[ubuntu-art] dust is good

Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen mikkel.kamstrup at gmail.com
Fri Sep 12 23:25:07 BST 2008

2008/9/12 Kido Mariano <greasedbolt at gmail.com>:
> On Fri, 2008-09-12 at 22:30 +0200, Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen wrote:
>> 2008/9/12 Matthew Nuzum <newz at bearfruit.org>:
>> > Hi, I just installed dust from kwwii's community themes package and
>> > have to say it is great. I still have a problem with invisible fonts
>> > on the menu bar, but even with that minor glitch this is my favorite
>> > theme from this development cycle so far.
>> >
>> > http://code.bearfruit.org/~matt/tmp/menu-bar.png
> That's Thunderbird, right? That doesn't work well with the theme,
> unufortunately.
>> I'll join the choir :-) I've been dog fooding it for a week now and I
>> still love it. Clean, professional, and original.
>> There are a few items (nothing we can't fix though) which I would change...
>>  * A subtle border around menus. Menus have a bit much of "flat black
>> square"-feel to it. Some subtle borders would alleviate this
> Not sure how we do this.

I'll have a look into this...

>>  * I like the Borderless metacity theme the most, it looks lighter and
>> more elegant in my eyes. It is darn hard to resize the windows with
>> the borderless variant though. Perhaps adding a bottom border for
>> easier resizing? I think someone played with adding a subtle gradient
>> on the bottom border... Maybe it was New Wave, Anton?
> The bottom border is already large in the borderless theme; however, you
> still get diagonal resizing only at 1x3(?) corner pixels, which is still
> quite a pain in windows without handles.

I tried adding a more visible bottom border - 5 px with some
highlights. I think this works ok...

Updated metacity theme attached. I added two new draw_ops,
"draw_bottom_frame_inactive" and "draw_bottom_frame_normal" and
applied them to the window bottom of frame_style_normal_focused and
frame_style_normal_unfocused. That is all.

Screen shot: http://grillbar.org/tmp/dust-metacity-tweak-1.png

The extra highlight on the focused window also makes it easier to
distinguish... At least to my olde eyes :-)

>>  * The scrollbars colors... They somehow confuse my 33% of the times I
>> use them. My mind tells me that the slider is in the most light part
>> of the scroll bar. This is especially in windows where the slider
>> length is bigger than the free space in the scroll bar
> A lot of people have complained about this. Maybe we can add drag
> handles instead?

Yeah, try a few things out. Drag handles might be enough visual clue...

And more issues while we are at it :-)

 * Progress bars are glossy and candy striped. This seems out of sync
with the rest of the theme.

 * Ditto for list view headers

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