Equinox GTK Engine
GTK2 Themes
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Description:

A heavily modified version of the beautiful Aurora engine (1.4). Thanks to his author.

IMPORTANT! Since version 1.40, the file below contains only the engine source. You can download themes (both GTK and Metacity) from the second and third links :
- The five Equinox Evolution themes are new offical ones and will get some updates in the future. Only these themes are now included in the theme package available from the Launchpad PPA
- The original themes are no longer maintained (but still usable).

Engine installation

First of all, make sure you have installed the GTK+ library development files (libgtk2.0-dev on Debian/Ubuntu, gtk2-devel on Fedora) with your favourite package manager.

Then to compile the Equinox engine, extract the corresponding archive in your home folder. In the new directory, run the following commands:
[indent]./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-animation
make[/indent]

On Fedora 64 bits (and perhaps other distribs), compilation don't work with the options above. You must run:
[indent]./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64 --enable-animation[/indent]

Finally, run this command as root:
[indent]make install[/indent]

Themes installation

To install the themes, extract the content of the other archive in your ~/.themes.

You can easily change the colour used for selected items or tooltips in Appearance preferences.

To fix the issue with the text of selected menu items in Firefox and Thunderbird, copy the userChrome.css in both ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxx.default/chrome/ and ~/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/chrome/

To use the Equinox Evolution theme with Chromium or Google Chrome, open the browser and drag the CRX file (provided in the themes archive) into the address bar. In applications options, don't forget to enable the display of Metacity borders.

Icon theme
A (still uncomplete) version of Faenza icon theme is now available. Follow the link a the bottom of this page.

Engine options

* curvature = 2.5
* menubarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient
* menubaritemstyle = 0 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = inverse gradient, 3 = line
* menubarborders = 1 # 0 = none, 1 = bottom border, 2 = top half-border, 3 = bottom border and top half-border
* toolbarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = flat without border, 3 = gradient without border, 4 = flat with bottom border, 5 = gradient with bottom border
* buttonstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* menuitemstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* listviewheaderstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* listviewitemstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient
* scrollbarstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy, 2 = normal with grip, 3 = glassy with grip, 4 = flat
* scrollbartrough = 0 # 0 = background color of the parent widget, 1 = base color of the widget itself
* scalesliderstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy, 2 = normal with bullet
* checkradiostyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* progressbarstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* separatorstyle = 1 # 0 = solid inset, 1 = gradient inset, 2 = lighter line, 3 = darker line
* textstyle = 0 # orientation of text shadow
* textshade = 1.08 # > 1.0 for light text shadow, < 1.0 for dark text shadow
* animation = TRUE # FALSE = disabled, TRUE = enabled
* arrowsize = 0.1 # controls combo_arrow circle size. Diameter set by (11 + 2 * arrowsize)

Known bugs
* Strange progressbars in Firefox and Thunderbird
* Some ugly message areas

Launchpad PPA
Equinox is available to install for Ubuntu users via a PPA repository. Open a terminal and run :
[indent]sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme[/indent]
Last changelog:

6 years ago

1.50
* New option resizegripstyle
* New value for menubaritemstyle option (return of the original style !)

1.40
* New options menubaritemstyle, scrollbartrough, textstyle and textshade
* Rendering of progressbars improved
* Better support of dark themes
* Some changes in displaying focuses
* FIX: some crashes with Evolution

1.30.2:
ENGINE
* Better rendering for gradient listitems
THEMES
* Windows can be dragged from menubar
* Include userChrome.css to fix Firefox/Thunderbird menu issue
* Include Chromium/Chrome theme for Equinox Evolution
* Some fixes

1.30.1:
ENGINE
* Fix missing parameters in function equinox_style_copy

1.30:
ENGINE
* New options menubarborders and listviewitemstyle
* New values for menubarstyle and scrollbarstyle options
* Some fixes
THEMES
* New themes Evolution and Evolution Light
* Fix bug with Inkscape palette
* Workspace switcher and menubar items more lighter in dark panels
* Fix bugs with some applets: CPU scaling, network monitor, dictionary.
METACITY
* Bottom border of all themes reduced
* New themes Evolution Rounded and Evolution Squared

1.20:
ENGINE
* New options progressbarstyle and separatorstyle
* New values for options menubarstyle and toolbarstyle to hide borders of menubar and toolbar controls
* Overall performance improved
* Some fixes
THEMES
* Better integration in gnome 2.30 (specially for Nautilus)
* New light theme
METACITY
* New themes Light and Light Glass in which window controls used the selected background color
* New themes Classic and Classic Glass with a red close button and others in the selected background color

1.1:
ENGINE
* Progressbars and tabs now accept curvature option
* New engine option for menuitems style
* New focus rendering for tabs[/li]
THEMES
* New Gtkrc theme with wider controls
* Gnome panel with gradient pixmap
* Correct search bar color in Nautilus
METACITY
* Title bar reduced
* Space between title and buttons (if needed)
* Various corrections on windows controls

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tiheum

6 years ago

You don't need to downgrade but just to download the Equinox orginal themes (third link above) and install them through gnome-appearance-properties application (or copy the content of the archive in /usr/share/themes).

If you really want to downgrade, use your favorite package manager (Synaptic on Ubuntu) to force the version of the Equinox packages to 1.30.

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oneleft

6 years ago

I only used your theme for the Equinox Glass theme and am very disappointed that you have decided to remove the best part of your theme package. In fact, I registered on gnome-look.org just so I could tell you how disappointed I am. Could you kindly tell me how to "downgrade" to the previous version?

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Weeta

6 years ago

Equinox Glass was removed with update to 1.40. I uesd it :/ I downgrade to version 1.30.

I hope Equinox Glass will be back in futur.

Good work for your themes ;) Great job

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fsando

6 years ago

I don't if it will have some side effects but technically you could simply copy the "glass" version to your local ~/.themes, then upgrade and still have "glass".

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tiheum

6 years ago

Equinox Glass was removed from the list of the themes provided with the theme package because it's to much work to maintain a dozen of themes, sometimes very similar. I prefer to focus on only five themes of fairly significant variations that can be used with the different Faenza themes.
The old "original" Equinox themes are still downloadable from here and can be installed in ~/.themes or /usr/share/themes (as root or sudo).
Note that if you like the glassy buttons for exemple, you can edit the gtkrc file from one of the Equinox Evolution themes and simply change the value of the corresponding parameter. I strongly encourage you to build your own themes ;)

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fsando

6 years ago

Thank you for making changes to "focus". These are beautiful themes.

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Karmicbastler

6 years ago

hi tiheum,

more easy than downloading is, to use tiheums ppa-repository from launchpad.

@ tiheum: with todays update, the nice lightglass-windowborder in your theme was removed. Could you bring that back please? I love mixing it with the mint-x gtk-theme and the Faiz-Icons from here. So, please bring this nice windowborder back please. It looks really nice!!!

Greetings
Karmicbastler

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krig

6 years ago

It is not very different from Aurora Engine... maybe some new idea for the notebook tabs? It has a clean aspect (better than Murrine though) but it skills in innovation. Other than that, is a good work :)

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fsando

6 years ago

Bug or Feature Request:

I recently discovered equinox and instantly fell in love with these beautiful themes.

I have one serious usability problem, though.

When I want to select several non-consecutive files in a folder I mark one item then hold down the ctrl-key and navigate to the next item with up/down then select or deselect with space bar.


In the "Ambient" theme the item in focus is marked with clear visual cues. In all the equinox based themes there is (to my eyes) no visual cues indicating which item is currently in focus, that is, only by selecting/deselecting can I see where in the list I am.

I went through the gtkrc file but found nothing referring to "focus" like there is in the ambient one.

Thanks

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fsando

6 years ago

Bug or Feature Request:

I recently discovered equinox and instantly fell in love with these beautiful themes.

I have one serious usability problem, though.

When I want to select several non-consecutive files in a folder I mark one item then hold down the ctrl-key and navigate to the next item with up/down then select or deselect with space bar.


In the "Ambient" theme the item in focus is marked with clear visual cues. In all the equinox based themes there is (to my eyes) no visual cues indicating which item is currently in focus, that is, only by selecting/deselecting can I see where in the list I am.

I went through the gtkrc file but found nothing referring to "focus" like there is in the ambient one.

Thanks

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alphabuild

6 years ago

really amazing theme. only question, what is the font in your screenshots? can you add a link to the description?

Great work. Thanks.

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LucasVieites

6 years ago

I too would like to know the name of the font. It looks really good at that small size.

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thiyagi

6 years ago

thanks for such a nice theme guys

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madko

6 years ago

There is a problem on Fedora 14 as you can see here:
http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/original/1297947904.png

Some contextual menu has ugly background. Any idea how to fix that?

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swinkq

6 years ago

Hi,great theme! can u post the link on the same wallpapers as on those screens?
Thank you =)

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tiheum

6 years ago

2 Colors by Hombre. You can find it here: http://hombre-cz.deviantart.com/art/2-Colors-Wallpaper-156241379

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moeenn

6 years ago

I am the lucky 100th Fan !

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Bapt

6 years ago

Hi your theme is great !

I saw this bar : https://www.play-files.net/images/1290541692-bar.png in the second preview and I would like to have the same.
How have you done this ?

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tiheum

6 years ago

It's Docky.

You can certainly install it on your Debian from the development PPA: http://launchpad.net/~docky-core/+archive/ppa.

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Bapt

6 years ago

Thank you very much !

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PAgore

6 years ago

Very nice work!!!

This is a good combination:

+Ordinary Metacity (Window Manager)
+Feanza (Icon Set)
+Equinox (GTK2 Engine)

This Theme should be default in the next ubuntu version (11.4)

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pasimo88

6 years ago

I'have a styles problem with emesene...you can see in the screen..

http://d.imagehost.org/0823/Schermata.png

You can solve it? Thanks and excuse me for bad english ;)

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alecive

6 years ago

Hi!

I love your engine, but it has problems with some windows. Take a look below:

http://it.tinypic.com/view.php?pic=aw9xg7&s=7

As you can see, the window is quite empty. But using radiance theme, the same window appears like this:

http://it.tinypic.com/view.php?pic=qpjepw&s=7

Sincerely, I don't know why it happens, and I don't know what gtk elements are used inside that window, but can you solve it? It's quite difficult changing gtk theme every time I must use that graphical tool.. :(

Thanks a lot! :)

Alecive

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ikisham

6 years ago

These themes are great but I have two issues and I hope even if titheum can't help maybe someone else can.

1) There's the issue with numbers not appearing in Firefox's font menu:
http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/8898/prefernciasdofirefox040.png
http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/7774/prefernciasdofirefox001.png

I think this is the one that would be fixed with userChrome.css but none is supplied in the downloads.

2) In Midori's side panel, the list of extensions are in a very light gray. Even lighter than the "grayed out" (like if disabled) plugins. This happens only with Equinox:
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9964/capturadetelaligaorpida.png

Equinox Evolution or Equinox Light behave properly with it:
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/1324/capturadetelagooglemido.png

Any help is much appreciated.

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ikisham

6 years ago

The issue with Firefox seems to be not with Equinox but with Firefox itself (version 4.0 beta 6). All other GTK themes have the same problem:
http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/6632/readetrabalho2043.png

The Midori issue I confirm it's just with Equinox (not its variants) so when this theme is updated maybe it could have an rc file just for Midori (unfortunately currently I don't know how to do it by myself).

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6 years ago

1.50
* New option resizegripstyle
* New value for menubaritemstyle option (return of the original style !)

1.40
* New options menubaritemstyle, scrollbartrough, textstyle and textshade
* Rendering of progressbars improved
* Better support of dark themes
* Some changes in displaying focuses
* FIX: some crashes with Evolution

1.30.2:
ENGINE
* Better rendering for gradient listitems
THEMES
* Windows can be dragged from menubar
* Include userChrome.css to fix Firefox/Thunderbird menu issue
* Include Chromium/Chrome theme for Equinox Evolution
* Some fixes

1.30.1:
ENGINE
* Fix missing parameters in function equinox_style_copy

1.30:
ENGINE
* New options menubarborders and listviewitemstyle
* New values for menubarstyle and scrollbarstyle options
* Some fixes
THEMES
* New themes Evolution and Evolution Light
* Fix bug with Inkscape palette
* Workspace switcher and menubar items more lighter in dark panels
* Fix bugs with some applets: CPU scaling, network monitor, dictionary.
METACITY
* Bottom border of all themes reduced
* New themes Evolution Rounded and Evolution Squared

1.20:
ENGINE
* New options progressbarstyle and separatorstyle
* New values for options menubarstyle and toolbarstyle to hide borders of menubar and toolbar controls
* Overall performance improved
* Some fixes
THEMES
* Better integration in gnome 2.30 (specially for Nautilus)
* New light theme
METACITY
* New themes Light and Light Glass in which window controls used the selected background color
* New themes Classic and Classic Glass with a red close button and others in the selected background color

1.1:
ENGINE
* Progressbars and tabs now accept curvature option
* New engine option for menuitems style
* New focus rendering for tabs[/li]
THEMES
* New Gtkrc theme with wider controls
* Gnome panel with gradient pixmap
* Correct search bar color in Nautilus
METACITY
* Title bar reduced
* Space between title and buttons (if needed)
* Various corrections on windows controls

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