Archive for the 'Clearlooks' Category

New Clearlooks Metacity & Xfce theme!

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

My fellow Clearlooks developer Daniel Borgmann has been working on an early christmas present for all of you :) Behold the all new shiny Clearlooks 2.0 Metacity theme!

Clearlooks 2.0 Metacity screenshot
It goes really well with the upcoming cairo version of Clearlooks.

Get the cool stuff here:

compressed archive clearlooks-metacity-2.0.tar.gz
compressed archive clearlooks-xfwm4-2.0.tar.gz

To install it, unpack it to /usr/share/themes and overwrite the old metacity theme (the metacity-1 directory). I got problems when I placed it in ~/.themes but your mileage may vary ;)

Update: Added the Xfwm4 theme.

Result of yesterday’s elections are in!

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

I’m overwhelmed by the response I got on yesterday’s poll. I should do this more often ;)

Here are the results at the time of writing this:

Progressbar animation direction
Left to right   67.89%
Right to left   18.11%
No animation   14.00%
1750 votes total

The result to me was quite unexpected! The old Clearlooks had RTL (opposite direction) animation, yet only 1 or 2 people every complained about that! But then again, animation was always disabled by default, so not many people ever noticed that.

I guess it’s clear what the mainstream preference is now. You can still vote, but I doubt it’s gonna make a difference. I’ll probably make it a an option in gtkrc eventually, so that themers can decide in which direction it should animate.

Thank you all for voting and commenting!

Cast your vote!

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Clearlooks-cairo has animated progressbars again, thanks to some evil hacks from Kulyk Nazar. In addition to animated progressbars, we also have fading checkboxes and radiobuttons. Pretty neat stuff!

But that’s not what I came here for. I’d like everyone’s opinion on the direction the progressbar should animate. Below are three progressbars. Two of them animate in a different direction, one of them doesn’t animate at all. Please let me know which one you like most by clicking on one of them.

Left to Right Animation
Vote left to right
Right to Left Animation
Vote right to left!
No Animation
Vote no animation!

Unfortunately, you can only vote once per IP address. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Oh, and feel free to tell me why you prefer one over the other, by adding a comment below.

Thanks!

Clearlooks-cairo and the first milestone

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

During the absence of new posts, a lot of work has gone into Clearlooks-cairo. To give people an idea of the progress being made, I’ve set three milestones.

  • 1. Finish the basic version, without custimization options.
  • 2. Add the customization options.
  • 3. Polishing it, and then polishing it some more.

Right now, I’ve almost reached the first milestone. What’s missing is the focus rings. It will be easy to add that, though.

If you would like to try the new Clearlooks, you’ll have to get it from GNOME CVS, module “gtk-engines”. Please keep in mind that it’s still a bit on the slow side, especially with cairo-1.0.0. The CVS version of cairo has seen a few great speed improvements, though.

Here’s the latest WIP screenshot (click for full):
Clearlooks-cairo Work In Progress
Don’t worry about the scrollbars, the old style is still there if you don’t like the new one.

A little Clearlooks-cairo update

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

I’ve had quite some requests to port Clearlooks to Qt/KDE, and the idea has been playing in my head for a while now.

Since porting the original Clearlooks to KDE is a very time consuming process, I decided to design the cairo version in such a way that makes it as independent from GTK+ as possible. The result is that, when Qt support cairo (if ever), porting Clearlooks to Qt/KDE will be pretty straightforward.

In the process of disconnecting the drawing code from GTK+, I learned that I have been displaying disabled toggled toggle buttons wrong all the time. So even if the button is toggled, I’d still display it as if it wasn’t. Clearlooks-cairo displays it properly though.
Behold:
New buttons!

I’m also surprised at the cleanness of the drawing code. I can imagine that anyone that has worked with cairo a bit will be able to pick it up immediately. But even if you have no experience with the cairo API, it will still be pretty easy to understand. And that’s worth something, in my opinion :)

Clearlooks goes Cairo

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

With the next release of GTK+ the latest advances in graphics technology, called cairo, will be available to themers and programmers. Cairo gives high quality output, ideal for creating smooth themes for GTK+ applications. For more information on cairo, check the website.

Porting Clearlooks to cairo
That’s right, I’m working on a new version of Clearlooks, using this new API. It isn’t a 1:1 port, but look at it as the Clearlooks I’ve always meant it to be. It’ll be shinier, prettier, and… oh right, slower.

Speed Issues
Right now cairo isn’t exactly “fast”. I can’t give you any numbers, but believe me… You’ll see and feel the difference. This makes sense though, considering the complexity of the drawing operations. You’ll see anti-aliasing everywhere, making the theme look very smooth. With time, cairo will be optimised, and the speed issues should dissapear.

The Result (so far)
I’ve started working on this a few days ago. So far I’ve finished the progressbar, slider, button, and entry widgets. Here’s a little screenshot.

Clearlooks Cairo

Clearlooks-cairo won’t be ready anytime soon, but the code is in CVS, so feel free to try it out. It requires GTK+ 2.7 or newer.