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26 December 2009

Persona: Getting Ready for the New Year 2010

As the new year is approaching, I have uploaded an persona to the Personas website. However, it is pending review by the Firefox team and will hopefully come out shortly. Here is a screenshot of it:

▲ Gradient iCool (Blue) 1.1.2 - with Persona New Year in Hong Kong 2010

24 December 2009

Update: A Christmas Gift for Everyone - the New Gradient iCool (Blue) 1.1.2 with Numerous Compatibility Improvements

Gradient Studio is bringing a Christmas gift for everyone on Christmas Eve - the new Gradient iCool (Blue) 1.1.2. It can be downloaded from here or on the Firefox Add-ons website.This update contains a great deal of improvements on the compatiblity of different add-ons. For instance, this theme is now compatible with Personas, Colorful Tabs, Tab Mix Plus, ChromaTabs Plus, etc. Moreover, this update is compatible with the new Firefox 3.6b5. As well as these, the add-on is tested to be compatible with add-ons listed below:

Adblock Plus 1.1.2
All-in-One Sidebar 0.7.10
AniWeather 0.6.18
APNG Edit 1.5
AVG Safe Search
ChromaTabs Plus 2.2
ColorfulTabs 4.1
Console² 0.5
Cooliris 1.11.5
Destroy the Web 0.9.1
DOM Inspector 2.0.4
DownloadHelper 4.6.5
Download Statusbar
DownThemAll! 1.1.7
FastestFox 3.0.4
Firebug 1.4.5
( 1.3.1
Fission 1.0.9
Flagfox 3.3.19
FoxyTunes 3.5.9
Furigana Injector 1.3
Google Shortcuts 1.8.4
Greasemonkey 0.8.20091209.4
ImTranslator 3.2.9
InspectThis 0.9.1
Open In Current Tab 0.1
Personas 1.5
ReminderFox 1.9.6
SmartBookmarks Bar 1.4.3
Snowl 0.3
Split Browser 0.6.2009110501
Stylish 1.0.7
Tab Mix Plus
User Agent Switcher 0.7.2
Weave Sync 1.0b3
Web Developer 1.1.8
XHTML Ruby Support 3.0.2009060901
Zotero 1.0.10

▲ Gradient iCool (Blue) 1.1.2 - with ChromaTabs Plus

▲ Gradient iCool (Blue) 1.1.2 - with Colorful Tabs

▲ Gradient iCool (Blue) 1.1.2 - with Personas

16 December 2009

More Than 2 Million Downloads of Gradient iCool (Blue)!

Gradient iCool (Blue) has reached 2 million downloads lately! Thanks for everyone who has downloaded it or are using it! I will continue to work on the theme and integrate it with other add-ons and Firefox. I hope that I will also get some other themes going soon. thank you everyone. :)

11 December 2009

Update: Gradient iCool (Blue) 1.1.1 with TabMixPlus and Firefox 3.6b4 Compatibility

Regarding to the recent incompatibility problem with TabMixPlus, as suggested by a number of people, I have fixed the issue and also made the theme Gradient iCool (Blue) compatible with the new Firefox 3.6b4. You can download it here or on the Firefox Addons website after it comes out.

▲ Gradient iCool (Blue) 1.1.1 - Compatibility with TabMixPlus on Firefox 3.6b4

04 July 2009

The upcoming version of Gradient iCool

I'm now planning on a next version of the theme Gradient iCool. It will contain a few significant changes from the previous versions of the theme, which includes a new menu list and new icons. Also this version adds support to the new Firefox 3.6α1pre. This update will be made available within about 2 weeks, if possible.

Following the rank of Gradient iCool in Firefox Addons: Themes being the 7th now, I really appreciate those who have downloaded this theme and I hope everyone likes the theme I have created. I will try to improve this theme in the future. For now, here are the preview pictures:

▲ Gradient iCool 1.1.0β - Library

▲ Gradient iCool 1.1.0β - Options

▲ Gradient iCool 1.1.0β - About Firefox

30 June 2009

Here Comes Firefox 3.5!

Finally, Firefox 3.5 is out and it's a massive improvement in web technology. This theme will improve to meet the standard of Firefox 3.5, and more themes may roll out as well. I hope my themes can give users a better surfing experience. Please leave some of your ideas about the possible development of the theme so that I can make a better theme for everyone in the world who loves Firefox and customising the browser. I will produce some preview images soon, but I'm a bit busy at the moment. This theme is now ranked 9th with downloads in the Firefox Addons site. Thanks for using this theme.

13 June 2009

Styles: Gradient iCool C001

Thanks for user aqeel, a new special edition is out. It features new animated scrollbars and checkbox. If you want to try it on, feel free to download it!

16 May 2009

Update: Gradient iCool 1.0.9 in Sandbox! Download it quick!

I've been working on this update for ages, since the last update in March. This update includes an awful lot of advances from the last update. The most noticeable difference is, of course the Mac-style address bar and search bar. They've been redesigned and they are a massive improvement from the last bar. (Text boxes are changed to a Mac-style as well!)

Toolbar icons are redesigned as well. Glossy borders are added to them. They are redesigned to look more professional and less child-like. Then it's the tab bar. The tab bar is redesigned as well. It follows the principle of smooth and cool. Blue gradients with black glossy background. Now separators are applied between each tab, which makes it easier for you to distinguish between tabs.

The update is also made more compatible with Download Statusbar, DownThemAll!, and Fission. A meteor-like object has been added along the address bar, to indicate the progress if Fission is used. A few bugs are also fixed. It will also be available for my other themes hopefully.

▲ Gradient iCool 1.0.9 on Firefox 3.0.10

▲ Gradient iCool 1.0.9 on Firefox 3.5b4

▲ Options menu

▲ Add-ons menu

▲ About Mozilla Firefox

▲ Find bar

▲ Identity label

▲ Fission - with the meteor-like progress

02 May 2009

Latest Improved User Interface

Have a look at the improved user interface, which will be publicised in the next version. It is made to be seamless and smooth. The screenshot shows the navigation pane, along with the new address and search bar and the new cool tabs. At last don't forget to have your comments here.

29 March 2009

Update: Gradient iBlu, iCool, iPâques 1.0.8!

Gradient iBlu, iCool, and iPâques are updated to the latest version of 1.0.8. The theme boasts the compatibility with Firefox 3.1b3, and it also fixes the problems in the previous version. The Downloads windows now appears correctly, and this theme can be used with TabMixPlus. This update also includes new buttons, which is more rounded. Furthermore, this update is more compatible with ReminderFox, in which the menu list now appears correctly.

You can download it in the Firefox Addons page (Gradient iBlu, Gradient iCool, Gradient iPâques). Don't forget to log in before you download. If you have any comments about the update, don't hesitate to leave a comment here or email me.

25 March 2009

Working on the Next Update... Have A First Glance!

While I'm working on the next update, I keep updating this blog to let all of you know about what's going on with this theme. The next update, 1.0.8, is scheduled to be out in the beginning of April.

The update improves the compatibility with Firefox 3.1b3. The scroll bar works fine on Firefox 3.1b3. It will be a few of the themes that support 3.1b3.

In this update, the bug in the downloads window, which users cannot see the text of the item, will be fixed. Users can now view the downloads windows, with the Gradient custom style.

The text is also now visible for those who claims to have a problem of seeing text when highlighted. This theme will now work on most computers fine.

Compatibility with add-ons are also improved. For TabMixPlus, you can now use the multi-tabs feature without any problem. It just works fine on my computer.

For ReminderFox, the menu list problem is also fixed, the menu list now appear correctly.

If you've got any enquiries or suggestions about this update, feel free to leave a comment here, so that I can keep improving my theme. Thanks so much!

15 March 2009

Have a Theme for Easter - Gradient iPâques

Easter is coming in about a month, I decided to make a Firefox theme for Easter, which is Gradient iPâques. Pâques is Easter in French. Bunnies are everywhere in this theme. Try to find some out yourself. :)

This theme contains different colours of Easter eggs, etc. Back and forward buttons are specially designed as the shpe of an egg. Be the first one to try this out and show it to your friends and family! You can get it from Firefox Addons, the theme section. But as it is still an experimental theme, log in first before you install it!

12 March 2009

Update: Gradient iCool and iBlu 1.0.7!

Gradient iCool and iBlu 1.0.7 are just put into the sandbox. It will be publicised in a few days.

In 1.0.7, the icons for Options menu, Page Info menu, Add-ons menu, DOM Inspector, identity panel and many more are modified. There is also a new icon for the update. Unwanted borders, such as those below and above toolbar, are removed. Also buttons are added with borders. For Gradient iCool, glassy effects are now added to buttons, menu bar and status bar. The blue glassy scrollbar is back as well! For Gradient iBlu, the buttons are recoloured so that they match the main style more, and give the user a dark style.

Also, thanks to Chris Barnes, I get screenshots on Mac for Gradient iCool 1.0.6.

07 March 2009

New Firefox Addons Style - The Gradient iBlu Style and Ideas for update 1.0.7

I have designed a site style for Firefox Addons. See this post for more details. It is now available on It is best used with either Gradient iCool or Gradient iBlu. The dark blue interface makes brosing for addons exciting. Screenshot below. Get it now!

The upcoming update, 1.0.7, has several advances. For Gradient iCool, the improvements include the new glassy button and tab box, new glassy title for tree boxes, etc. For Gradient iBlu, the improvements include recoloured tabs and buttons. For both themes, icons are improved and there is a new look for the progress bar. There is a new icon as well. Bugs such as white text on white background are fixed. Screenshots below.

01 March 2009

Firefox Icon - Crack

Bored of the current Firefox icon? Change it in a few simple steps!

1. Right-click Firefox icon.
2. Choose properties.
3. Click change icon.
4. Click browse.
5. Browse for your icon. (It must be .ico format)
6. Success! You have changed the Firefox icon on destop or in start menu.

I've created a few compatible Firefox icons, which are available in white, blue, green and red. I hope you will like it. The icons are in .ico format and 128x128, which is compatible for the Vista large destop icon. There is also another icon with default colour set not included in this preview. [download]

If you would like to also change the Firefox icon inside Firefox, do this in few steps...

1. Go to the folder you installed Firefox in (e.g. C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\) and then go to the subfolder chrome (e.g. C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\chrome\).
2. While in chrome, create a new subfolder called icons, and create another subfolder called default. (C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\chrome\icons\default\)
3. Choose the icon and then place it in this folder and rename it to main-window.ico.
4. Restart Firefox.
5. You're done with beautiful Firefox icons.

25 February 2009

Update: Gradient iCool 1.0.6!!

A major update for Gradient iCool has been available (but not publicised by Firefox Addons yet). This update includes the new scrollbar, mentioned a few days before, the new buttons and tab boxes, bug fixes... But what it doesn't include is the new Firefox Addons layout. It will be included in version 1.0.7, which will be published likely within a month.

▲ The icon on the bookmarks toolbar appears highlighted when the mouse is over it.

▲ The buttons appear different to those in the previous versions.

▲ Buttons on the menu bar appear a bit different and exciting!

▲ Bookmark icons now appear normally, without any wrong sizes.

▲ The new animated scrollbar (normal, hover, drag).

24 February 2009

Fun Facts and Updates

Have you ever wondered - what OS's do people use Gradient themes on? Well here is the answer. (The information is retrieved on 23/02/2009)

89% of Gradient iBlu users use Windows, 6% of them use Mac OS X, and 5% of them use Linux. 91% of Gradient iCool users use Windows, 6% of them use Mac OS X, 3% of them use Linux, and a few of them use the other OS's. 91% of Gradient xMas users use Windows, 7% of them use Mac OS X, and 2% of them use Linux.

If you want to hear more about the new updates of the themes, keep an eye on this blog. The newest update is the bookmarks toolbar and the buttons.

▲ The icon on the bookmarks toolbar appears highlighted when the mouse is over it.

▲ The buttons appear different to those in the previous versions.

▲ Buttons on the menu bar appear a bit different and exciting!

... And coming on: tab boxes fixes, but it's not yet finished... And many other fixes not mentioned here, find this out later by yourself: status bar, options menu, scrollbars... Keep an eye on to get to know the latest update!

21 February 2009

Brand-New Firefox Add-ons Site, Only with Gradient Themes

I'm deciding to remake the layout of the Firefox Add-ons site, for a better browsing experience. I will put it in the future release of my themes. I may also modify the design for different themes. Have a look at the design and drop me a comment. (This screenshot also contains the new scrollbar.)

19 February 2009

A New Version of Gradient iBlu

Gradient iBlu, is publicised a couple of days before, and now I'm getting ready for a major update of the theme, which fixes a few bugs and has a new scrollbar. It is the version 1.0.7 of Gradient iBlu, and you can leave some comments here - e.g. if you like this scrollbar to be in Gradient iCool and the other themes.

Improved compatibility with All-in-One Toolbar:

Fixed bookmark icons:

The new animated scrollbar (normal, hover, drag):

Leave a comment here to get your ideas into us. You can also discuss it at the MozillaZine Gradient Studio Forum.

31 January 2009

Japan - Culture, Hi-Tech, ...

I am a bit fond of Japanese culture. Recently a found a website about Japanese culture, which is great. With knowledge of Japanese style, I can build better Firefox themes like Gradient iBlu. This site is really helpful for me learning Japanese stuff, especially those in Tokyo. Have a look if you have time.
I would continue my effort in making better theme for us, and later maybe white-background Japanese theme. I would really appreciate all of your support.

23 January 2009

Gradient iBlu First Released!

A new theme, Gradient iBlu is first released. It is an elegant Firefox theme, but without the glassy effect in Gradient iCool, this makes a modern and Japanese style. If you do like it, download it here.

This theme, along with modern buttons and tabs, is highly recommended for your Firefox. For those who admire modern culture, this suits you the best - cool blue buttons, along with dark background. The gradient also improves the overall appearance of the theme. More features will be coming soon. Thanks for your support in this theme, and your support in Firefox.

20 January 2009

A New Theme Coming - Gradient iBlu

Gradient iBlu is a new project starting on Gradient Studio. It is a theme similar to Gradient iCool, but with less glassy effects, which makes the overall theme a Japanese-styled theme. It also makes the theme more pleasant for the eye and enjoyment.

Drop a comment here if you have any equiries/suggestions. Thank you for supporting this theme!

18 January 2009

Downloads of Gradient iCool Exceed 1 Million!!

Downloads of Gradient iCool exceed 1 million. It's currently the 11th most downloaded theme!! Thanks for all your support. I will keep updating this theme and make this theme the best theme of the times!!