Skulpture
Various KDE Styles
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Description:

Skulpture is a GUI style addon for KDE programs. It features a classical three dimensional artwork with shadows and smooth gradients to enhance the visual experience.

Skulpture has been designed to be light and easy on eyes; many distracting borders or graphical elements have been removed or replaced by simpler artwork. See NOTES and README for additional information.

Skulpture is released as source code under the GNU GPL version 3 license; see INSTALL for installation instructions and COPYING for additional information.

Gentoo build kindly provided by Franz Fellner, Thanks! For binary packages, please check with your distribution.
Last changelog:

7 years ago

New in 0.2.4:

This version fixes two crashes and other bugs visible with KDE 4.4. Updating is recommended.

Bugfixes:
* fixed possible crash when destroying MDI windows
* fixed possible crash when destroying menus
* fixed Tab key handling in Konversation
* fixed detection of default font (KDE 4.4)
* fixed menu item rectangle and input handler (Qt 4.6)
* fixed text rendering in vertical ProgressBar
* fixed frame in "east" TabWidget (Qt 4.6)
* fixed workaround for KIntNumInput size bug (KDE 4.4)
* fixed MDI window title placement with RTL layouts
* fixed ToolBar icon size to respect KDE setting (KDE 4.4)
* fixed single click mode to respect KDE setting (KDE 4.4)
* fixed vertical centering regressions (Qt 4.6.1)
* fixed vertical alignment of labels in FormLayout (Qt 4.6.2)
* fixed flashing of ScrollBar in PlacesPanel
* fixed widget flags in KWin window decoration client
* fixed menubar margin for improved full-screen usability
* fixed "Alternate Background" color in Skulpture color schemes
* fixed build warnings (KDE 4.3)
* fixed build failure with Qt 4.1

See NEWS for changes in previous versions.

tail

8 years ago

It's going good, thanks for asking! Actually I have brought it to a point of stability where it was quite usable and I was happy with it. Some of our users started to use it and they loved it. It had just one small problem: every time I did any modification to the theme, however small it would be, like changing a color, the themeing engine had to be recompiled.

So recently I abandoned the whole thing and started from scratch. Now it must be recompiled only for major changes, like adding a widget or radically changing properties and behavior. It has caught up quite well to old version, but it suffered regressions in the rewriting and is not so mature yet, but on the other hand it has some small visual tweaks that made it IMO a lot prettier.

Anyway, the themeing engine and the Skulpture theme with two color schemes are available to the U++ framework (http://www.ultimatepp.org/) under BSD license in it's extra packages repository. I would call it a beta, but soon it is going to be stable. Here is a screenshot. Keep in mind that it is a different new theme that was implemented for a completely different themeing engine and framework, so it will have it's fair share of differences. I accept any criticism or suggestions:
Image (http://www.ultimatepp.org/forum/index.php?t=getfile&id=1751&private=0)

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tail

8 years ago

It's going good, thanks for asking! Actually I have brought it to a point of stability where it was quite usable and I was happy with it. Some of our users started to use it and they loved it. It had just one small problem: every time I did any modification to the theme, however small it would be, like changing a color, the themeing engine had to be recompiled.

So recently I abandoned the whole thing and started from scratch. Now it must be recompiled only for major changes, like adding a widget or radically changing properties and behavior. It has caught up quite well to old version, but it suffered regressions in the rewriting and is not so mature yet, but on the other hand it has some small visual tweaks that made it IMO a lot prettier.

Anyway, the themeing engine and the Skulpture theme with two color schemes are available to the U++ framework (http://www.ultimatepp.org/) under BSD license in it's extra packages repository. I would call it a beta, but soon it is going to be stable. Here is a screenshot. Keep in mind that it is a different new theme that was implemented for a completely different themeing engine and framework, so it will have it's fair share of differences. I accept any criticism or suggestions:
Image (http://www.ultimatepp.org/forum/index.php?t=getfile&id=1751&private=0)

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tail

8 years ago

Sorry, my browser inserted double posts and I don't see any button to delete my duplicate comments.

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tail

8 years ago

And the "?private=0" in the URL makes the link invalid when I'm not logged in.

Correct link:
http://www.ultimatepp.org/forum/index.php?t=getfile&id=1751

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tail

8 years ago

And the "?private=0" in the URL makes the link invalid when I'm not logged in.

Correct link:
http://www.ultimatepp.org/forum/index.php?t=getfile&id=1751

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Gen2ly

8 years ago

Just installed and all i can say is Dam, good work. Real intuitive, doesn't get in the way...

Thanks thanks.

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skulptor

8 years ago

Thanks :) If you find bugs, please give feedback. There will be a final 0.2.3 version, probably after Qt 4.5.2 release.

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dimichxp

8 years ago

Thank you for very nice style. The only thing that i don't like is tabs behavior, they just do not shrink. For example, with qtcurve/oxygen i can open about 14 tabs in konqueror without any scroll, they are shriked to minimum possible size (icon + ... for text). With skulpture it is only 7 tabs. they are not shrinked at all. Could you fix it please?

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skulptor

8 years ago

Thank you for the bug report, Dmitriy. This problem will be fixed in the next version. If you are willing to install from source, please try snapshot version 0.2.2.8 from the Skulpture homepage.

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dimichxp

8 years ago

I installed 0.2.2.8 and it works now. Thank you.

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maarizwan

8 years ago

I really like Skulpture more than oxygen or any of the previous kde styles. It is indeed good on eyes.

I'd request you:

1. Please allow cutom 3d and disabling 3d effect for titlebar, "Places" labels (as in dolphin) or 3d effect for the label in "about KDE" dialog.

2. scroll bar background is not visible, i could not distinguish visually where the scroll button is, as scroll bar and scroll button seems "merged/camouflaged"

3. Distance between tabs should be reduced for better visual. could you please consider "configuration" for tabs sizes, space between tabs?

4. size configuration for radio button, check boxes should also be there, as they look a bit bigger.

5. tree expanders round is good, but i'm so used to square [+] shaped tree expanders, could you allow that?

one more way to improve appearance is to "show elements on hover" like hiding "tree expanders and lines, when the view is inactive (other window/view has focus)"


I love push buttons, radio buttons, checkboxes, menus, etc. of skulpture.

only 3 things are not visually good to me, scrollbars, 3d effect of titlebar, about dialog (as in 3d effect in about kde dialog), and tabs spacing reducing 1 pixel will do. The horizontal and vertical space in inactive tabs is uneven.

thanks for skulpture, a nice style to look at always :)

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skulptor

8 years ago

Hi maarizwan, thanks for your requests. Some comments:

1. Are you talking about customizing the background gradient (light effect), or the frame?

2. This seems to be a common request nowadays, it will be addressed in version 0.3. You could use more contrast between Window and Button colors in the meantime.

3. Tab sizes can be configured (you need version 0.2.1), but the spacing is fixed for now, as I did not want to rewrite the tab code for 0.2. I cannot promise if it will change in 0.3, as the spacing is not a big problem.

4. Yes, that is something that was planned to go into 0.2, but did not make it. You could try a different font, as the size depends on it.

5. No! You will get used to the dots. And once you do, you will never want the boxes :)

As for showing the tree elements on hover, I am not sure if it is possible, I will have to investigate when I work on the vivid part of Skulpture (0.5? I do not know...)

If you find more, let us know.

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maarizwan

8 years ago

1. Yes, I do mean gradients.

If you open dolphin, the places label is in gradient, which seems to be "pushable/clickable" and looks uneven with the whole style. As skulpture uses reverse gradient (like pushbuttons, menu, toolbuttons) which is more consistent. I'd like to "reduce" the gradient in places and titlebar.

Please see image the gradients have been encircled: http://yfrog.com/07dolphinskulpturej

Especially in "About Dolphin", the area is for information not for clicking/dragging. so "gradient" looks odd there. Instead of gradients, light background would look nice.

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kolbaska

8 years ago

Hello. How did you disable underlined shortcuts in kde ?

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skulptor

8 years ago

There is the QStyle::SH_UnderlineShortcut style hint, which Skulpture makes configurable.

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kolbaska

8 years ago

Thanks a lot !

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karye

8 years ago

You've done a terrific job here.
Sculpture i clean, sharp and faster then Oxygen.

However there are some glitches I've noticed. I don't know if they are by purpose or not.

See these screenshots:

1. http://foto.kuroo.org/snapshot1.png
- When viewing columns i Dolphin the 3D effect is lost. See the arrow for "1"
- Arrow "2"; The highlight/selected item is left with a 1px blue underline. Maybe it's a refresh problem.

2. http://foto.kuroo.org/snapshot2.png
In my personal view the scroll handle looks very similar to buttons which is confusing.

Tanks once again for this kde4 style!

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skulptor

8 years ago

Hi karye, thanks for your feedback.

1) The shadow ("3D effect") is part of every column list view, not part of the window, so when you scroll a column out of the window, the shadow scrolls with it. An early Skulpture version also had the shadow for the whole window, but that looked horrible because of the double shadow. The only fix would be if Dolphin uses a single view for all columns, and does the scrolling inside the view.

2) The underline is the focus indicator. Skulpture 0.2.2 does not show it in item views unless you use the keyboard.

3) As for the scroll bar thumb to look similar to buttons: that was the intention of the designer ;) Please make suggestions for changes.

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karye

8 years ago

Hi!

I played around in Photoshop ;-)

1. A suggestion for the scrollbar & handle: http://foto.kuroo.org/snapshot3.png (there are .psd and .pdf files in http://foto.kuroo.org too)

2. I even touched up the tree view where I find the dots too marked (black)

Cheers!

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karye

8 years ago

You've done a terrific job here.
Sculpture i clean, sharp and faster then Oxygen.

However there are some glitches I've noticed. I don't know if they are by purpose or not.

See these screenshots:

1. http://foto.kuroo.org/snapshot1.png
- When viewing columns i Dolphin the 3D effect is lost. See the arrow for "1"
- Arrow "2"; The highlight/selected item is left with a 1px blue underline. Maybe it's a refresh problem.

2. http://foto.kuroo.org/snapshot2.png
In my personal view the scroll handle looks very similar to buttons which is confusing.

Tanks once again for this kde4 style!

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Ace2016

8 years ago

Is there a similar theme for qt3 apps?

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SeaJey

8 years ago

I didn't find such :(

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DnS

8 years ago

Feature request (if possible)

Add an option to hide menus icons.

( yeah i hate icons :p )

Using your theme with "Chrome" colorscheme is really pleasant to work : very clean :)

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skulptor

8 years ago

This will be possible with 0.3.x version, but I have no timeframe yet.

Regarding color schemes, Skulpture is designed to be used with a non-white View color so that highlighting works. But I am glad you like it with your setup :)

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JohnnyJupiter

8 years ago

dear maker of skulpture:

this may sound pathetic, but your theme became the main reason for me to switch from gnome to kde.
this is the most beautiful theme for linux i ever experienced, i tried a lot over the years, xfce, gnome themes, and they all have something indescribable odd.. i would say, your theme should be a good example for the whole community and i wish there was a way to port this to gnome, simply to have under kde a perfect integrated system-look when using gtk-apps....
well, what can i say?
thanks to you 1000 times

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7 years ago

New in 0.2.4:

This version fixes two crashes and other bugs visible with KDE 4.4. Updating is recommended.

Bugfixes:
* fixed possible crash when destroying MDI windows
* fixed possible crash when destroying menus
* fixed Tab key handling in Konversation
* fixed detection of default font (KDE 4.4)
* fixed menu item rectangle and input handler (Qt 4.6)
* fixed text rendering in vertical ProgressBar
* fixed frame in "east" TabWidget (Qt 4.6)
* fixed workaround for KIntNumInput size bug (KDE 4.4)
* fixed MDI window title placement with RTL layouts
* fixed ToolBar icon size to respect KDE setting (KDE 4.4)
* fixed single click mode to respect KDE setting (KDE 4.4)
* fixed vertical centering regressions (Qt 4.6.1)
* fixed vertical alignment of labels in FormLayout (Qt 4.6.2)
* fixed flashing of ScrollBar in PlacesPanel
* fixed widget flags in KWin window decoration client
* fixed menubar margin for improved full-screen usability
* fixed "Alternate Background" color in Skulpture color schemes
* fixed build warnings (KDE 4.3)
* fixed build failure with Qt 4.1

See NEWS for changes in previous versions.

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