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:

10 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.

delphine

10 years ago

The Clearlooks version Shiki-Colors doesn't appear to be compatible with Clearlooks 0.6.2, which to the best of my knowledge is the most recent version? I'm quite gutted about this because I actually prefer the Clearlooks version to Murrine (prefer matte widgets to glassy)! I can live with the Murrine version for now but any chance of the Clearlooks version being updated? Or have I actually got the wrong version of the Clearlooks engine? Thank you!

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perfectska04

10 years ago

On an unrelated note, the Murrine version is not glassy. Its gradients look almost exactly like the Clearlooks version, only it's a bit more subtle and the tabs/scrollbars are different.

The preview screenshots are actually of the murrine version.

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delphine

10 years ago

Thank you for your prompt and helpful reply! I wanted the most updated version of Clearlooks and wasn't sure which it was so I went with the version on Gnome-look. When I uninstalled that and reinstalled the gtk2-engines from the repos all was fine.

After using the Murrine version for a while I definitely see what you mean. I think my perception of it was skewed by the glassy nature of the vast majority of Murrine themes.

Thanks again for your help :)

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perfectska04

10 years ago

No problem!

Clearlooks is part of GNOME itself, so if you want the very latest version, you'll have to use unstable GNOME releases, or backport the gtk2-engines package.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

I think it's possible that you do have the wrong version of Clearlooks installed.

What distro are you using? In order for the clearlooks version to work for you, you need the equivalent of Ubuntu Hardy/GNOME 2.22 or higher.

Also, you shouldn't need to install Clearlooks yourself, as clearlooks is a part of the "gtk2-engines" package, which is included by default in most GNOME distributions. The latest version of this package is 2.18.1, and Shiki works perfectly with it.

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wers

10 years ago

Why did you disable gradient toolbars by default? One of the things I like most about some gtk engines like Clearlooks and Aurora is the gradient toolbar.

This looks good to me http://g.imagehost.org/view/0808/Screenshot

Thanks for making Shiki easy to edit, by the way. :)

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perfectska04

10 years ago

I also like gradient toolbars (hence why I left the options for it), but for Shiki, I've always felt that flat toolbars fit the theme better.

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wers

10 years ago

Okay. If you find the clearlooks gradients too evident, the murrine ones are more subtle. I'm using the murrine version now. I'm loving it too. I kinda prefer clearlooks' rubbery gradient feel but the murrine style also fits Shiki. The reason why I chose murrine over clearlooks (for now) is its being light. Is it really lighter?

I have comments on the previews page, too, btw. :)

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Murrine is lighter than Clearlooks, although this might only be evident in older machines... There was a little bit of a difference in my old Pentium 4 box's gtkperf scores, but in my new Phenom box, it's essentially the same.

The most important factor in performance is roundness... Shiki has a 2 radius roundness for most parts and 0 roundness for some areas, so it's quicker than most themes who use 3 or higher for everything. However, you can also change all roundness to 0 and have a slightly faster squared theme.

About the toolbars - I'm not sure if subtler gradients might help.. there usually is a separator between toolbars, and the gradients reset themselves. I would apply gradients if there was a way to make all toolbars unified like they currently are, but with added gradients.

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Antioch

10 years ago

I liked that screenshot. How does one enable gradients?

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perfectska04

10 years ago

You can open up the gtkrc file for any Shiki variation, and the "Toolbar" section should have instructions for enabling gradient toolbars.

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lvlo

10 years ago

Will you update your PPA with themes?

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perfectska04

10 years ago

I don't hava a PPA, most likely you're using an unofficial one. If so, it's up to the PPA's owner to update the packages.

The best way to get it all for now is to go here for downloads:
http://code.google.com/p/gnome-colors/downloads/list

You can also click the "Wiki" tab for any info or tips regarding installation.

There is a GNOME-Colors packaging group on launchpad, so in the future I imagine getting installable .deb packages will be much easier.

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cb2k

10 years ago

First off congrats and hopefully continued success with your tremendously popular theme.

Now I wanted to ask is it possible to remove those contrasting lines on the theme if so how? It's really the only reason I have not taken to this work although it is very good.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Which contrasting lines do you mean?

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cb2k

10 years ago

I should have looked closer there aren't any ;) on another version I think and other themes they have this one line usually on the tabs and sometimes on the metacity but not in this case... GREAT!

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perfectska04

10 years ago

If you meant the colored active lines, then they were removed in this release from the metacity. If anyone wants them back, the old metacity with the stripe is also in the package.

As for the lines on the tabs, that depends on which version you use.. The murrine version has plain tabs, and the clearlooks version has the stripes on its tabs.

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cypherpunk

10 years ago

If you didn't know already perfectska04 a GNOME developer has used your theme (Shiki-Wise) to show off a new experimental program being developed called Zeitgeist that finds all your files and folders and tags them.

Look at the demonstration video linked in this article: http://live.gnome.org/GnomeZeitgeist

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Thanks, I saw the post on digg about gnome 3.0 and checked out the video a bit earlier.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

For anyone who's wondering, the script has been discontinued and it shouldn't be used any more.

The reasons are:
- I moved all the downloads to the google code page for more flexibility and bandwidth.

- An official group of packagers has been created, and soon there will be debian installable packages. Hopefully, these packages will also be synced for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).

Until then, you can download and install the separate files either from the project's google code website, or from each artwork's gnome-look page. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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cypherpunk

10 years ago

Does this mean that Gnome-Colors/Shiki-Colors are seriously being considered for inclusion into Karmic or is it just that it will be in the official Karmic repos ??

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perfectska04

10 years ago

No, it just means that it will be uploaded for Debian repos, and when Karmic syncs with them, the packages will also be available there.

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PiAnto

10 years ago

When will be a rgba version released? Should be great :)

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perfectska04

10 years ago

It's just as cyberpunk said. If you want RGBA, it should be as easy as changing the line that says "RGBA = FALSE" into "RGBA = TRUE", but it doesn't really do much since that depends on the applications themselves to support it and not any one theme.

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cypherpunk

10 years ago

That is up to the application developers to provide RGBA support to their apps not the theme developers.

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10 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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