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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)
(Original graphics files for editing)
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 Mandriva 2009.1

 by adrianojbr on: Sep 26 2009
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Thanks. Great job. Only in Mandriva 2009.1, I needed to create a link in my home for .gtkrc-2.0.kde4 intitled .gtkrc-2.0.


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 by Nikoli on: Oct 4 2009
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Thanks, works very well :)

Do not forget to remove dolphin's ".directory" files before making archives.

Wrote ebuild:

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 Dark colors

 by Dhraakellian on: Oct 8 2009
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Short of actually taking colors from KDE's settings, could we get a version based on Zvon Black (currently the highest-rated dark color scheme on kde-look) or its Ambar[sic] sibling?

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 Useful theme

 by ppraveen on: Oct 8 2009
Score 50%

Great job! Looks and feels great. This is the only theme I've seen so far that makes GTK applications blend in seamlessly with the KDE enviroment. Million times better than gtk-qt-engine and such.

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 Window Background Gradient

 by whashnez on: Nov 1 2009
Score 50%
Technical University of Denmark

It's simply the best gtk/kde4 theme, great job, thanks! You think you could implement the window background gradient so that it fits perfectly with the window decoration?

I'm an evolutionary sleeper...
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 Re: Window Background Gradient

 by MrBumpy4096 on: Nov 4 2009
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KDE's implementation of the background gradient stretches to fit the window size, but the pixbuf engine (which I use for Oxygen-Molecule) can only draw a background image that tiles. As a result, it is not possible to get the gradient to perfectly match the frame for all window sizes. I believe I've got it as close as I can to cover the average window size.

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 by InforMed on: Nov 2 2009
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Good work!

Theme is almost perfect! I just don't like how checkboxes look on firefox!

Gmail checkboxes looks ugly...

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