Pinstripe Thunderbird has landed!

I’m proud to announce that Pinstripe has become the new default theme on the Mac version of Mozilla Thunderbird. The theme is a collaboration between myself and designer Stephen Horlander that attempts to make Thunderbird feel right at home on the Mac desktop.

Here’s a picture of the theme in action. You can try it yourself by downloading the latest nightly build (11MB gzipped disk image).

Thanks to Scott MacGregor for his help and patience.

Coming Soon: a version of Pinstripe for the Mozilla Suite

42 thoughts on “Pinstripe Thunderbird has landed!”

  1. Outstanding work! Congratz to Stephen and Kevin for this. Thunderbird is now my primary email client on Mac OS X.

  2. I recently switched from Mail. The new theme is excellent. Thanks for all your great work on this theme and Thunderbird’s! I look forward to seeing the new pinstripe in action on the Mozilla suite as well.

  3. Err… in the previous message I meant “Thanks for all your great work on this theme and Firebird’s!” I need to read more carefully before posting. 😀

  4. The new theme is perfect! The one remaining piece to be updated is the application icon. It blows. It especially pales next to Firefox’s new logo. Hopefully, something is in the works.

    Can’t wait for the new pinstripe theme for the Moz suite. Keep up the great work!

  5. I think this message isn’t junk! 😉
    Going to take TB for a spin now!
    Judging by the screenshot: Great work guys!

  6. After playing with the new interface: I am blown away. Feels like a whole new app. As a contributing editor for Dutch website I will be (p)reviewing TB as a real OS X app at last.

  7. Fabulous work on bringing Pinstripe to the Mozilla apps. This is really showing OS advocates how to make their app attractive to MacOS X users.

  8. Seriously, this is a beautiful theme for Tb that (as others have said) makes it practically a new app. I, too, agree that the TB icon needs to be changed, but this theme is terrific. Great work.

  9. I know this probably isn’t the proper channel but seeing as you’ve finally mad Thunderbird presentable I figured a lot of people ay end up being in here switching from

    How is everybody importing their mailboxes into TB? If anybody has any insight I’d love to hear it google has failed me and it’s late.

    Oh and yeah, now we need a equally spiffy icon to match such a clean interface.

  10. Now don’t quote me on this…

    Go to your Library folder usually located at:

    Users/*your username*/Library/Mail/*your default account*/

    Make a copy of the inbox.mbox (perhaps to the desktop) – then control click on the copied inbox.mbox and “show package contents”.

    Locate the file called “mbox” and change its name to “inbox”.

    Run Thunderbird, and set an account up (the same as account in your – close Thuderbird and navigate to the default users mailbox (normally at):

    Users/*your username*/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/Default/6bq4ll2o.slt/mail/*your mail account*/

    And over-write the inbox file with the file you’ve just changed in the Inbox.mbox – this worked for me, although I can’t confirm any attachments.

    I guess you could do this for all your accounts/drafts/outboxes.

    PS. If you fark your machine – I take no responsability, but I hipe it helps. I’m now going to convince my director we should all be running TB.

    Thanks Kevin for such an outstanding piece of UI design (and sorry for turning your blog into OSXHINTS).

  11. Jon Hicks is working on a Thunderbird appplication icon. From what I’ve seen of the rough sketches, it’s going to be even better than his Firefox icon 🙂

  12. Pinstripe for Seamonkey? Does this mean there’ll also be a Qute for Seamonkey for Windows? If Seamonkey can look good on OS X it should probably look at least decent on Windows.

  13. This is fantastic, beautiful. My default mail reader now. Some minor quirks, like the buttons on the offline sheet, but it’s all good.

    Thanks! This is fantastic.

  14. Great work, Kevin! Here are some comments. (Note that all references to pinstripe background problems naturally refer to Mac OS X 10.2.x.)

    The progress toolbar icon is really dark, though. Is it being drawn twice, superimposed?

    The text in the Style and Size pop-up menus on Preferences/Display/Plain Text Messages is a little low on the widgets.

    The pop-up menu widget in Preferences/Attachments/Attachment Folder is too tall

    Preferences/Display/Plain Text Messages
    Preferences/Display/Labels is wider than the Preferences window.

    The preview area of Preferences/Themes should be the darker, “well” style with rounded corners, since thin horizontal lines don’t display well on the pinstripe background texture.

    Remove the horizontal lines from the Customize Toolbar dialog. They clash with the regular horizontal pinstripes. (Of course, this dialog needs to become a sheet at some point.)

    All the various options on Tools/Account Settings have vertically offset pinstripe backgrounds (ah, remember those?) on the right pane.

    The left pane of the nonresizable Tools/Account Settings dialog should be wider so “Composition & Addressing” isn’t truncated.

    Tools/Account Settings/Server Settings and Return Receipts are too wide for the (nonresizable) window.

    The pop-up menu widget on Tools/Account Settings/Composition & Addressing/Addressing is a bit too tall for the small text shown.

    Those who want a better icon while Jon is working on his, try this one by Jairo Boudewyn:

  15. Kevin and everyone else who contributed to this did an AMAZING job. Using Thunderbird is a whole new experience for me now. It feels clean, streamlined AND best of all, it’s lickable. It looks great next to Firefox and it looks great on the OS X desktop. A big step forward for Thunderbird and Mozilla. Thanks!

  16. Hello, how can we make a theme and where to store it in thunderbird??



  17. I don’t know better e-mail client for MacOS and the new design will invite more Mac users to use Thunderbird.

  18. Not to be a complete pain in the tush, as I’m sure you’ve been asked this a thousand times, but since Pinstripe is now available (and gorgeous I might add) for the Fox and the Bird, will we see it in the suite, like for the 1.7 final, or sometime soon? Smoke looks OK, but it just ain’t Pinstripe! Thanks for all of your hard, time consuming work. People like you are what open-source is all about!

  19. Beautiful theme. Could you make it available to Windows Thunderbird. I have to use a pc at work. I’d like to try and make it as pleasant as possible.

    Keep up the good work.

  20. The theme looks great, but has one significant deficiency: the dialog to select offline folders doesn’t get the right fonts nor any icons to show which folders are selected. To see this do the following:
    1. File->Offline->Download/Sync Now
    2. Click the Select button on the sheet that appears

    I suspect that the relevant icons and CSS have just been omitted from the theme. I use offline mode all the time and having to switch out of Pinstripe to see what folders are selected is a real pain (particularly aesthetically!).

  21. A comment on Pinstripe for Firefox: Seeing Pinstripe for Thunderbird has made me realise how boringly monochromatic the Firefox version is. Any chance of adding a few colourful touches to the Firefox version to make it more consistent with the wonderful work in Thunderbird?

  22. How about a windows version? I always loved macs, only I have never been able to afford one 😉

  23. Great Work – but i miss the fine lines in the thread view especially when i use thunderbird for reading news.

  24. great i’m not fortuante enough to own a mac but i do hava the ported theme for windows


  25. fantastic !

    is there any documentation on how to create/update a theme ?
    I’d really like to be able to add matching icons for TB/FB/Mozilla extensions. (like Enigmail, at least)


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