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- Feb 2 2017, 11:31 PM (172 w, 6 d)
Mar 28 2020
Mar 27 2020
I went ahead and made an Aurorae version of this just to get a feel for how much I could theme. Overall, I am disappointed with Aurorae as Plasma is not as easily customizable as would first meet the eye. Aurorae alone will not let you customize the titlebar buttons as comprehensively as one would initially think:
- The in-application Application Style also needs titlebar-like button icons as provided in Breeze kstyle (as menitoned by David above)
- Aurorae does not obey system colour settings, especially for the titlebar itself
- GTK applications which use the client side window decorations in the titlebar (e.g. Gedit) still require updated SVG files
- GTK applications such as Chromium require updated .png files (generated with a Python script using Cairo libraries)
- The icon theme also needs updated as the titlebar buttons are also referenced in other places throughout the UI such as in application menus, in right-click menus and notification pop-ups.
It has been part of the default kde look for many years (for all of oxygen and breeze) and forms a core part of our design brand. It's something where you can spot breeze on the first look. It seems MacOS can get away with colored circles without people complaining about usability.
Mar 17 2020
Mar 9 2020
Hi Nate. Yes, the changes allow you to have different sets of icon styles for the titlebar buttons, while still keeping the overall Breeze style. I have updated the summary. The motivation to add it was mainly to add the 'Classic' button icon style, while also preserving the 'Oxygen' style of button icons for those who like it. I have added screenshots to the summary, and will maybe make another video to show it tomorrow.
Mar 8 2020
Diff now submitted at: https://phabricator.kde.org/D27938
Mar 5 2020
Mar 3 2020
The position of my panel depends on my display aspect ratio. On a 16:10 or taller screen (which I prefer) I place it on the bottom. In this scenario I think it makes more sense to have the labels as it's more intuitive with more information and allows for a very thin panel, yet still with large clickable areas. It's a waste of space to have a thick panel on the bottom to allow large clickable icons only (like Windows 7 default), as most of it is usually blank; this useless space seems to be why Microsoft added the useless search box in Windows 10.
I don't think the current Plasma 5 titlebar looks ugly at all (well, except for the confusing Windows 3-style buttons, but that is a different story which I have a proposal for here (update to that coming)). To me, rather the proposed changes to the titlebar here make the windows look rather bland and dull. I don't see any reason why usability should be sacrificed like this for the sake of a fashion change. It is much more important to make the active window stand out, and also make it clear that there is an area which you can definitely drag.