Aurora Gtk Engine

GTK2 Themes

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Description:

Description:

The Aurora Gtk Engine themes all common Gtk widgets to provide an attractive, complete and consistent look for Gtk applications.

Engine options

• menubarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = sunken
• curvature = 5 #default widget curvature
• arrowsize = 1 # controls combo_arrow circle size. Diameter set by (11 + 2 * arrowsize)
• old_arrowstyle = FALSE #set to TRUE for original circled arrows (same as arrows in sorted tree columns)
• animation = TRUE # FALSE = disabled, TRUE = enabled (also needs to be compiled with animation support to work)

Included theme uses configurable colours and can be adjusted in Theme Preferences under GNOME.

Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback so far, it has helped catch many things that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. And as always feedback is appreciated.


Known Issues:
• Ugly widgets in: OpenOffice, Java applications
∘ Unfortunately I can't really do anything here to make them look better. I can only hope that their emulation of Gtk themes will improve over time

Installation:
• Gtk 2.12+ is required for this engine
• Must have basic development packages installed for your distribution as well as Gtk2 development package in order to build engine
• Includes both the gtkRc theme, and the Gtk engine


To install the theme engine extract it to somewhere convenient and in that directory,
run: "./configure --prefix=/usr" then "make"
For animation support add "-enable-animation" when running "./configure"
Then as a root user "make install".

Then install the gtkrc theme by extracting to your ~/.themes directory or through the Appearance application.

To change your current theme to Aurora (under GNOME) open up the Appearance application (usually somewhere under System > Preferences) click the Customize button and under the controls tab select the theme you want.

Finally thanks to everyone along the line who have worked on the clearlooks and clearlooks based engines as without their work this engine would not exist.

Now go download and enjoy!
Last changelog:

10 years ago

1.5.1
"¢ Metacity theme no longer flickers with Compiz enabled
1.5
NEW/REDISGNED
"¢ New list view headers
"¢ Borderless notebook support (Gedit is one of the few applications that uses this)
"¢ Included an updated version of the Blended metacity theme to better match the look of Aurora

CHANGES
"¢ Changed tab shading
"¢ Focus glow reduced to 2 px

FIXES/ENHANCEMENTS
"¢ Removed double border in Calendars
"¢ Centered menu separators
"¢ Firefox button backgrounds
"¢ Allowed enginge params on per widget basis
"¢ Many, many small tweaks and fixes

ferraro

11 years ago

The gtkrc for Aurora-Midnight hard codes the cursor color to #FFFFFF. This assumes that all text boxes will be white on black. With the following fix, I can use the Aurora-Midnight theme with black on white (or any other color for that matter) text boxes and the cursor will still be visible.

GtkEntry::cursor_color = @text_color
GtkTextView::cursor_color = @text_color

Keep up the good work.

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ECHM

11 years ago

Thank you for this suggestion. The change has been made for the next release.

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aaaantoine

11 years ago

Good theme, but where do I find that window border?

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ferraro

11 years ago

It's called Blended - also by ECHM.
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Blended?content=26050

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bitzer

11 years ago

This engine is simply terrific!! Well done. Keep it on, man.

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brstilson

11 years ago

I am not able to compile this. It stops at this message:

configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables
See `config.log' for more details.

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ironflippy

11 years ago

You need the packages stated in the reply in the thread above yours:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtk2.0-dev

in Ubuntu 7.10. Then it should work.

I had the same error and this helped me.

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Rimdeker

11 years ago

Hey guys , I am pretty into Linux (Ubuntu 7.10) and I really am starting to learn a lot of things , I even got my personal manual in which I note the stuff I learned lol. But well... I really really need to know how to even start the engine , I know how to install themes and I how to change them either. But I haven't found a theme I really like so I thought I might try to create my own theme , even though I got no idea how to do it , yet. It'd be great if someone could help me a little bit... do I need Widget Factory? Is it a seperate program? How do I start the engine ? If someone is nice enough to even chat with me to help me I'll give my MSN ID. How will I repay you guys? Well, I guess by publishing every good thing I can create for Linux :)

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npmeyer

11 years ago

Here's a quick install guide for Ubuntu 7.10:

First you need to install a few extra packages to ensure you have a compiler and the GTK development libraries on your computer:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtk2.0-dev

Then, download the package on this page. Open a terminal to the folder where you saved the package and unzip it:

tar -jxvf 56438-Aurora-1.3.tar.bz2

It will produce two more files. One is an archive with the engine, the other an archive with some themes. First, unzip the engine:

tar -zxvf aurora-1.3.tar.gz
cd aurora-1.3

I assume you want to install the engine for all users of your computer. I also like the animation, so I turn it on. Compile and install with:

./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-animation
make
sudo make install

Go back to the original directory and unzip the other archive:

sudo tar -jxvf gtkrc_themes.tar.bz2 -C /usr/share/themes

That's it for installing the engine and themes! You can find them now if you go to System > Preferences > Appearance and click Customize.

Hope that helps!

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Silentscape

11 years ago

This is one of the best theme engines I have seen in years. Very nice and great work.

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jayalexorz

11 years ago

this is a really neat theme, thaaanks.

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getaceres

11 years ago

I'm testing the new Firefox 3.0 and I've found a bug in this engine. On some rounded controls, I can see the background colors around them but not in all of them. Radio buttons, check buttons and listboxes are rendered correctly but not the entry boxes and the normal buttons, which have a rectangle with background color around them.

See this screenshot:

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y49/getaceres/?action=view&current=aurora_bug.png

I have seen this bug in more places but it's specially visible in Firefox since background colors for web pages are random and are not controlled by the engine.
It is not a firefox bug and since I can reproduce it for example in compiz fusion preferences. Look here:

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y49/getaceres/?action=view&current=aurora_bug2.png

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merlwiz79

11 years ago

Here is a .deb of 1.3 that I made of the engine and themes.(tested in Gutsy)
I don't have Evolution so I don't know if it has the bug.
http://www.4shared.com/file/32172905/e4249c81/gtk2-engines-aurora_13-mint1_all.html

Extra themes:
Aurora Borealis
http://www.xfce-look.org/content/show.php/Aurora+Borealis?content=69273
Blubuntu-Aurora
http://www.xfce-look.org/content/show.php/Blubuntu-Aurora?content=62176

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merlwiz79

11 years ago

Tested with Evolution and all themes but Blubuntu-Aurora crash the Calender.

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satkata

11 years ago

well, this is because Blubuntu-Aurora is using the aurora-engine only for the progress-bar.
Everything else is handled by the ubuntulooks-engine. :)

I hope, we'll get an update for Christmas :), because I love the aurora engine.

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merlwiz79

11 years ago

Yea, I took a look after I posted the comment.
I also use this engine a lot and really like the themes that come with it.
I don't use Evolution and haven't found any other problems.
If I need a Calendar I use Sunbird 0.7.
http://www.4shared.com/file/29029084/4e3b9220/sunbird-mint_07-1_all.html
It's installed by default in my Linux Mint XFCE CE Distro I make.

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satkata

11 years ago

Hey, your engine is awesome, but when I'm using it and start Evolution in the "Calendar" it crashes. It is only the calendar view, that crashes evolution.

I had sent a bug report, but after playing around I switched to the clearlooks-engine and Evolution is no longer crashing.
That's why I thought I should mention this to you, because it seems to be some kind of an engine problem. I tried this with the murrine engine too.
While using the older version of your engine (1.2), there were no crashes either.

If you need some more info, like the crash reports or so, just say and I'll send them to you.

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krig

11 years ago

Me too can confirm this bug.
Using 7.10 Gutsy and Evolution 2.12.1 ;(

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hyperair

11 years ago

I can confirm this in Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 1

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getaceres

11 years ago

I can confirm this bug using Aurora 1.3 and Fedora 8.

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krig

11 years ago

I really like this engine.Could have more engine options to make some personal styles for? ;)

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Bohtvaroh

11 years ago

There is some flicker of scrollbars in acrobat reader 8. Human does not have such artifacts. Is there a way to fix this?

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vicviper

11 years ago

I'm still seeing frames around some of the Xfce panel applets like system tray even when ticked off. I was hoping that would get fixed someday. This is a nice engine.

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vicviper

11 years ago

Nevermind, I forgot to log out, the bug is gone. Great engine.

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Bohtvaroh

11 years ago

WOW! Realy impressive. Thanx!

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10 years ago

1.5.1
"¢ Metacity theme no longer flickers with Compiz enabled
1.5
NEW/REDISGNED
"¢ New list view headers
"¢ Borderless notebook support (Gedit is one of the few applications that uses this)
"¢ Included an updated version of the Blended metacity theme to better match the look of Aurora

CHANGES
"¢ Changed tab shading
"¢ Focus glow reduced to 2 px

FIXES/ENHANCEMENTS
"¢ Removed double border in Calendars
"¢ Centered menu separators
"¢ Firefox button backgrounds
"¢ Allowed enginge params on per widget basis
"¢ Many, many small tweaks and fixes

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