Serenity

KDE 3.5 Themes

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Serenity is a soft and quiet theme to ease your mind, with a lot of options to make the Serenity yours.

All I wanted to do was to remove as many lines as possible from the widgets in order to avoid the "recursive frames effect" in Konqueror. I did just a little more. ;-) And I also did my best to support dark colorschemes.

To install from sources, see INSTALL file in the archive.
Last changelog:

13 years ago

RPM packages updated.

1.7.1:
- Bugfix for KDM.

1.7:
- Configuration dialogs re-designed to be lighter i.e. faster to render.
- All the colorschemes I ever made for Serenity (25) are now included.

1.7 Style:
- The character used in the password entry boxes in now a big dot instead of the asterisk.
- Scrollbars and sliders do not sink under a mouse click any more.
- Tabbar improved with new gradients and new colors. Four styles are now available for both the active and inactive tabs.
- Tabs are a bit less busy. They now only change of color under the mouse.
- Menubar slightly changed with new gradients and new colors. Six styles are now available.
- Gradient menubars are now a bit less busy too.
- Textboxes (which include also editable comboboxes and spinwidgets) can now be highlighted when they have the focus. (That's more visible than only the blinking cursor.)
- The popup sub-menu delay can now be raised up to 1 sec. (That gives you the time to *feel* you have to click to let a sub-menu appear.)
- Serenity now has its own brightness routines so that you can have white buttons. (Still doesn't work perfectly with black buttons.)
- The frames in Kontact are back. (Grumble, grumble...)

1.7 Decoration:
- Partial re-design of the configuration dialog to give you a better control over the colors of the buttons and their symbols. You can even set the power of the eventual color mixes used.
- You can now also set the color of the buttons when pressed.
- The standard highlight color is now available for both the hovered and activated buttons.
- Four titlebar style are now available: No background, solid background (both as previously), solid top and softer edge.
- The windec also got brightness routines similar to the ones of the style so that the buttons all look the same.

bonafide

14 years ago

Holy Polaris, this looks so great... except for the menus (not the menubar, whose beauty blew me away). They are exactly the same as in Plastik. Do you plan on making the menus more "serenity"?

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Maxilys

14 years ago

Thank you. I like the word "stunning". ;-)

As for the menus, I've made some subtle changes to "serenitify" them: reduced mouseover frame with round corners. (Next release.) That's a little more Serenity and a little less Plastik. But there isn't much more I can do. If the menus drop down parts all look the same that's because of some hard limits within Qt/KDE.

But don't let all this stop you. If you have some ideas, explain and I'll tell you why I can't do it. ;-) (Writing a style is very frustrating.)

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bonafide

14 years ago

sad to read that :(

but you could at least remove the menu-borders and -seperators. This gotta be possible

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Maxilys

14 years ago

The answer is simple: Usability. If you totally remove the borders, menus and sub-menu tend to mix in a uniform area with no head and no tail.

I tried various things (a lot!) while writing this post and I came back to what Serenity already does. The mix of colors used for the popup borders is just right. (I agree with myself.) ;-)

I also agree with you: What went through my mind when I decided to keep these separators? (Habit, probably.)

Something has already been done. Once again for usability reasons I couldn't remove them but I made them less visible... and different!

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Maxilys

14 years ago

Like everybody, I downloaded the last KOffice and I discovered some tiny problems with Krita 1.5.0. I don't know what "they" did to Krita but Serenity started to do strange things with the toolbuttons. Serenity also didn't cope well with the mini-tabs. All this is now fixed.

There are also some little changes I've made since last release. (Note that I didn't really change the version number. It wasn't worth while.)

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pippi

14 years ago

Thank you for this piece of work, i love it, both the style and the deco!

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bhautikj

14 years ago

Great windec :)

Mandriva 2006 RPM's (windec and style) are here:
http://cow.mooh.org/togo/

x86_64 rpm's will follow soon.

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franzf

14 years ago

Hi, I LOVE this theme!
It made me leave Comix, that I used for a really long time :)

But I found one little bug.
There are no Images drawn on e.g. add Tab/delete Tab in Konqui, and the move up/down/... in the "Edit Toolbar" dialog, Only "Default-Images" are drawn. This is where I found it.
Screenies:
http://www.alpine-art.de/Bilder/Screenshots/serenity-button-bug1.png
http://www.alpine-art.de/Bilder/Screenshots/serenity-button-bug2.png
It does not depend on the Icon-set.
Hope I could help you.

KEEP UP THIS NICE WORK!!!11!!

Greez

Franz

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Maxilys

14 years ago

Interesting bug! I looked in the source and all I can say is that it can't be a bug within Serenity. Before to decide to draw an arrow or an icon on a toolbutton, Serenity asks explicitely to Qt what to draw. If an arrow is drawn, that's because Qt says so.

But I can re-arrange the tests so that Serenity tests first is there is an icon to draw. According to the screenshots, it looks like the buttons are the right ones so maybe it will fix that bug.

I just sent you a patched source. Replace, build, test and keep me informed.

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gadnio

14 years ago

Hi,
I can confirm this too.
Check what you do especially when drawing QToolButton NOT with a pixmap, but s.th. like this:
[CODE]
f_push_button = new QToolButton( DownArrow, this, name + QString( "_date_picker" ) );
[/CODE]

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Maxilys

14 years ago

Hu? The patch I gave to Franz is now part of the source. The problem should be solved.

Do you still have problems with the last version?

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franzf

14 years ago

Thx alot for the patch, and the nice EMail :)
It solved the problem :D.
Usability for my Dad and me increased ;)

Greez from Germany

Franz

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franzf

14 years ago

Oops, I see, on your Screenies it seems to be fine...
What could it be?

I use the gentoo-ebuild v0.3. (Shouldnt be the Problem)
kde-3.5.1, on an AMD64.

Thx, Franz

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rhorn

14 years ago

This really is a beautiful theme. I've been looking for something like this for a while.

Thank you.

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ianegg

14 years ago

The decoration ebuild just needs renaming to match the version number, but the style one needs a minor hack due to the .1 not being appended to the workdir, so I've hosted it again http://ianegg.homeip.net/~ian/serenity-style-0.3.1.ebuild

I think the colums headers looked slightly better before as they matched the colour scheme whereas they appear grey now and stand out more - is the colour changeable or is it determined by the style?

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Maxilys

14 years ago

I trust you for the new ebuild. I didn't think it was necessary since I didn't actually change the version number anywhere except here on KDE-Look. I will update my package as soon as KGet will get it.

And the column headers aren't grey. They are a mix of the base (the background color of an edit line for ex.) and the foreground. So, their colors depend on the palette where these colors are usually respectively white and black... hence the grey. ;-) Any way, they match better the color of the listviews which usually have a white (base) background.

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ianegg

14 years ago

Excellent, I see what you've done; my problem lays with my colour scheme.

I've had similar problems with ebuilds not liking minor changes in version- there's probably a more graceful way round it that I don't know.

Another suggestion I have is to remove the border when a window is maximised, so the content comes up to the edge.

I've also notied a strange but that's hard to explain. In Konqueror, sometimes when I move the cursor over the toolbars, the icons toggle to the pressed position. It only seems to happen in Konqueror, and usually when I've just moved the cursor over a scrollbar or a displayed icon. I can make some screenshots and possibly a video if this doesn't make sense.

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Maxilys

14 years ago

Don't worry too much about the ebuilds, a new version is in the pipe with a "real" new version number.

Removing the border of the maximized window is possible but too much trouble for just a few pixels and I don't think it would look so good. Since a nice look matters more than anything for me, don't hold your breath for this feature. ;-)

And yes, you can send me a picture of a bug if words aren't enough. I haven't encountered any bug on Konqueror's toolbars --except the one due to a (stoopid) KDE hardcoded color-- but I can't test everything in every situation or I wouldn't release anything ever.

If you decide to send a video, don't hesitate to trim/reduce/downsample it. A full screen video in 1600x1200 tends to become really heavy very soon. :-D

I'd rather prefer you use KSnapshot. I know you can capture anything with it, including a mouseover effect or a pressed button. That should fit to every situation.

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Maxilys

14 years ago

A little bug escaped my vigilance. Please, anybody who downloaded version 0.3 of the style, get the new one.

It won't crash but it's ugly, so...

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latcarf

14 years ago

I am new to Linux w/KDE. Can I use this for KDE and how do I install it?

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Maxilys

14 years ago

Of course you can use it with KDE. This is ONLY for KDE. Download the packages, uncompress and build them.

If you have a common distro like SuSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Gentoo, Debian or one of their derivatives, you should also have a working build environment --installed or installable. Just open a Konsole and follow the instructions written in the INSTALL file.

You don't need to understand what you're doing as long as everything works well. If everything works, you'll find the style, the window decoration and the colorschemes to choose from the Control Center. If it doesn't work, cry for help! ;-)

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sleepkreep

14 years ago

Great theme! I love the tabs especially. Keep up the good work.

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Maxilys

14 years ago

Thank you! I'm happy somebody tells --at last-- something about the tabs. :-)

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csghone

14 years ago

A gr8 new look, however the title bar looks quite out of place..a smoother look, better buttons and proper blending with the window colours can help...

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Maxilys

14 years ago

Out of place? Sorry but I don't think so. The titlebar totally matches the widgets inside the window --same buttons, same colors. I wanted it so and I won't change a single pixel of this.

The only thing that I planned to do but didn't was to provide different themes for the button icons. I'm working on it for Serenity's next release.

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13 years ago

RPM packages updated.

1.7.1:
- Bugfix for KDM.

1.7:
- Configuration dialogs re-designed to be lighter i.e. faster to render.
- All the colorschemes I ever made for Serenity (25) are now included.

1.7 Style:
- The character used in the password entry boxes in now a big dot instead of the asterisk.
- Scrollbars and sliders do not sink under a mouse click any more.
- Tabbar improved with new gradients and new colors. Four styles are now available for both the active and inactive tabs.
- Tabs are a bit less busy. They now only change of color under the mouse.
- Menubar slightly changed with new gradients and new colors. Six styles are now available.
- Gradient menubars are now a bit less busy too.
- Textboxes (which include also editable comboboxes and spinwidgets) can now be highlighted when they have the focus. (That's more visible than only the blinking cursor.)
- The popup sub-menu delay can now be raised up to 1 sec. (That gives you the time to *feel* you have to click to let a sub-menu appear.)
- Serenity now has its own brightness routines so that you can have white buttons. (Still doesn't work perfectly with black buttons.)
- The frames in Kontact are back. (Grumble, grumble...)

1.7 Decoration:
- Partial re-design of the configuration dialog to give you a better control over the colors of the buttons and their symbols. You can even set the power of the eventual color mixes used.
- You can now also set the color of the buttons when pressed.
- The standard highlight color is now available for both the hovered and activated buttons.
- Four titlebar style are now available: No background, solid background (both as previously), solid top and softer edge.
- The windec also got brightness routines similar to the ones of the style so that the buttons all look the same.

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