Clearlooks

GTK2 Themes

Source (link to git-repo or to original if based on someone elses unmodified work): Add the source-code for this project on opencode.net

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Description:

Clearlooks is new modern looking engine, based on Bluecurve. It has the looks of various themes blended together, resulting in a theme that's easy on the eyes and visually pleasing ;)

The difference with pixmap based themes, is that it does not sacrifice a lot of speed.

Since it's an engine, the installation differs from a 'normal' theme. Just run "./configure --prefix=/usr && make install" and you should be set.

Note: make sure that ~/.gtkrc-2.0 is not overriding a theme, as it has priority over the theme managers.

When updating from a previous version of Clearlooks keep in mind that applications still running will continue to use the old version of the engine. Switching themes may cause incompatibilities with the new theme definition. Those applications will then revert to the default GTK look. When this happens you will have to restart those applications. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Now, drool at the screenshots, and enjoy using it :)

!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As of version 0.4, there is an optional animated progressbar. It has to be enabled manually by the brave. To do this, install it with "./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-animation" followed by "make install" as root.

GTK+ developers consider this new feature a horrible hack. But it's cool! We've tested it quite well, and it doesn't break anything we know of. If an application crashes, make sure that Clearlooks isn't the cause. If it is, please notify me.

!!!!!!!!!! ANOTHER NOTE !!!!!!!!

Clearlooks has a mailinglist. If you have a question, please send it there. The address is:
http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=129376

THE METACITY THEME HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS PACKAGE. You should get it seperately from http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=21237
Last changelog:

15 years ago

Clearlooks 0.6.2:
Fixed crash in OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 + Ximian.
Applied patch from Cary Coady to fix a segfault when progressbar has no parent.
Removed metacity theme from the engine package (accidently left it in 0.6.1).


Clearlooks 0.6.1:
Fixed wrong rendering of combobox in some themes.
Consistent rendering of buttons in glade and gimp.
Compatability fix for GTK 2.2 from Hongli Lai.
Forgot to mention new listview headers in 0.6.0!


Clearlooks 0.6:
New menuitem style.
Listview item gradients enabled by default.
Tweaked radio- and checkboxes.
New checkmark graphic from Steven Garrity.
New gradient on buttons.
Buttons appear semi-sunken (with new themes).
Fixed GtkNotebook colors in glade and gaim (and others).
Menubar gradient slightly lighter so accommodate border-less WM themes.

Previous releases:
Check the NEWS file in the release tarball.

bvc

16 years ago

you need to install the devel pkgs for gtk2

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cogumbreiro

16 years ago

Damn that's a great theme!

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nyda

16 years ago

Looks really nice! I have some (hopefully constructive) criticism though:

- the highlight for the current menuitem looks like it's still the one from the redhat theme(?). It's too strong and lacks rounded edges. Maybe some simple bevel-effect would suffice?

- scrollbars lack those nice rounded edges you used for buttons and other components, too.

- the edges of buttons, tabs and especially toolbuttons could be a little bit weaker with less contrast, similar to the strength of menuitem-separators or the line between toolbars.

That said, it's still the best non-pixmap/svg theme I've seen so far. Thank you!

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Remenic

16 years ago

I have changed the menuitem highlight to make it more round. It looks better now.

I'm not sure if making the contrast lighter will make the theme look better per se. It might make it harder to focus on the button, but I'm not sure.

I have had an idea for the scrollbar, but I haven't been able to realize it yet. If you look at the mockup at http://www.stellingwerff.com/clearlooks/scrollbar2.png then you can see what I had in mind. It's not a big change, but it does look better. Rounding all the edges is feasable, but does not look as nice.

Stay tuned for version 0.2, which is due soon!

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nyda

16 years ago

The mockup looks really nice. Same goes for the new menus and menuitem highlights. Really good job!

In regards to the button contrast, is it possible to adjust this from the theme file? (Or is it possible to add support for this?) I think it's mostly the toolbuttons which would profit from a little less contrast on the edges.

Finally, is there anything that can be done about the additional black border created by tabs as shown in http://www.nyda.info/misc/clearlooks.png (compare window with and without tabs)? I think the window looks a lot better without the inner border created by the tab, but you can't just leave it away either, right? Maybe make it beveled in grey instead of complete black?

Anyways, thanks for this nice update!

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YellowBook

16 years ago

That change to the scrollbar looks nice (rounding the buttons, but not the slider). If you take a look at LighthouseBlue, you see how it looks if you do both — not bad, but not as good, either.

I'm looking forward to version 0.2. I've made a Fedora Core 3 rpm of 0.1, which might help some of the newbies with installation issues. I'm also converting some of my (unreleased) gtkrc themes which use a mixture of Bluecurve and LighthouseBlue to use ClearLooks, instead, as it gives a similar but slightly better effect. Have you addressed the gtk-1.x issue (i.e., providing a suitable gtkrc for gtk-1, even if you don't provide the engine)?

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bvc

16 years ago

again, excellent work!
Down the road do you plan to release any documentation for clearlooks specific code for gtkrc's?

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YellowBook

16 years ago

As an update to Bluecurve, I think this engine is excellent. When I saw the screenshots, I had thought it was a combination of Bluecurve and LighthouseBlue, but it's got subtleties that neither of those have. I'm not sure I like the sunken menubar, but other than that, it's great.

A couple of quibbles:

1) No gtk1 engine. If there's not going to be one, any metathemes using this engine ought to distribute a matching gtk1 theme using Bluecurve and/or Lighthouseblue.

2) With certain metacity themes, it looks like the menubar needs a little vertical padding (outside of the sunken area). This is especially noticible with Bluecurve, for example.

Still, very nice engine.

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tibz

16 years ago

I just instaled Ubuntu with Gnome and I love it.

I wold lie to install this theme, but the ./configure command you posted does nothing for me. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong. Pls help what exacly do I type in the terminal aftr downloading the file?

Thanx much

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bvc

16 years ago

tar -xjf 19527-clearlooks-engine-0.1.tar.bz2
cd clearlooks-engine-0.1
./configure --prefix=/usr && make install

you will have to be root to install

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kaha

16 years ago

I don't think the standard Ubuntu install includes GCC, does it?

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mschwartz

16 years ago

Ok. Not sure what that was about, but I re-booted and it now seems faster. Even the xfdesktop menu is coming up much faster.

Sorry for the confusion.

Nice to see others using Xfce 4.2. It's a great desktop.

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rokaef

16 years ago

Looks really good. I run Xfce4.2_rc3 and have no speed problems.

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mschwartz

16 years ago

Great theme! I really like the look of this.

One quick note, which is that the engine seems a bit slow. Like you, I am running Xfce 4.2 from CVS.

I had been running bvc's Edge theme, which was very quick. I now have his additional blue theme for this engine loaded as well.

FWIW, this is using FC3 on a Dell 5150 laptop with a 3.2Ghz P4, 2Gb RAM and an nVidia 64mb card using the nvidia driver.

Any thoughts or additional info you need to help?

Thanks.

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kaha

16 years ago

Quick, clear, and very clean.
Thank you! :)

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bvc

16 years ago

thx!
btw, no prob here with the trough anywhere including the theme mananger

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bvc

16 years ago

oh, I have gtk2 2.6.0

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reeve

16 years ago

First, great engine! GTK+ really needs more good engines like this. Second, I found one bug, in the GNOME theme manager when I open the "Theme Details", the scrollbar's trough is drawn down past the end of the scrollbar (as in, crosses the text label below it). And actually, while I'm posting, one other thing, would it be possible for the menu items to be more customizable? I'm not a big fan of Bluecurve's menu hilight style. Anyway, thanks for a really nice engine, I look forward to future releases.

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Remenic

16 years ago

First of all, thank you for your comment! I just had a look at the gnome-theme-manager, but the scrollbar through does not cross the text. Now, this might be a difference in GTK+ version. Which version of GTK+ 2 are you using?

Even though I can't reproduce the issue, I still have an idea how I could fix it. But if I can reproduce it with the same version of GTK+ you have, it'll be easier to fix :)

Also, which distribution are you using? It might be that some distro-specific patches are doing nasty things...

Now, about the menu highlight... Making it customizable is certainly possible. At least, choosing between two (or more) different styles is. If you could give me some ideas about a highlight style that would look nice, I'll be willing to try to implement it :)

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reeve

16 years ago

For GTK+ version, I'm using 2.4.14 from Debian sid. And with regards to menu hilight styles, I'd love for the menu hilight to be drawn the way the buttons are. Other than that, a "flat" menu hilight (bordered, like Mist) would be nice too.

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bvc

16 years ago

put this;

GtkWidget::focus-line-width = 2
GtkWidget::focus-line-pattern = ""
GtkWidget::interior_focus = 0
GtkWidget::focus_padding = 0
GtkMenuItem::selected_shadow_type = in

in;
style "clearlooks-menu-item" = "clearlooks-default"

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ericbobbitt

16 years ago

well in that case - 2 thumbs up mate :D

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jccheng

16 years ago

great theme! are you using metacity? if so, what theme is it?

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Remenic

16 years ago

Sorry no, I'm using XFCE 4.2rc3, with the Tyrex theme. I can strongly recommend it though!

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ericbobbitt

16 years ago

nicely done man :)
keep up the good work :D

Not the biggest fan of pixmap themes, but still good job either way.

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15 years ago

Clearlooks 0.6.2:
Fixed crash in OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 + Ximian.
Applied patch from Cary Coady to fix a segfault when progressbar has no parent.
Removed metacity theme from the engine package (accidently left it in 0.6.1).


Clearlooks 0.6.1:
Fixed wrong rendering of combobox in some themes.
Consistent rendering of buttons in glade and gimp.
Compatability fix for GTK 2.2 from Hongli Lai.
Forgot to mention new listview headers in 0.6.0!


Clearlooks 0.6:
New menuitem style.
Listview item gradients enabled by default.
Tweaked radio- and checkboxes.
New checkmark graphic from Steven Garrity.
New gradient on buttons.
Buttons appear semi-sunken (with new themes).
Fixed GtkNotebook colors in glade and gaim (and others).
Menubar gradient slightly lighter so accommodate border-less WM themes.

Previous releases:
Check the NEWS file in the release tarball.

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