Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Oct 2007 22:22 UTC, submitted by diegocg
KDE The KDE Projects is announcing the third beta of its future KDE 4.0 platform. "This Beta has mostly been focussing on finalizing the design of the libraries in preparation for the release of the KDE Development Platform. Yet, many user-visible changes have gotten in as well. While new features and usability improvements were added, bugs were found and fixed in KDE and the stability of Beta 3 has improved much compared to the previous Betas. With the third Beta, the KDE project has begun to finalize KDE 4.0."
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Disappointed with look & feel
by Joe User on Wed 17th Oct 2007 23:31 UTC
Joe User
Member since:
2005-06-29

Ok, this is still Beta, but...They changed the old (ugly and cold) look and feel, and the new one is different but...Still dull and cold. Widgets lack contrast and the overall colors lack life: http://kde.org/announcements/announce_4.0-beta3/edu_parley.png

Also why are the digits of the clock in the system tray struck through? This doesn't please me.

I'm confident they will address these problems.

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backdoc Member since:
2006-01-14

Hmmm. I think it is looking beautiful. I agree that the 3.5x is tiring. But, this new stuff looks fresh and wonderful.

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kejar31 Member since:
2006-01-08

The digits in the clock are struck though because it is a flip digit clock design.

like this

http://www.zillion.co.nz/listing/4090719/viewphoto/283051/

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GeneralZod Member since:
2007-08-03

Also, IIRC, they plan to replace the default clock with a much simpler design at some point, so that it will be much clearer on a smaller panel.

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unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

The digits in the clock are struck though because it is a flip digit clock design.

Yes, but what's wrong with ordinary non flipping digits. There are no technical reasons for doing this on a computer screen, and this flip design is not common enough in real life to motivate doing it this way to help people identify it as a clock. It just makes it harder to read for people that is visually impaired.

It is also a matter of style, these flip clocks belonged to the 1970:s and 80:s, the rest of KDE 4 doesn't.

The question is should there really be a digital clock, analog clocks are much easier to read as they not only give you the actual time but also gives you a much better view of the time as an ongoing process.

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quenturi Member since:
2006-04-10

So the default clock in 3.5 was LCD, very 80's, now for 4.0 we'll have flip digit, 70's. Can't wait for KDE 5.0 lol

Note: for god sake get rid of those huge windows'borders. Vista is a plague. Since it's out, we got at least one per day at kde-look.org and even gnome-org for almost any existing window manager.

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TheMonoTone Member since:
2006-01-01

The widgets to me actually look really nice. Pleasent to look at, pretty clear contrast now I'd say. I like the slight hints of color there too, not overdone like the crazy blue borders in 3.5 which aren't bad but very very bright which I dunno, it just gets tiring as a default pretty quick.

My only real complaint is the tiny window buttons.

Can I still slam my mouse in to the corner? Or will I have to carefully move my mouse over the button.

I like slamming my mouse to the corner... easier...

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"Ok, this is still Beta, but...They changed the old (ugly and cold) look and feel, and the new one is different but...Still dull and cold. Widgets lack contrast and the overall colors lack life: http://kde.org/announcements/announce_4.0-beta3/edu_parley.png

Also why are the digits of the clock in the system tray struck through? This doesn't please me.

I'm confident they will address these problems."


It's not a problem, it's a theme. If you don't like it then change it

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