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cjohn106
February 24th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Hi I am using a dark GTK theme for Ubuntu 8.10 but Openoffice org doesnt work well with it, all the of the text is black and virtually invisible. I tried various configurations but as its hard to see exactly what I am changing, I'm stuck. Here is a picture. You can see all the dark text, I'd like it to be white or anything other than black. How do I change this?

Vadi
February 24th, 2009, 08:16 PM
You can't. OOo isn't a native gtk+ app, it's a java one that tries to imiate the gtk look - doesn't work out well always and as you see in your case, quite horrible.

Give Abiword (apt:abiword) a try - it's a gtk+ text editor, pretty decent to use actually.

cjohn106
February 25th, 2009, 01:10 AM
I've seen modifications that go along with dark gtk's like this: http://www.rebelzero.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/ooo_darktheme_default.png

puffcorn
March 15th, 2009, 11:10 PM
You can't. OOo isn't a native gtk+ app, it's a java one that tries to imiate the gtk look - doesn't work out well always and as you see in your case, quite horrible.

Give Abiword (apt:abiword) a try - it's a gtk+ text editor, pretty decent to use actually.

Abiword is a great alternative.

One problem, though, is when I have desktop effects enabled, the text is invisible... (anyone know how to change that?)

Vadi
March 16th, 2009, 12:59 AM
Can you show a screenshot?

puffcorn
March 16th, 2009, 11:16 PM
Abiword without desktop effects:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v458/silvercenturion/screen-wo.png

Abiword with desktop effects (Normal) enabled:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v458/silvercenturion/screen-w.png

Vadi
March 17th, 2009, 12:35 AM
Abiword without desktop effects:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v458/silvercenturion/screen-wo.png

Abiword with desktop effects (Normal) enabled:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v458/silvercenturion/screen-w.png

Compiz people think this is a graphics driver bug, but to be sure, they need more info.

Can you attach your http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6906805&postcount=6 file, along with the output of the glxinfo command?

puffcorn
March 17th, 2009, 04:50 AM
here's the link for glxinfo output:
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=d5db8fed6558ff99d0d290dca69ceb5ce04e75f6 e8ebb871
(text file; too large to attach it here)

and the link for the abiword file:
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=d5db8fed6558ff99d0d290dca69ceb5cd69c6691 e0ded14e5621d66e282a0ee8
(.abw file; can't attach them, so did it this way)

(if this isn't exactly what you were looking for, let me know--and thanks for your help)

Crowder
April 24th, 2009, 02:25 AM
hey guys, I'm having this same problem, but with a different theme. Mine is at least legible, but annoying nonetheless.

Isn't there just some way to suppress the GTK+ theming for certain apps, and just set it to human or something?

Crowder
April 24th, 2009, 02:37 AM
Hey, I think I actually solved this! Unless you're all talking about something else...

I just went into Tools --> Options ---> OpenOffice.org ---> Appearance and literally only changed two things to suit my needs. It's actually really simple:

Under general, change background from "automatic" to white, or whatever you prefer. Do the same for font color(to black), and you're all set.

Well, that's the first time I ever ended up being the one to give the answers, so I am more than a little suspicious that there's more to it for you. Still, hope this solves your problem!

Vadi
April 24th, 2009, 03:11 AM
Thanks, that does help a bit.