Serenity

KDE 3.5 Themes

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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.
Last changelog:

12 years ago

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.

iamsunilk

12 years ago

is .deb available from any other source (or .rpm). http://maxilys.awardspace.com/ is not accessible for me
Thanks

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overkill

12 years ago

It already exists in debian unstable repository.

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mobo

12 years ago

I can't install this.Too many compiler errors.

Am i doing something wrong?

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Maxilys

12 years ago

Probably. I always build entirely Serenity before compressing it to be sure that there isn't even a warning that I can remove.

What errors do you get?

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trueg

12 years ago

Best style there is. keep it up.

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mebrelith

12 years ago

getting better and better!

Great work Remi! Ive been a fan of yours since Powder and I have been following Serenity since 1.something (when I discovered the windeco could look like powder :) )

Keep up the great work!

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smileaf

12 years ago

Very beautiful style, been using it for a while now.

Here are some ideas for the next version:
tab highlight highlights entire tab not just a 'box' inside the tab.

treeview style that uses the "normal" arrows without a frame and a dot inside, files use just the dot.
IMO the modern style seems out of place.

have the radio buttons use a filled circle.

no arrows on the slider (were the arrows added in 1.6?)

Option for a non-sunken scrollbar when dragging.

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Maxilys

12 years ago

The highlights on the tabs are this way on purpose. It isn't so nice when the gradient occupies the whole tab.

Thanks for the idea for the modern tree views. I was looking for one. I like the concept but I hadn't found the right graphics for it. I just got used to the current ones.

And yes, the arrows on the sliders have just appeared. It's written in the changelog. Does anybody read it? ;-)

As for the scrollbars, I agree with you, the "sunken" look isn't optimal. I just haven't decided to do anything yet. I'll change them in the next version but I don't think an option is necessary for such an improvement.

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smileaf

12 years ago

"The highlights on the tabs are this way on purpose. It isn't so nice when the gradient occupies the whole tab."
with the tabs separated it just looks weird IMO. but I do agree with you with them not separated.

"And yes, the arrows on the sliders have just appeared. It's written in the changelog. Does anybody read it? ;-)"
normally yes, I guess I read it, started playing and forgot what I just read. I blame the excitement =)

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felmur

12 years ago

Hallo!

Before all, thanks for your fine works.

I think I've found a bug into 1.5.

I've downloaded it today and I've discovered that this version of serenity solves conflict with Eric3 Python IDE. This IDE goes crash with my old 1.2 version of serenity styles. Thats good.

But now I've a problem with kde 3.5.4. When I drag an icon inside a konqueror window, some traces of the icon vertex are painted in the window background. This happens also on desktop.

Here I've post an image:

http://www.fmtec.it/serenity.jpg



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Maxilys

12 years ago

Well, that just proves my head isn't extensible... ;-) In other words, I forgot because I haven't see this bug for a very long time. It is already fixed in my version 1.6 (not released yet).

It's the corners of the focus rectangles that leave traces behind the icons. They are disabled on my config because I never navigate through the dialogs with the keyboard, so they are just a useless nuisance.

Try to disable them. If you don't miss them, well, the bug will be gone too. Otherwise, wait for the next release.

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onesandzeros

12 years ago

Yeah, this is a cool theme. I'd like to see it included in future versions of KDE.

I'd like to be able to make the titlebar much smaller, though. I could reduce it to 18, but on my screen, maybe 12 or 10 would be better. I always like to make the window decoration as small as possible (using Smooth Blend at the moment because it gets quite small).

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Maxilys

12 years ago

For the moment, it's impossible to make the buttons any smaller than 18 pixels, not because I set it so but because of the icons. They are 16x16 pixels, plus 1 pixels of (minimal) framing all around. To be able to reduce the buttons some more, I'd have to use smaller icons... That means I'd have to draw these small icons. I'm already feeling tired... ;-)

However --as all lazy people-- I have another solution. What do you think of the idea of removing the space above and below the buttons? Try Serenity (1.5) with the minimal border size and 18-px buttons. Isn't the titlebar small enough for you this way?

I have in mind to make a more beautiful version of this size of titlebar with useable borders too. To keep the cake and eat it at the same time... ;-)

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scream

12 years ago

Wow, 1.5.0 feels even faster than ever before. I really love this theme, I'm using it since before 1.0 I think and it's by far the best KDE theme available!

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Maxilys

12 years ago

Thank you. I'm glad I'm not the only one to have that feeling. Finally, these "accelerated" gradient routines must actually do something... ;-)

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chatmoa

12 years ago

With "When maximized" setted to "No Frame".
When I strech window to max size, the window maximize itself then the title frame keep framed position.

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franzf

12 years ago

I dont know if serenity is the "bad boy".
There are several WinDecos that offer an option to draw no border / no round edges / ... if maximized. All these have problems with getting maximized by resizing the window and not clicking the "maximize"-button.

Probably there is someone out there who knows how (and where!) to patch that ;)

Greez
Franz


P.S.:
Remi, I love your KDE-Style (don't know if i mentioned yet... :D )

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Maxilys

12 years ago

I don't know if this is the best one but I found a solution. The next version of Serenity will handle correctly all these maximize/resize situations.

During my bug hunting, I noticed big redraw problems. I went down to kwin's sources and I found a little something. Here it is:

To all windec developers, if you have conflicts in between maximize, resize and redraw, just add

widget()->update();

at the end of your Client::maximizeChange(). That's it.

To keep you occupied during the long winter nights, now look at how your windec reacts when you shade a maximized window. (Ouch! It hurts...) ;-)

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Maxilys

12 years ago

Thank you. That's something I never thought of doing. :-D

This is very strange bug. The windec only partially reacts to the fact of being maximized. That shouldn't happen. I need to investigate. In the mean time, my advice is to use the maximizer only. No problem, this way. :-/

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Maxilys

12 years ago

The colorschemes included in Serenity 1.5 were incorrectly installed into '$KDEDIR/share/apps/kdisplay/colorschemes' instead of the same thing but '../color-schemes' (with a dash in the middle).

You can move them by hand as root or just redo the installation. In all cases, you can safely delete '$KDEDIR/share/apps/kdisplay/colorschemes' which doesn't belong in KDE.

Sorry for the inconveniency but I saw absolutely nothing. Probably a lack of caffeine. ;-)

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Ariox

13 years ago

Maybe I'm just being an idiot, but I can't find the window decoration anywhere. (My first time applying a theme).

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Maxilys

13 years ago

Because you're an idiot ;-) here is a stupid question: Did you install two things? The style and the window decoration are split into 2 packages. Either you have to install 2 RPMs, or you have to make 2 builds.

When everything is installed, open the "Look & Feel" page in Control Center. There you will find "Style" and "Window decoration". Is everything there?

If the window decoration isn't available, that's because it isn't installed. There must have been some error messages along the process --at least one. What is it? That's what I need to know to be able to help you.

And don't worry, you aren't an idiot. Installing a style for KDE requires a degree in computer science. ;-)

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Ariox

13 years ago

error message during ./configure:

/bin/sh: /home/ariox/KDE: No such file or directory
configure: WARNING: `missing' script is too old or missing


Then another set of errors during make install:

libtool: install: warning: remember to run `libtool --finish /lib/kde3'
libtool: install: warning: remember to run `libtool --finish /lib/kde3/plugins/styles'


I recently started a full on attempt to switch to Linux. I like the customisability and the feeling of power over my computer, but sometimes I feel like I'm running circles in the dark.

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Maxilys

13 years ago

First thing: If something goes wrong during './configure', you must not try to bypass but resolve it.

I've no idea why a folder named "KDE" is requested. There is no such thing in the configuration script, especially in capital letters.

How do you call './configure'? There is only one (common) way to do it for KDE:

./configure --prefix=`kde-config --prefix`

Or eventually:

./configure --prefix=/path/to/kde

If it definitively doesn't work, send me your "config.log". (Click on my avatar on top of the page.) I'll see by myself what's wrong.

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Ariox

13 years ago

Okay, regarding the first error log (during configuration), I created a folder in the location called KDE, and ran ./configure again with no erros (though the folder remained empty--not even hidden files that I see).

For the final error log, which appeared to be a reminder, I ran the command for the specified directories (though I'm not sure what it does) and still dont' have "Serenity" as a window decoration. I've restarted X, already, too.

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12 years ago

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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