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Light Themes Evolved by simplygreat Light Themes Evolved by simplygreat

Ambiance and Radiance Evolved


Modified versions of Ubuntu's default themes...

No longer developed. Last supported version: GTK+ 3.2
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:iconminecraftgirl3214:
Minecraftgirl3214 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
How can i download it?
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:iconmurder-pete666:
murder-pete666 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
make a square border verion of this. the pixelated borders of ubuntu are killing me...
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:iconsimplygreat:
simplygreat Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Hey, Sorry. I'm no longer working on this project :(

And agreed on the pixelated borders, they are horrible.
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:iconleandrw:
leandrw Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
There are something planned for Precise Pangolin?
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:iconsimplygreat:
simplygreat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Hey, sorry for not replying on time. I missed your comment :(

I've stopped working on these themes. No plans for the future at the moment.
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:iconhouser87:
houser87 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
work is so good, thanks
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:iconsimplygreat:
simplygreat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Thank you! :D
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BenjiSandoval Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Hi, I think the nautilus panel look so striking, because it is totally black. I think the grey color (like Marlin, it looks awesome) is more visually appropriate. But, thanks you for your work.
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Yeah, I think I'll switch back to the light sidebar in the coming version. Not sure though
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SupaDupaPlay Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Theme is lookin great, my favourite by far.
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:iconsimplygreat:
simplygreat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconflux-box:
flux-box Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I miss this theme so much on Precise :(
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Hi, me too!

I'll start porting it to GTK+ 3.3 as soon as I have the time to do it. You can track the progress in launchpad (see the description above).

I'm also open to merge proposals or any kind of help :)
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flux-box Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
thanks for your great job :D
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
You're welcome! :D
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marcars71 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
hey!

i have intall your theme on 11.10 but the breadcrumbs and search module have still old look. How can i change it to the new look like at your sreenshot picture.
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
The screenshot features the GTK2 version. The GTK3 version differs greatly from what's shown here. I apologize for that.
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ghitu2 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
This theme is great, I love the dark toolbars on Ubuntu 11.10. I noticed that the theme is broken in the F3-two-panels-split-view of Nautilus 3, as shown here: [link]
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thanks for reporting this!

I'll look into it :D
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azrulMAmir Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
can it be installed in Lucid as well? Seems like not. Anyway, im thinking to force it to install on my lucid. Any issue that i should expect? Thanks dude for this.. ;)
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I installed them on Lucid and they didn't work. For these themes to work on Lucid you need to install an updated version (not in the repositories) of the Murrine GTK2 engine.

Also, you'll need to install the gtk2-engines-equinox package from here: [link]

Regards.
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Hi, sorry for the late reply.

About your question... I'm not sure since I've never tested these themes on Lucid. AFAIK, the Maverick versions should work fine :D

Please note that since there's no PPA for that version of Ubuntu, you'll have to install them manually.

Good luck!
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MameMame187 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
If you wanted them to work on Lucid, you would have to compile Murrine from the source using git and install the latest equinox engine using ppa:tiheum/equinox.
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:iconkant-o:
kant-o Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Nice work!
These are, in my opinion, really evolved versions of the normal ones.
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:iconsimplygreat:
simplygreat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thank you!
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:iconkant-o:
kant-o Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
You're welcome! =)
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:icondeadite81:
Deadite81 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Thanks, this really does the trick!
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:iconsimplygreat:
simplygreat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
You're welcome!
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MrMassiveManMeat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
sent you a shot out thanks for the cool theme [link]
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:iconsimplygreat:
simplygreat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thanks a lot for the review!

I feel honored :D
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MrMassiveManMeat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
lol no biggie,,any chance of a re-spin of "Adwaita" for Gnome shell,,you would be a the man for the job,keep up the good work,don't see myself using unity with out your themes.
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Thanks again :D ...

No doubt Adwaita is a great theme.

I'm currently experimenting with new designs. My goals are:

- Make a theme that is a pleasure on the eyes and feels consistent across applications (this means that it doesn't matter if you're using LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Clementine, or a native GTK+ application)

- Reduce the eye strain (So I won't be using dark toolbars for sure) :D

It's really hard to achieve so without falling into "metalic-gray mac-like" themes :(
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flux-box Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I noticed, when I install this theme, the system slows down considerably and Xorg shoots over 80% of the CPU quickly look through a menu (for example). It happens only to me? Can it be a problem with some deb package that updates, in addition to light-themes?
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I've never experienced that issue but it could be that the equinox engine is provoking it (or maybe not). Please do the following:

1) Press ALT+F2 and paste:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

2) A text file should be displayed now. Go to the end of that file and find the line:

widget_class "*<GtkArrow>" style:highest "equinox_default"

Comment that line by adding a # at the beginning and save the file. Now you just need to logout and login again.

If the problem persists, don't hesitate to comment again, we'll find another solution :)
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flux-box Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
thanks, but no change. Just I add the repo and upgrade packages, the whole system slows down. even write a web address in the address bar is difficult. If I downgrade packages everything is back to normal ... what a pity, because it happen with unity-3d, not with unity-2d: (
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
:(

Please update to the next version and tell me if the problem persists. It could be anything because the only package installed along with the light-themes is the pixmap engine (gtk2-engines-pixbuf). So I need more details:

1) Is it related to Ambiance? Try switching to Radiance

2) Try changing the window borders, so I can tell if it has to do with the metacity decorators and/or compiz

3) Does it occur under GTK2 or GTK3 applications?

4) Are you experiencing the same problem when using another theme, like Zukitwo or Adwaita?

Best regards.-
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flux-box Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
thanks again :D... I tried Ambiance and Radiance evolution and there was the problem that I said before, in unity-3d, both with gtk3 and gtk2. With unity-2d there isn't any problem and all it's normal. Instead the Ambiance and Radiance default works well both in unity-3d and in unity-2d. I don't know what happens... maybe it's my ubuntu installation... thanks anyway, dpn't worry, it seems that the problem is only mine eheheh
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Thanks for your patience :D

The thing is that there shouldn't be a problem at all. If you're experiencing this, most likely other people will have the same problem. Please try the following:

1) Install gnome-tweak-tool

2) Once installed, open it (sorry for being so obvious) and on the Window category select Ambiance (default) as your Window theme.

If the problem is still present, at least we know that it's not related to the metacity decorators :D
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flux-box Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Thanks for YOUR patience, not for my patience :D
However, I install ubuntu-tweak 0.6 and I have set Ambiance(default) as my "Gtk theme" and Ambiance(I suppose evolution) as my "Window theme"... no problems! If I set Ambiance(evolution) as Window theme, the problems begins. At the end I continue with your fantastic theme only as window theme, not bad :D

...thanks for your patience :D, and for your precious time!
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
You're welcome !

So, the problem is definitely related to the GTK+ theme :(

It'll be more difficult to find it's origin there. I really hoped it was related to the window theme...

I really appreciate your patience because you could have just given up and stop using the theme :)
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adambrenecki Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I've enjoyed this theme since you first released it (or since it was first on webupd8 or some site like that). I'm glad you've made a GTK3 version of the old GTK2 look, I never really liked the glossy titlebars and sunken gradient. Thanks for all your hard work!
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
You're very welcome! :D
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DigitallyDestined Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Does this work with the GTK 3 applications in 11.10 meaning that with this theme installed all the GTK applications (both GTK2 and 3) have the dark toolbar?
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Yes, that's right! :D
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DigitallyDestined Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work! One thing that's weird though is that the icons in the window buttons (close, minimise and maximise) have disappeared. I'm just left with 3 empty circles in the title bar, do you have any idea how to fix this.
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
To solve the problem with the buttons, after updating install gnome-tweak-tool and then select Ambiance (default) as your window theme. To modify the window controls used by Unity, you need to copy the Unity folder from Ambiance (default) and paste it into the Ambiance folder. These folders are located under /usr/share/themes/

Have fun! :D
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Thank you! :D

An update (with lots of minor improvements) is currently waiting to build and it should be available in a couple of hours. This update includes a Gnome-Shell compatible version and more.

Please tell me if the problem persists after updating. :D
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jpcloup Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
I think this is part of the theme ^^
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simplygreat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
How did I miss that! LOL
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JE1403 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
I actually preferred these when they were more similar to the themes shipped in 11.10. I mean the glassy window border and the gradient in the toolbars. Any chance of getting an alternate version for Oneiric that is just like the defaults, but extended to all applications? For example, Banshee, evince, eye of gnome and others do not use dark toolbars in the stock Ambiance, but they do in your version.

Also, why do you pack these to replace the originals? Wouldn't it be better to install them as additional themes? Or does it have something to do with the window controls?

All in all, great themes, I used them during Natty and installed them since day 1 in Oneiric. Cheers!
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