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 .

Hey all,

I’m Anton and right now I create themes for Gnome and GTK+ that are in the base of FOSS distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora. This is not an easy task as the current implementation of GTK is getting older and there are a lot of limitations that can stop a designer from making the perfect theme (some are reviewed by Thorsten Wilms). Currently Robert Staudinger, Thorsten and I work on gtk-css-engine and sample themes for it that would enable a wide range of professionals to easily make themes for Gnome. This and many other wonderful  things would be part of Gnome 3.0 and I will be  informing you as they come along.

I’m also the author of the theme New Wave that could be found preinstalled by default in Ubuntu Linux 9.04 and later. In it I tried to make the interaction between user and computer very seamless and pleasing for the human side. You could see one video of the theme in use in YouTube. I will soon make post a post about a new technology that I want to introduce to users – a Graphical Configurator for my themes that will allow everybody to be able to easily change various aspects of the themes.