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The ultimate user friendly customization add-on for Firefox. Puts the power in the average user's hands to customise the browser's look.

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Found a bug? Report it here and we will try to smush it. Check Stratiform's list of known issues before filing a bug report.

From your friendly developers, *SoapyHamHocks and =SpewBoy.
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Given 2011-04-03
One suggester said: "Stratiform 1.1 by ~SpewBoy is a really great and intense way to customize Firefox 4 to the point where no one has gone before. Any Firefox 4 user should try this!"
It's a neatly made add-on that installs itself as a button that -once clicked- provides you with a host of different customization options.

(Suggested by ~viclou and =andreiVV)
( Featured by OtisBee )
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Since I've become such a big fan of Stratiform, I thought I would give the latest version a bit of a review. First of all, I'm very impressed with the major changes. I love the new layout/UI; the animated background, the new Rubix-like colour options, and the overall design of the interface. I also love how you've laid everything out, which is definitely an improvement from the old layout; I like how you can change the colours all in one section, and also the curve radius. I also like the samples/previews for buttons and text fields much better. I'm also impressed with the new themes, I look forward to you developing/perfecting them.
Now I would like to offer some constructive criticism. Firstly, I'm not sure whether I'll be the only one to say this, but I find a strange optical illusion occurring on the Rubix and Soft7 button themes, making the back button appear smaller than the forward button. If the back buttons could be made slightly larger as to avoid this, it would be perfect. I also noticed that the Soft7 icon for the back button will not work on a theme with a large back button, which is disappointing. In addition, it would've been nice to see a subtle hover state for the Rubix buttons, or to have them look slightly less "tall". Furthermore, the Soft7 tabs also look very similar to the Strata40 tabs, it's quite hard to tell them apart, and would've been nice to see something more unique. Lastly, just to throw some ideas out to you; I think it would be nice to see an almost-clear text field, similar to the design of the default one, to match minimalistic set-ups, and maybe a black one too, to match dark colour schemes. Translucent and black status pop-ups to match would be great as well. I also look forward to seeing more Tab and Firefox Button themes. Overall, a job well done, and I thank both SpewBoy and SoapyHamHocks for putting in all the effort and hard work. :) I hope you two find this critique useful.
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ynuance Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
will u update stratiform someday?
i really like the rectangle style tab (does not have any round corner)
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Someday...
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hammer85 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
someday!! hahaha
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atitlan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Just started using Firefox 29 [Portable]: what a disappointing redesign of the interface! Don't where to start, but without a vertical column of Bookmarks that displays and functions as in immediately prior versions, no possible way for me to use it.

Haven't attempted 'Classic Theme Restorer' but specs indicate it returns lost functionality.

Curve form of the new tabs is interestingly 'baroque' but belongs in a design museum; to my eye completely outclassed by 'crispness' of Chrome. How sad … Looks like Firefox is becoming the Windows 8.1 of browsers, with fewer security flaws one may hope.

Hope the new Stratiform can rectify some of these new shortcomings — depending on you!
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's the plan :) Firefox 29.0 should have a sidebar toggle dropdown toolbar button and the keyboard shortcuts should still work (Ctrl/Cmd + B for bookmarks sidebar). If not, I know this functionality is in Aurora (30.0). I know the tabs are still rather different but once we finish Stratiform 4.0 that shouldn't be a huge problem.
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atitlan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Excellent! Thanks so much for the 'Ctrl + B' shortcut to display the old vertical column of bookmarks. I tried goggling this function, but you nailed it. At least I can experiment at a serious level now with 29.

All good wishes ~ HPG
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atitlan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Alright then: RTFM! Just discovered 'Keyboard Shortcuts' in Help … live and learn.
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atitlan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Stratiform 3.0 in my Firefox 28 has become corrupted. Settings can no longer be edited. Uninstalling and reinstalling the Add-on does not resolve the problem.

What do I need to delete to wipe the slate clean?


Many thanks!
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
There should be a reset button in Stratiform's options. Alternatively you can open up about:config and search "stratiform" and just reset any results that show up to remove all preferences.

Note that Firefox 28 isn't very compatible with Stratiform and we are working on some alpha builds to resolve the problem (check my journal entries). The next version is a complete reqrite which takes a whole new approach to styling your browser so it is taking a while to develop.
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atitlan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Thank you so much for the prompt reply and guidance. Some other update to this installation of Firefox must have blown Stratiform apart because Reset failed and subsequently, after attempting to configure settings that did not take effect, 'about:Config' displayed no Stratiform entries at all.

So I wiped this old installation and reinstalled anew with 17 Add-ons.

It all took some time but the reward is that Stratiform works again AND Firefox loads in a fraction of the time.

All good wishes!
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's good to hear :) Glad you got it sorted.
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satuim Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Brilliant!
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CarlosKoala Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waiting for a new version... ;-)
Your work is great!
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks! It is in development. SoapyHamHocks has had internet issues for over a month now so progress is hard going unfortunately. He does seem to do a lot of work on Stratiform without internet though (fewer distractions I suppose), I just can't actually see it because I live in a different country so I don't actually know how close v4.0 is to completion :(
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cookies2011 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I already starting to miss Stratiform 3.0 :( Firefox new Australis ruined the addon.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
An update is in the works. SoapyHamHocks has been having internet connection issues for the last 3 weeks, so I can't really comment on our progress but in the few times I've been able to talk with him, the new version is actually coming along rather well considering he has no internet. I've been focusing more on some of our other projects (like Pseutro) and uni.
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cookies2011 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Good news then. I will be waiting patiently for the new version. Thanks!
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Kaughn Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
So are you guys still supporting Stratiform?  I noticed a lot of issues in FF 26.0
I love this addon it is so easy and it's the first tool that lets me customize a large amount of Firefox's looks.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yep. We are hard at work on a new version. It is fair to say it will be nothing like the old version, but it will be better (I hope).
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Kaughn Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Thanks guys can hardly contain my excitement for the newest release!  Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work on this project i know it must take a lot of your time, but know it is appreciated.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
We are the most inefficient developers on Earth. We get carried away with crazy ideas. I even developed a scope statement from which we were not meant to deviate but that didn't work out. Luckily, some of those crazy ideas eventually pay off and we are hoping this will be one of those times.

Updates on our progress will come in the future, thanks for the support! I am a dummy! 
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hammer85 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
> We are the most inefficient developers on Earth.
How dare you? No theme can match Stratiform. Simply Epic. Using it in old Nightly 27.0a1 x64 @ Windows 7 :) Hate the new Australis shit. What with everyone copying curved tabs? Hate it.
Do you think Startifor 4.0 will be ready to deploy by Feb-Mar?
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The goal is some time between February and March. We've been hitting a few snags in regards to handling all of the new options and this has caused us to halt development for a bit until we can work up the courage to tackle these issues they are daunting!).

Right now we have included controls to do the following:
- Change button background colour
- Change button background gradient (useful for glossy buttons, etc.)
- Change button border (the size, roundness, colour, and whether or not the background appears underneath it)
- Add an array of shadows to the buttons, including their angle, distance, softness, size offset, colour, and whether or not they are inset
- All of the above can be changed for the hover and pressed states too

In contrast, Stratiform 3.0 can only change the background colour of buttons, so that shows how much work we're putting in. That's just for the buttons. The plan is to have similar options for the tabs and textboxes (and possibly more). Icon customisation will need to fit somewhere in there too.
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Kaughn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
OK thanks guys for all of your hard work. ;)
By the way I use windows 7 & windows 8.  Most issues I have run into on on windows 7, ie nav bar changes to default when the bookmarks star is selected twice.  Windows 8 the Firefox settings button can't be changed.  I reported these issues in the proper forum, I just wanted to let u know.
Thanks again for all of your hard work I know it can't be easy since Firefox decided to release changes & mete-morph there UI & programing every 1 to 4 months now.  Hopefully they will slow down in the future.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for your feedback. The next version of Stratiform is aimed at Firefox 29.0, which doesn't have a settings button in the titlebar so that option will be scrapped. The bookmark star location option will probably be scrapped too because it doesn't make a lot of sense anymore. The UI has changed so much over the last few years that a star on the left is probably more convoluted than having it with the other icons.

I guess I should also add that the next version of Stratiform is being developed from the ground up using a new technique for applying "styles". Basically every aspect that styles can modify (border parameters, background parameters, shadows, etc.) are now options that the user can modify. "Styles" as you know them are now "presets" or rather, a set of parameters that replicate the styles you are used to. You'll be able to save your own presets so essentially, you can make your own styles.

So as you can see, bugs that were present before are probably gone or have been replaced with new bugs. Crazy stuff, right? :D
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haze007 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Linux support would be an absolutely groundbreaking record! You definitely need to check out the current progess how well it's doing with people these days if you haven't checked it out yet. Please do at the earliest as your work would be really appreciated. Sorry if I am speaking too much but I am just too excited by this right now.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
With the new Australis theme in Firefox 28, things are a little more alike between the different OS's, so compatibility with Mac and Linux is more of a possibility than it was in the past. That said, adding such features would probably stretch the development time of the next version to rather long lengths. I'm working on a few prototypes that may push us closer to realising cross-compatibility but it isn't officially part of the scope for the next version and actually has different goals in mind.

Scope for next version is roughly the following:

Dropping support for pre-28 Firefox builds, adding support for version 28+, simplifying the code (Australis UI is less customisable than previous UI, so we have fewer use cases to code for), using the new Colorlicious add-on as a base (which actually supports Linux and Mac), and dropping a few options that are no longer relevant or very inconvenient for us to code for. We'll add at least one more style too.
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Cryskaofficial Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Any word on when that update comes out? I quite like the Australis look (with classic theme restorer to get rid of the Toolbox icon) and would love and update ASAP.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
As with every major Stratiform update, we tend to go completely overboard in the UI department ( we spend more time making the UI than we do making the rest of the add-on). This one is no exception and it's gonna take a while. We are working on it every day and if we don't hit any major snags that render the new features too difficult to implement, you can expect some quite amazing customisation options. At the moment we don't have a set schedule but our general (worst-case) aim is to have the new version ready by the time Australis hits the stable version of Firefox. Ideally, it would be before the beta but I'm really not sure how long some of these features will take.

We may show a few sneak peeks of what's coming in the future when the update is nearer to competion. I'll have to see what ~SoapyHamHocks has to say about that. Whatever happens, I believe the wait for this next version will be worth it.
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Cryskaofficial Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Sounds good. Sounds really, really good! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us.
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haze007 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Great! Hope that comes out soon :D
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NuclearBlasshole Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Is it possible to change rounded tabs to non-rounded with Stylish?
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes but I'd just be copying and pasting the code directly from Stratiform to do that so there's not really any point in doing it via Stylish.

If you did want to do it via Stylish, the simplest solution would be to make a square version of the tab border image (instead of what Stratiform does which is recreate the tabs entirely in CSS so that they are more configurable). Below is an example.

.tabbrowser-tab,
.tabs-newtab-button
{
border-image-source: url(putyourimagehere.png) !important;
}

Go to chrome://browser/skin/tabbrowser/tab.png and open that image in an image editor and change it to be square. Use the image you created in the CSS.

Note that this isn't the same as how Stratiform handles square tabs. Stratiform gets tabs to share their left / right edges which is extremely difficult to code (Stratiform uses probably a good 300+ lines of CSS in its tab code). This is just replacing one image with a square version. This obviously won't work alongside Stratiform.
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NikDaMark Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Mate, isn't time for a nice Windows 8 native UI like the new Opera? White colour, no curved corners etc...
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'll be sure to add one for the next Stratiform update, whenever that may be. We planned to completely overhaul our UI code (similar to what we did with Stratiform's little brother, Colorlicious) so the next update will be a big one and will take some time to develop :noes:
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facu04 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
cool :D
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hammer85 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a heads up...

Stratiform broken in latest 'Nightly 23.0a1 (2013-05-03)'.

Changes in settings require a restart of Firefox and newest "bookmark-star-icon" is missing from various icons sets like soft7, wave, etc.

:)
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muckSponge Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:(
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V10R37 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I don't know if I told you this before (I thought I did) but there is a problem with the tab coloring option. All the buttons with drop down arrows placed in the tab bar and styled like tabs don't change color.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Might be worth reporting this here: [link] so we can keep track of it more easily.
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hammer85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there, long time Stratiform fan-boy here. I do not know CSS n stuff but is there no way to support a Linux version? Would have loved to have this on my Linux desktop:)
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
There are ways but the issue is the extra work involved. Linux looks very different to Windows and comes in many flavours. There are discrepencies between the Windows and Linux default theme that are difficult to code for in CSS.

Maybe some time in the future when we are bored and want a challenge ;)
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hammer85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for replying mate. Firefox interface on Linux sucks :(
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I never learned how to use Unix so I don't go near Linux really. I've only ever had a few builds of Ubuntu and the latest ones are terrible as far as the UI goes :noes:
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hammer85 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed! Gnome really messed up. However there are few themes that are just to gorgeous to miss.
Checkout [link] for GTK-3 just for the sake of beauty.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I actually quite like the idea behind the way Linux is themed. Windows has about a million quirky sub-themes for different aspects of the OS (made even more confusing by Windows 8's Metro), and none of them go with each other. This forces developers to come up with their own UI solutions so you either get a rather hideous app or you get one that doesn't comform entirely to Windows 8's UI guidelines.

Linux doesn't seem to have that problem from what I've seen. Most apps tend to follow the same system styling (except Firefox and others of course) and it actually looks half decent.
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Caipie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Hey Spewboy, I've noticed in Firefox 17 Stratiform doesn't seem to detect extensions that tamper with tab appearance anymore. I've tried resetting without luck and so now the appearance is off. Can you confirm this? If so, would it be possible to add a function to manually enact whatever setting is set when Stratiform detects an extension like Tree Tab Style in a future update?
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Go to "about:config" and search for "stratiform". There should be a setting there to enable or disable tab compatibility mode. It's been a while since I've messed with it so I can't give you the exact string name.
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Caipie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thanks, man. I tried toggling the 'disable-strict-compatibility' key and it made it so the Compatibility pane is showing in Stratiform settings now, but it still doesn't detect Tab Mix Plus or Tree Style Tab nor does it stop Stratiform from changing the tab styles. Any ideas? I'm not sure if it's Stratiform or updates to those extensions that are causing the problem.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Actually I just tried it and it appears you can force the pane to appear but you can't force it on, you can only force it off.

I'm not sure why it wouldn't be detecting your add-ons :( Sounds like a Firefox issue with the latest version.
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