I had a vast summer break and it was a long time, before I managed to work on New Wave again. There were a lot of bugs to fix with the Karmic release. Finally I was able to find time and polish the usability of the theme even further: the eye strain levels are even lower and I can confirm with confidence, that the end-user may use it for long time even without breaks and it will still provide a comfortable environment for the eyes. Read more in the readme file of the theme pack. The latest version could be downloaded from GnomeLook or Launchpad.

Other notable change is the updated New Wave Configurator 0.2 that is available for installation in Debian package in the New Wave Theme Pack or as a separate download from Launchpad. The start window has been reworked to give accent on the Edit function and provides more intuitive theme selection through priorities:

The Pick Dialog

The Pick Dialog

There is a little info button which I let you to discover more about. You can still edit themes in root directories. A new feature is the ability to load the old format 0.8.1 themes and convert them to work with some of the new features of the program. On the other hand, the new theme format allows you to do complex operation in just  two mouse clicks. What I’m talking about is changing of panel themes (the appearance of the panel which includes: colors, images, fonts, and entry styles) to a different ones from a drop down list:

The main window of NWC 0.2

The main window

New feature too is the appearance of the selection box in Nautilus. That is when you select more than one files with mouse drag. The most useful new feature though, is the ability to restore themes to their default settings even when you can’t revert (fresh start of configurator). With that new option you should never worry about what you modify because you can restore your themes to the default sate very easy: File > Restore …

The best thing about the program distribution is that it is now available in deb installer (thanks to my friend Andrew Starr-Bochicchio) and the menu entry is located under Applications > System Tools > New Wave Config :

Menu Entry

Menu Entry

I hope you enjoy this new release of the theme.

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