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Description:

OneStepBack is a Gtk 2 and 3 theme with some colors and embossed widgets inspired by the good old NextStep look. I'm old.

It is developed from scratch, is light and minimal, uses only three shades of grays and one color. That was the challenge.

It has been tested on Arch Linux with Gnome-Shell, Gtk+ from 3.16 to 3.22, a good amount of Gtk2 and Gtk3 applications. A lot of widget controls are still missing and it is not tested at all with unity or xfce.

Current version is 0.991, released in July 2018.

The screenshots show OneStepBack theme and some color variations. They show also: Ubo Icons Theme with personal additions, Dash to Dock and Dynamic Top Bar Gnome Shell extensions.

To install the theme, unzip the archive and copy the theme in your theme directory. There is no need for any extra engine.

This is a GPL 3 free software. Feel free to change and share the code.

Web pages:

Known bugs:

• gtk3: in firefox, thunderbird and QT5 applications: arrow buttons shape and colors, color of active menu items: unfortunatly, nothing I can do.

ChangeLog:

Version 0.992, working version

Version 0.991, July 2018

• change the grey-brown color variant for a grey-brown-green-blue color variant
• gtk2: improve generation of the derived colors
• gtk2: improve colors of progressbar label
• gtk3: improve color backdrop color in headerbar
• gtk3: improve button color consistency in headerbar
• gtk3: fix a bug in toolbar button hover
• gtk3: fix a color name bug
• improve differentation of selected text, menuitem and listitem colors

Version 0.99, April 2018

• gtk3: improve spacing for icons in nautilus sidebar
• gtk3: fix a color name bug
• add a grey-brown color variant

Version 0.98, March 2018

• gtk3: fix a color bug when toogle button in hover
• fix a bug in the headerbar roundness
• fix a color bug in the windows shadows
• improve design of the thumbs on scales and scrollbars
• improve colors of arrows and scrollbars
• improve support for easy color changes
• change colors of the variant color version: the colors are inspired by the earth-brown gtk3 theme

Version 0.97, January 2018

• gtk3: fix a color bug in the flotting bottom information bar in nautilus
• add a color variant
• gtk3: fix a color bug in popover (modelbutton:active)
• gtk3: drop support for gtk 3.16 and 3.18

Version 0.96, July 2017

• fix a color bug for mouse color selection in caja (mrnhmath)

Version 0.95, July 2017

• fix a color bug for background in icon view in caja (mrnhmath)
• fix a color name bug

Version 0.94, July 2017

• fix a color bug for selected and unfocused wxgtk items

Version 0.93, May 2017

• gtk3: fix a color bug in nautilus for selected and unfocused icons
• gtk3: fix a color bug for selections in firefox gtk3
• change for a blue-gray color for progress bars and switch

Version 0.92: November 2016

• gtk3: fix a color bug in headerbar pathbar
• gtk3: add a left margin to arrow in menus
• gtk2: fix wrong background color in rox when switching theme
• gtk3: improve css syntax for font definitions

Version 0.91, September 2016

• gtk3: disable the GtkWidget-window-dragging function that breaks things in gnumeric (thanks Ingo S.)

Version 0.9, August 2016

• add support for easy color changes
• gtk3: add a minimal lenght to the scrollbar sliders
• gtk3: improve arrows design in scrollbar when disabled

Version 0.8, April 2016

• gtk3: fix a bug in desktop borders when nautilus manages the desktop
• gtk3: more consistant design of the scrollbar arrow buttons
• gtk3: add support for scale indicators
• gtk3: fix bug for scale sliders overpassing trough
• gtk3: fix a bug with labels of scale bars
• gtk3: add support for arrows in popover menus
• gtk3: change behaviour of the checked button in hea.derbar
• gtk3: add basic support for calendar and iconview widgets
• gtk3: fix a color bug for radiobutton label when disabled in list
• gtk3: add support for expander arrows when active

Version 0.7, April 2016

• gtk3: port to gtk 3.20: gtk3 part rebuild from scratch !
• orange progress bar color
• gray active widgets
• no more highlight on hover

Version 0.6, November 2015

• gtk3: improve borders of menus (thanks behrz)

Version 0.5, October 2015

• gtk3: improve borders/shadows to better match the gtk2 part (thanks behrz)
• gtk3: improve switch borders
• fix some colors and rocking in toolbar buttons
• change borders of scrollbar sliders to match the new button shadows
• gtk2: better centering of the scrollbar thumb
• gtk3: fix a padding problem in gedit open document popover (thanks to bd209ocp)

Version 0.4, October 2015

• gtk3: fix some color and padding tweeks for nautilus 3.18
• add arrow buttons to scrollbars
• gtk3: test with gtk 3.18: ok

Version 0.3, October 2015

• gtk2: fix shadow glitchs in the scrollbar design
• add a shell script to easily change the colors of the theme
• gtk3: improve calculation of shadows on buttons

Version 0.2, September 2015

• gtk3: fix borders glitchs in menus
• gtk3: improve borders of the embossed widgets
• gtk3: define help colors for borders
• gtk3: fix :hover colors on switchs
• gtk3: add support for gnome-logs selections
• fix color of insensitive combobox and check and radio buttons labels
• gtk2: fix color of gimp loading bar

Version 0.1, August 2015

• initial version

Version numbering:

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#### hmd9261 1 year ago

I found 0.91 in the net. It can be used but does not completely work. Hence I would probably want to try out some of the archived versions, but I can't download them. Any idea?
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

No idea, sorry. I am on gtk 3.22.18 and the theme works fine. Stupid questions: are other third party themes working on your system ? And just for clarity, what are your distribution and window manager ?

#### hmd9261 1 year ago

Other themes work, but I had to try out a few to get one that worked well. It looks like there are subtle differences that can cause such problems.

I use e20 as window manager, and Oracle Linux 7.4 as my distro. The distro is quite exotic, but it is basically a clone of RHEL with some Oracle addons. People have to use stuff like this at work :)

Since there are no downloads of older versions available here, is there any chance to download them somewhere else? I could not find anything in the net. If you use a version control system to maintain the code, ever thought of making it public on github? People could then (a) access older versions and (b) contribute patches. Think about it :)

#### freelancer96 1 year ago

brings back some good memories...

#### mrnhmath 1 year ago

I have two issues with it: Caja folder view has a black background and the tabs looks bad compared to Gtk2
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

Hum, I must confess I don't know what is Caja. Regarding the tabs, that's probably the changes I made in the last version... I will have to refine my changes. Do you have some pictures of the problems ?

#### mrnhmath 1 year ago

Caja is MATE's file manager. Here's how the folders are presented, with a black background: http://i.imgur.com/JwQi4d1.png and the tabs: http://i.imgur.com/codz6qn.png
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

I had a look on Caja: try the just uploaded 0.95 version. The background seems ok now. It remains a bug when selecting multiple icons, the selection box is not transparent. I'm still scratching my head. If I find a way to deal with this bug, I will upload a new update. Regarding the tabs in gtk3 part, I now understand your concern. The design is clearly a compromise and I hope not a bad one. If I find some time, I will try to improve it.

#### mrnhmath 1 year ago

Caja is usable again. Is the code hosted somewhere? I may help you with something.
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

The orginal code is hosted on my computer... You are the second person in two years to ask for a public repository. Not a emergency but I will rethink it. Feel free to improve the code and send it to me if you want. Help is always welcome: thanks. My email is in the readme in the package.
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

The selection box bug (rubberband) in caja is now fixed. Please try the 0.96 version.

#### fishears 1 year ago

This is the prefect antidote for having had too much flat/osx/transparent theming
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

Thanks ! And very good naming ! Maybe I'll change the name to antidote...

#### fishears 1 year ago

I've made a quick Gnome Shell theme that matches your GTK themes pretty well. It's based on HP-UXMotif theme. Is it OK to upload (with appropriate credits) & use the OneStepBack name to make it easier to find? Also, in Gnome Tweak Tool, on the extension page (this is Gnome Shell 3.24) the headerbar needs to be taller to accommodate the switch so I added this code to the gtk3 theme:
/* increase headerbar height */
min-height: 38px;
padding-left: 2px; /* same as childrens vertical margins for nicer proportions */
}
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

Maybe choose a name with reference to OneStepBack (GS4OneStepBack )? This is GPL free software after all. And I can put a link here to your GS theme.

I'm reluctant to fix the mimimum height of headerbars: seems to me a wasted space (and Client Side Decoration for windows has always been a strange idea to me...)

#### fishears 1 year ago

Actually, I agree, that was a bad way to address the problem. It's really a button issue so I'm now making min-height: 24px; min-width: 24px; and padding: 2px; for button and all is working for me. Not sure why but it was only affecting the close button, not the min or max but this fixes it on my system.
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

It's better but still too much for my taste. I have no idea how to do a better job.

#### vaskas 1 year ago

Are you still looking to share the Gnome Shell theme? Keen to give it a go!

#### fishears 1 year ago

I changed my mind about publishing - too busy to maintain it officially. You can have what I've got here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1wOhkjJBMXfTHBZN1pZVVdmN1E/view?usp=drivesdk

#### gpyra 1 year ago

Great, but... Is this the only working retro theme for GTK 3.20+? Not counting Redmond clones of course.
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#### jpsb 1 year ago

I really don't know.

In fact, this is only the theme I use every day, built because the existing themes did not really suit me. I thought maybe I was not alone in this case and I shared it under GPL license and I try to keep up to date.

#### gpyra 1 year ago

And thank you for making it :-) Esp. for providing gtk2 theme, since qt4 and qt5 apps use gtk2 engine for unified look.

#### mullah 1 year ago

Thanks for doing this theme and keeping it up to date. It's awesome!
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Thanks !

#### nitrofurano 2 years ago

i added this theme in the recommendation to be voted at https://www.slant.co/topics/2086/~gtk3-themes - it’s in 3rd place now there, please help voting for reaching the 1st placer as soon as possible! ;)

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Good job :)

great

### megacoder Nov 01 2017

I'm been searching for this look for a long, long time. Thank you very, very much!

### freelancer96 Aug 02 2017

brings back some good memories...

### fishears Jul 25 2017

This is the prefect antidote for having had too much flat/osx/transparent theming

Cool :-)))