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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
Downloads:  37731
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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 by farafafifa on: Jun 29 2009
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Please, pay attention to one thing that's driving me crazy: scrollbars in OpenOffice. The up arrow in the vertical scrollbar and the left arrow in the horizontal scrollbar overlap the slider.

And this is an addition because I am a perfectionist: change the color of the selected line in dialogs and trees for a blue more accurate to the Oxygen theme. Or try to use an image instead.

Keep on work, you're doing a great job!

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 by Israphel on: Jul 1 2009
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I cann't get the icons work on Fedora 11 and gtk-qt-engine 1.1. The icons are in /usr/share/icons and I can see them all, but the font and icon config in the configuration file don't work.

# This file was written by KDE
# You can edit it in the KDE control center, under "GTK Styles and Fonts"

include "/usr/share/themes/kde42-oxygen-molecule/gtk-2.0/gtkrc"
include "/etc/gtk-2.0/gtkrc"

style "user-font"
font_name="Sans Serif"
widget_class "*" style "user-font"

gtk-font-name="Sans Serif 8"

Only the theme work.

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 tooltip background

 by yaoziyuan on: Jul 25 2009
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last time i tried this style, the tooltip background didn't use kde4's tooltip background color.

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 by rickz on: Aug 2 2009
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Everything works great on Fedora 11, thanks for great work!

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 KDE 4.3 update?

 by warnec on: Aug 4 2009
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Are you planning to update it for kde 4.3? Are there any significant changes in the system look?

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 Re: KDE 4.3 update?

 by MrBumpy4096 on: Aug 4 2009
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Yes, I will be updating it for KDE 4.3 The main change in the theme is the way tabs are drawn. I'm currently playing with a version of the pixbuf engine that allows the theme to be recolored, so it might be a bit yet before the next version is released, but if all goes well, it should be well worth the wait :)

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 by cleb on: Aug 12 2009
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Thanks, finally a theme that really makes all gtk apps look native. I think they should even include it in kubuntu as the default gtk theme.

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