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Aurora Gtk Engine

   1.5.1  

GTK 2.x Theme/Style

Score 73%
Aurora Gtk Engine
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Link:  http://
Downloads:  282485
Submitted:  Apr 16 2007
Updated:  Jan 4 2009

Description:

Description:

The Aurora Gtk Engine themes all common Gtk widgets to provide an attractive, complete and consistent look for Gtk applications.

Engine options

• menubarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = sunken
• curvature = 5 #default widget curvature
• arrowsize = 1 # controls combo_arrow circle size. Diameter set by (11 + 2 * arrowsize)
• old_arrowstyle = FALSE #set to TRUE for original circled arrows (same as arrows in sorted tree columns)
• animation = TRUE # FALSE = disabled, TRUE = enabled (also needs to be compiled with animation support to work)

Included theme uses configurable colours and can be adjusted in Theme Preferences under GNOME.

Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback so far, it has helped catch many things that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. And as always feedback is appreciated.


Known Issues:
• Ugly widgets in: OpenOffice, Java applications
∘ Unfortunately I can't really do anything here to make them look better. I can only hope that their emulation of Gtk themes will improve over time

Installation:
• Gtk 2.12+ is required for this engine
• Must have basic development packages installed for your distribution as well as Gtk2 development package in order to build engine
• Includes both the gtkRc theme, and the Gtk engine


To install the theme engine extract it to somewhere convenient and in that directory,
run: "./configure --prefix=/usr" then "make"
For animation support add "-enable-animation" when running "./configure"
Then as a root user "make install".

Then install the gtkrc theme by extracting to your ~/.themes directory or through the Appearance application.

To change your current theme to Aurora (under GNOME) open up the Appearance application (usually somewhere under System > Preferences) click the Customize button and under the controls tab select the theme you want.

Finally thanks to everyone along the line who have worked on the clearlooks and clearlooks based engines as without their work this engine would not exist.

Now go download and enjoy!




Changelog:

1.5.1
• Metacity theme no longer flickers with Compiz enabled
1.5
NEW/REDISGNED
• New list view headers
• Borderless notebook support (Gedit is one of the few applications that uses this)
• Included an updated version of the Blended metacity theme to better match the look of Aurora

CHANGES
• Changed tab shading
• Focus glow reduced to 2 px

FIXES/ENHANCEMENTS
• Removed double border in Calendars
• Centered menu separators
• Firefox button backgrounds
• Allowed enginge params on per widget basis
• Many, many small tweaks and fixes




LicenseGPL
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 Excellent

 
 by kpolice on: Apr 16 2007
 
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Some thoughts:
1. I love list headers, buttons, checkbox, radio buttons and tooltips
2. The arrows are too big in the scrollbars
3. Range sliders are a little bit dark when you don't hover them
4. Arrows fro drop down buttons like nautilus back/forward is too big,

Excellent work, nice and smooth.


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 Re: Excellent

 
 by ECHM on: Apr 16 2007
 
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On the issue of arrows for scrollbars and drop down buttons being too large, I use size 12 font (the screenshot I provided with the theme is size 10 fonts). So the arrows are basically optimized for size 12 fonts at the moment. The problem is that the arrow size for drop downs are fixed and don't scale with the button size so one size must be chosen for all. Even looking at my own screenshot for size 10 font they seem a little large and certainly so if you use a smaller font size.

Now that I've covered the background I will probably adjust the size slightly to better accommodate size 10 fonts as that is the default size for many distributions.

I presume by range sliders you mean the scale widgets (the ones used in apps like music/movie players for track progress). I chose to make the sliders fairly dark but if it's a contrast issue I can lighten them by default.

Finally for arrows on the scrollbar they do scale to the arrow size, so if you find the scrollbar width is also wider than your liking you can decrease the size of:
GtkRange::slider_width = 19
GtkRange::stepper_size = 17
in the .gtkrc file (just noticed a bug that my horizontal arrows don't seem to be decreasing in size as much as the vertical arrows when changing those parameters, will fix before next release)


Thanks for your feedback.


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 firefox issue

 
 by kpolice on: Apr 16 2007
 
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BTW I forgot that Firefox has issues with the address bar and this engine, specially with a skin other than the default.

This doesn't happen with Clearlooks or Murrine


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 Re: firefox issue

 
 by ECHM on: Apr 16 2007
 
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I presume this is with either Firefox 1.5, or Firefox 2.0 with a theme like Tango or other such that uses Firefox's gtk emulation for the addressbar. Unfortunately I don't think there's anything I can do here to address this. If however, you are seeing something strange with the default firefox 2.0 theme I would be greatful for a screenshot showing the issue as I haven't seen anything.

Thanks again for the feedback
Eric


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 Hi

 
 by cimi86 on: Apr 16 2007
 
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Hi ECHM I'm Cimi, Murrine Creator and Clearlooks developer. I was searching in this days a way to replace glossy style of gnome 2.18 with something less-glossy and more clearlooks-oriented.
I was basing my works on the mockups of njpatel on flickr which are 90% similar to your buttons (except that they have an hilight), but your style seems better.
With other gnome devs we have discussed a lot and we hoped that murrine will be the last clearlooks fork.
It's very hard to mantain many forks and it's not so useful for the community (I repeat a I'm Murrine creator so it's a critic also to myself... but since murrine has 20+ options it would be complicated to merge into clearlooks)
So my proposal is to merge part of your code into clearlooks glossy style, since this is at least what I was working so we will have 2 similar themes into the panorama.


http://cimi.netsons.org
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 Re: Hi

 
 by ECHM on: Apr 16 2007
 
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Here's the background on how this theme came to be. At the beginning of January when I began work on this theme neither Clearlooks, Murrine or Ubuntulooks provided the appearance I was after in a theme and nothing seemed to be happening with the development of Clearlooks and Ubuntulooks. Murrine was then, (0.40.1 my branch point) by your own description focusing on being faster than Clearlooks by using less gradients and your work on it seemed to be on adding different glazestyles and options for widgets. What I wanted was a theme that provided a consistent look with a little more eye-candy than was available at the time and that themed (to the maximum extent possible) all Gtk widgets which no theme did. So that's why Aurora came into existence, and in the end the changes I have made have been very extensive compared to its Murrine base.

That is also why I think Aurora is a good fit with the existing clearlooks based engines. Clearlooks provides a nice plain and simple look, Murrine is the engine if you want a glossy look and/or lots of choice over its appearance from all the options provided. And my theme provides an engine that provides a consistent look over all widgets with some more eye-candy than the other engines.


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 Re: Re: Hi

 
 by cimi86 on: Apr 16 2007
 
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Anyway I think that rounded frames could be added in clearlooks and in murrine, also the idea you got of shading the bg of shadowed frames improve usability.
Those ideas could be simply added to clearlooks.
Reguarding other widgets, consider that now clearlooks code is splitted between style functions and drawing functions, so adding few code is just so simple and it's not enough to justify a fork.
If i hadn't got so many options in murrine i would have added murrine as a style available for clearlooks and stopping the fork.
The main problem is that the clearlooks style code is very weird and lot buggied/confused so this means that it's very hard to mantain it (and murrine, aurora, rezlooks etc etc are complications, not improvements).
Please consider the idea to add aurora code to clearlooks as a style = AURORA.
Surely I will copy rounded frames if they will seems rock solid (for the moment here they seems ok) but since your great improvement was just in drawing functions it's better to add it as a gnome default style (also because it will use symbolic colors with a static gtkrc as clearlooks 2.18 does!)

Feel free to contact me this evening, I'm in irc.gimp.org, channel #gnome-art, nick Cimi

See you, Andrea


http://cimi.netsons.org
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 mmm

 
 by cimi86 on: Apr 16 2007
 
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I'm not really sure... Few things are very nice, other things don't convince me completely.
We can talk further on irc or where you want, at least for few notes on buttons and rounded frames (the things I like). Expecially rounded frames looks very consistent and usable, never seen something like this before. Compliments.
On the other hand I have few constructive critics that I can tell you to improve the look, we can talk in pvt too.

Bye, I go to cook something :)


http://cimi.netsons.org
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 Re: mmm

 
 by ECHM on: Apr 16 2007
 
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Yes, there are quite a few new things that my theme does both big and small that haven't been done in other themes yet, some of which would make good additions to Murrine I think. And I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts/comments on the theme.


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 NICE

 
 by permafrost91 on: Apr 16 2007
 
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Very nice job! I like it a lot! By the way, where's that gtkrc file? I can't find it ....


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 gtkrc

 
 by kpolice on: Apr 16 2007
 
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the gtkrc is inside the download, a file called Aurora_gtkrc.tar.bz2


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 Re: gtkrc

 
 by Spaceon on: Apr 17 2007
 
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Ahh, yeah I eventually noticed it. I was blindly looking for it inside the tar and didn't think to look for it outside it.


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