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Mazza558
April 26th, 2009, 10:26 PM
http://www.gnome-look.org/CONTENT/content-pre1/106737-1.png

This is the core theme underpinning FutureLooks 3, made available simply because this segment is finished, unlike the script and the rest of what I'm trying to achieve.

FutureLooks is a project aimed at turning the GNOME desktop into something not only good-looking, but polished. Each release is extensively tested to make sure there are no bugs. FutureLooks aims to be somewhat more professional than many other themes available and hopefully you'll agree that it really is enjoyable to use.

UPDATE: 1/7/2009 - The latest release (3.3) with the new GTK theme contained within is available below. It is now only 10mb due to a change of icon theme.
Get it here! (http://futurelooks.googlecode.com/files/fl3files.tar.gz)

The 10mb tar.gz file above contains:



- 1 GTK theme - The very latest, using the Murrine engine.
- 1 Emerald theme, the most polished version of FutureLooks emerald so far
- 1 GDM theme based on the fantastic eGDM theme created by Daniel Fore
- 1 Icon theme - Elementary icons courtesy of DanRabbit. Quite possibly the best icon-set available for Linux.
- 2 Wallpapers - These are recolored versions of a default Ubuntu 9.04 wallpaper
- 1 Panel Background - Based loosely on the glassy backgrounds of Windows 7


Enjoy! :)

MaxIBoy
April 26th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Very nice theme. It's a good, clean design. (Wouldn't use it personally, though-- I'm hooked on dark themes at the moment.)

Mehall
April 26th, 2009, 10:40 PM
I might be stuck using Gnome part-time soon, so might use this :D

Mazza558
April 26th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Very nice theme. It's a good, clean design. (Wouldn't use it personally, though-- I'm hooked on dark themes at the moment.)

I really get sick of dark themes after a while - GNOME and many other applications are simply not designed for dark themes and there are usability issues (like where black text can't be changed on Firefox)

jespdj
April 26th, 2009, 10:45 PM
(like where black text can't be changed on Firefox)
Do you mean the Firefox menu? That's easy to fix, see bug #366790 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/firefox/+bug/366790).

I'm not a big fan of dark themes either though. I'm currently using New Wave, but I wish it was lighter.

MaxIBoy
April 26th, 2009, 10:55 PM
EDIT: Saw above posts, now I know what you were talking about. I haven't had any problem like that before, but I can see how it would be annoying.

===========[Original post]=============


I really get sick of dark themes after a while - GNOME and many other applications are simply not designed for dark themes and there are usability issues (like where black text can't be changed on Firefox)Eh? Not sure what you're talking about here. Firefox (okay, Iceweasel, but it's the same exact thing) matches my theme okay. Themes don't change the actual websites. If you're talking about wanting the websites to match up with your themes, that's where "Stylish" comes in handy (see screenshots 1 and 2.) And if you don't theme a website, it still renders okay (screenshot 3.)


I'm willing to concede that not everyone is willing to go out on userstyles.org to find a theme for each website they visit frequently. I'm just saying, light colored themes tend to blast my eyes into smoldering craters after a while. This is probably because I spend so much time in the dark. :P


Anyway, like I said, good theme, and keep up the good work!

Mazza558
April 26th, 2009, 10:56 PM
This is probably because I spend so much time in the dark. :P



That's the difference then - I keep the room well-lit when using my PCs. :P

Tibuda
April 26th, 2009, 10:58 PM
I really get sick of dark themes after a while - GNOME and many other applications are simply not designed for dark themes and there are usability issues (like where black text can't be changed on Firefox)

Any GTK+ (and Gnome) applications works fine with both light and dark themes. You'll have problems with those ugly, non integrated, fake GTK+ applications (OpenOffice and XUL applications like Firefox and Thunderbird). Those are not designed for GTK+, they are designed for Win32API.

EDIT: Forgot to say: you have a good work with the theme. Can you share the blue jaunty wallpaper?

Mazza558
April 26th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Any GTK+ (and Gnome) applications works fine with both light and dark themes. You'll have problems with those ugly, non integrated, fake GTK+ applications (OpenOffice and XUL applications like Firefox and Thunderbird). Those are not designed for GTK+, they are designed for Win32API.

EDIT: Forgot to say: you have a good work with the theme.

Unfortunately, the apps you mentioned are pretty common and popular for most users. If more apps played nice with GTK, dark themes would be truely unified out of the box.

Polygon
April 26th, 2009, 11:19 PM
compiz profile? what is the advantages of using this custom compiz profile, and what exactly does it do?

and wait, what? there is no gtk theme? so the only thing this is just clear looks + panel background and a wallpaper?

MaxIBoy
April 26th, 2009, 11:21 PM
Compiz profiles give you a prepackaged set of settings (what plugins are turned on, what animations are chosen, and so on.)

Mazza558
April 26th, 2009, 11:23 PM
and wait, what? there is no gtk theme? so the only thing this is just clear looks + panel background and a wallpaper?

My post explains what the tar.gz contains. Every element (except GTK) is covered. Clearlooks simply works great with the rest of the theme, but some murrine themes can also work well.

OZFive
April 26th, 2009, 11:32 PM
That is looking quite awesome. I love it, thanks!

sports fan Matt
April 27th, 2009, 12:11 AM
How do you install the Meliae-Dark Icons..the drag into the icon part isnt working

Polygon
April 27th, 2009, 12:52 AM
decompress the archive and then drop it in ~/.icons

Namtabmai
April 27th, 2009, 01:16 AM
I'm another person that prefers dark themes, but this is really nice.
Clean and simple, the way a theme should be.

Only one point I can think of, perhaps make the currently focused window more obvious? At the moment the only difference seems to be the font in the Window title, which could easily be missed.

dankalmar
April 27th, 2009, 03:28 AM
Hate to be a pain, but can someone explain to be (very slowly) how to install this theme? I'm running Ubuntu 9.04.

doubad
April 27th, 2009, 06:15 AM
Beautiful theme. I'd use it but I'm not crazy about using emerald.

Hells_Dark
April 27th, 2009, 07:21 AM
It's very similar to my desktop actually.

But i use the lovely gnome-brave icons.

kpkeerthi
April 27th, 2009, 08:10 AM
A matching usplash theme would be nice. Good job on the theme though.

speedwell68
April 27th, 2009, 08:12 AM
That does look quite nice. I might have a play with that when I get home form work later. Good effort.:D

Mazza558
April 27th, 2009, 04:41 PM
I'm another person that prefers dark themes, but this is really nice.
Clean and simple, the way a theme should be.

Only one point I can think of, perhaps make the currently focused window more obvious? At the moment the only difference seems to be the font in the Window title, which could easily be missed.

The window in focus has a blue shade and is less transparent. There's lots of other visual cues I could add, but not everyone has the hardware for it. For example, Blurring can be a good way to show focus, but only my NVIDIA PC supports it.

Kareeser
April 27th, 2009, 05:52 PM
Using it now. Big change from Shiki, which is a very well integrated dark theme.

I can't seem to get the icons to show, though... they default to the icon set chosen in System -> Preferences -> Appearances

Edit: Nevermind, I figured it out... a little hard to get started since I had no clue how to use the Emerald theme manager, and change the window decorator in Compiz. Nice theme!

Mazza558
April 27th, 2009, 05:58 PM
Using it now. Big change from Shiki, which is a very well integrated dark theme.

I can't seem to get the icons to show, though... they default to the icon set chosen in System -> Preferences -> Appearances

Edit: Nevermind, I figured it out... a little hard to get started since I had no clue how to use the Emerald theme manager, and change the window decorator in Compiz. Nice theme!

That's odd... Have you tried going into .icons, deleting the icon theme, then copying the files from the archive in again?

Kareeser
April 27th, 2009, 06:04 PM
It's alright, I got the icons installed. I think I have the entire theme installed completely now.

Overall, first impression is great! I've always wanted a transparent panel, but didn't know how to go about it. The panel background included is spiffy.

One gripe so far: The battery indicator icon is static, and doesn't change depending on charge level... (at least, that's how I see it. Maybe I am wrong). It does change depending on whether the laptop is plugged in or on battery power, so that is good.

Mazza558
April 28th, 2009, 06:43 PM
wget http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/29948/FutureLooks3/futurelooks3installer && chmod 700 futurelooks3installer && ./futurelooks3installer

(copy and paste this into the terminal) ^

Here's an installer for the script, which applies ALL parts of the theme. As far as I know it should work great. Please note that if fl3files.tar.gz doesn't download, there may be breakage. If the wget bit of the script seems to take no time at all, PLEASE RUN THE ABOVE COMMAND AGAIN!.

Enjoy!

Mazza558
April 28th, 2009, 06:53 PM
Note that if you downloaded the script before 6.50 PM BST, it will have a glaring bug. Please delete the file from your Home directory and run the command above again.

If you're skeptical of the script, can you check over for any final mistakes?


#! /bin/bash

# ---- Pre-install user input, intro ----
notify-send "Welcome to FutureLooks 3"
echo "---------------------------------------------------------------------------"
echo "---------------------------------------------------------------------------"
echo
echo "Welcome to FutureLooks3 Installer v0.1a"
echo
echo "This script will grab the setup files and install them"
echo
echo "When you are ready to continue, type 'install'. You will need to enter your"
echo "[sudo] password later."
echo
echo "---------------------------------------------------------------------------"
echo "---------------------------------------------------------------------------"
read -e install

echo
echo "------------------------------SETUP------------------------------------"
echo "Does the below line read 'direct rendering: Yes'? Please type 'yes' "
echo "below if it does. If it doesn't, FutureLooks3 cannot be properly "
echo "installed."
echo "-----------------------------------------------------------------------"
glxinfo | grep 'direct rendering'
read -e yes


# ---- Grab files from the net, pre-setup... ----

notify-send "Creating Futurelooks Directory"
echo "Creating Futurelooks Directory"
cd ~
mkdir .futurelooks
cd .futurelooks
notify-send "Downloading setup files"
echo "Downloading setup files"
wget "http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/29948/FutureLooks3/fl3files.tar.gz"
notify-send "Unpacking setup files"
echo "Unpacking setup files"
tar -xvzf "fl3files.tar.gz"
cd fl3files
tar -xvzf "Meliae-Dark.tar.gz"
tar -xvzf "FutureLooks3 GDM.tar.gz"
notify-send "Moving files..."
echo "Moving files..."
mv "Meliae-Dark" ~/.icons
echo
echo "------------------------------NOTICE-----------------------------------"
echo "FutureLooks Installer wants to install the GDM theme but requires root "
echo "permissions. Is this okay? If you don't want this to happen, you can "
echo "install the GDM theme by opening the 'login window' applet (found in "
echo "system > administration), then dragging the 'FutureLooks3 GDM.tar.gz' "
echo "file from '/home/<your user>/.futurelooks/fl3files/' into the applet to "
echo "install it. Note that if you do this, the command below will report an "
echo "error. This is normal!"
echo "-----------------------------------------------------------------------"
echo
read -p "Press any key to continue."
sudo mv "FutureLooks3 GDM" /usr/share/gdm/themes/
echo
notify-send "FutureLooks3 - Do you want the theme to be automatically set up?"
echo
echo "------------------------------SETUP------------------------------------"
echo "FutureLooks Installer can apply some theme settings automatically. "
echo "Would you like to do so? if so, please press enter. If not, exit this "
echo "script and apply the rest of the theme manually. You can find the theme"
echo "files in the '/home/<your user>/.futurelooks/fl3files/' folder. "
echo "-----------------------------------------------------------------------"
echo
read -p "Press any key to apply the theme settings automatically."
echo "Installing Liberation Sans Fonts"
notify-send "Installing Liberation Sans Fonts, Applying GNOME Settings"
sudo aptitude install ttf-liberation
gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/interface/font_name "Liberation Sans 10"
gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/interface/document_font_name "Liberation Sans 10"
gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_theme "Clearlooks"
gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/interface/icon_theme "Meliae-Dark"
gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/interface/monospace_font_name "Monospace 10"
echo "Installing Emerald Window Decorator"
sudo aptitude install emerald
echo
echo "------------------------------SETUP------------------------------------"
echo "FutureLooks Installer will now guide you through applying the rest of "
echo "the theme yourself. The installer will open the necessary applications "
echo "needed to apply them."
echo "-----------------------------------------------------------------------"
echo
read -p "Press any key to continue."
echo
echo "-----------------------HOW TO APPLY THE GDM THEME----------------------"
echo "FutureLooks Installer will now open the Login Applet. "
echo "manager. Please follow the instructions..."
echo "Go to the 'local' tab, click the circle next to 'FutureLooks3 GDM' and "
echo "close the 'Login Window Preferences' applet."
sudo /usr/sbin/gdmsetup
echo
read -p "Press any key to continue."
echo
echo "-----------------------HOW TO APPLY TRANSPARENT PANELS-----------------"
echo "FutureLooks Installer will now open File Manager. "
echo "Please follow the instructions..."
echo "Drag the file 'w7pb' onto an empty space on the top and bottom panels."
echo "Keep the file manager open..."
echo
nautilus

echo
read -p "Press any key to continue."
echo "-----------------------HOW TO APPLY THE EMERALD THEME-----------------"
echo "FutureLooks Installer will now open Emerald Theme Manager. "
echo "Please follow the instructions..."
echo
read -p "Press any key to continue."
echo "Click 'Import', Select 'FutureLooks 3 Emerald' and click 'open'. Click "
echo "on the theme once it's been imported and exit Emerald Theme Manager "
echo "FutureLooks Installer will apply the emerald theme when you press any "
echo "key."
mv "FutureLooks 3 Emerald.emerald" ~/Desktop
emerald-theme-manager
echo

read -p "Press any key to continue."

echo "To make emerald start at startup, you need to add it to the 'startup "
echo "programs' applet. "
echo "Click 'add',"
echo "in 'name' type 'emerald',"
echo "in 'command' type 'emerald --replace', without quotes."
gnome-session-properties

read -p "Press any key to continue."
echo "-----------------------HOW TO APPLY THE 3D SETTINGS--------------------"
echo "FutureLooks installer wants to install the advanced Compiz settings "
echo "manager. If you already have it installed, there'll be no issues."
echo
echo "In CompizConfig, click 'export' to back up your settings... "
read -p "Press any key to continue."
echo "In CompizConfig, click 'import' and scroll down to 'compizprofile'... "
read -p "Press any key to continue."

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
mv compizprofile ~
ccsm
read -p "Press any key to continue."
echo
echo "-----------------------HOW TO APPLY THE WALLPAPER---------------------"
echo "In the file manager, double-click the wallpaper you want, go to image,"
echo "'set as Desktop Background'."
nautilus
read -p "Press any key to continue."
echo
notify-send "Congratulations! FutureLooks 3 is now completely installed!"
echo "----------------------------FINISHED!---------------------------------"
echo "----------------------------------------------------------------------"
echo "You are free to close this window and enjoy FutureLooks 3!"
emerald --replace
read -p "Press any key to exit."

Tibuda
April 28th, 2009, 07:05 PM
notify-send requires the libnotify-bin package, which is not installed by default in Ubuntu. I suggest you to install it in the script, or remove any call to notify-send.

Mazza558
April 28th, 2009, 07:51 PM
Will the script carry on regardless of notify-send? If so, I'll leave it in.

Kareeser
April 29th, 2009, 02:19 AM
One aspect of Futurelooks I adore is the design of the Window List buttons. Notably, if a window is unfocused, there is no border around it, and if it requires attention, it very unobtrusively calls for attention by colouring itself a very bland orange. Very good choice!

sports fan Matt
May 13th, 2009, 01:02 AM
Mazza, how did you get everything "all white", also, what is your desktop for april? This has been bugging me for awhile.

Viva
May 15th, 2009, 09:10 AM
Do you recommend any firefox themes that work with futurelooks?

Mazza558
May 15th, 2009, 10:36 AM
Firefox's normal theme looks fine with futurelooks.

en23
May 19th, 2009, 12:43 AM
I just want to say thanks. I can't even remember when I moved from the pretty ugly std. Ubuntu theme to FutureLooks (it was FutureLooks 1.0 back then) but ever since it was a pleasure looking at my desktop. Although I somewhat modified the default FutureLooks setup, it still was clearly FutureLooks. A couple of minutes ago I used the script for 3.0 and I must say that the transition might come quite easy. Some days ago I had a look at KDE's new Oxygen stuff. I was impressed but the Gnome/FutureLooks mixup still beats it all.
Nice one, i'd like to see more some day.
Greetings from Germany

meeples
May 19th, 2009, 12:51 AM
im having trouble installing...


meep@dasexbox:~$ sudo wget http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/29948/Fut...ooks3installer && chmod 700 futurelooks3installer && ./futurelooks3installer
[sudo] password for meep:
--2009-05-19 00:45:46-- http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/29948/Fut...ooks3installer
Resolving dl.getdropbox.com... 75.101.136.120, 75.101.148.191, 75.101.129.115
Connecting to dl.getdropbox.com|75.101.136.120|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 NOT FOUND
2009-05-19 00:45:46 ERROR 404: NOT FOUND.


i'll install from tarball but i just thought you should see that


EDIT: ive installed everything and its very nice but i how do i install the compiz profile if its not .profile?

en23
May 19th, 2009, 10:45 AM
EDIT: ive installed everything and its very nice but i how do i install the compiz profile if its not .profile?

When importing a profile you can select "all files" from the filetypes dropdown. This worked for me, I mean the profile was loaded without errors but I'm not shure if it realy did. The result was a rather simple setup with just two desktops (looked a bit like the default compiz setup). Is it supposed to be like this? I then switched back to my own profile. Maybe i did something wrong!?

Mazza558
May 19th, 2009, 11:01 PM
im having trouble installing...


meep@dasexbox:~$ sudo wget http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/29948/Fut...ooks3installer && chmod 700 futurelooks3installer && ./futurelooks3installer
[sudo] password for meep:
--2009-05-19 00:45:46-- http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/29948/Fut...ooks3installer
Resolving dl.getdropbox.com... 75.101.136.120, 75.101.148.191, 75.101.129.115
Connecting to dl.getdropbox.com|75.101.136.120|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 NOT FOUND
2009-05-19 00:45:46 ERROR 404: NOT FOUND.


i'll install from tarball but i just thought you should see that


Yeah, I've noticed this bug too, I think the file was accidentally renamed. Nevertheless, the script itself needs fixing a bit - some things weren't getting properly applied as they were.

Mazza558
May 19th, 2009, 11:04 PM
When importing a profile you can select "all files" from the filetypes dropdown. This worked for me, I mean the profile was loaded without errors but I'm not shure if it realy did. The result was a rather simple setup with just two desktops (looked a bit like the default compiz setup). Is it supposed to be like this? I then switched back to my own profile. Maybe i did something wrong!?

My compiz profile should be very similar to the default Ubuntu settings but with a cube and a few other tweaks.

It works for me, so maybe you're going wrong somewhere?

en23
May 20th, 2009, 01:38 PM
No big deal, I guess. Somehow the desktop size got reset to two desktops. Nevertheless I'm gonna stick with my compiz setup since I customized the hell out of it. So don't be sad that I don't fully adopt FutureLooks 3.0.
Besides, the script worked for me.

Dagonn
May 20th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Am i the only one who have some troubles with the Emerald ..?

Sometimes, the buttons minimize/maximize/close disappear..

hyperdude111
May 20th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Brilliant theme, i love it. I was already using an earlier version of futurelooks before I saw this.

Amazing!!

Mazza558
May 20th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Am i the only one who have some troubles with the Emerald ..?

Sometimes, the buttons minimize/maximize/close disappear..

Minimize all windows and bring them up again. Or click "show desktop".

It shouldn't happen unless you're tweaking compiz settings.

Mazza558
June 4th, 2009, 06:34 PM
Feel free to try the gtk theme (basically a beta but little will change), which is based on Murrine and uses glassy scrollbars/progressbars (like Oxygen on KDE). Screenshot on the first page of the June Desktop thread. And yes, you do need the latest Murrine, which means if you have Jaunty, you'll be fine.

Note that I haven't specified the default colors for the theme to use, so you might have to tweak it a bit in the appearance manager.

It should, however, work fine with the emerald decorations (e.g match the emerald colors) out of the box.

Viva
June 4th, 2009, 06:59 PM
Just read that the murrine svn supports transparency, does your theme include any?

Mazza558
June 4th, 2009, 07:46 PM
Just read that the murrine svn supports transparency, does your theme include any?

The last I heard of Murrine, it required patches to every app that you wanted to be transparent... has that changed then?

Viva
June 4th, 2009, 08:07 PM
Oh, didn't know that. Anyway, the emerald border is light, but the gtk theme looks darker. Are you going to release multiple versions?

kc3
June 4th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Very nice, I'll have to check that out when I get home :D

Mazza558
June 4th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Oh, didn't know that. Anyway, the emerald border is light, but the gtk theme looks darker. Are you going to release multiple versions?

I thought this might happen. You can change the gtk color by changing the settings in the appearance manager for now. When you get the color chooser cursor, click on the lowest part of the emerald border to get matching colors.

Mazza558
July 1st, 2009, 09:16 PM
Major update today. Firstly, the theme is now available in separate parts on GNOME-look (but you might already know this). The link is in my signature.

The theme now has a GTK element based on Murrine and has a metacity theme to use instead of emerald (see the OP for a screenshot). A switch to the elementary icons fits the overall theme better and reduced the size of the entire archive to 10mb.

Hope you enjoy it :)