Gmail Redesigned Update

So I’ve been using my computer all day, and noticing a few updates in Globex Design‘s Gmail Redesigned add-on for Firefox, and I like it.

It always bugged me that when you hit Tab+Enter after finishing a message there was no button highlighting that confirmed your ‘Tab’ had selected the ‘Send’ button… et voila! That’s been addressed by a nice faded orange highlighting of the entire button, not just the usual dotted outline most ‘Submit’-type buttons get when selected by keystrokes.

Some cool GUI features have been added, including button outlines and clearer highlighting of the message actions menu just above your list of messages, which I’d always been curious about. There’s a more compact feel throughout the whole thing, with icons and extra separation spacing eliminated from the drop-down menus, giving more focus and limelight to your messages – the point of checking your email in the first place. Non-message text is even smaller now, making message text look slightly larger, a nice addition to the add-on. In-message links are slightly more attractive, and that same nice ‘Submit’-button highlighting is used in search boxes, which is nice.

Overall, nice updates to an already great add-on. And I can forgive the jittery page scrolling for a nice GUI. If you don’t already have the extension, get it here, and be sure to check out their GCal Redesigned and GReader Redesigned extensions. Alternatively, get the whole bunch of them with Google Redesigned.

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