Shiki-Colors

GTK2 Themes

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Description:

Shiki-Colors mixes the elegance of a dark theme with the usability of a light theme, resulting in a hybrid theme. Shiki is designed to be fast and stable.

There is a Clearlooks version for out-of-the-box compatibility with most distros and a Murrine version for eyecandy and speed.

There are 7 color variations (Orange, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Chocolate, Pink). A matching set of Icons, Wallpapers and GDM themes can also be downloaded separately from gnome-look or at the gnome-colors project page.

You can edit the theme's source (the gtkrc files) for further customization, which is all too easy due to the included instructions.

Must read or clowns will eat you:
* The Murrine version will only work with Murrine 0.90.3 or newer. Yes, you will need to upgrade unless you're using Ubuntu Jaunty.

* The borders are very thin, and titlebars/menubars are unified because of "LOL, ELEGANCE". If you have any difficulty resizing windows, try the included alternate metacity with thicker borders.

* In Ubuntu, for themes (installed through appearance preferences) to be able to theme applications in admin mode, you must type in a terminal:
sudo ln -s ~/.themes /root && sudo ln -s ~/.icons /root

Fedora users can get an installable package of Murrine 0.90.3 (x86) here until is not available in release section:
http://files.getdropbox.com/u/1529612/gtk-murrine-engine-0.90.3-1.fc12.i586.rpm

* In Ubuntu, you can use the official PPA repository for easy installation and upgrades. For Ubuntu Karmic Koala, you can simply run apt-get install shiki-colors to install from Ubuntu's universe repositories. The packages are also available in Debian Sid.

* To fix minor Firefox 3 bugs in Shiki-Colors, install the Stylish add-on and go here (or install the included userChrome.css file following the instructions in README):
http://userstyles.org/styles/10822

* Visit the GNOME-Colors project page for bug reports, feature requests, SVN and more downloads:
http://code.google.com/p/gnome-colors/

* Consider donating a small amount to the GNOME-Colors project if you wish to support it, or to show your appreciation. You can do so by clicking on the "donate" button next to the download section.
Last changelog:

9 years ago

4.6 (2009-09-25)
* Add support for Chromium's GTK theming.

4.5 (2009-08-03)
* Update Green, Pink, Orange and Red palettes for better contrast.
* Fix a minor Firefox urlbar color issue in green/orange variations.

4.4 (2009-07-14)
* Add new Pink (Illustrious) color variation.
* Add support for gdm-user-switch applet in Karmic.
* Fix panel matching in Dust-Murrine variant.
* Remove spaces in metacity names for easier RPM packaging. You might have to
remove the old metacity folders or run make uninstall from a previous version.

Songwind

10 years ago

I found this over at Ubuntu-Tutorials. These themes are really nice. I think I have found my default for a while.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Glad you like it. I'll check out that site!

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oOarthurOo

10 years ago

Hi, first, beautiful theme. I've got it on two computers now. On my laptop I tweaked the selected colour of shiki-brave to #476055. Using shiki-colours easy metacity when apps are maximized the selected colour across the top is correct, that is, the colour is my custom #476055. However, when apps are not maximized the colour reverts to default shiki-brave colour for "selected items". This is quite noticable. For the moment I am using skiki-colors metacity, which does not have this problem. Maximized or not it displays the correct custom colour.

My metacity is version 1:2.22.0-2.

Again, thank you for this extremely functional and beautiful theme.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

The metacities are set up to always use the color you've designed as "Selected Items Background". If you've set a different color and it doesn't come out in the top stripe, try changing your Metacity back and forth. Older versions of Metacity need to be refreshed like this when changing colors, etc.

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oOarthurOo

10 years ago

Well, that's embarassing. You're absolutely right. Another switch put everything right. Sorry to waste your time, but thanks for setting me straight.

I find the skinny ones too hard to move around so I really like that you've got the easy version.

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redivan

10 years ago

This seems a very complete theme. You've got your gtk theme, the window borders, the GDM, the icons, wallpapers, even the usplash all covered.

But you still have to get them all separately.

And you still have to update them all independently and manually.

What I'd love to see (I've stuck this idea on Ubuntu brainstorm as well) would be if all of these could be put into an apt repository hosted by Gnome-look.org. The user subscribes to it and the current version of all the bits and bobs is downloaded and applied. Then when you release the next version of the theme, or a component is updated, the update comes in and installs painlessly and automatically just as soon as the user gives the OK. If they don't like it, they don't have to take the update. Basically I've spelled all this out on Brainstorm, take a look if you like the idea: http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/15124/

Can you do it? Can gnome-look.org do it? It would simplify a lot for the end user if it can be done.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

It'd be a good idea to set up an apt repository, nice and clean.

But right now, if you're using Ubuntu, you don't need to download everything manually. Just click on the link above that says "Ubuntu Download" and it will download a script that will grab all the latest versions of everything, install them and apply them. It's got a GUI and menu-items for future changing/upgrading, so if that works for you, there's no need to worry about repositories and whatnot.

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nullpointerus

10 years ago

Hey, this is great! I have never seen a dark/hybrid theme that worked this well. It's very usable and VERY tasteful.

I am running Ubuntu Intrepid x86_64 (release, clean install), and I chose the ColorizeMe-Skiki install script, which worked flawlessly.

Some minor issues:

- Associated gdm login style did not get applied (after reboot). I wasn't using the Ubuntu 8.10 defaults before, so maybe that's why. But it worked when I set it manually. Small script or readme bug?

- The CPU frequency panel item's text displays in black, which is nearly unreadable on the dark panel background. Is this a bug in the panel item?

- My fonts seem to be drawn smaller than normal, in all applications. Also, the menu bars and panel fonts seem to be "thinner" than normal. I have my desktop set to 112 dpi for readability. Is there a setting I can change for this?

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Thanks for your input, I'll look into the things you mentioned.

Sometimes other existing GDM settings may conflict with the changing of GDM's (perhaps random selected was on, etc).

The install script sets fonts at 8px size, which is the normal size for fonts in other OS's and matches the font size of the GDM's. If you would like any other font size, just go to the appearance preference and change the size of fonts from "8" to something like "10", which is the Ubuntu default.

I'll have to look into the style for the frequency applet, perhaps there's a workaround I can use. Thanks!

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nullpointerus

10 years ago

Thank you!

Changing the System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts size to 10 worked perfectly!

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Ok, I just reuploaded the theme with some fixes to panels and applets. You'll see that CPUFreq and Tomboy applet now work perfectly.

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nullpointerus

10 years ago

Yes, they're working fine now! :)

I did notice one other (minor) issue: the window titlebar buttons (o - + x) don't seem to scale with larger fonts.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Yes, they won't scale. They are actual images, so they will always be the same size. It's not a bug, it's more like the theme is simply wired that way (hence why I recommend 8px fonts).

Besides, I usually get complaints about the metacity buttons being too large now, if I make them any larger I'm afraid I'll start receiving bomb threats or something, heh.

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thenazish

10 years ago

dude what can I say ur theme is amazing - I have been searching and installing themes since ages, I never loved the darker themes and was never a fan of them, they were not perfect - contrast issues and so on. And then I found Shiki and I think I have found a solid theme which I'm going to stick with.

This theme looks professional very professional.

Keep up the good work dude.. hope to see a lot of improvements in the future.

Ah! I almost forgot u got a gr8 installer there.

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denezpariz

10 years ago

Thank you again for this suite of theme.

Just one problem with XFCE, all the XFCE applets displaying a level (sound, cpu, network, etc.) don't work anymore with the latest version of your theme. The column level is polluted by traces of ancient levels. I dont't know if I am clear.

I'm running F9 with the SVN Murrine engine.

Thank you if you can have a look at this.

Regards.

Denez

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Ok, I think I figured out what you meant. It's the vertical progressbar background, right?

For some reason, that happens when I set the clearlooks engine to render panels. If I switch it to any other engine it works correctly, so I assume this is a Clearlooks bug.

You can fix it by deleting the three engine "clearlooks" lines . However, the widgets will now have roundness just like previous versions. I'll see if there's a way to remove roundness properly in XFCE panels using the clearlooks engine, but for now it seems this is the only way to fix it.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

The three lines you should delete in panel.rc are these:

engine "clearlooks" {
radius = 0.0 # This sets the roundness of panel items.
}

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denezpariz

10 years ago

Thank you very much for your quick answer.

Your fix works perfectly.

Keep on the good work !

Regards,

Denez

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Thanks for reporting this bug!
I'll download a XFCE live CD and apply any necessary workaround. I made some changes to the panel that look good in GNOME, but I didn't make any formal XFCE testing. It'll probably take me a few hours to upload a new revision, so meanwhile you can disable my changes by editing the panel.rc file and deleting the xthickness and ythickness lines.

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MastroPino

10 years ago

Awesone

thanks

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schmolch

10 years ago

Love the theme and would like to report an issue:

If you add the hide-buttons to your panel it gets a ugly white border.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Yes, I know. This is normal for all hybrid themes as there is no solution. The hide buttons take their style from regular buttons instead of the panel style, so the only thing you can do is disable the hide buttons or use a full dark or full light theme.

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irishb

10 years ago

Posting this comment again since it appears it didn't go through the first time.

First, I want to say what a great theme this is, it truly makes Ubuntu a lot nicer to look at. :)

I made the jump yesterday from Hardy to Intrepid Beta (which hopefully will turn into an RC today), and I read in another comment someone tried it with Intrepid LiveCD and it worked fine. I wish I could say the same for me! After downloading the "Ubuntu download" link, I typed "sh install" in terminal, it prompted me to allow admin access throughout, I clicked OK, it asked me which theme I wanted, I clicked Blue (Brave). It then gave me this error through terminal:

Blue (Brave)
[: 280: ==: unexpected operator
[: 546: ==: unexpected operator
[: 812: ==: unexpected operator
[: 1078: ==: unexpected operator

Any ideas? Double clicking the "install" file like it says to in the README only brings up the TextEditor to edit it, hence why I had to use sh install. Maybe that's the problem?

Thanks!

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perfectska04

10 years ago

I checked and those lines all correspond to the last line of the script. I don't think the error message means anything, but I'll give it a look just to be sure.

When you double click on the install file, you have to select "Run". If it doesn't run like that, try right clicking the file, selecting "Properties" and make sure that "Allow executing file as a program" is checked in the permissions tab.

Usually, the file extracts with the permission to execute but depending on your system, sometimes you may have to click on that checkmark.

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irishb

10 years ago

Holy crap, I swear on my own mothers grave that when I tried double clicking the Install file before it would open in TextEditor, and that when I checked the executable setting, it was already checked. I just tried double clicking it again and the prompt came up! WOOHOO it's working now! :P

Thanks for replying so quickly!

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9 years ago

4.6 (2009-09-25)
* Add support for Chromium's GTK theming.

4.5 (2009-08-03)
* Update Green, Pink, Orange and Red palettes for better contrast.
* Fix a minor Firefox urlbar color issue in green/orange variations.

4.4 (2009-07-14)
* Add new Pink (Illustrious) color variation.
* Add support for gdm-user-switch applet in Karmic.
* Fix panel matching in Dust-Murrine variant.
* Remove spaces in metacity names for easier RPM packaging. You might have to
remove the old metacity folders or run make uninstall from a previous version.

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