Posts Tagged ‘Themes’

Planet Hula theme

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

For anyone interested in the Planet Hula space theme I made a while back, you can grab a tarball of the version of Planet we used which also contains the theme.

I have also made a quick example page too, in case you’d like to remember what it looks like.

Planet Hula thumbnail

Notes: You can use this under the same license as Planet itself, provided you do not use the Hula logo itself nor the Hula name (both are included within, so you’ll need to do some very minor tweaks at the very least). Also, I think I did make a couple of tweaks since this version to make it play a little better on Internet Explorer. Consider this a beta release.

Tango on the N800 (a first glimpse)

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Since I recently got an N800, I decided it would be a good idea to port Tango icons to it. It looks quite amazing on the device’s tiny high-resolution screen.

Even though I made pretty decent progress tonight, there’s still a bit left to go. I want to polish it up a bit more before releasing anything — don’t worry, though; it should be soon. (:

Firefox 2.0: Fitting in

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Firefox 2.0 has a lot of great features, but if you’re using it on Linux (or BSD, etc.), then odds are that it doesn’t really seem to fit in with the rest of your desktop.

I’ve been working on the new version of the Tango theme for Firefox, making it compatible with Firefox 2.0. I’ve also been implementing subskin support (same overall theme with tweaks, such as other icons) with other people’s help in #tango on IRC.

Tango Firefox theme screenshot excerpt

If you’re interested in trying out any of the Tango, Tangerine, GNOME, or Industrial themes for Firefox, please head over to my primates work page and install away!

(Find any bugs or have anything to say? Leave some comments!)

Unpausing my ‘blog

Friday, March 17th, 2006

So many things happened since my last post…

On a side note, it’s kind of hard to start blogging again when you haven’t done so in a while.

Making Firefox fit in with the Linux desktop

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

As Firefox 1.5 is now here, I would like to say that I’m still very much interested in making Firefox fit in with the Linux desktop as I did with the Industrial theme for 1.0.x (which does not work with 1.5). However, a few things should be noted.

  1. First of all, I unfortunately do not have the time to currently work on Firefox beautification. I may have a little bit of time in a few weeks, but I also might not, depending on how things go. (Right now I’m working on some really cool stuff at work that you’ll see sometime in the future.)
  2. I’ve heard through some grapevine somewhere that there’s a patch for firefox to enable gtk-stock icon support for the default theme (and I believe it was done by someone at Red Hat, iirc). If this is true, then that’s half the battle to fitting in.*
  3. I really believe native looking changes should go upstream. This includes all of the little spacing / padding tweaks, the correct order of buttons, and making sure that all native widgets are fully represented in their XUL counterparts.

*Note: For KDE users, if an icon theme is ported to use the standard icon naming spec that Tango recommends, then it’ll inherit the same icon theme that the rest of the desktop would use too. For native looking widgets, there is GTK-QT. Of course there is Firefox ported to Qt as well.

If Firefox had native icon support and the tweaks mentioned above for the default theme, then it should just inherit the look of the desktop by default.

It takes YOU to Tango!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

This Friday (and every Friday to come) is Tango Friday!

Tango!

The Tango Project “exists to create a consistent user experience for free and Open Source software with graphical user interfaces.” We’re approaching this goal by having a consistant naming spec which can be used anywhere, by any application, on any desktop. Secondly, we are working on providing a default set of icons to fill this need.

For the Tango icons, we have a style guide in place and a lot of icons already.

Even if you want to use other icons, it benefits to have them ported to the icon naming spec which the Tango project has provided. By abiding by that spec, it will make an icon theme work across multiple desktops with minimal effort.

Now you might be asking yourself: What is Tango Friday? Basically, it’s like a hackfest, except with art. Tango Friday is simply a time to join #tango on irc.freenode.net (via IRC) and use your favorite graphic editor (most people use Inkscape) to make really cool Tango-style SVG and PNG icons!

It’s open to everyone interested. You actually don’t even have to be good with graphics. We need people of all sorts, including: developers, documentation experts, fanboys, and all those just plainly interested in what we’re doing. We want people from all parts of the community, from different companies, different desktops, and different operating systems even.

We need people to help us make the stock set of Tango icons, but we also want others to help it get implemented in Xfce, KDE, GNOME, Wine, Java apps, Web software, or anywhere else it may make sense.

We had an unannounced, spontaneous Tango Friday last week, and not only was it was tons of fun, it was quite productive as well.

Make sure to join us this Friday. See you there!

Tuomas’ neat icon-helping find

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Today, Tuomas figured out that gnopernicus, an odd-sounding, useful accessibility tool for GNOME, can be super-useful for artists, especially those using Inkscape.

I played around with it on my ThinkPad at work today and found that shoving it to the strip on the side of my 1600×1200 screen seemed to be the most useful (outside of Tuomas’ sweet dual-head set-up), as one can maximize the Inkscape window to the side and not have an overlap.

This is really going to be super-useful when designing Tango icons.