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.

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Maxilys

13 years ago

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.

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yagami

13 years ago

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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Maxilys

13 years ago

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. ;-)

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xactive

13 years ago

I like very ;) this style and use it frob begining. Very nice jobe ;)
But I'v one sugestion. For me it will be very cool if You add some code to make possible flat butons. It I make to screenshot here http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6402/3388/1600/Untitled.0.png it can look like.
;p sorry for mi eNglisH ;p

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xactive

13 years ago

I like very ;) this style and use it frob begining. Very nice jobe ;)
But I'v one sugestion. For me it will be very cool if You add some code to make possible flat butons. It I make to screenshot here http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6402/3388/1600/Untitled.0.png it can look like.
;p sorry for mi eNglisH ;p

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Maxilys

13 years ago

Sorry but I can't see your screenshot. Blogger says "Access denied".

Just send it by email (if you want). I was looking for an excuse to release a new version with the last tiny patches I made. A new button style could be a good one. ;-)

And by the way, Serenity can already have flat buttons. Try the option Gradient style: Flat. Both the style and the windec have this option. Isn't it already flat enough?

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T3rm1n4t0r

13 years ago

Version 1! Man, just returned home and new version is here. On 3 screenshot I like that window decoration on the bottom of the shot. Maybe even more than my BII. Gonna try it now. Pitty I alone cannot boost rating to 100% ;-((

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Maxilys

13 years ago

You're lucky, I was about to remove this toolbutton titlebar style. I found it a bit too unadorned. I finally didn't work in vain. ;-)

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lucher

13 years ago

splitbars are not recognized, see for example kopete chat window.

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Maxilys

13 years ago

This is not a bug or --if you insist-- this is a KDE's or Qt's bug. When you see such a widget drawn with black and white lines, it usually means that its drawing is hardcoded somewhere and there is no way to style it.

Serenity does a rather exhaustive job compare to most other styles but there are still widgets that resist. I even dug into Kopete sources to find what widget is used but I think I got buried in the process... Nobody came back to tell the class of the widget. ;-)

As holidays away from Serenity, I'll patch KDE but don't expect anything before KDE 3.5.4.

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franzf

13 years ago

Where can I set the look of the Scrollbar, tabs, and so on? There is no "Configure theme" button...
And also the announced new windec-buttons I cant find :(

Is there something wrong with my installation?

Thx
Franz

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Maxilys

13 years ago

To configure the style; Control Center -> Look&Feel -> Style. Next to the combobox where you can choose the style, there must be a button "Configure". If it isn't there or if it is disabled, something is definitively wrong with your config. Keep me informed. In the worst case, you can still edit the config file by hand.

The new windec buttons are here: Titlebar -> Style: Toolbuttons.

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franzf

13 years ago

OK, so I misunderstood you ;)
I thought you would realease a new KWin-Icon-theme (Porcelain, powder,...), but its another style...
I found the new style, but i still like the "Knöpfe" (Buttons)-Style most ;)

The "Configure"-Button is deactivated, so i cant klick it...
Where can I get Info about Config-File-Options?
Is it possible to get the Button activated?

Thx (for the most beautiful theme and your Help ;))

Franz

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Maxilys

13 years ago

I've already seen the configure button disabled. It means that the dialog is invalid for some reason. I don't use special widgets so I guess my UI file isn't compatible with your setup. Try to edit it with KDevelopDesigner (kdevdesigner) or QtDesigner (designer). Do and undo something, then save the file. This should ensure that the UI file is compatible with your setup. Re-build and see if the error persists.

If that fails, go back to Serenity's homepage. When I talked yesterday about editing the config files by hand, I immediately thought that to release all needed informations wouldn't be such a bad idea. So I made a page about them.

I hope you won't need them, but just in case, you'll know where to go. ;-)

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franzf

13 years ago

So thx for the nice conf-file-HowTo :)
Works fine!
I really like the "noarrow"Scrollbar very much!

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franzf

13 years ago

I first thought it was a problem with kaffeine. But it`s caused by Serenity.

The text on the Buttons of kaffeines Start-View only show the Pixmaps, not the text!
Same with Tasty-Menu-StartButton! Only the "K"-Pixmap is shown.

Wanted to tell you before you release the "Stable"-Version ;)

Greez
Franz

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Maxilys

13 years ago

Problem solved. I don't use Kaffeine but I use K3B which suffered from the same disease. I cured it and Kaffeine as "collateral damage". ;-)

The "stable" version 1.0 will arrive soon, in a few days. Stay tuned.

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trueg

13 years ago

awesome, awesome, awesome work.
I said it before and I say it again: your style is the most innovative and beautiful there is.

Great work and thanks for the K3b toolbutton fix.

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franzf

13 years ago

:)
Yippie, cant wait for it ;)
THX!

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franzf

13 years ago

I made 2 Screenies.
As you can see the Button-pixmap is centered. So theres something that doesnt want the text to be displayed ;)

http://www.alpine-art.de/Bilder/Screenshots/Serenity_bug_Linspire_Clear.jpg
http://www.alpine-art.de/Bilder/Screenshots/Serenity_bug_Serenity.jpg

Also watch the left-bottom-part of the Screeny, cause of TastyMenu not displaying the text :)

I hope I could help

Franz

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chareos

13 years ago

Hei, great work ! I'm liking it a lot.
There are a few drawbacks that stops me to make of this my default style:

- when I click on a menu item (file, edit, view...) to open it, then I can't CLOSE it by clicking on it again. It's tricky to have to press elsewhere to get rid of the menu.

- The menu background color is the button's one. Shouldn't be better if it uses the window background color instead ?

- The active tab color: is there a way to change its color ? I'd like to have it of the same color as standard background (the same used for tabs content) and with no line to separate the tab from its contents. I'll try to make a sort of mockup ^^

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Maxilys

13 years ago

On my current version the menu autoclose feature works (again). Just wait and see.

As for the menu background color, every style is using the button color because there are some hardcoded colors in Kicker's sources. It's possible to change this menu background color but a problem of mismatching colors (button text on window background) may arise. I'll see what I can do --and add an entry on my list of KDE patches.

The active tabs have the color they have because within Serenity everything that is selected uses the highlight color one way or another. Because of your remark, I made some tests and added the possibility to select amongst different looks for the active tabs, including a totally flat look.

Here's what I got: http://home.tele2.fr/mxls/archives/tabs-1.0.png

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chareos

13 years ago

about menus : you mean a new version is on the way ? nice !

about tabs : AMAZING result, exactly what I intended ! I can't wait to get my hands on this eheh

Great work, really

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Maxilys

13 years ago

Of course, there is a new version on its way. I'm fixing the last things that need to be, implementing what hasn't already been, and introducing a few new things. I'm trying to make a rock-solid version 1.0 to be able to slow down on the updates. I'd like to have some time to draw a Serenity icon theme, especially the action icons... or to do something else.

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ranahimal

13 years ago

Hi!
I m unable to load page from download link!
Need help!
I like this theme very much.

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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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