Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jan 2011 23:29 UTC, submitted by zegenie
KDE Before we get underway: I'm sorry, we don't have enough headline space to write 'KDE Releases Development Platform, Applications and Plasma Workspaces 4.6.0'. Then again, do any non-anal people every refer to it that way? No? I thought so. In any case, there's a new KDE version out with lots of new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.
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RE[2]: Too bad
by lucas_maximus on Thu 27th Jan 2011 17:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Too bad"
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

If you really are, the problem is that many things don't look "right" ... constrast is all over the shop.

Also the task bar items IMO are really hard to read semi-transparent black on a dark background, also the inner glow on the taskbar item's words just looks tacky IMO.

The padding isn't right on the task bar items either.

Edited 2011-01-27 17:26 UTC

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RE[3]: Too bad
by nunopinheiro on Thu 27th Jan 2011 17:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Too bad"
nunopinheiro Member since:
2007-10-07

Not sure you noticed that there is a under blur of the fonts in reversed color to ensure there is enough contrast.... in relation to any background not just dark ones, still it may vary depending on your font defaults, KDE as no saying on that...
The padding might need some work, but then again its a detail and it as some technical limitations, not sure its that bad...
The part of the glow being tacky, I have no idea what you are talking about....as I don't know what you mean with "contrast is all over the shop" to much to little? what?
Any way unlike most design platforms in OSS, Oxygen is completely open to any one that wants to help just drop by IRC or send me an email with ideas sketches mocks on how to help the overall design of KDE, Oxygen is a completely volunteer based design platform so all help is welcome.

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RE[4]: Too bad
by priit on Thu 27th Jan 2011 19:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Too bad"
priit Member since:
2005-07-06

Sorry, missed the IM(H)O part and wasn't really trying to hurt anybody's feelings.

But let's see:
http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.6/screenshots/46-w09.png

Taskbar basically has no padding at all. Also I don't see any reason why the text should glow other than that it seems to be the "norm", e.g

http://www.kde.org/workspaces/plasmadesktop/screenshots/general-des...

Blue glow? Why? Also bevels (active icons in the second screenshot for example) make the design look too busy and remind me more of CDE.

http://www.kde.org/workspaces/plasmanetbook/screenshots/netbook.png

What the glow is going on? In conclusion - KDE's desktop is very busy, some things don't look right (take the add filter button in the second screenshot, it doesn't look right there, it's raised and just pasted on the bar). Less graphical details and cleaner interface would be my suggestion. But hey, really, you can't please everyone.

If you're looking for good samples, have a look at KDE 3.5 screenshot - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Kde-3.5.6-es.png
Even though it has its own shortcomings, it's much cleaner than the current design.

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RE[3]: Too bad
by Soulbender on Sat 29th Jan 2011 15:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Too bad"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Having used KDE 4 for the last couple years I simply have no idea what you're talking about.

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