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Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme

   3.2  

Theme/Style for KDE 4.0

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Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme
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Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme
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Homepage:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  36941
Submitted:  Apr 30 2009
Updated:  Apr 7 2010

Description:

Oxygen-Molecule is a theme for GTK+ applications to provide a uniform look when used under the KDE 4.4 desktop environment. It was originally based on the kde4.2-oxygen (modified) 0.3 GTK theme by Dennis Schmitz (which was itself based on work originally by Kim Kahns) (url: http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/kde4.2-oxygen+(modified)?content=99926)

On top of the original theme, I have made the following changes:
- changed colors to match default KDE 4.4 color scheme, including hue adjustment of all pixmaps
- reworked all of the pixmaps and changed measurements for improved visual appearance
- created new spinner buttons, since the original spinners often looked mismatched with the surrounding pixmaps
- linked the GTK theme with the Oxygen icon set (thank you Craig Drummond for showing me how to do this).

In addition, beginning with version 3.1, Oxygen-Molecule features a “flat” mode which disables the background gradient. Some GTK+ apps don't play nice with the background gradient used in the default Oxygen-Molecule theme, causing patches of the wrong shade of grey to appear in the background. Oxygen-Molecule's flat mode solves this problem, and can be enabled on a per-application basis.

Additional documentation and installation instructions are included in the download.

I am also providing my source graphics files (created with GIMP) for anyone who wants to try making their own color variants.

Notes for the source graphics files: layer names in square brackets indicate the color from the KDE color scheme. There are many graphics files missing... for these, you will just need to edit the theme PNG files (not included in source graphics download--get them from the theme).

Good luck!




Changelog:

7-29-2010: Added COPYING file to archive.

3.2:
- Redesigned color scheme to use less extreme shading. This looks better for both KDE and GTK+ apps, in my opinion, and also helps everything to blend a little better. For users upgrading from version 3.1 or earlier, please set your KDE color shading to 50% (see step 7 in the installation guide).
- Tweaked menubar gradient to look better for wider windows, but at the expense of the appearance of narrower ones. My reasoning is that most people use their GTK apps either fullscreen or as large windows.
- Adjusted the size of the active menubar item selector, and further fine-tuned the color of the menu item selector.

3.1:
- Added new “flat” mode, which removes the background gradient from windows and tabs.
- Fixed the tree view colors.
- Increased spacing between tabs to better match the Oxygen theme.

3.0:
- Updated theme to match KDE 4.4 widgets and shading.
- Almost all pixmaps were completely redone.
- Countless tweaks, including thinner buttons and entry boxes, new spinner buttons and better tab spacing.
- Removed unnecessary clearlooks reference.
- Changed theme install location in documentation from /usr/share/themes to /usr/local/share/themes.

Further changes are listed in the documentation included with the theme.




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(Oxygen-Molecule 3.2 for KDE 4.4)
(Oxygen-Molecule 2.2 for KDE 4.3)
(Oxygen-Molecule 1.2 for KDE 4.2)
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 It's great!

 
 by 10110111 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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Wow this is the best KDE4 theme for GTK among the ones i have found!


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 Minor incompleteness...

 
 by 10110111 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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The theme is great, but there's still some field for improvement (i tested kde4.4 version):
1. In some cases active buttons have dots on their perimeter. I haven't seen this in KDE. And this looks ugly.
2. Tabs have no prelight effect.
3. Insensitive buttons have ugly dotted out icons (this can be seen on the second screenshot - 'forward' button in Firefox). They are grayscale instead in KDE4.4.
4. Menus are rectangular...


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 Re: Minor incompleteness...

 
 by cdekter on: Apr 7 2010
 
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#3 is a shortcoming of the GTK Pixmap engine. MrBumpy, if you are interested I could create a patch for Pixmap that fixes this. :)


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 Re: Minor incompleteness...

 
 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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Hi,

Here are my responses to your points:
1. The only way I know how to show the focused widget in all cases is to enable the pixbuf engine's focus line. This comes in handy when using the keyboard to navigate the widgets. With this option disabled, you can't always tell which widget has focus. So, my decision in this case was one of usability over beauty. If you want to disable the dotted focus line, simply find this line in the gtkrc file:

GtkWidget:: focus-line-width = 1

and change it to:

GtkWidget:: focus-line-width = 0

If anybody knows a better way to do this, I'm all ears.

2. I can't find a way to do tab prelight with the pixbuf engine.

3. This is a limitation of the pixbuf engine, but you can download a version of pixbuf that fixes this here: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/gtk2-engine-pixbuf+%28Patched%29?content=77783

4. Another pixbuf engine limitation.

Again, if anyone knows other ways around these issues, I'd love to learn. The only way I've learned how to make this theme is by downloading other pixbuf themes and looking at the code.


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 Re: Re: Minor incompleteness...

 
 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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Hmmm... I just noticed that changing the focus line setting also makes the buttons and entry boxes 2 pixels smaller horizontally and vertically, which doesn't look as good to me :(

I probably just need to adjust a padding setting somewhere to compensate.


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 Re: Re: Re: Minor incompleteness...

 
 by hdas on: Apr 16 2010
 
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Thanks for the tip. Actually it looks better with 2 pixels smaller (and I wanted it that way).

Also, if you happen to have a gmail account, could you say something about the minor issue of the checkboxes getting chopped slightly on the right edge when using firefox. (In fact, it would be a bonus, because konqueror gets it half chopped with native oxygen. Opera gets it right, but it is not oxygen. Chrome gets it right too, possibly because it overrides the gtk-theme by default.)


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 Re: Re: Minor incompleteness...

 
 by 10110111 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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Thanks. #3 is now solved.


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 Good

 
 by stribianese91 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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Good work :)
Can you add a prelight for the menu, when you hover them but you haven't clicked?


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 Re: Good

 
 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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If somebody can tell me how to do this with the pixbuf engine, I'll be more than happy to make that change.


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 Re: Re: Good

 
 by 10110111 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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Currently there's no way of doing so without modifying the engine itself.
I have modified it and this works, but other themes using pixbuf may render menus incorrectly.
Here it is (includes patch by walmis):
http://www.sendspace.com/file/n7xubr


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 Re: Re: Re: Good

 
 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 7 2010
 
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Wow, with all the patches to the pixbuf engine, perhaps it would be worthwhile to put together a custom version. I have no idea how to organize a project like that, but so far I am aware of the following individual efforts:
1) Icon transparency (there's at least two different modifications in this vein)
2) Prelight of tabs
3) Recolorable pixmaps (Craig Drummond hacked this together, but it needs modification. It even reads the colors from the KDE color settings!)

If someone wants to organize a modified pixbuf engine, I'd be willing to customize Oxygen-Molecule to the new changes. I can also provide a list of changes that would really help to make the GTK theme match KDE even more perfectly (gradient handling, etc.).


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Good

 
 by CraigD on: Apr 8 2010
 
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Adding menu and tab mouse over to my modified recolouring pixbuf engine would be trivial, I'd just take the code from QtCurve.

I could also take the code from QtCurve to properly implement the mouse over of editable combo boxes and spin buttons - but this would require more effort.

However, not much point in doing this if the recolouring is not improved...

(BTW, it also sets the GTK2 font from the KDE settings as well...)


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 Only Oxygen-cold

 
 by stribianese91 on: Apr 8 2010
 
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This theme is only for oxygen cold?


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 Re: Only Oxygen-cold

 
 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 10 2010
 
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Yes. Using Oxygen-cold meant I would have to redo fewer pixmaps. I also prefer it to the "Oxygen" color scheme. Perhaps if I get some free time to burn, I'll make a standard "Oxygen" color scheme version.


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 Bold lines

 
 by karapuz on: Apr 9 2010
 
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All very good, but i have a bold lines in menu dialog.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3161146/%D1%81%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%BA12.png

How i can fix this?


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 Re: Bold lines

 
 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 10 2010
 
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Hmm, I've seen one other person with that issue. What distro & pixbuf engine version are you using?


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 Re: Re: Bold lines

 
 by karapuz on: Apr 11 2010
 
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OpenSuse 11.2 kde 4.4.2. In repo of this distro gtk2-engine-pixbuf are missing. I install this package http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/gtk2-engine-pixbuf+(Patched)?content=77783

PS. I need to install a gtk2-engine-pixbuf? In package "gtk2" from opensuse repo contains a file libpixmap.so.


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 Two issues with the overhaul

 
 by IPStifles on: Apr 10 2010
 
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First, when a menu in the menubar is highlighted the text turns white. This doesn't match the default KDE 4.4 Oxygen color scheme in which the text remains black.

Secondly, version 3.2 takes a major step backward IMO. A Gtk-based KDE compatibility theme should at least match a KDE theme using that KDE theme's default appearance settings. Asking the user to compromise on KDE defaults (i.e. by setting 50% shading and a custom .colors file) defeats the purpose of a compatibility theme. I actually like the default KDE 4.4 Oxygen settings with its steep gradients and darker greys. If you can't match KDE's defaults you probably need to re-think your pixmap-based approach.


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 Re: Two issues with the overhaul

 
 by IPStifles on: Apr 10 2010
 
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I neglected to mention the menubar problem only occurs in Firefox (3.6.3 here, using default theming).


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 Re: Re: Two issues with the overhaul

 
 by 10110111 on: Apr 10 2010
 
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AFAIR, Firefox doesn't use GTK as its drawing toolkit. It instead just tries to use GTK theme, much like OpenOffice.
So, you should send this report to firefox bug tracker instead.


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 Re: Two issues with the overhaul

 
 by 10110111 on: Apr 10 2010
 
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>A Gtk-based KDE compatibility theme should at least match a KDE theme using that KDE theme's default appearance settings.

+1


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 Re: Two issues with the overhaul

 
 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 10 2010
 
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When I installed Kubuntu Lucid beta 1 on my system, the default shading was set at 50%. So I guess I'm not sure how to know what all of the defaults are. I've had people on here telling me that "Oxygen Cold" is the default, and others saying that "Oxygen" is the default.

Anyway, I decided to change the shading to 50% shading partly because the more extreme shading exaggerated the color mismatches on some GTK apps, and it just made blending in general more difficult.

The change was also partly out of preference. The shading at 70% looked too extreme to my eyes. I actually quite dislike the "Oxygen" color scheme, and "Oxygen-Cold" matches the Kubuntu colors more closely. More importantly to me, using Oxygen-Cold also meant I would have to redo fewer pixmaps from my previous Oxygen-Molecule version.

Also, I don't know what is up with Firefox, but earlier versions didn't have the menubar text issue--seems to have been introduced with Firefox 3.6.

If it didn't take me so blasted long to redo all of the pixmaps, I would make new color schemes in a heartbeat, and then everybody would be happy.


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 Re: Re: Two issues with the overhaul

 
 by IPStifles on: Apr 11 2010
 
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Many users aren't aware of this but of all the major Linux distributions Kubuntu deviates the farthest from vanilla KDE's default settings and performs heavy, often gratuitous patching to add non-standard features to KDE.

From the standpoint of users like myself who want as close to a vanilla distribution of KDE as possible this deviation makes Kubuntu the worst choice. This quandary is probably responsible for many Kubuntu-specific themes on kde-look.org.

So it's much easier for you to continue the pixbuf engine approach and just label this a Kubuntu-centric theme -- I wouldn't begrudge you that. Supporting distributions of KDE that respect upstream's decisions most likely requires a different Gtk+ engine and lots more work.


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 Re: Re: Two issues with the overhaul

 
 by 10110111 on: Apr 12 2010
 
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2 MrBumpy4096
Could you please give a link to version 3.1 so that in future people would be able to compare the themes and use what they like?


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