Equinox GTK Engine
GTK2 Themes
Score 75%
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- The original themes are no longer maintained (but still usable).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

maxc

6 years ago

Hey, I really enjoy equinox but how do I remove bottom borders? Those are really flat and I dislike them. I'm using Equinox Evolution theme.

I have been used Equinox Glass for a while and been available to disable those borders from metacity.xml file, but Equinox Evolution does not have thix xml. Can someone help me with this?

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play

6 years ago

Just 1 thing:

1. The taskbar seems to have been designed for users to keep it at the bottom of their screen. For those of us who keep it on top, it looks a bit funny... ie, no padding and border on bottom of the app title.
screenshot:
http://bit.ly/9C3xAl

:) thanks!

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fraggle4

6 years ago

Hey, love your work, and been using it for a while now. Just curious; what would it take to get transparency for the gnome-panel -- all of it, including the menus, notification applets and such?

Would a simple editing of the panel_bg.png work?

Thanks :)

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ikisham

6 years ago

See if this can help:
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/ffuu?content=127731

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andermetalsh

6 years ago

I can't select any of the menu objects when I open the preferences menu on Gnome which I have to scrolldown to see the last preferences (large list) . It always goes to the beginning of the menu .
It happens on Arch Linux 64 with Gnome 2.32 and when I use any theme based on Equinox ( Elementary )

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Karmicbastler

6 years ago

hi Dear,

I havea new Notebook with Suse 11.3 64bit installed on it. And because of using Gnome there too, I just want to install your nice theme also on Suse.

Perhaps you could give me a hint, how to install it here too??

I already have this theme also on my stationary machine, which runs with LinuxMint 9 Isadora.

I like your theme, so please tell me how to do it here on Suse or could you also enlarge your repository with one for OpenSuse??

Thank you,

Karmicbastler

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oguncak

6 years ago

could you publish a version with window borders bottom corners NOT rounded?

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captaincavern

6 years ago

Thank a lot really useable and beautiful...must be the default theme simply speaking ;)

Some little bug but rather annoying like mail list in Evolution:

click on some header mail (the main list) and click in the preview mail ( double click on some mail and keep the focus on the new body mail window. -> the current selected mail is not highlighted (or too faded as is invisible).

It's hard too look which is the current readed mail.

Thank again

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timorei

6 years ago

Having the same Problem in the theme I am trying to make/modify. Thats how I found this entry really.

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timorei

6 years ago

I found the part in my theme. Don't even know if this is still relevant to anyone:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10170121&postcount=2

so sorry for the spam.

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Sov

6 years ago

http://wisher.planet.ee/kraam/bar.jpg

I love the theme, but that bar is way too big for me. Can anyone point out what settings I have to change.

Thanks.

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kalpet89

6 years ago

Im getting some errors when im trying to install from source.
Anyone knows how to install in fedora 13?

Thanks

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alecive

6 years ago

Hi! Your engine is fantastic, but it has some problems regards usability.

1. How can I make selected buttons (and other things) more distinctive over non-selected buttons?

To be clear with a clear (I hope) example: open gimp -> open a random image -> type "Shift"+"T" -> go in the first gtk entry (in wich you can select width of the scale tool). Now press "Tab" button on your keyboard. Selection goes in the little chain on the right (indeed if you type "Enter" key you see that the chain opens or closes itself), but there is no visual feedback to see this! And it's a big problem for me!
Another example: if I'm posting something in whatever forum you want (I'm thinking about ubuntu.it forum), if I press "Tab" button selection goes on "Send" button, but there is also here a lack of visual feedback! :(

2. If I'm typing something in a gtkentry, there is a slight blue border on the gtkentry; how can I make this more clear and distinctive?

Thanks for the help!

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bubuzzz

6 years ago

What is the them in the first screenshot? Would you mind share it in here ?

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tiheum

6 years ago

GTK theme is Equinox Evolution, Metacity is Equinox Evolution Squared. Both of them are included in the corresponding archive.

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bubuzzz

6 years ago

Weird, the menu of the evolution theme is not dark in my system. I use xfce but it should be the same, right ? i used the package from ppa for ubuntu

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frankhart

6 years ago

Same here. I can't manage to get the background in the menu's dark. Also, the clock-text in the dock uses a dark font so it isn't readable. The minimized apps in the bottom bar are light too. I tried the source and the ubuntu ppa on Debian sid.

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bubuzzz

6 years ago

i checked the gtkrc and there is not any line for the black menu, so i have to modify a bit for it. Put these line under the line widget_class "*Panel*<GtkButton>" style:highest "theme-button-panel"

style "theme-menu-black" = "theme-black" {
xthickness = 0
ythickness = 0
bg[SELECTED] = shade(1.6, @panel_bg)
bg[INSENSITIVE] = shade(0.85, @panel_bg)
}

style "theme-menuitem-black" = "theme-black" {
xthickness = 2
ythickness = 2
text[NORMAL] = shade (0.85, @selected_fg_color)
fg[PRELIGHT] = @selected_fg_color
text[PRELIGHT] = @selected_fg_color
bg[SELECTED] = shade (1.8, @panel_bg)
}

style "theme-menubar-item-black" = "theme-menuitem-black" {
bg[SELECTED] = shade (0.88, @panel_bg)
}

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frankhart

6 years ago

Thanks, but the lines are already there... Did you use the Equinox Evolution theme?

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bubuzzz

6 years ago

sorry, i cannot remember exactly what i changed. Here is mine

http://www.mediafire.com/?uc91kw2dlpjdrbf

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frankhart

6 years ago

Thanks for your help bubuzzz. Turned out I had an old .gtkrc file in my homedir... Always check with a new, standard account before complaining :-P

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gonzakloperu

6 years ago

If a main menu list is too long, so that it does'nt fit in the screen, the border bar shows itself in a different (clear) color.

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mcoumans

7 years ago

"This theme will not look as intended because the required GTK+ theme engine 'pixmap' is not installed."

After installing your theme, I get this message.

Looking at the xorg-xsession-log, I see similar error messages related to pixmap.

I'm using an updated LinuxMint9.

Any clues?

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mcoumans

7 years ago

"This theme will not look as intended because the required GTK+ theme engine 'pixmap' is not installed."

After installing your theme, I get this message.

Looking at the xorg-xsession-log, I see similar error messages related to pixmap.

I'm using an updated LinuxMint9.

Any clues?

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ilcontegis

7 years ago

I would greatly appreciate an option to add some transparencies using metacity composer (if this is possible).
I would like to have the dropdown menu semi transparent (I don't want to use compiz or other heavy things).

Thank you.

Best theme, engine and icon set EVER!

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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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