Mozilla Shows Off 'Junior' Prototype iPad Browser; Launches Mozilla Launches 'Thimble' Web-Based Code Editor and Webmaker Website

Mozilla's Product Design Strategy team quietly announced a few new projects including a Webkit browser for the iPad called "Junior."Calling Safari for iPad "a miserable experience," Mozilla's Alex Limi showed a prototype of the "Junior," that takes a different approach from traditional browsers with no tabs, search and an address bars on the main screen […]

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Mozilla's Product Design Strategy team quietly announced a few new projects including a Webkit browser for the iPad called "Junior."

Calling Safari for iPad "a miserable experience," Mozilla's Alex Limi showed a prototype of the "Junior," that takes a different approach from traditional browsers with no tabs, search and an address bars on the main screen and going with a full-screen experience instead.

Instead, it uses simple gestures and a simplified UI to change the way we work with the web. And, though key features are still available by clicking a plus button on the right side of the page to get access to recently visited pages, bookmarks, and a URL/search bar.

To browse the web you press one of three buttons - forward, back, and a plus that displays a list of recent sites, bookmarks, and a search bar.

The group is also working on Search Tabs, a feature that displays search results from multiple sites, and Presence that allows you to communicate with friends and family on the web.

You can watch the complete video presentation embedded below:

The company has launched today "Thimble," a new tool that makes it incredibly simple for anyone to create and share their own web pages and other projects in minutes.

Thimble, which is part of Mozilla's recently launched Webmaker project, is an intuitive visual editor that lets you write and edit HTML right in your browser, preview and correct your work, and then publish and share fully functional web pages with a single click.

Thimble removes many of the barriers for novice users trying to learn code, and includes a series of starter projects and templates to help anyone get started quickly.

Mozilla also unveiled a new Mozilla Webmaker web site today -- that includes projects to help users make and learn with Thimble, plus other Webmaker tools like Popcorn and the X-Ray Goggles.

"We've got great new projects to help you do everything from tweaking your blog template, to making interactive videos, to creating fantastic 3D web pages -- including projects from partners like Tumblr, the London Zoo, the New York Public Library and many others," Mozilla posted.

The service features instant previews and also lets its users host their finished pages on a Webmaker domain with just one click. Users can start from scratch or choose one of over a dozen projects and learn how to code them by hand.