What could be wrong with that?

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28 Apr 2008 - 9:28am
johnwromano
2008

I've always thought that Safari had a great location bar auto
complete function. It simply suggests a completed URL in the location
bar as you type based on history and bookmarks. A drop down list
appears below that filters as you type. You can either continue
typing, hit enter to select the currently suggested URL (in the
location bar) or down arrow to select one from the list (hit enter to
select it).

This feature is the one that I missed the most when I converted to
Firefox.

Personally I want to know if this feature can be customized so add
ons like the del.icio.us toolbar can effect the results.

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