So I just got the new update. I really don’t like it.
The thing I liked most about Brave, besides it’s unique look and easy to manage ad blocker/script blocker, is the fact that it was the only browser left that I could find that had the tabs below the address bar, rather than the tabs on top, which I absolutely hate.
Tabs below the address bar makes switching tabs so much more convenient and quick for me, I usually need access to my address bar way less often than I do my tabs, which I jump between regularly.
Would it be possible to put some sort of option in the Preferences menu to allow for “Tabs below Address Bar” for people who want the classic Brave look?
So I’m discovering other issues that are driving me crazy now
No Private tabs? That is such an awesome, unique feature, why take it away?
The shield UI is a mess, I pretty much have to completely disable shields to make any site work, I can no longer disable stuff line by line like I could before. It seems like most of the text is gone so you can’t tell what anything does. The whole thing is pretty much functionally useless now.
What was the point of this transition? It seems like such a massive downgrade. I mean, if I wanted to use Chromium, I’d just use Chromium. This browser went from being one of my favorite browsers ever to a barely useable Chrome clone.
To fix what? It sounds like you have some issues with the direction we’ve taken and that you are experiencing some issues with the browser that you have pre-concluded as a failure on our part.
Shields UI works great. But if you navigate to a site that requires cookies to load properly, and you’re blocking cookies via Shields then…yeah, the site might break. Intead of dropping your Shields, try disabling cookies or putting in some level of effort to adjust your settings appropriately.
You can now block individually selected scripts from running - this function will also be applied to cookies and ads/trackers as well
But I digress.
Please try to remember that Brave is not Chrome, Firefox, or any other big browsing company - mainly in that we don’t have 1000’s of members on our team. Everything done has been done with a group of < 100 highly talented people with a specific vision in mind.
Brave is open source, our product is free, and support for our product is free. Our browser outperforms competitors, offers privacy and security features by default out of the box - all of this and more while building an new crypto-token project that integrates directly into the browser…at the same time.
If you’re that upset, you’re more than welcome to submit a pull request in our github and create/adjust any of the features you take issue with yourself. You can find build instructions, styles, and guides here:
This is what I get when I open the shields UI, none of those dropdowns have any text and it’s nearly impossible to know what does what. Going into the little side tabs on each one isn’t helpful either. In the old system I could uncheck different scripts based on what I wanted to run, with this, it seems like I can’t do that, or really figure out much of anything.
I’m aware separate private windows exist, but being able to have private tabs and non-private tabs in the same window was one of the nicest features in Brave. I hope that is addressed in a future update
Well, looking into ways of making other browsers switch their tab configuration, I found theres a way to move tabs below the address bar in Firefox by editing a file called userChrome.css.