I have used the Better GReader Firefox extension and the UserScripts that change the look and feel of Google reader for a while.
Now, Google Reader has an updated look and I don’t need to change it’s look with Stylish scripts.. I like it as it is after a long time!
Here are some things I noticed:
- Cleaner interface overall
- Rounded corners are gone and Square corners are in
- Less blue and more white – rendering a cleaner impact
- Subscription menu has been cleaned and options moved to a drop down arrow
- Collapsible navigation – collapse shared items, subscriptions or any part you don’t wanna see
- Show/hide unread counts – I’m trying this out as I keep feeling overwhelmed when I see 1000+ unread items in the morning and just skip my fav sections – technology.
- Also, there are more feed bundles – for those wishing to explore new areas to expand their reading.
Overall, I am impressed with this re-design effort by the Google Reader team. I would like to see some of the functionality these Google Reader Greasemonkey Scripts provide natively in Google Reader.
Have a great weekend!
[via Google Reader Blog]