Classic Compact is a very clean and compact theme for Firefox with classic arrow buttons that minimizes space consumed by menu, tool, tab, find and status bars without hurting the overall usability.
Classic Compact is designed for those who want a very compact theme that minimizes vertical space consumed by menu, tool, tab, find and status bars and maximizes the space available for the browser window. This theme is one of the most compact themes available for Firefox and is compatible with Windows, Mac OSX, Linux and other OSes.
USERS MIGRATING FROM CLASSIC COMPACT 2.0 TO 3.0 PLEASE NOTE
The default look of Classic Compact has in some respects radically changed between versions 2.0 and 3.0. The changes were based on feedback that I received from users during the four months I was developing Classic Compact 3.0 before Firefox 3.0 was released and the need to accommodate changes in Firefox 3.0. The overwhelming desire expressed by users was to have a theme that was as absolutely compact as possible without harming usability. Making Classic Compact as compact as possible without making it look crunched together or cluttered required that I deviate substantially from the default Firefox theme.
It is not possible to make this theme be all things to all people; however, I tried to accommodate as many design requests as I could by developing the optional extension "Classic Compact Options". This optional extension installs an options panel which allows users to customize the look of Classic Compact. The reason the options panel is an optional install instead of being built into Classic Compact is that it was not technically possible to build it into the theme itself due to limitations that are placed on what themes can do.
WHY THE NON-NATIVE SCROLLBARS
Users will notice that Classic Compact 3.0 uses custom scrollbars. The use of custom scrollbars became necessary due to changes in Firefox 3.0 which exposed different OS native scrollbar related bugs in Mac and Windows versions of Firefox making it impossible for these two versions of Firefox to use the same scrollbar instructions to get OS native scrollbars (please see: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=423780). Using the optional extension "Classic Compact Options", does have an option for OS native scrollbars as extensions are able to do things that themes can not do, which allowed me to work around the scrollbar bugs.
HOW TO GET UNIFIED KEYHOLE BUTTONS (Firefox 3.0 only)
To turn on the new unified keyhole buttons use the new companion extension "Classic Compact Options", which is at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6969
SAVE MORE SPACE BY USING SMALL ICONS
To use small icons, right mouse click on menu bar and select "customize" or go to "View": "Toolbars": "Customize" then check the "use small icons" option.
SUPPORTS WINDOWS, MAC OSX, LINUX AND OTHER OSES
Classic Compact fully supports Mac OS in addition to Windows and Linux. This makes Classic Compact an ideal theme for those who work on multiple OSes and would like Firefox to have a nearly identical look and feel across all platforms.
FIREFOX 2.0 USERS PLEASE NOTE
Firefox 2, users should install Classic Compact v2.0.2 (click on the "older version" link below the grayed out "Add to Firefox" button).
CLASSIC COMPACT SUPPORT, SUGGESTIONS & FEEDBACK DISCUSSIONS
If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas or feedback for Classic Compact, please join the Classic Compact discussions at the MozillaZine forums: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=640240
· Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 - 3.0.*
What's New in This Release:
· Fixed drop down issue with small drop down lists like "font size" on the options panel.
· Made some minor refinements to accommodate last minute changes to Firefox 3.0 since Firefox 3.0b5.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Addressed issue with FF crashing when companion extension Classic Compact Options "background style" option is set to "flat" or "flat except tabs" and "organized bookmarks" was opened (added some style instructions to editBookmarkOverlay.css).
· Fixed alignment of "all tabs" drop arrow on tab strip.
· Added more localizations. Languages now supported include: de-DE, es-ES, fr-FR, ja-JP, nl-NL, pl-PL, pt-BR, ru-RU & tr-TR.