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.

Sparrk

16 years ago

Yes, it's a known problem and we can't solve it right now, because Epiphany is using a hack to embed the favicon in the locationbar. Instead of just using an entrybox, they are using a borderless entrybox and then put a frame around it. In other themes like Crux or Glider it looks even worse. Hopefully it will soon be possible to embed images in entry boxes directly, so Epiphany can get rid of this hack.

About the scrollbars, that's the Firefox problem which Richard mentioned above. Right now it seems impossible to find out if a button is the start of the end of a scrollbar with Firefox, because they are not using Gtk in the usual way. :/

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ertz

16 years ago

i like this engine, but menues in 0.3 are a big step backwards... i like 0.2.2 better :P

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ertz

16 years ago

oh, and something else....

rounded buttons with not-rounded menues doesn't make much sense to me...

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Sparrk

16 years ago

Why should the menus look like buttons? Now that makes no sense to me. ;)
Menus are simply lists and we don't use rounded edges either for treeviews, textboxes or frames.
However, the new menus should be considered experimental and we'll listen very carefully for feedback.

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robsta

16 years ago

The new menus are great, i love them!
Thanks, that was the most annoying thing in ClearLooks IMO. Very much looking forward to progress bars.
- Rob

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ertz

16 years ago

hehe... i'm always missing something... there should be an edit option so that way i wouldn't post extra comments...

anyway, you say "we don't use rounded edges either for treeviews, textboxes or frames.", are you sure textboxes aren't rounded?... they look pretty rounded to me ;)

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Sparrk

16 years ago

I meant textviews. :) Only entries are rounded, but the larger boxes (check gedit or gaim) are not. There are other cases where we don't use rounded edges because it looks better, mainly treeview headers.
I really don't want to make a theme which simply slaps a rounded edge on everything, because I don't think that this looks good at all, consistency or not. Notice that Luna or Aqua don't use rounded edges for everything either and especially not for menus.

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ertz

16 years ago

well, the part that doesn't make much sense is that almost everything is rounded, except for menues and maybe something else that i'm missing.
i'm a graphic designer and i've learnt that if you'r making a rounded/smooth theme (or engine in this case) then you should make everything rounded/smooth.
this theme is rounded, not completely smooth, but definitively rounded... if you want to make it smoother then you could remove/change the black outline on some controls (like tabs and scrollbars).

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bvc

16 years ago

I agree they'd look better rounded, but I also think they look better now than they did. What sticks out to me now is that now the progressbar is the only thing left to the old bluecurve feel and I think they'd be better as the menuitem.

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Sparrk

16 years ago

Yes, we have something special planned for the progress bar. :D
We tried using the new menu look for it but couldn't decide if it was an improvement or not, so we decided to stick with the current one for now and work on a "proper" replacement after the release.

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lordcrow

16 years ago

Why do you change the menu items??!?!?!
why!???
i liked the rounded ones!!!!!!

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michaeldominic

16 years ago

Oh - and I like the metacity theme very much (although it's not really revolutionary.

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michaeldominic

16 years ago

Mate, this is great. I never thought I'd replace my Industrial with anything. But this is just plain simple&great.

Keep up the great work.
But:
1) I think there are some performance issues.
2) Applications in the taskbar should be somehow spaced.

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bvc

16 years ago

I d/k if it'll help or not but you could try this to increase the thickness
http://gnomesupport.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8645&start=15

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bvc

16 years ago

I d/k if it'll help or not but you could try this to increase the thickness
http://gnomesupport.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8645&start=15

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bvc

16 years ago

love the rewrite! Thx!
What new metacity?

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bvc

16 years ago

btw, if the metacity included is the one in the screenshot, it looks like 5 others we already have. Winter goes with the engine more IMO. I'm not complaining because I hate doing mcity. Just thought something different, that goes with the theme, would be nice.

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Sparrk

16 years ago

Well, the goal of this theme isn't to be different, but to be good. :)
At first the theme was based on Winter (which isn't really that much different either), but I just couldn't get the buttons to look right, so in the end (a few hours before release) I decided to base it off of Industrial and keep the buttons as they are for now.
The titlebar and border are still considerably different to Industrial and I think that it adds a unique touch to it.

If someone has a great idea for a re-design of the buttons (which is simplistic, attractive and usable at the same time), then I'd be very open to it.

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bvc

16 years ago

diff doesn't imply unusable and nonsimplistic. Winters rounded titlebar and buttons are very diff from the same old generic mcity we have 5+ versions of yet it is still simple and very usable. I understand though, mcity can be a bear which is why I said I'm not complaining. IMO, it should definately have rounded titlebars and buttons though.

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Sparrk

16 years ago

No, different isn't bad, I'm just saying that I don't care a lot about not being different. ;)
Clearlooks has rounded titlebar borders and it even has rounded bottom edges, unlike Industrial and Winter. ;) I'm looking into making the titlebar buttons rounded again, but I failed to get it look right with Winter. The problem were the buttons on inactive windows (which the original XFWM theme doesn't have).

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bvc

16 years ago

I've reinstalled the engine and still didn't get a CLearlooks mcity theme :(
so I just copied it over from the source tree :D

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salahuddin66

16 years ago

gr8 :)

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kernal32

16 years ago

I really want the Window List in the bottom to panel to span to rows. This only happens when the size is set to 44 or more. On other themes is slighly less which means the panel takes up less space. Is it possible to do something about this?

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silenteef

16 years ago

I like the theme engine. I'd like to request a minor usability feature, focus rings. The reason I use smooth today is because it implements focus rings around all widgets.

As as themer and user, I'd love to see clearlooks implement this. Good job, your engine looks great.

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iacques

16 years ago

Hi! How install the fonts of screenshot theme?

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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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