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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 5:00 pm

Arg, no need to be secretive... I am going to start making a thunderbird theme. Hopefully by the end of the week I will be to the same level as the firebir..err...fox theme.

ozphactor, <img src="http://www.alazanto.org/lebreeze/throbber16-anim.gif"/> what do you think?

whew...thunderbird is quite an expansive application...

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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 6:00 pm

I am going to start making a thunderbird theme.

:banana: Why, that's enough reason for me to start using Thunderbird more!

ozphactor, what do you think?

Very nifty. I know you've "halted production" of your Fx theme for now (;)), but when you have the time, I'd love to see either a transparent GIF version (just switch all the currently light grey pixels to transparent), or an MNG version (*drools*).

Great work, and thanks again for bringing such a wonderful theme to Firefox (and soon to Thunderbird)! :D

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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 6:31 pm

http://www.mozilla.org/events/dev-day-f ... stripe.png

I sure have a lot to learn too... I wonder if that whole effort is done on a volunteer basis? It is interesting, however, to see all the macintosh apps adopting next/openstep isometrics.

Here is an old gem by apple:
http://www.elfdata.com/pictures/emcl_inuse.gif

And, of course, BeMail
http://www.birdhouse.org/macos/beos_osx/bemail.jpg

Not to mention NextStep (which most resembles apple's new app)
http://www.aci.com.pl/mwichary/guideboo ... step42.png
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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 6:40 pm

Funny you should mention that... another awesome theme by someone named Kevin. Although I believe they have more than one person contributing towards Pinstripe. ;)

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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 7:32 pm

I wish I could draw icons like those...perhaps with practice... :)

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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 7:45 pm

I love the new throbber but prefer the old icons for bookmarks and folders
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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 9:31 pm

I love the new throbber but prefer the old icons for bookmarks and folders

So do I. The new folder icons bug me, mainly because they're too small to see what they symbolize. The open folder state looks like a folder with a half lopped off of it. Is that what you were going for? And what's that hanging out of the closed folder? It looks like a postage stamp, though I'm pretty sure it's meant to be a bookmark (?) :-k

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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 9:51 pm

hmm... I'll keep working on those...

For now, the old ones can be brought back by changing the folder-item.png to folder-item.gif in the CSS or ... I have the old icons embedded in the psd. I was trying to go for greater consistency with the bookmark manager icons - the globes need work through. Right now, however, I am drawing thunderbird icons. Consistency is more difficult than it looks.

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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 10:33 pm

springofdark have you had a chance to see why the arrow pointing to the right for subfolders of bookmark toolbar folders doesnt show?
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Post Posted March 29th, 2004, 10:59 pm

I haven't yet figured it out...One more thing to look into. My guess is that I accidentally deleted the necessary CSS. Either way, I'm not happy with the appearance of the default arrows. I'm not sure what I will make them look like, but I will probably style them after the menulist arrows.

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Post Posted March 30th, 2004, 10:29 am

<img src="http://www.alazanto.org/lebreeze/iconproof.gif" alt="icon proof for lebreeze thunderbird"/>

I made a few icons, and can now show them since the internet is up again! Is this an alright direction? I decided to go with 24 x 24 icons because of their slightly greater complexity. However, I will also have smaller icons later on. I seem to be going different directions with the icons - some sharp and full of contrast, some photo-like and some in the middle. I'm not sure what I want to settle on for the overall Lebreeze look and feel, however.

I suppose everyone can imagine where I got the inspiration for these... Oh yes, if anyone is interested, the bit of text is set in Neue (noy-ah) Helvetica #57 Condensed.

Finally, I need to mention that all this work is copyleft. Use it, please. I have the PSD is you ask. :D

update: Wow, PINE is so great...no icons whatsoever...just beautiful ASCII!
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Post Posted March 30th, 2004, 1:21 pm

Neue (noy-ah)

Well, I've learned something. I always though it was pronounced noo-ay. :D

Nice icons, by the way.

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Post Posted March 30th, 2004, 5:17 pm

quick question, does the paperclip in the above screenshot look consistently clear? My monitor has pretty spotty resolution (in some areas the picture is clear, in others, not so).

oz, glad I could be of so much valuable learnedness! :) thank you for the encouragement!

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Post Posted March 30th, 2004, 9:00 pm

The paperclip looks sharp at 1024x768 and below (albeit a bit jagged), but the lines start blending together and become indistinct at higher resolutions. Maybe have the paperclip be a solid color instead of outlined?

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Post Posted March 30th, 2004, 11:31 pm

<img src="http://www.alazanto.org/lebreeze/screenshot5.gif" alt="teaser pic"/>

teaser!!!!

In reality, the theme is really really rough around the edges. (notice the shabby column headers and wide spacing on the toolbar) However, I am happy to say that I should be able to easily reach my Friday deadline. After Friday, I will start making some nice refinements beyond the default interface.

Oz, thanks for your input on the clip! I will experiment a bit later on with different styles.

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