Windows 7 basic theme lookalike v.2 :)

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Windows 7 basic theme lookalike v.2 :)

Hi there,

so here's the sequel of my 1st attempt to achieve a lookalike to the (so hated) Win.7 appearance.

My 1st try was posted in the early days of June :

http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Windows+7+basic+theme+lookalike?content=106601&PHPSESSID=9576fd3e02ec62d4f8d951310eabc9da



I tried then to give the panel the transparency there is in the sosoft OS :)
I guess I find a way to do the trick.

So :

- 1 ) firstly, install the gtk theme I have managed to asemble, a few changes have I done :
they'll be more obvious at the end of the "to do" affair, cause without transparency it just looks blahhh.

- 2 ) when you're done with the gtk theme install,
use the panel.bg.png I provided inside the gtk files as a picture for the panel :
Just right click on the panel, then properties, backgroud, background picture,
and select the picture I provided in the main folder of my theme.
The path should probably be : ~/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/panel.bg.png.

If I didn't screw the whole thing, you'll be able to see a true transparent panel bar with soft cloudy mouseover effect and a shady dark button for the foreground open window.


I invite you to read my previous post to get the information about the who's who about this work.

Again, I simply put together things I found here and there but 4 sure didn't do the whole thing on my own, I simply don't have the skills.

Thanx, and enjoy.


P.S.
For all you win$ haters, please pass your way and don't polute this thread with your bad manners. The philosophy is about sharing, not hating.
And 15000 + downloaders of my previous version can't be wrong, nop ?



PS.2 : The icon theme is now available here : http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Win.7.basic.icon.theme.trial.01?content=109359
Enjoy
Last changelog:

9 years ago

Change the color of the toolbar and its buttons
Change the color of panel buttons
Managed to give the panel bar real transparency

vignesh1

9 years ago

This is just an awesome theme! But despite this, I have a couple of problems here:

1. For some reason, after I installed the theme, it came up with some error saying that "This theme will not look as intended because the required GTK+ theme engine " is not installed. Is " even a theme engine? If not, could you (or anyone for that matter) tell me what theme engines I need for this theme?

2. With your tray icons, how would I install them? They are a bit of a mystery to install

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Nemmeth

9 years ago

It appears from time to time the gnome appearance manager displays such a message.
But you may have noticed it doensn't have any impact on the theme itself.
As long as the theme is well displayed, who cares.
Furthermore, and to be honest, I have no clue what this message is about. I've been used to see it from time to time while trying other gtk2x themes, but solely when it comes to clearlooks engines or so, it does not impact the look of this very theme. So... :)

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vignesh1

9 years ago

This is just an awesome theme! But despite this, I have a couple of problems here:

1. For some reason, after I installed the theme, it came up with some error saying that "This theme will not look as intended because the required GTK+ theme engine " is not installed. Is " even a theme engine? If not, could you (or anyone for that matter) tell me what theme engines I need for this theme?

2. With your tray icons, how would I install them?

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wolfytuga

9 years ago

Hello, nice work!

I have detected 2 problems with this theme, with Firefox (Shiretoko) and OpenOffice 3. In both cases I had problems with menu bar. The background color is dark-blue, and, with black font color (at Nautilus and other programs the text color is white) it's hard to see the buttons text.

Sorry for my English!

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Nemmeth

9 years ago

These bugs are not related to the theme itself but are known bugs from the 2 apps you're having trouble with.
Regarding Ooo, there are workarounds to correct this issue. Just google a bit and you'll find a how to ;-)
Regarding Firefox, why don't try another theme, that's precisely what I did.
There are plenty o'them on their site.
Go on & change for a new one.
Thank you for your understanding.

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Nemmeth

9 years ago

These bugs are not related to the theme itself but are known bugs from the 2 apps you're having trouble with.
Regarding Ooo, there are workarounds to correct this issue. Just google a bit and you'll find a how to ;-)
Regarding Firefox, why don't try another theme, that's precisely what I did.
There are plenty o'them on their site.
Go on & change for a new one.
Thank you for your understanding.

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Nemmeth

9 years ago

An avarage workaround can be reached with the use of "Gnome.Color.Chooser".
This app will let you change the color of the text in your menu bar.
That's, so far, the easier way to do the trick, according to the fact none of us is a program writer and analyst ;-)

Link : http://gnomecc.sourceforge.net/

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Nemmeth

9 years ago

An avarage workaround can be reached with the use of "Gnome.Color.Chooser".
This app will let you change the color of the text in your menu bar.
That's, so far, the easier way to do the trick, according to the fact none of us is a program writer and analyst ;-)

Link : http://gnomecc.sourceforge.net/

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wolfytuga

9 years ago

Thanks! I thought that was a bug from your theme but seams that the problem is only related to the program. Ok, it's nice to know!

About the change of Firefox theme, it's the solution that I already made. But the theme is so cool!

Good Work! :)

P.S.: I tried to fix that, but no success! I modified a little bit the menubar-blue.rc I can put the menu to appear well with contrast background/text, but it wasn't so pretty...

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surfinmdq

10 years ago

Hi Nemmeth, AWESOME work, tnx for share :D

However being a n00b I'm having trouble to customize the taskbar just like the one in your snapshots, how do I do to have it!?

Thanks!

Martín

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Nemmeth

10 years ago

Have you read the comment introducing this theme, hum???
I don't think so.
If you always act in a hurry, I'm afraid you'll end messing up your whole distro one of these days.
So, please, read carefully when somebody's taking time and give you good advises, it'd be kind :)

So, as written at the very beginning of the post :

"I tried then to give the panel the transparency there is in the sosoft OS :)
I guess I find a way to do the trick.

So :

- 1 ) firstly, install the gtk theme I have managed to asemble, a few changes have I done :
they'll be more obvious at the end of the "to do" affair, cause without transparency it just looks blahhh.

- 2 ) when you're done with the gtk theme install,
use the panel.bg.png I provided inside the gtk files as a picture for the panel :
Just right click on the panel, then properties, backgroud, background picture,
and select the picture I provided in the main folder of my theme.
The path should probably be : ~/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/panel.bg.png."

Thanx for your comment, I'm glad you liked the theme and I'll be pleased you use it.
Enjoy!

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surfinmdq

9 years ago

Shame on me Nemmeth, will try it tomorrow - Sunday.

Thanx 4 the copy & paste!! xDDD




peace ;)

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Nemmeth

9 years ago

Yep. You owe me ;-)
Copy and paste is SUCH a hard work, let's complain in choir ........ :)

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surfinmdq

9 years ago

jajajajja LOL !!

Thanx 4 your great sense of humor and make me laugh too, Nemmeth rules!

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evelyne24

10 years ago

Hi, awesome theme!!!

But I've got an issue when I open the file manager/a program from terminal:

/home/me/.gtkrc-2.0:1: Unable to find include file: ".gtkrc-2.0-gnome-color-chooser"
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/panel.rc:7: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "Panel/panel-bg.png"
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/panel.rc:61: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "Panel/panelbutton.png"
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/panel.rc:64: Background image options specified without filename
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:77: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "Handles/handle-v.png"
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:80: Overlay image options specified without filename
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:85: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "Handles/handle-h.png"
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:88: Overlay image options specified without filename
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:1690: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "Handles/handle-v.png"
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:1693: Overlay image options specified without filename
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:1697: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "Handles/handle-h.png"
/home/me/.themes/Win7.Basic.02/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:1700: Overlay image options specified without filename

(gedit:17680): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme directory 16x16/stock/generic of theme Win.7.basic.icon.02 has no size field


(gedit:17680): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme directory 48x48/emotes of theme Win.7.basic.icon.02 has no size field


(gedit:17680): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme directory 48x48/filesystems of theme Win.7.basic.icon.02 has no size field


(gedit:17680): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme directory scalable/animations of theme Win.7.basic.icon.02 has no size field


(gedit:17680): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme directory scalable/stock/64x64 of theme Win.7.basic.icon.02 has no size field


(gedit:17680): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme directory scalable/stock/48x48 of theme Win.7.basic.icon.02 has no size field

Any idea how to fix this because it's a bit annoying..

Thanks a lot! You rock!

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Nemmeth

10 years ago

A corrected and slightly enhanced version will soon be posted.
A little more time and it will be there.
Thanx for trying this one anyway... :)

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mistertee

10 years ago

First of all, I love the theme, excellent job!
Only problem and its been an issue since I started using linux 3 years ago but never figured out...only the middle of my panel uses the .png the "Applications/Place/System" section and the "username" section (that is the far left and the far right sections of the panel) don't reflect the .png behavior. If I use the "use system theme" option in the Properties the whole panel looks the same but not if I use a solid color/transparency or a .png. Any one know what I can do to fix this?

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FiremanSam

10 years ago

I've been using this simple change for a while now and I haven't noticed any problems:


Add the following lines to the panel.rc file

class "*Panel*MenuBar*" style "panelmenubar"
widget_class "*Panel*MenuBar*" style "panelmenubar"
widget_class "*Panel*MenuBar*Item*" style:highest "panelmenubar"

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Nemmeth

10 years ago

Yep!
Happy you like the theme.

I tried your modifications. But can't see any change
Would you be kind enough to tell what does it bring???
Thanx :)

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FiremanSam

10 years ago

My bad, I forgot to include the style for the panelmenubar:

style "panelmenubar" = "panel"
{
engine "pixmap"
{
image
{
function = BOX
state = NORMAL
file = "Panel/trans.png"
border = { 13, 13 , 13 , 13}
stretch = TRUE
}
image
{
function = BOX
state = PRELIGHT
recolorable = TRUE
file = "Panel/panelbutton2.png"
border = { 0 , 0 , 0 , 0}
stretch = TRUE
}

}
}

note that the Panel/trans.png is simply a transparent png image

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marcaemus

10 years ago

The spirit of open source, surely, is sharing and improving on other people's work. You bought it all together to make a great theme. Nice.

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marcaemus

10 years ago

Having said that, what about progress bars in Transmission (BT client) that you can actually see?

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Claudisimo

10 years ago

I have two questions (or problems, I don't know). When I install the theme in gnome everithing works, except the border windows. If I go to system->preferences->appeareance the to customize->window border the option of this theme is not there.

AFTER that, I changed my window manager from metacity to xfwm4, the theme looks ok, except for the borders, just like with metacity. The borders are a different theme?? How do I get them??

The other problem I have is that the menu bar (just where places, application and system are) looks blue, and the rest of the panel transparent.

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Nemmeth

10 years ago

I use Emerald as window theme manager. And compiz has to be used to get the proper effects ok, as transparency for instance.
That's that simple.
See my previous version, v.1.01, (link in the commnents) to get the point about what you're experiencing.
Thanx for trying this theme.

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Triceratops

10 years ago

Used this skin with Ubuntu 9.04 x64. The taskbar is unreadable. The text is white in a white background.

Taskbar here is the standard Gnome panel in the bottom.Your screenshot show another kind of taskbar that is why you don't have this problem.

Can you please fix?

Thanks in advance.

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9 years ago

Change the color of the toolbar and its buttons
Change the color of panel buttons
Managed to give the panel bar real transparency

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