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Serenity

  

Theme/Style for KDE 3.2 +

Score 74%
Serenity
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Serenity
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Serenity
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Link:  http://
Downloads:  25542
Submitted:  Mar 4 2006
Updated:  Feb 8 2007

Description:

Serenity is a soft and quiet theme to ease your mind, with a lot of options to make the Serenity yours.

All I wanted to do was to remove as many lines as possible from the widgets in order to avoid the "recursive frames effect" in Konqueror. I did just a little more. ;-) And I also did my best to support dark colorschemes.

To install from sources, see INSTALL file in the archive.




Changelog:

RPM packages updated.

1.7.1:
- Bugfix for KDM.

1.7:
- Configuration dialogs re-designed to be lighter i.e. faster to render.
- All the colorschemes I ever made for Serenity (25) are now included.

1.7 Style:
- The character used in the password entry boxes in now a big dot instead of the asterisk.
- Scrollbars and sliders do not sink under a mouse click any more.
- Tabbar improved with new gradients and new colors. Four styles are now available for both the active and inactive tabs.
- Tabs are a bit less busy. They now only change of color under the mouse.
- Menubar slightly changed with new gradients and new colors. Six styles are now available.
- Gradient menubars are now a bit less busy too.
- Textboxes (which include also editable comboboxes and spinwidgets) can now be highlighted when they have the focus. (That's more visible than only the blinking cursor.)
- The popup sub-menu delay can now be raised up to 1 sec. (That gives you the time to *feel* you have to click to let a sub-menu appear.)
- Serenity now has its own brightness routines so that you can have white buttons. (Still doesn't work perfectly with black buttons.)
- The frames in Kontact are back. (Grumble, grumble...)

1.7 Decoration:
- Partial re-design of the configuration dialog to give you a better control over the colors of the buttons and their symbols. You can even set the power of the eventual color mixes used.
- You can now also set the color of the buttons when pressed.
- The standard highlight color is now available for both the hovered and activated buttons.
- Four titlebar style are now available: No background, solid background (both as previously), solid top and softer edge.
- The windec also got brightness routines similar to the ones of the style so that the buttons all look the same.




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 pertty patches

 
 by yagami on: Aug 14 2006
 
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hi

this is by far , to me , the best style for kde !! :)

but , one problem :

i have kde with pertty patches , and all my styles do the rubberband ( for example ) except serenity.

can serenity be made to use the pertty patches ?


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 Re: pertty patches

 
 by Maxilys on: Aug 15 2006
 
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No that's not possible. ;-)

More seriously: Serenity draws the rubberband by itself, so any patch into KDE just gets bypassed. Serenity can't use the patches but only allow them to be used.

If you want, just open "serenity.cpp", search for "PE_RubberBand" and remove the case block. (From "case" up to the closing curly brace.) Re-build and the rubberband patch will be re-enabled.

Or else, wait for the next version. I just got the sources from the "pertty patches" and I intend to implement the semi-transparent rubberband directly into Serenity so it will work even without these patches.


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Re: Re: pertty patches

 
 by yagami on: Aug 15 2006
 
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thanx very much.

i really love your style , its the best ( to me ) i have seen !

but i do have some ideas about one or two details...

are you interested ? could i send you a mail with them ?

thanx


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 Re: Re: Re: pertty patches

 
 by Maxilys on: Aug 16 2006
 
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You don't need to ask for my permission. If I put my email address everywhere, that just that: to receive bug reports, criticisms (good or bad) and new ideas to implement.

Serenity doesn't really belong to me any more... but to the users. ;-)


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Bug w/Konversation

 
 by CondorDes on: Aug 15 2006
 
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I love this theme.

However, I found one minor bug with it. The text on the tabs in Konversation doesn't change color properly when there are new messages in the channel. Konversation is supposed to turn the tab blue or red, but it stays black.

This works in all standard KDE themes, but not Serenity for some reason.

Also, would it be possible to make highlights (e.g. when hovering over a button) fade in and out? I think that would make this theme that much cooler!

Thanks!


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 Re: Bug w/Konversation

 
 by Maxilys on: Aug 16 2006
 
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This is not a bug, this is a feature. Don't you also remember that Konqueror used to change the label color of the tabs to grey/blue when something happened in the contained directory... or that Kate used to turn the label to red when the file needed to be saved?

Serenity fights its way against the hardcoded colors... and there's some collateral damages. But with 5% of the human population being color blind, that's not such a bad idea.

Maybe my patch is too extreme and that there should still be a visual indication? I guess that the empty space in the configuration dialog will finally find some use. Stay tuned. ;-)


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Re: Re: Bug w/Konversation

 
 by CondorDes on: Aug 18 2006
 
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I agree that hardcoded colors are bad.

However, I think in Konversation's case, not having them at all is even worse, because they convey useful information that wouldn't otherwise be conveyed. So yeah, a checkbox or some other option to turn them back on would be nice.

KDE4 just needs a better color theming system. ;) (And as far as I've heard, it'll get it.)


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 Re: Bug w/Konversation

 
 by Maxilys on: Aug 16 2006
 
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About the fade in, fade out, well... I'd like to have such a feature but that might turn out to be very difficult to implement. Wait for me to improve my skill in C++/KDE/Qt and we'll talk about it for Serenity 2.0... in KDE 4.0 or later... ;-)


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Arrowless and OOO

 
 by chareos on: Aug 19 2006
 
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Great job with 1.0 !

Today I noticed that with the arrowless (beautiful) scrollbars, openoffice has problems in showing 'em.

Can't wait for a fix :-)

By the way, is it planned to introduce a flat progressbar ?


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 Re: Arrowless and OOO

 
 by Maxilys on: Aug 19 2006
 
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I never use OO but I just tested OO 2.0 and I'm happy to say that it isn't Serenity's fault. I tested all scrollbar styles and then Plastik style to be sure but in all cases OO just doesn't draw any scrollbar.

I even tried to deactivate the GTK-Qt engine but it made no difference. I guess you just found a bug in OO. Report! ;-)


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Flat progressbars

 
 by Maxilys on: Aug 19 2006
 
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Well, amongst the various things I did today, I tested flat progressbars and I just don't like them. It's too flat and with the current colors, it's a bit weird.

I'm gonna try to change the colors to something less flashy first and then I'll try again to flatten them. Wait and see. If people stop coming and asking things, maybe I'll be able to release Serenity 1.1... one day. ;-)


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Minor bug

 
 by Maxilys on: Aug 20 2006
 
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A tiny harmless bug in the window decoration escaped my vigilance. If you use the "flat button" style, the title text framing --if enabled-- will be drawn incorrectly.

I already made the needed corrections in the archive. If the file "serenity.decoration-1.1.tar.bz2" you have isn't 397.7 KB long, you can re-load it now and re-build --if you're interested in fixing the tiny bug.


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Again about OO

 
 by chareos on: Aug 23 2006
 
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I can confirm that, both on my desktop ad laptop (both featuring your GREAT 1.1 style) the problem with OO scrollbars happens *only* with arrowless scrollbars selected.
Any other scrollbar style (KDE for example) in Serenity brings no problems at all in OO.

I'll try to file a OO bug anyway.

Thanks for 1.1 !


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 Re: Again about OO

 
 by Maxilys on: Aug 23 2006
 
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I confirm. There's a problem and I know now exactly where it comes from.

Serenity is guilty because I do a strange thing with the scrollbar but OO isn't less guilty. All applications I know (so far) respect the change of scrollbar type "on the fly"... except OO. That's why I thought that it didn't draw the scrollbars at all.

Any way, the arrowless scrollbar is too nice to be removed only because of OO. So I'm downloading the sources of OO to try to understand what it does with the scrollbars because --even with the regular types-- the buttons don't react as expected.

Don't hold your breath, I'm gonna need time. The sources are huge!


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Awesome!

 
 by liquidat on: Sep 9 2006
 
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This is awesome, I immediately switched to this new theme.

Some ideas though: First, your screenshots look a bit grey, you could upload some with the original KDE colours.

Second, I would love to see a set of screenshots somewhere which show which option changes what - I am not so familiar with the style options so I have no idea "Triangular Tree Expander" could mean, for example.

Thanks for that work!


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 Re: Awesome!

 
 by Maxilys on: Sep 9 2006
 
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No, no! The screenshots aren't grey, they are greyish orange. ;-) Well, in fact, I just kept the colorscheme I used. For the next update, I'll do what I always did before: 3 screenshots, 3 colorschemes.

As for screenshots explaining all the options, I've been thinking about something like that for a long time but I always felt tired just while thinking about it. That's a very repetitive job. I also wanted to show all the provided colorschemes in action. I will do something... but not today. (Laziness is a disease very hard to cure.) ;-)

And the tree expanders are the tiny buttons you see when you use, for example, the "Tree view" in Konqueror and that you click to see the content of a directory without entering it. If they are "triangular", they use arrows instead of the IMHO ugly +/- symbols. Any way, this label is totally unclear and doesn't say all it does. I should remove it, nobody would notice it.

There are also a few other such options that I could remove and say that that's the way Serenity is. Less options, less questions, less code, more speed. All good! :-) I guess I can call myself a real KDE Dev, I definitively have the Options-Bloat syndrome. :-D


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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 Re: Re: Awesome!

 
 by liquidat on: Sep 9 2006
 
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Ok, thanks for the answer!
And since I prefer the +/- stuff (at least how you implemented it) and use also the other options I would say: no, please keep them :)

In fact, there is one reason to keep them: without others would probably try to copy your theme and just change one or two tiny details which you can also provide by options. So keeping the options would save work - and make me happy :D

In any case, thanks for the awesome work,

liquidat


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 Re: Re: Re: Awesome!

 
 by Maxilys on: Sep 10 2006
 
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Too late! I removed a lot of them... well, only 4. I kept the +/- symbols but I changed the label.

As for derivative styles, I don't mind, it only proves that Serenity --and my code-- is worth it. ;-)


The story behind Serenity style (and more): http://maxilys.blogspot.com
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