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.

tompee

16 years ago

second that. I tried to replicate the look of that screenshot, but got nowhere.. The icons aren't spaced, I got ugly buttons at the end of my panel, ...

This comes really close to how gnome should look by default, imho. Can anyone provide a guide on how to replicate this screenshot?
Thanks!

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vnoel

16 years ago

The desktop you see in the screenshots is not the gnome desktop, but xfce (http://www.xfce.org).
You have to install xfce to get the same appearance.

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vnoel

16 years ago

The desktop you see in the screenshots is not the gnome desktop, but xfce (http://www.xfce.org).
You have to install xfce to get the same appearance.

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Remenic

16 years ago

As y'all might have noticed, there was no new release last weekend. That's because I've been working on a website at http://clearlooks.sourceforge.net. It will contain a voting booth where you can vote for concepts. And maybe some other suprises, too :)

Development is still progressing though!

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tvon

16 years ago

Don't get too distracted with the website, it's not that important.

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Remenic

16 years ago

Heheh, I wish I could worry about silly things like that. School is taking my time again :(

No worries though, I've done some clearlooks engine work today. Expect a new release soon!

And about the website. It *is* very important. I need it to get user input. I only know what I like, but not what other people like, so the website will essentially be an aid in development.

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vnoel

16 years ago

I'm eagerly expecting the next release with half-rounded scrollbars. You should post betas somewhere :) Also, don't pay too much attention to user requests. Many good themes that were once great tried to accomodate everyone and became riddled with too many bells and whistles. The only way to ensure consistency is by staying true to your original design ideas.

Just FYI, your theme is being discussed on Gnome's development mailing list :
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2005-February/msg00292.html

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bvc

16 years ago

occationally the comboboxes won't stay down when dropped down. They just pop right back up. You can get around this by clicking and holding down the mouse button>selecting>then releasing so it's no big deal, yet. Thought you might wanna know. Could be a gtk2-2.6.1 ubuntu hoary issue I guess.

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Remenic

16 years ago

I've never had this issue before... Are you sure it only happens with Clearlooks?

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bvc

16 years ago

Yes, it's only clearlooks, well smooth is the only other engine I use and it doesn't do it with it. Also happened in epiphany's bookmarks that go beyond the screen resolution with the last version of the engine, not the latest.

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naima

16 years ago

I compiled and instaled clearlooks with no problem, but themes doesn't appear in the "theme changer", i'm using ubuntu "hoary" with gnome 2.9.4. Any solution?.

thank you in advice.

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Remenic

16 years ago

You should choose 'Theme Details' in gnome-theme-manager and then in the 'Controls' tab there should be a few Clearlooks themes.

If that's not the case, make sure you installed it with --prefix=/usr. If you did and it still doesn't work, then please let me know and I'll install Ubuntu Hoary (what a horrible name).

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bvc

16 years ago

lol
I have hoary and all is well.

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Remenic

16 years ago

Guess what, I just finished adding the new scrollbars! I'm not releasing it just yet, though (probably saturday).

But not all is good. Firefox is really pissing me off lately. Every kind of 'trick' that I perform to give Clearlooks a polished look is failing miserably. While most 'artifacts' aren't clearly visible and won't bother anyone but the nitpicker, the scrollbars are a greater deal.

Behold the following screenshot:
http://www.stellingwerff.com/sb.png

It's TERRIBLE! Firefox doesn't tell me the position of the scrollbars, so I can't determine whether a scrollbutton is the first of last button on the scrollbar. The result is that rounding isn't applied, so they look squared. This most likely happens with OpenOffice.org as well, since they are both very bad at pretending to be GTK+ apps.

But that's not all... I'm not sure if I like the half-rounded look of the scrollbars...

There are four things I can do now:
1) don't care about firefox, keep the roundings.
2) keep it squared like it was.
3) think of something else
4) make all corners rounded (like industrial)

Please let me know what you guys 'n girls think!

If you've got a good idea for a scrollbar, please email me some mockups!
If you're a coder an know how to make rounding work in Firefox as well, please email me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bvc

16 years ago

if by "all" you mean all corners in the scrollbar, yes, that has my vote. Otherwise, I say ignore firefox and round the ends. Oh...I use epiphany :P

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Remenic

16 years ago

http://www.stellingwerff.com/sbr.png

I don't know why, but I kind of like the whole rounded look of the scrollbars now. I tried it before, but I thought it looked stupid... If I still like it tomorrow, I'm going with this look.

Unless anyone has a better idea?

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dgt84

16 years ago

To be honest I really like the first screenshot. This doesn't mean I don't like the "rounded-everything" look, as I do like it.

I like the fact that the rounded edges only on the outside of the entire scrollbar give it a "whole" kind of look, as in, "look I'm a single widget" or something. Don't know why but it appeals to me ;-)

That said, for consistency purposes the other style is better.

I think Firefox and OpenOffice.org are problematic for most themes, and I vote to ignore them.

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Remenic

16 years ago

Thank you very much for your comment. I have been running the half-rounded scrollbar theme for a few days now, and it hasn't bothered me at all, even though I run Firefox a lot :)

So I'll probably keep the half rounded (rounded only at the outside) look for the next version. Maybe eventually the Firefox people will try to make their app behave a little better.

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nyda

16 years ago

Looks pretty neat to me. I don't use Firefox either (Epiphany), so I don't care about its issues :-)

Btw, if Firefox doesn't tell you which button is being drawn, how do you tell what kind of arrow (up/down) to paint? Or is that another step or widget? If so, one could imagine a hack that doesn't draw the scrollbuttons when first requested but only then when drawing the arrow is requested.
(Please disregard if what I say does not make any sense to you :) )

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dgt84

16 years ago

Unless I'm mistaken it looks like there are two seperate functions that get called to draw the scrollbar buttons. The first draws the button itself, the second draws an arrow. The problem (correct me if I'm wrong) is that the button function was not passed an arrow direction, only the arrow function, so you can't tell which button is being drawn, just that you are being asked to draw a button.

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vnoel

16 years ago

Please also note that weird artifacts appear when you use openoffice 2.0 ( http://download.openoffice.org/680/index.html#intro )
with this theme. Mostly, the menus all appear transparent. I know the 2.0 is still beta, but it's something to look for.

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vnoel

16 years ago

Erase that, the new beta (1.9 m71s1) fixes the bug. It had nothing to do with Clearlooks :)

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Remenic

16 years ago

What?!!! I fixed it on the same day I released 0.2.2 but thought it wouldn't be such a big deal (with OOo being beta after all) so I didn't release an update... Still, I'm glad that the OOo folks fixed it on their part as well.

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laverne

16 years ago

Great theme, it's my favourite. The only thing I doan't like is the highlight effect on the active menu entry.

What window borders were you using on the screen shots? Is it really Nuvola? Nuvola looks different on my machine, and I really dig those window borders, which would make a almost perfect theme even better. Please help.

Thanks!

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bvc

16 years ago

Remenic's wm is xfce4, not metacity. However I know that someone is currently porting it to metacity. I have it and if they won't finish it I will :D

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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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