Clearlooks
GTK2 Themes
Score 72%
Description:

Clearlooks is new modern looking engine, based on Bluecurve. It has the looks of various themes blended together, resulting in a theme that's easy on the eyes and visually pleasing ;)

The difference with pixmap based themes, is that it does not sacrifice a lot of speed.

Since it's an engine, the installation differs from a 'normal' theme. Just run "./configure --prefix=/usr && make install" and you should be set.

Note: make sure that ~/.gtkrc-2.0 is not overriding a theme, as it has priority over the theme managers.

When updating from a previous version of Clearlooks keep in mind that applications still running will continue to use the old version of the engine. Switching themes may cause incompatibilities with the new theme definition. Those applications will then revert to the default GTK look. When this happens you will have to restart those applications. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Now, drool at the screenshots, and enjoy using it :)

!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As of version 0.4, there is an optional animated progressbar. It has to be enabled manually by the brave. To do this, install it with "./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-animation" followed by "make install" as root.

GTK+ developers consider this new feature a horrible hack. But it's cool! We've tested it quite well, and it doesn't break anything we know of. If an application crashes, make sure that Clearlooks isn't the cause. If it is, please notify me.

!!!!!!!!!! ANOTHER NOTE !!!!!!!!

Clearlooks has a mailinglist. If you have a question, please send it there. The address is:
http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=129376

THE METACITY THEME HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS PACKAGE. You should get it seperately from http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=21237
Last changelog:

12 years ago

Clearlooks 0.6.2:
Fixed crash in OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 + Ximian.
Applied patch from Cary Coady to fix a segfault when progressbar has no parent.
Removed metacity theme from the engine package (accidently left it in 0.6.1).


Clearlooks 0.6.1:
Fixed wrong rendering of combobox in some themes.
Consistent rendering of buttons in glade and gimp.
Compatability fix for GTK 2.2 from Hongli Lai.
Forgot to mention new listview headers in 0.6.0!


Clearlooks 0.6:
New menuitem style.
Listview item gradients enabled by default.
Tweaked radio- and checkboxes.
New checkmark graphic from Steven Garrity.
New gradient on buttons.
Buttons appear semi-sunken (with new themes).
Fixed GtkNotebook colors in glade and gaim (and others).
Menubar gradient slightly lighter so accommodate border-less WM themes.

Previous releases:
Check the NEWS file in the release tarball.

frecon

9 years ago

The menu bar is hard to see in firefox. Is there anything I can do about this?

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bitlooter

11 years ago

Does anyone know how i can change the color to pink (for my lil sis')?

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saib0t

11 years ago

This is by far the best theme for Gnome.!
Together with garGANTuan icons my desktop realy rocks.
Absolutley amazing.! ;)

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Ferio

12 years ago

I'm running GNOME in Ubuntu 5.10, and when I do sudo ./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-animation I got:
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking whether to enable maintainer-specific portions of Makefiles... no
checking build system type... Invalid configuration `i686-pc-linux-': machine `i686-pc-linux' not recognized
configure: error: /bin/sh ./config.sub i686-pc-linux- failed

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DelilahDemoe

12 years ago

The theme is wonderful, but all of my scrollbars and various buttons turn completely black with any and all of the theme variations. Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Fedorateur

12 years ago

Can you make a Gtk1 Version ??

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pengyou12345

12 years ago

I have a fresh fedora 3 machine and installed it as my new gtk theme. After I restart it, it is stuck in system intialization. You click Application icons in the panel, no reponse and no menu scrolls down. Could you tell me how to solve it or switch back.

Thank you so much!

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smitjel

12 years ago

I haven't installed the new version yet because I'm about to install FC4 from scratch...but can someone post a screenie of the "Quicksilver" color scheme? I didn't even know that was a choice.

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michaeldominic

12 years ago

I like clearlooks more and more with each release. The new changes are great, thanks.

I still have a problem with the "candy" progress bars, but I understand you can't make everybody happy. It would be cool though, If we have a build option to disable that (and use plain ones instead).

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Sparrk

12 years ago

It's a theme option:
progressbarstyle = 0 # 0 = candy bar, 1 = flat
Change that to 1 in the particular gtkrc.

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michaeldominic

12 years ago

Nice, thanks.

One more thing - the new "tick" is cool. It would be nice, if we could use it for menu ticks as well. Check the screenshot:

http://www.mdk.org.pl/linux/clearlooks.png

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michaeldominic

12 years ago

Hmm...

changing to

progressbarstyle = 1

does not seem to work for me (same candy bar). Other changeable things (ie. menubarstyle) work though. I've got my clearlooks built without animation support. Could it be the reason?

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bvc

12 years ago

>It would be cool though, If we have a build option to disable that (and use plain ones instead).


I thought if you compiled without
--enable-animation
it was disable

Once compiling with
--enable-animation
disabling has never worked for me. It's has never made a diff.

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michaeldominic

12 years ago

I think we're talking about two different things here. One thing is the progress bar animation, and the other thing - candy stripes on the progress bar (animated or not - doesn't matter).

I don't want animation and I don't want the candy bar. I just want a plain progress bar, like in the good industrial days... ;)

One more thing I noticed - the new buttons cause small glitches in applications that draw them on a non-standard background color (like: Evolution, MonoDoc). Check screenshot:

http://www.mdk.org.pl/linux/evolution.png

This is a tiny issue, but maybe it can be resolved with some kind of alpha-drawing.

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bored2k

12 years ago

This just broke my Ubuntu hoary. Everything would go back to the default lame theme except the window border. I had to go back to version 5.

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bvc

12 years ago

I had weird stuff happining to...like
-theme manager not loading (or unloading...had to kill)
-menubarstyles not changing
-leftover colors from one scheme to another and when to another engine
-no nautilus (icons and background not set at login...had to kill)
-no bowsers would start

that was enough for me to revert to 0.5

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Sparrk

12 years ago

Sorry, you have to restart GNOME once after installing the new engine, otherwise all the apps won't pick it up (and the new theme files are incompatible, so you get the default fallback). We should probably put that in the notes.

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bvc

12 years ago

all my issues, except the browsers, were after a reboot from another os

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Sparrk

12 years ago

I was replying to bored, I don't know what's causing your problems.

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bvc

12 years ago

well, I had that happen to, especially with menus, and this was after the reboot as well

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GaMMa

12 years ago

I love the changes, this theme is sleek and highly useable.

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Rizo

12 years ago

I love the new changes. It is more consistent than ever and it looks very good. Keep up the good work

Rizo

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bigbandit2004

12 years ago

Ihave never understood why people like this theme. Guess I am the weird one :-)

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bvc

12 years ago

Well I sure did until now because we already have the industrial engine. If a glorified industrial is what they wanted, seems to me it would have been alot easier and faster to tweak it instead of inverting bluecurve.

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dhonn

12 years ago

How about having the menu bar rounded as well, except when maximized?

Also on the menu bar shadows and highlights need to darked more so the menu bar is more expressed.

Probably shrink menu bar height a couple of pixels so windows dont look top heavy.

I noticed that in the several versions this theme had a pinkish tint... is this a feature or bug?

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12 years ago

Clearlooks 0.6.2:
Fixed crash in OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 + Ximian.
Applied patch from Cary Coady to fix a segfault when progressbar has no parent.
Removed metacity theme from the engine package (accidently left it in 0.6.1).


Clearlooks 0.6.1:
Fixed wrong rendering of combobox in some themes.
Consistent rendering of buttons in glade and gimp.
Compatability fix for GTK 2.2 from Hongli Lai.
Forgot to mention new listview headers in 0.6.0!


Clearlooks 0.6:
New menuitem style.
Listview item gradients enabled by default.
Tweaked radio- and checkboxes.
New checkmark graphic from Steven Garrity.
New gradient on buttons.
Buttons appear semi-sunken (with new themes).
Fixed GtkNotebook colors in glade and gaim (and others).
Menubar gradient slightly lighter so accommodate border-less WM themes.

Previous releases:
Check the NEWS file in the release tarball.

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