[LAD] UIs theming problem (was Re: UIs)

Nikita Zlobin cook60020tmp at mail.ru
Fri May 17 09:38:00 UTC 2013

The biggest problem is the quality. With pixmap-based themes it may be 
achieved only when special pixmap areas are specified for borders, which are 
not scaled in certain dimentions. The only gui, which is known to support 
this, is kde plasma. As for gtk — it may require newer engine (if old good 
pixmap or pixbuf engine doesn't allow that).

In previous month i spent time, creating theme for qtcurve — "Hardcurve". 
Though published on kde-look (which is subportal of www.opendesktop.org), it 
is good for gtk as well, since qtcurve is cross-toolkit.

Very sad, that ardour doesn't allow at least to customize, wether to use or 
not included theme (like rosegarden does).

> Hi Julien :)
> I'm uncertain, if I should reply off-list :S.
> There already is an issue regarding to qt apps vs gtk apps and regarding
> to different versions of gtk and qt.
> When we use desktop environments global settings can fail, e.g. some
> apps might show black fonts on a black background. To avoid such issues,
> some applications, e.g. Ardour, provide themes that make sense. The
> Ardour themes aren't what I call "fancy" in a negative way, they are
> very good, "fancy" for my taste, but I guess the meaning of "fancy" is
> something else.
> A bad example for what I call negative "fancy" is the GUI of e.g.
> Guitarix. The GUI is more or less photo-realistic, with shadows and
> reflections. I'm not visually impaired, resp. I won't call wearing
> reading glasses an issue, but the contrast and color of my monitor
> settings, that fit to my needs regarding to graphical art production or
> even for my audio workflow, make a GUI such as the Guitarix one hard to
> use. Guitarix does provide several GUIs too, but all of them come with,
> let's call it special FX.
> For my global settings, for the desktop environment, I disabled all
> special FX, no animations, no shadows etc., but some GUIs ignore that
> and come with all this crap, e.g. Guitarix. Ardour for example doesn't
> add such special FX.
> I want my Linux to be a serious production environment, it shouldn't
> become a higgledy-piggledy circus dekoration.
> When I was young and leaned to use the airbrush, I just for learning
> purpose does all those shadow and reflection FX, but I never used it
> that way, when I made art. A good artist anyway use the airbrush as an
> additional tool, not to make a complete painting with it. Complete
> paintings made with airbrush only can be found on funfairs and that's
> what all those iPad and some Windows things does look like.
> I hope this fashion will not become common for Linux too.
> 2 Cents,
> Ralf
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