Elegant Brit

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Description:

This theme is a mod of Elegant One, by Dzakusek (which was also a mod of Black-White, by Lyrae). When I saw Glossy Fall, created by Crimesaucer, I fell in love with the colors and decided I just had to apply them to the Elegant concept. Red and blue would be my master inspirations.
After some more personal changes, I came out with what I decided to call Elegant Brit. I hope you enjoy it.

The Metacity version was based on the Alessandro theme. I built it in order to follow the layout of its Emerald equivalent, that is, the title is on the right (the buttons' position is regulated on Gconf; in this theme's logic, they'd stay in the left). If you want to change the title position to the center, please follow the instructions on the Metacity XML file. However, if you have any doubts, please don't hesitate and contact me. I'll be pleased to help. I hope you like it, and if you don't, make suggestions!

The package includes a GTK theme, a Metacity theme, a PNG icon for the main menu (if you want) and a userChrome.css (copy it to the "chrome" folders of both .mozilla and mozilla-thunderbird folders under your $HOME).

The link to the Emerald theme is below. I separated them in this new edition in order to put each element of the theme in its correct category.

I'm open and very receptive to any opinions, comments and suggestions.


TO DO:
Fix Sonata bug (white on white song title when hovered);
Fix Sunbird bug (crashing altogether with Elegant Brit enabled);
Fix NetBeans bug (unreadable menu titles).

I'll appreciate all help I can get.
I'm facing some hard situations in my personal life, thus the lack of updates. I'm still researching in order to achieve the above goals.

We have such a wonderful community.

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I've been facing some serious personal issues. I promise to keep working on the theme.

IMPORTANT:
Arialis111 created a Xfwm4 version for Elegant Brit. I'm providing below the link to his work, for those who, like me, use Xfce. All credits of this Xfwm4 version go to Arialis111, to whom I'm tremendously thankful. I'm lost for words. Vote for his version! He deserves it.

The above also applies to Envyouraudience, who created an Openbox theme to match Elegant Brit. I'm linking to his work too. Thanks a lot for improving the Elegant Brit experience for the Openbox users. And of course, all credits go for Envyouraudience himself for the work he developed.

Thanks to Lyrae as well for pointing out the solution to some bugs concerning the Shutdown/Create Launcher dialogs under GNOME, the left pane on Gedit, and the weather and clock applets on the Xfce-panel. Thanks also for the creation of the marvelous PekWM theme to go with Elegant Brit.

Also many thanks to Ayoli, for having created an Elegant Brit mod compatible with the Mac Menu patch and for allowing me to upload it and make it available to the community. I couldn't have made it all alone. I really appreciate it. Plus, he's been doing a good work helping me out with other bugs. Merci, Ayoli!

I've also been helped by several other people in order to make Elegant Brit a better project. I thank PurposeOfReason, Sousuke, El Mariachi, DasGewitter and all those who have been commenting my theme and overally everybody for helping me to solve bugs, giving me suggestions, giving me strength and support and overally working to improve Elegant Brit. This is truly a work from the community to the community. Thanks, everybody!

On the screenshots, I'm using Eikon, a personal collection of icons I found across the Web, along with some modifications I made. It has evolved a lot in the last few weeks, so there are some considerable changes. I'm sharing Eikon on a non-official basis, with all those who are interested on checking it out.

To get the most recent updates to Eikon, now on its second generation, please check this website: http://drop.io/fmrbpensador
Last changelog:

11 years ago

1.0.1: Emerald theme included inside of the theme package;
1.0.2: Solved Emerald issue that prevented the theme from being imported by the Emerald manager; the theme was stored one folder below the expected by the program. Also a slight improvement on the tabs;
1.0.3: Several improvements on buttons and text entries, for better harmony. Screenshots updated;
1.0.4: Fixed Firefox and Thunderbird issues;
1.0.5: Some improvements in several widgets for overall smoothness. The Emerald theme has its own address, and its buttons are now always visible;
1.0.6: A different handle in the lower right corner of the windows, and also visible steppers on the scrollbars, as requested (as always, Firefox and OOO don't respect all the GTK definitions...); let me know if you liked it;

1.1.0: Metacity theme released; corrected bugs concerning the Shutdown/Create Launcher dialogs under GNOME and also the left pane on Gedit;
1.1.1: Fixed some issues in the Metacity theme;
1.1.2: Changed the colour of Spin/arrow-up.png as pointed out; changed the Y thickness from 1 to 2 at the menubar-black.rc;
1.1.3: Changed that same Y thickness to 4;
1.1.4: Fixed some bluriness in the Toolbar/toolbutton-pressed.png pixmap; fixed some odd grayness in the text of some buttons when prelighted;
1.1.5: Fixed the Tomboy bug (thanks, Ayoli);
1.1.6: Included the main menu icon appearing on the screenshots, inside of the theme's package, as requested;
1.1.7: Attempt to fix the OpenOffice.org bug;
1.1.8: Further colour changes relating to the bug above, for aesthetic and visual clarity purposes;
1.1.9: More colour changes on the colour of the menus, trying to be more compliant with the general theme's scheme; fixed the clock and weather applets on the Xfce-panel (thanks, Lyrae!); switched the SVG icon for a 24px PNG icon, inspired on the Kryan solution;
1.1.10: Attempt to fix the Firefox 3 menus' bug (new userChrome.css);
1.1.11: Attempt to fix the Evolution Mail bug (thanks to Ayoli!);
1.1.12: Fixed the commented code for centered window titles on the Metacity theme; toned down the colour of the handles pixmaps; set the menu-images parameter to 1, as requested;
1.1.13: Attempt to fix the second Evolution bug, concerning the unreadable text on the preferences dialog (thanks to Ayoli, once more!).

juaka

11 years ago

Your theme rocks!

It's fresh, modern and innovative.
The best theme you can find in gnome-look.
My default from now on.

Just 2 things.
- Why green font on the panel menu (applications, places, system) when pressed? better gray, orange or black.
- Would be nice for new elements in the window list to have brighter (gray) background.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Hello there! Thanks for the compliments!

1. Actually, the colour you're mentioning (which I think that is #6c9eab) is not green, it's a lighter blue that also appears in the prelight pixmap for the panel and also in the minimize/maximize/restore buttons on the Emerald and Metacity themes. So I thought it fitted in the theme and also felt that it came out to be a nice way to detach the Applications/Places/System menu from other elements in the theme while still being compliant. But I'll study your suggestion anyway. Thanks for pointing it out.

2. Definitely a good idea. I was actually thinking of using that red-orange tone for the flashing buttons in the panel (#e04613). Any thoughts on that?

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

EDIT: I meant, the orange tone would be applied to the fonts on the button, not to the background itself... Which I believe it was your point when you mentioned a lighter gray... Sorry. Anyway, any opinions?

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juaka

11 years ago

My mistake. I took a closer look and yes, the font is blue :)

Currently the new elements in the window list appear with white bold font this is ok, but would be nice if they had gray bakcground, so you can notice there is something new (when someone sends me a message in emesene (for example) i respond him after 5-10 minutes, because i dont notice there is a new element in the window list. Remember you are looking the panels indirectly and you dont notice small changes).

You could try instead of the white bold font, orange or blue bold, over gray or other.

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freakcode

11 years ago

Wow! Finally, beautiful & original stuff here instead the common Apple crap.

+1 for this theme, love the colours and fonts used on the screenshot.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Thanks a lot!... Even though Elegant Brit is an assemblage of several ideas already appearing in other themes (it's not a total invention of mine, I had no experience in theming before I did this), I'm glad you like it. I'm constantly trying to improve it, and all opinions are welcome. Thank you, once again.

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freakcode

11 years ago

Wow! Finally, beautiful & original stuff here instead the common Apple crap.

+1 for this theme, love the colours and fonts used on the screenshot.

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Fastlane

11 years ago

Just wanted to say it's my favorite theme including the emerald theme!

I've made a screenshot here:
http://futurepast.free.fr/combined-theme.png

Thank you!!

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Actually, I have to thank YOU... You wouldn't imagine how much your words mean to me. It's quite encouraging and it also means that the work developed in the last month was worth it. Thank you again and again. Also, in case you have any other suggestion or remark to do to the updates being released, please feel free to tell me what you think. Cheers!

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aitorhh

11 years ago

Your themes is wonderful, but i fix some things that i don't like:
1. The Spin/arrow-up.png I think that it is a bug, because when you can go up, the arrow is grey, and it have to be black, isn't it?
2. In the menubar-black.rc i think that ythickness = 1 is too thin so i put it as ythickness = 4.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Hello there! Thanks for pointing that out. I updated the theme with that change on the arrow-up pixmap. You were correct, that was a bug. I also changed the Y thickness to 2 because I felt 4 would be too big. I understand that it would contribute for a better symmetry, but I like the closeness of the menu letters to the red stripe. However, I'm thinking about it and studying that idea. Probably I'll change it to 4 if there is a great request. Thanks for the suggestion.

For those who are not aware of those details on the files of the theme (so that more people can tell me what would they prefer), what is being suggested is that the menubar could have a bigger height, so that, for instance, the text of the menu would be placed farther from the red stripe of the bottom of the menu row.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

EDIT: I changed my mind. Now the value of the Y thickness is 4. I came to like that idea. None the less, I'm still available to hear suggestions about that or other elements. If you, fellow users, don't like it, let me know. I can't solve what doesn't please the community if people don't tell me why they don't like the theme and/or any of their elements. So thanks again, aitorhh!

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dasGewitter

11 years ago

For those of you who want Firefox that respects the GTk, I believe the FF3 does so. Also, as version 3 is not out as a final release, I may suggest you all use Swiftfox (engineered to work better with your individual processor), as it currently uses your current GTK theme as well. Looks great!

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion. In fact, I haven't tried FF3 with Elegant Brit yet, but I do hope it will work better than FF2. For instance, the scrollbars at Elegant Brit were designed to have a "cool" (so I think) effect once one of the steppers becomes inactive - it's supposed to take the same colour of the scrollbar itself. FF2 wasn't allowing it. But I'll try FF3 right away.

If only OpenOffice.org was such an easy issue to fix... Gee... It's so frustrating, because the problem could be easily solved if I just made the theme look uglier. Why do some essential programs have to be so badly designed?... Meanwhile, all I can do is to keep researching, tweaking the code, etc. I'll get there!...

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auntaunt

11 years ago

concur with cyberphunk! even in ur rough times u managed to update ur theme with metacity this time no less! Greatly appreciated mate! i sincerely hope all ur issues will be sorted out asap! thanx again Fabio! Rated gud again m8!

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Thanks, mate... To me it's very important to feel people are satisfied with this project. I hesitate to call it "mine", since I know very few or almost nothing at all about theming. People in the community have been absolutely 5 stars with their hints, suggestions, bug reports and even pieces of code for the theme's files... This is one of the things that attracts me and passionates me the most about opensource (we can't only talk about the Linux community, since GTK is also used in BSD, for instance, but yes, I'm aware that the people who contacted me were Linuxers). Elegant Brit wouldn't be possible without the inspiration of all the people contributing to this project. I thank YOU and all the other users here at the OpenDesktop.org websites for their support. It means a lot to me.

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servechilled

11 years ago

this theme rocks! thank you so much.

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cypherpunk

11 years ago

Amazing work mate, i love the quasicolor setup. One thing i'd like to ask is how you customized the clock to display that way. Thanks for the killer work during your rough times. Best of luck through your dilemmas.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Hello, thanks for the compliments!

So, first of all I have to remember that I use Xfce (the best of both worlds, to me). What I do is place a series of Orage clocks on the Xfce-panel, one for the day, other for the month, other for the hours, other for the minutes, etc... And give each one a different colour. In my previous screenshots, I used Calibri as the clock font. Now I'm trying on Eurostile.

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zecoj

11 years ago

Very nice indeed, only thing that keep away from using it constantly was the openoffice bug. Hope you'd fix it soon.

Thanks!

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sousuke

11 years ago

very nice theme, i do like the new approach for the window title bars (emerald) specially ^_^

I've noticed some bugs, i will post screenshots later.

Would it be possible to have a version where you dont hide the scrollbar up/down arrows? I know you hide them to make it simplistic but actually having the buttons would still look nice...

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auntaunt

11 years ago

Great update Fabio! Rated gud again m8! hope u sort out ur personal issues soon, all the best with that! the only thing this theme needs now is metacity! i somehow have no inclination towards emerald!

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Thanks! I've been facing some emotional and financial issues, including the possibility of losing my house in a couple of weeks, but I promise I will keep working on Elegant Brit. Sorry for the current absence of a Metacity (and a Xfwm4) equivalent. I have no experience on that yet, but I'll work on it.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

If you were waiting, Elegant Brit already has a Metacity version. Check it out!

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brainiac05

11 years ago

hmmm would it be too much to ask for making this theme compatible with the mac menu patch? i love this theme but the menubar looks odd with this theme.

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11 years ago

1.0.1: Emerald theme included inside of the theme package;
1.0.2: Solved Emerald issue that prevented the theme from being imported by the Emerald manager; the theme was stored one folder below the expected by the program. Also a slight improvement on the tabs;
1.0.3: Several improvements on buttons and text entries, for better harmony. Screenshots updated;
1.0.4: Fixed Firefox and Thunderbird issues;
1.0.5: Some improvements in several widgets for overall smoothness. The Emerald theme has its own address, and its buttons are now always visible;
1.0.6: A different handle in the lower right corner of the windows, and also visible steppers on the scrollbars, as requested (as always, Firefox and OOO don't respect all the GTK definitions...); let me know if you liked it;

1.1.0: Metacity theme released; corrected bugs concerning the Shutdown/Create Launcher dialogs under GNOME and also the left pane on Gedit;
1.1.1: Fixed some issues in the Metacity theme;
1.1.2: Changed the colour of Spin/arrow-up.png as pointed out; changed the Y thickness from 1 to 2 at the menubar-black.rc;
1.1.3: Changed that same Y thickness to 4;
1.1.4: Fixed some bluriness in the Toolbar/toolbutton-pressed.png pixmap; fixed some odd grayness in the text of some buttons when prelighted;
1.1.5: Fixed the Tomboy bug (thanks, Ayoli);
1.1.6: Included the main menu icon appearing on the screenshots, inside of the theme's package, as requested;
1.1.7: Attempt to fix the OpenOffice.org bug;
1.1.8: Further colour changes relating to the bug above, for aesthetic and visual clarity purposes;
1.1.9: More colour changes on the colour of the menus, trying to be more compliant with the general theme's scheme; fixed the clock and weather applets on the Xfce-panel (thanks, Lyrae!); switched the SVG icon for a 24px PNG icon, inspired on the Kryan solution;
1.1.10: Attempt to fix the Firefox 3 menus' bug (new userChrome.css);
1.1.11: Attempt to fix the Evolution Mail bug (thanks to Ayoli!);
1.1.12: Fixed the commented code for centered window titles on the Metacity theme; toned down the colour of the handles pixmaps; set the menu-images parameter to 1, as requested;
1.1.13: Attempt to fix the second Evolution bug, concerning the unreadable text on the preferences dialog (thanks to Ayoli, once more!).

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