Black Glass RGBA theme+installer

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This is an installer to enable RGBA successfully on your computer, along with the theme (as in the screenshots).

You will need:
1. An internet connection
2. Ubuntu or any of its derivatives (which supports ppas). 10.04 and 10.10 should be fine.
3. 3d acceleration enabled (for eg compiz working).

Steps:
1. Download the Installer from below, and save it (if your browser tries to open it, try the alternate link.)
2. right click the installer. go to permissions, and make it executable.
3. double-click the installer, click on \"Run in terminal\" when prompted (v imp. you have to run in terminal).
4. A terminal will popup. Enter ur password (user password. it wont show, thats normal). Let it do its job. When prompted, always choose yes (or \'Y\')
5. it should close in sometime.
6. log out and log back in, and go to System>>Preferences>>Appearance
7. Choose \"Black Glass\" as your theme

*the rest of the instructions are for the window borders, which will need emerald. If you dont like emerald, you can skip the rest*

8.Download & install the theme Ambiance Maverick Glass from here: http://tinyurl.com/amglass

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If Nautilus elementary doesn\'t get installed (ie you still have regular nautilus), you may need to do this (mostly NOT needed now since the ppa is back into action):
1. Go to system>>Administration>>synaptic package manager
2. search for \"nautilus\"
3. select it. then Edit>>Force version.
4. select a different version. (1:2.32.0~0ubuntu6~ppa160 worked for me). Click apply. It\'ll ask to downgrade, so do this only if you\'re fine with downgrading nautilus. Then once you get nautilus elementary, make sure you lock the nautilus version just as you forced it.


To get blurring of things behind transparent windows, you must install compizconfig-settings-manager (advanced). Then go to System>>Preferences>>Compiz... and enable Blur. Tweak it a bit to get the perfect blur.

To prevent some windows from getting transparent (like gedit, which lags with transparency for me), you need to add the line (NOT needed now since the installer DOES it for you):

export GTK_RGBA_APPS=allbut:gedit

to ~/.profile. add other apps seperated by commas.

I haven\'t tried this on a fresh install, since I cant get compiz to work in vbox. If there are any problems, letting me know would be really helpful :)
Last changelog:

7 years ago

Version 1.1:
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>No gtkrc included. the RGBA settings are in the theme itself now. So the gnome-color-chooser settings (transparency, etc) will NOT affect other themes from now on
>NOT based on overglossed anymore. I've created my own theme (modified an existing murrine theme, MurrinaChrome). So the root windows and the normal windows look almost same now.
>The installer automatically adds RGBA exceptions for a few applications. To see what it does, download the source.
>Made the theme a bit smoother, less opaque lines. Changed the 2nd color from orange to blue.

EdisonAlexander

7 years ago

I installed this theme on debian squeeze and i got this issue with libnotify or notification-daemon

in this picture https://picasaweb.google.com/105759709073581298114/Issue#5659881609727479666
the notification is changed when i installed this theme


in this picture
https://picasaweb.google.com/105759709073581298114/Issue#5659881735895970802
the volume notification it's down don't change and i like this one looks

"i'm sorry if i had bad english i speak spanish" :D

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EdisonAlexander

7 years ago

I installed this theme on debian squeeze and i got this issue with libnotify or notification-daemon

in this picture https://picasaweb.google.com/105759709073581298114/Issue#5659881609727479666
the notification is changed when i installed this theme


in this picture
https://picasaweb.google.com/105759709073581298114/Issue#5659881735895970802
the volume notification it's down don't change and i like this one looks

"i'm sorry if i had bad english i speak spanish" :D

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RishavT

6 years ago

I know I'm replying almost a year late, and I'm really sorry for not replying earlier bro but since the release of gtk 3 this theme became obsolete, and i could not continue maintaining this project. I dont really like gtk that much now, and i'm primarily using KDE now.

Just wanted to free myself of the guilt of ignoring the comment :)

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SantiagoMontfar

7 years ago

Is nautilus..I mean... the file manager... how I do to have the controls on left

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rvc-2011

7 years ago

the theme has screwed up my existing top gnome panel and nothing is working fine...
unfortunately i cant even revert to my previous theme !!!
will appreciate if i can uninstall the theme till i find a solution for my panel.

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RishavT

7 years ago

I dont know why ur panel got screwed up, but to uninstall (this is the reverse of whatever my installer did. I'll add an uninstaller in my next update)

Quote:sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
sudo ppa-purge ppa:erik-b-andersen/rgba-gtk


Those commands should completely remove the latest murrine engine and nautilus elementary. After that, a restart (logging out & back in might also do) should revert everything. Then change the theme back to whatever u had via system>>preferences>>appearance.

If you also want to remove the theme (which'll just act as a normal non-transparent theme after the above commands),

Quote:sudo rm -R /usr/share/themes/BlackGlass
sudo rm -R /usr/share/themes/Black\ Glass

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rvc-2011

7 years ago

thanx buddy...
i could get back my original panel.
theme is fantastic but when i wish to change themes, panel got screwed up. when i checked back to your theme, still panel got screwed up.

it was working only when the property was selected to theme default (background) when i wished to tweak it with my level of transparency or back ground image, it got screwed up.

is your theme compatible to gnome global menu applet ? i tried removing that and theme was fine... but dates and calender still were screwed up for some themes.

kindly have this ironed out. wonder if what i wrote is working fine for everyone ?

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RishavT

7 years ago

Yea, I had the same problem (panel gets screwed up with RGBA). Some places remain opaque whereas others become transparent.

What you can do (that's what I have currently) is:
1. install the theme (with the exceptions)
2. make the panel completely opaque (RGBA doesn't affect the panel in my theme, since the installer adds it as an exception. To cross-check, open up .profile in your home folder, and you should see something like
Quote:export GTK_RGBA_APPS = allbut:<some long list>:gnome-panel
).
3. go to System>Preferences>Compiz config settings manager.
4. Go to opacity and brightness, and add a new entry there with the values:

Quote:class=Gnome-panel

and set the opacity value to whatever u want. I set it to 80.

then add it.
it'll look something like this
http://i.imgur.com/yDhxb.png

Then the panel will become transparent, without u needing to set it via the gnome-panel properties. Things will even blur behind it (if you have blur enabled, ie)

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rvc-2011

7 years ago

i totally uninstalled as u had mentioned, now i have re installed and everythings seems to be working fine...
wish i could post a screenshot !
just help me how u make the tool bar in nautilus transparent... all other transparency is working fine but nautilus...

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RishavT

7 years ago

And you also have to run this, preferably before everything else (sry I forgot)

Quote:sudo apt-get remove gnome-color-chooser gtk2-module-rgba

then:

Quote:gedit ~/.profile

and remove the line from the file that opens up
Quote:export GTK_RGBA_APPS=allbut:totem:gedit:soffice:firefox-bin:cheese:gnome-panel

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Neemoe

7 years ago

Soooo how do I uninstall it if I want to?? It's screwing up my screensaver big time.

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RishavT

7 years ago

Ooh. Maybe the latest murrine engine's screwing up the screensaver.

anyways, to uninstall, run these one at a time:

Quote:sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
sudo ppa-purge ppa:erik-b-andersen/rgba-gtk


Those commands should completely remove the latest murrine engine and nautilus elementary. After that, a restart (logging out & back in might also do) should revert everything. Then change the theme back to whatever u had via system>>preferences>>appearance.

If you also want to remove the theme (which'll just act as a normal non-transparent theme after the above commands),

Quote:sudo rm -R /usr/share/themes/BlackGlass
sudo rm -R /usr/share/themes/Black\ Glass

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RishavT

7 years ago

And you also have to run this, preferably before everything else (sry I forgot)

Quote:sudo apt-get remove gnome-color-chooser gtk2-module-rgba

then:

Quote:gedit ~/.profile

and remove the line
Quote:export GTK_RGBA_APPS=allbut:totem:gedit:soffice:firefox-bin:cheese:gnome-panel

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hocico0777

7 years ago

Hi,is there a way to restore the system back to its previous state that was before installing this theme?I mean that the transparency now works with all themes.

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RishavT

7 years ago

yea :)

>Go to system>>preferences>>gnome color chooser
>go to the "engines" tab
>click on "revert".
>click on "apply"
everything should be normal. At the most, log out and log back in.

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earlsven

7 years ago

How do you get the Emerald transparent windows to work? I followed the instructions onthe Ambiance-Maverick-Glass page but windows still not transparent :-(

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RishavT

7 years ago

Emerald should be transparent by default (its a property of the theme.)

You might still be seeing the metacity borders. Try pressing alt+f2 and typing in "emerald --replace". If that fixes the problem, then switch to emerald from metacity using fusion-icon.

Otherwise try editing the emerald theme, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't have anything to do with the theme.

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earlsven

7 years ago

Yes that worked, it changed the window borders to transparent, however the gnome panels and the drop down menus still didn't have transparency like in your second screenshot :-(

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RishavT

7 years ago

Oh :/

I think that's because of your graphics card. RGBA works differently on each computer, dont know why. On lucid (10.04), transparency for me was almost negligible and in Maverick it's as in the screenshots. On my mom's net-book (with intel) its again negligible. If your windows become partially transparent, while menus dont, I dont think I'll be able to fix that :(

RGBA still has many issues, and hopefully in the future it'll become more stable and customizable.

Although there is one workaround. Go to Compiz Config settings manager (you have to install compizconfig-settings-manager if not installed already).

Then go to "Opacity and brightness" (or something like that).

Add a new entry with these options:
(type=Menu | PopupMenu | DropdownMenu | Dialog | ModalDialog | Normal)

which should look like this:
http://i.imgur.com/tcyw8.png

Then set the value to whatever u want, save it. Then enable Opacity, and your menus should become transparent. It wont be exactly the same like mine, but its quite nice :)

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RishavT

7 years ago

Oops, you'll find "Force version" and "Lock version" in "Package" and not "Edit". My bad, sry.

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7 years ago

Version 1.1:
==========================================
>No gtkrc included. the RGBA settings are in the theme itself now. So the gnome-color-chooser settings (transparency, etc) will NOT affect other themes from now on
>NOT based on overglossed anymore. I've created my own theme (modified an existing murrine theme, MurrinaChrome). So the root windows and the normal windows look almost same now.
>The installer automatically adds RGBA exceptions for a few applications. To see what it does, download the source.
>Made the theme a bit smoother, less opaque lines. Changed the 2nd color from orange to blue.

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