Almost half an year passed since the last update to my theme. I have been prepearing a lot of fixes and new features. You could read what’s new on the Gnome-Look page. There was a long wondering of whether to include the Firefox and OpenOffice hack by default, but I got some news from Mozilla in the last minute that in Firefox 3.6 the menu-bar problem will be fixed. So I decided to disable the hack and let the job be done by the Configurator.

What is more interesting about this release is the new tool I provide with the theme pack – New Wave Configurator. It is written in python and PyGtk and lets users that have no idea of gtkrc files to change some settings of my themes easily, by the means of  a graphical interface. The first dialog you see is not very user friendly but right now I can’t think of more simple and fast way of choosing a theme to edit:

Picker

Picker

You could even edit the themes that require root access but if you have New Wave themes installed in your ~/.themes folder they will override the root ones. The main window of the program is self-explaining:

Main Window

Main Window

What I want to pay attention to is that when you select a Dark Menus variant the ‘Unreadable Menubars Solution’ section won’t show, as the dark menus solve these problems elegantly. You could use the ‘Revert Changes’ button to get to the first loaded file thus you may save new settings as many times as you want, but as far as you don’t close the Configurator you’ll be able to go back to the original ones. There is one more interesting part of this small program – the File > Info dialog which let’s you see the full file name you are editing and the version of the theme available as well as the date which it was last edited.

With that little app I hope to start an initiative for better desktop and easier way for all users to have what they want (understand look and feel). As every new and not very mature program it will probably have bugs I didn’t see, so please feel free to report them in Launchpad .

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