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Postby Stu2j » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:02 am

I was shooting for something really different and on my system this is known as Project X. What do ya'll think of something like this?

Is there potential here or should I focus on Project Z?
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby big_swede70 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:54 am

This was a nice style 2

My style I use for now is Bumping bee, But the way u had the icons highlight in Seeing reed was the best. Cant u try using that methot in some new style again.

Thanks for good work again

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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby admin » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:46 am

This looks very nice Stu.

I have to agree with big_swede70's about the highlights - it's nice when there is a big contrast between selected/unselected. I find the subtle highlights in some of the other themes very hard to see.
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Stu2j » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:09 pm

I find the subtle highlights in some of the other themes very hard to see.

This is why feedback is important. One of the harder aspects of the new themes is deciding on a proper page focus and why I have been experimenting with so many different types. It isn't always possible to simply "light up" the icon such as with Seeing Red.

Tip: If you rename or remove the focus icon, it will default back to putting a square around the icon which should be an appropriate color for the theme and much easier to see.
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Stu2j » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:11 pm

This was a nice style 2

Thanks.

I guess I'll go ahead and pursue it. Just wanted to be certain there was some interest as it is going to be a real ****** to get right :unsure:
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby bobbo » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:21 pm

Hey Stu nice theme i thinkn these are really begining to take shape and imprvoe SC greatly... i likle you new "Crayons icon " very apt


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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Stu2j » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:03 pm

bobbo wrote:these are really begining to take shape and imprvoe SC greatly..

One of the the things that Swiss has been criticized for in the past was having a "dated" look to it and Rob and Pernod have done a fantastic job at making the changes to allow for a more updated look. There are some additional changes comming (fan art backgrounds, etc) that are really going to be nice.

i likle you new "Crayons icon

Yep, all that money for an education and still playing with crayons :laugh:
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Stu2j » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:39 am

Getting closer.....

See how much nicer they look with the "recent" menu item and every lined up?
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Zz9pzza » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:42 am

A minor comment the watch a video Icon has a white background while the others have a black background?
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Stu2j » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:44 pm

Zz9pzza wrote:A minor comment the watch a video Icon has a white background while the others have a black background?

Thanks for the comment. I'm kinda hung up on the popcorn but I always have alternatives... maybe something like this?
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Zz9pzza » Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:34 pm

Personally I think interfaces look better when they are consistent :)
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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby admin » Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:59 pm

Stu, a comment I heard recently was that the icons look best when they have been alpha-blended so that the edges of the images have a level of transparency to them. (obviously not so much of an issue with icons that have straight edges!).

I know that with PNG images, instead of pixels being either transparent or opaque they can each have a varying amount of transparency (usually 16 or 256 levels, so I guess that's what was meant.

I also know that Paint.NET allows this sort of control over transparency, and I'm guessing applications such as photoshop and paint-shop-pro do too.

With this in mind, I wonder if you could clean up/replace some of the default icons that are in the /images directory to make them look better for me? Some of them could do with being of a higher resolution as well as they go back to the early days of SwissCenter on SD screens!

You're making such a good job of the styles that you're making the default icons/images show their age (and author's lack of artistic ability!).

I'll shut-up now - I'm Just rambling...

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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Stu2j » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:16 pm

Laughing.. always another task...

BTW, here's a plug for GIMP which I use to manipulate the images.

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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby Stu2j » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:38 pm

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Re: Feedback appreciated....

Postby acklamboy » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:36 pm

Really really nice Stu, looking forward to using it!!
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