Homosapien Metacity Customizer 0.4.5
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Description:

This is a Metacity theme based on the Homosapien mockup done by 0rAX0.

This theme now has a online customization tool (called Customizer - link below) that allows you to tweak the theme to *your* liking which you then download and install.

A special thanks to 0rAX0's for his amazing mockup, without it I wouldn't have been able to do this.

See 0rAX0's original mockup at http://0rax0.deviantart.com/art/Homosapien-mockup-152444481

P.S. Made for use with the Human theme.
Last changelog:

7 years ago

********** Latest **********
v0.4.5
- Customizer theming
* New option to supply a prefix for the theme name. This allows you to have multiple customized themes installed.


v0.4
- Customizer theming
* New option that changes the titlebar style. Includes styles for Homosapien, Blend, Dust, New Wave and the new Ubuntu Ambiance and Radiance themes.
* New option to remove menu icon


v0.3
- Customizer theming
New option to control the position of the text on the titlebar
New option to specify the color of the close button
Added a grey icon as an menu icon option


v0.2
- Customizer website
Updated layout
Added commenting system

- Customizer theming
New option to support buttons on left (like osx)
New option to allow colored borders (like Homosapien2 mockups)
Can view how unfocused windows look (more options to follow)

* Note that the new options above are only available via the "(*NEW* Homosapien customizer)" link and not the "(Homosapien latest)" link.


v0.1
Created Customizer

The Customizer is an online customization tool that allows you to tweak the base Homosapien theme to *your* liking which you then download and install.

Want a smaller titlebar or how about a bigger one... no problem.

Want the menu icon to be that orange dot again or maybe just stick with the application icon... no problem.

Want to define the theme color independent of your system/gtk color or maybe just stick to matching your system/gtk color... no problem.

Hate those rounded bottom corners... no problem just turn them off.

If there is enough interest I'll look at adding more options like:
- buttons on the left like osx
- switch between different sets of buttons
- add a colored border (like the Homosapien 2 mockups)
- your suggestions

Please let me know what you think by adding a comment below.




********** Previous **********
v0.9
Titlebar now matches your "Selected items background" color
Mashed up some of the new buttons with old ones
Moved buttons more to the right

v0.8
Updated buttons (normal, hover and pressed)
Added unmaximize button to maximized windows
Show rounded corners to maximize button when just paired with close (ie max and close) - support for rounded corners on the close button (when only the close button is showing) only works when using metacity (not compiz)
Added title bar variations small, medium or large (all included in download)

v0.7.7
Fixed bug introduced in 0.7.6 that made the top border hard to use for resizing

v0.7.6
Reduced titlebar height (by 2px)

v0.7.5
Extended top tilebar outline to left and right borders

v0.7
Centered buttons on maximized windows
Removed left and right titlebar outlines
Replaced top titlebar outline with something more subtle

v0.6
Added pressed effects for buttons
Updated hover effects for inactive windows
Removed titlebar top outline for maximized windows
Display a different close button on windows that only show a close button (this doesnt work in compiz but works in metacity)

v0.5
Decreased titlebar height
Changed menu icon to show the application icon
Added a slight gradient to the titlebar
Improved hover effects for buttons
Made left and right borders same width as the bottom (the positioning of the resize handle now looks better)

v0.4
Rounded bottom corners (had to increase bottom border)
Improved rounded corners on inactive windows

v0.3
Improved titlebar to work better with all sizes of fonts
More consistent cropping of titlebar text on narrow windows
Improved position of the menu button

v0.2
Improved rounded corners
Increased window border width (1px to 3px)
Improved titlebar text contrast
Improved titlebar to work better with larger fonts
Changed titlebar background on inactive windows
Made menu button smaller
Added basic hover effects to buttons

zacbarton

7 years ago

The screenshot show the latest nautilus in Lucid Lynx which has some new UI changes. The zoom buttons and the view combo box are now on the main toolbar.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2010-January/002821.html

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daas88

7 years ago

as all people say, i think it should be the default metacity.
I have a constructive critic: if you made it a few pixels thinner it would look nicer (in my opinion).

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nenelinux

7 years ago

I love it :D

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tomfool

7 years ago

W-O-W!I hope that it will be the standard HumanTheme in Lucid!

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jamwaffles

7 years ago

Same

PS. the theme they use in Ubuntu Alpha better not be the one they use for the release.

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wikinghero

7 years ago

The only thing i would change is the height of the titlebar, because I think it consumes to much space. Is it possible to decrease it a little bit?

Despite that, thanks for that fantastic theme!!

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topdownjimmy

7 years ago

A few more comments/suggestions:

* The bottom rounded corners are unnecessary, I feel. For one thing they require the workaround of making the bottom border thicker, which also misaligns the resize dimples in the lower-right corner. Most themes have square bottom corners, and I think this is pretty standard for those reasons.

* The resize dimples in the lower-right corner are barely visible. They should be made more obvious somehow.

* On maximized windows, the buttons and window title become vertically un-centered.

* It took me a while to notice, but a window's program icon is given up as the control menu in favor of that orange dot. While the orange dot looks nice, I think it is more informative -- and certainly people are more used to it -- to have the program icon there.

* The min/max/close buttons don't look right when one of them is missing. For instance, try to close a document in gedit without saving it. The Save dialog box only has a close button, and with square corners on the left, this looks unfinished. I don't know how this problem can be solved easily.

* The maximize button remains a plus sign when the window is already maximized. This is misleading and confusing. It may be smarter to use a square for the maximize/restore button, as that has become pretty standard.

* For usability purposes, I think the symbols in the min/max/close buttons should maybe have a bit more contrast. Obviously some of the previous default Ubuntu themes have erred too much on the side of usability, resulting in too heavy contrasts and bulky text shadows -- but the Homosapien button symbols are really pretty faint at the moment.

* While I like the "flatness" of the titlebar, I think there's something about it that will turn the average person off. It looks unfinished, somehow, and also so dark that it's almost black. It might be worth exploring some ways to add a subtle, subtle gradient or other flourish to it. Anything that creates the illusion of a bulge or a glossy highlight tends to give the titlebar a "heavy" feeling, in my opinion, and I like the "lightness" that this theme has. But something to give the titlebar a little texture might improve the look of this theme greatly.

* Finally, and with a bit of irony, I would suggest not taking every suggestion you get into account. Too many competing ideas and you end up with something inconsistent at best, and several "forks" of the same theme at worst. You don't have to please everybody.

Thanks for your work on this, I'm really excited about where this is headed.

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zacbarton

7 years ago

Thanks for your comments.

* Rounded corners - I'm not a fan of rounded bottom corner either but I've added them as a few people have asked.

* Resize dimples - these are drawn by your selected GTK theme (ie the "Controls" tab not the "Window Border" tab).

* Uncentered buttons - I'm not seeing that. The buttons look centered to me. Got a screenshot?

* Menu button - I agree and I've replaced the orange dot with the applications icon.

* Missing buttons - Fixed in the latest version but not if your using compiz, try using metacity and see the difference :-)

* Maximize button should toggle - Agreed. It's on my todo list.

* Buttons contrast - In the latest version(s) I've done some work on this. Is it enough?

* Flat titlebar - I've added a slight gradient to the titlebar in the latest version so hopefully that helps?

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vervelover

7 years ago

best metacity theme ever.

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bababoss

7 years ago

could you please upload the older version too? it looked better and i lost it after installing the new one

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zacbarton

7 years ago

ive added v0.1 for download

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johonunu

7 years ago

Maybe you can make rounded corner on the bottom version ? Thanks !

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Lusepuster

7 years ago

I really love this theme as it is one of the best looking and still uniquely Gnome themes out there, not a Mac/Win rip-off.

Personally, I would very much prefer if the titlebar of inactive windows simply blended in with the window background as they do in the Human theme and many others. This would reduce visual noise on the screen, help focus on the active window and hence improve usability. And also, it would look sweet as molasses :-)

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zacbarton

7 years ago

In the latest version the titlebar of inactive windows should blended in with the window background. Are you seeing otherwise?

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Lusepuster

7 years ago

No, apparently it wasn't the latest version :) The latest looks great!

If I may suggest a couple of more things: I think the buttons in inactive titlebars could safely be fully visible (i.e. not transparent/dimmed). They are discrete enough that thry would not make visual noise, and it would make the desktop look a bit crisper and fresher that way.
Second, I think a discrete gradient in the titlebar sort of like the Elementary metacity theme could give it a subtle 3D look, right now it looks a bit "flat".

These are tiny details, my overall impression of this theme is very positive indeed!

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dael99

7 years ago

I still feels that the windows are hard to resize...

accessibility! please.

fix it and get the cookies!
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/metacity/+bug/160311

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zacbarton

7 years ago

I've just added a wide version so hopefully that will help.

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BobCFC

7 years ago

I hit a small bug because I was using a slightly larger font for the titlebar

I wondered why mine looked different to everyone else, if you make the font larger you get an ugly border between the menubar and the titlebar which disappears if you shrink the font

Great stuff though, thanks for the quick turnaround.

Looks even better if you turn off transparency for inactive windows in gconf-editor /apps/gwd/metacity_theme_opacity =1

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topdownjimmy

7 years ago

Thanks for transforming this concept into a downloadable theme. It’s unique, legible, sleek, modern, stylish without being distracting, and it nicely adopts the classic “Ubuntu Brown.” I personally think it’d make a great default for Lucid. My only four initial suggestions are: (1) The top edge highlight is a little too severe, especially in the top-left corner. (2) The window border could stand to be a couple pixels thicker (for easier resizing). (3) The text contrast for the window title should be greater (i.e., "whiter") for legibility purposes. (4) The plus sign on the maximize button should become something other than a plus sign for maximized windows -- I'm not sure if this is currently the case, but otherwise it can become confusing (as it is in Shiki). Great work.

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Izo

7 years ago

Good implementation, needs hover effects, yes. I'd like to see the bottom corners rounded as well.

/izo\

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johonunu

7 years ago

I like it :) I would like hover effect over buttons,... maybe you could talk to the author of the mockup, so he can help you in putting this theme together !

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bababoss

7 years ago

Using it with my Human X Theme and I love it! Waiting for some hover-effects on the buttons and a effect for pressing them. thanks for taking your time making this theme real from a beautiful mockup!
and good to see that you buttons are a bit thinner than the buttons in the mockup.

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mhogendoorn

7 years ago

I use it right away. This is the best window dress up so far. Thanks.

Looking forward to the emerald implementation...

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7 years ago

********** Latest **********
v0.4.5
- Customizer theming
* New option to supply a prefix for the theme name. This allows you to have multiple customized themes installed.


v0.4
- Customizer theming
* New option that changes the titlebar style. Includes styles for Homosapien, Blend, Dust, New Wave and the new Ubuntu Ambiance and Radiance themes.
* New option to remove menu icon


v0.3
- Customizer theming
New option to control the position of the text on the titlebar
New option to specify the color of the close button
Added a grey icon as an menu icon option


v0.2
- Customizer website
Updated layout
Added commenting system

- Customizer theming
New option to support buttons on left (like osx)
New option to allow colored borders (like Homosapien2 mockups)
Can view how unfocused windows look (more options to follow)

* Note that the new options above are only available via the "(*NEW* Homosapien customizer)" link and not the "(Homosapien latest)" link.


v0.1
Created Customizer

The Customizer is an online customization tool that allows you to tweak the base Homosapien theme to *your* liking which you then download and install.

Want a smaller titlebar or how about a bigger one... no problem.

Want the menu icon to be that orange dot again or maybe just stick with the application icon... no problem.

Want to define the theme color independent of your system/gtk color or maybe just stick to matching your system/gtk color... no problem.

Hate those rounded bottom corners... no problem just turn them off.

If there is enough interest I'll look at adding more options like:
- buttons on the left like osx
- switch between different sets of buttons
- add a colored border (like the Homosapien 2 mockups)
- your suggestions

Please let me know what you think by adding a comment below.




********** Previous **********
v0.9
Titlebar now matches your "Selected items background" color
Mashed up some of the new buttons with old ones
Moved buttons more to the right

v0.8
Updated buttons (normal, hover and pressed)
Added unmaximize button to maximized windows
Show rounded corners to maximize button when just paired with close (ie max and close) - support for rounded corners on the close button (when only the close button is showing) only works when using metacity (not compiz)
Added title bar variations small, medium or large (all included in download)

v0.7.7
Fixed bug introduced in 0.7.6 that made the top border hard to use for resizing

v0.7.6
Reduced titlebar height (by 2px)

v0.7.5
Extended top tilebar outline to left and right borders

v0.7
Centered buttons on maximized windows
Removed left and right titlebar outlines
Replaced top titlebar outline with something more subtle

v0.6
Added pressed effects for buttons
Updated hover effects for inactive windows
Removed titlebar top outline for maximized windows
Display a different close button on windows that only show a close button (this doesnt work in compiz but works in metacity)

v0.5
Decreased titlebar height
Changed menu icon to show the application icon
Added a slight gradient to the titlebar
Improved hover effects for buttons
Made left and right borders same width as the bottom (the positioning of the resize handle now looks better)

v0.4
Rounded bottom corners (had to increase bottom border)
Improved rounded corners on inactive windows

v0.3
Improved titlebar to work better with all sizes of fonts
More consistent cropping of titlebar text on narrow windows
Improved position of the menu button

v0.2
Improved rounded corners
Increased window border width (1px to 3px)
Improved titlebar text contrast
Improved titlebar to work better with larger fonts
Changed titlebar background on inactive windows
Made menu button smaller
Added basic hover effects to buttons

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