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Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme


Theme/Style for KDE 4.0

Score 74%
Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme

Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme

Homepage:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  37692
Submitted:  Apr 30 2009
Updated:  Apr 7 2010


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!


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

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

(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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 Future Plans

 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 12 2010
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Based on the feedback I have recently received, I am planning to release the next version of Oxygen-Molecule as three themes:
1) Oxygen: 70% shading
2) Oxygen-Cold: 50% shading (same as Oxy-Molecule 3.2)
3) Oxygen-Cold: 70% shading (same as Oxy-Molecule 3.1)

I hope this will appease everyone :)

This will be the plan unless someone comes up with a better (and feasible) idea.

Going once... going twice...

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 Re: Future Plans

 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 12 2010
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BTW, could someone give me the default settings for the default Oxygen active window glow?


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 Re: Re: Future Plans

 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 12 2010
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Never mind... found the defaults button :D

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 Re: Re: Re: Future Plans

 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 12 2010
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Never mind my "never mind"... this appears to give me the Kubuntu defaults, not the KDE defaults.

So, I still would like the active window glow settings.

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Future Plans

 by IPStifles on: Apr 13 2010
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I have a vanilla, no-defaults-molested KDE 4.4.2 distribution.

The default Active Window Glow for the Oxygen KWin decoration is #70EFFF for the inner color and #54A7F0 for the outer (which is enabled by default).

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 Great !

 by poppop12 on: Apr 21 2010
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Congratulations for your theme, it is really great !

I just have a question, I noticed that in Eclipse some of the colors were not the one selected in the colors theme in the KDE4 panel (especially the background of the selected item in a list) I also noticed that the icon in Chrome are not the one of the current QT theme.
Do you kow how I can change this ?

Kind regards

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 Toolbuttons &toggle-buttons

 by 10110111 on: Apr 22 2010
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BTW, toolbuttons and toggle buttons are not as in KDE style. Compare e.g. Dolphin toolbar (normal&prelight&active buttons) and pcmanfm/nautilus one.

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 Pixbuf hacks

 by 10110111 on: May 1 2010
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I've modified pixbuf engine to support some features needed by OxygenMolecule:

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 Re: Pixbuf hacks

 by MrBumpy4096 on: May 1 2010
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Wow, this looks great so far! I will plan to design the next OxygenMolecule version around this pixbuf patch.

FYI, I am recovering from a nasty virus, and am behind in work, so I won't be able to get to it right away.

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 Nice blending with GTK theme?

 by warnec on: May 10 2010
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Hi. I one thing that still strikes me from time to time when I use GTK apps is the improper titlebar blending.

I remember You saying it is not possible to perfectly copy the KDE's look because of GTK engines impossibility to display blended windows, but what about this:


I realize It uses a completely different theme than Yours (not pixbuf) but it theory, blending with that engine should be possible, right?

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 Re: Nice blending with GTK theme?

 by MrBumpy4096 on: May 11 2010
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That Mac theme uses a simple vertical gradient, whereas KDE4 uses a radial gradient... that is what I am unable to reproduce.

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 great theme

 by newversion2 on: May 22 2010
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only one thing i noticed: like in most gtk themes, the spacing of entries and buttons in your theme is more generous than in kde. maybe you can decrease x-and-ythickness of those widgets, unless it's already at the limit. anyway, thank you for this theme!

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