My Feedback for Activity Stream


I know that there are plans to integrate the Activity Stream in Firefox 56. I have a few “personal blockers” that needs to be addressed so that I won’t use my own add-on New Tab Override to replace the new tab page. In general I like the activity stream. :wink:

Most important: A solution for HiDPI displays. Most Favicons in the activity stream are very blurry on my MacBook Pro with Retina display. The same applies for some of the “big images” in the highlights.

I know, it’s difficult if a website does not provide high resolution assets, but there needs to be a solution, because I see this page a few hundred or thousand times per day, so the status quo of the activity stream is not a option, it’s too ugly for daily use with all the blurry images.

I like on the current about:newtab page that I don’t have to scroll. There is enough space for the row of top sites and three highlights. But for more I have to scroll. I would like if I could limit the number of highlights so that there is no scrollbar.

Similar, I want to limit the number of top sites. There are already browser.newtabpage.columns and browser.newtabpage.rows in about:config. It would be great if these preferences could be respected. It would also be okay to introduce new settings. I don’t need visible preferences, about:config is okay.

And of course: I want to customize the pages. That’s really a blocker for me. But according to it seems to be a planned feauture.

I attached a screenshot of one of the highlights:

Hi Sören,

Thanks for your feedback! I’m not part of the Activity Stream team, but I did want to add a note on the subject of hi-dpi favicons.

Currently, Firefox scales down favicons larger than 3kb to a 16 x 16 png. This is necessary to keep the size of the Places database reasonable.

Marco is currently working on extracting favicons / other history-related images out of the Places DB, so that more space can be allocated for those images. Bug 977177 is a good bug to watch for updates; it’s old, but lots of new child bugs have been filed against it in the past couple of weeks.

Altogether, I’d expect to see hi-res images when this eventually ships in Firefox :+1:



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