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.

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skulptor

9 years ago

Thanks kucrut, just remember that the version of the snapshot changes frequently, so your ebuild will soon fail to fetch the source.

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kucrut

9 years ago

That's OK, it's just an experimental ebuild anyway (as i couldnt wait for the stable one).
Oh, if you dont mind me asking, is it skulpture or GTK Engines QT that's causing some GTK apps (firefox and easytag in my case) fail to launch if called from kde menu but not from an x-term? Didn't have this problem before using skulpture, but i'm not really sure... Or maybe it's kde? ;-)

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skulptor

9 years ago

Some versions of the GTK+ bridge cannot handle zero-sized scroll buttons, so you may need to disable the option in Skulpture that allows the scroll bar to cover the arrows. Disabling only works with 0.1.3, but not the 0.1.9 snapshots.

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kucrut

9 years ago

Thanks for the quick response. appreciate it.

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skulptor

9 years ago

The option should work again (0.1.9.23).

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SeaJey

9 years ago

I am having some troubles with horizontal scrollbar (and much more rarely with vertical) in Firefox using gtg-qt-engine-kde4 and Sculpture style, screenshot: http://ipicture.ru/Gallery/Viewfull/7539436.html

There was no such glitches with Oxygen :(

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skulptor

9 years ago

The style bridge engine probably has problems with scrollbars covering the arrows. Report that bug to the GTK-Qt4 authors, and in the meantime disable that option in the Skulpture configuration dialog. Disabling does not work in 0.1.9 snapshots, you need 0.1.3 stable version.

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SeaJey

9 years ago

And where config file is placed?

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skulptor

9 years ago

SeaJey, there should be a style configuration dialog (the button next to the combobox in systemsettings, where you selected Skulpture style). If there is not, you did not compile with KDE extensions.

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SeaJey

9 years ago

Finally found this setting, thanks for advice.

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DonVla

9 years ago

i'm a little confused.
are there two snapshots? 1.3.5 and 1.9.12 (from your webpage)?

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skulptor

9 years ago

You are right, DonVla, there are currently two branches:

* 0.1 branch has 0.1.3.5 snapshot for an eventual 0.1.4 release,
* 0.2 branch has 0.1.9.16 snapshot, approaching a 0.2.0 release.

Since it will take some time until 0.2 is stable, I will keep maintaining a 0.1 stable branch. This development model may be confusing, but it has its advantages.

Both snapshots are provided without any testing, but you are free to try them and report bugs and/or suggestions. To the 0.1 branch only fixes (security, stability, usability) are applied, though.

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DonVla

9 years ago

thanky you, mighty skulptor.
imo skulpture should be the default style for kde4.

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sparxxxie

9 years ago

Finally something new and beautiful. I think this should be the default for KDE 4.2.

Oxygen makes great icons, but honestly, when you compare the oxygen window decorations and style to apple/vista it just doesn't match up. This is gorgeous, i love the animation, and i love how the progress bars start out in the middle. this is great!

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skulptor

9 years ago

I am very glad that you like Skulpture, sparxxxie, but the majority of users would like to keep Oxygen as default style.

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sparxxxie

9 years ago

What data are you making your assumption from?

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skulptor

9 years ago

Reactions from people on IRC, and in forums. Ask frank to make a poll :)

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SeaJey

9 years ago

Suddenly! Adequate response to Oxygen domination.

Really nice style and windeco - many thanks! :)

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skulptor

9 years ago

Thanks SeaJey! :) Yesterday I came up with an idea for a completely different style, but first I have to finish Skulpture.

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skulptor

9 years ago

Sorry for the update noise, but I have good news for Kubuntu users that did not compile from source, but used the Debian package, and as such, did not get the window decorations due to some differences in KDE 4 paths.

Thanks to nixternal's awesome work, Skulpture is now in Kubuntu Hardy PPA repository. I am not really familiar with those repositories, but the download link should guide you to the address.

The packaged version is a 0.1.3.5 snapshot (you can download source from the Skulpture home page), so some feedback would be nice.

Thanks,
Christoph

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nixternal

9 years ago

No problem! By the way, I just built it for Intrepid as well and put it up in the same spot as the Hardy version. In the Intrepid version I created a patch to fix the single clicking in system settings :)

Keep on rocking my favorite theme!

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skulptor

9 years ago

Cool, added it. No wonder I failed to build a Hardy package, looks like the needed magic for Intrepid is considerably simpler :)

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tail

9 years ago

Greetings Skulptor!

Let me start with saying that this is a great looking style, which I find quite pleasing to the eye, especially since it looks so stylish yet classical. It is also great that it is available in multiple colors

I would love to use your style. The problem is that I'm not using KDE4, or KDE for that matter.

I want to use it under a completely different theming engine and I have no idea how the GPL license applies to this. I wouldn't be using anything directly from you theme, neither code or resource, so it wouldn't be derived software. Still, it would you the artistic direction you've given your theme, so I would considered it a derived entity.

So first of all I would like to ask you if you have anything against your theme being used under a different theming engine. And then I would like to know if you have nay idea how GPL applies to themes, especially in the context I have mentioned.

Thank you,
Tail

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skulptor

9 years ago

Hi Tail,

it is really unfortunate that different desktops use different theming engines, and theme bridges are not really usable yet. I have seen Skulpture on GTK+ using a GTK+/Qt bridge, and it just looked horrible.

If your goal is to copy the artwork of Skulpture, it would be a good idea to use the same (or derived) name for your theme, so people understand your aim.

Maybe provide a link to the Skulpture home page, so that people switching desktops would find the original theme. I would in return provide a link to your theme.

The GPL additionally protects the freedom of the code, so I strongly suggest that you release your code or theme files with a license that does the same.

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tail

9 years ago

Hi!

I pretty much managed to get an early prototype of the theme. It is not as pretty as yours, because the current theming engine does not really support those superimposed shadows that you use around borders. But it is slowly getting there.

I still need to fix some visual bugs, but soon I'll prepare a small demo. I'll post you a link so you can check it out if you desire, just to make sure that I have not completely butchered your creation :P.

Source distribution is not that easy for end user right now, but I can easily prepare a binary if you tell me you Linux disto name and version. Or if you prefer Windows binary, or even a rebuild from source...

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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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