Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Jan 2013 18:19 UTC
KDE I tend to believe that the best interfaces have already been made. Behaviourally, CDE is the best and most consistent interface ever made. It looked like ass, but it always did exactly as you told it to, and it never did anything unexpected. When it comes to looks, however, the gold standard comes from an entirely different corner - Apple's Platinum and QNX' PhotonUI. Between all the transparency, flat-because-it's-hip, and stitched leather violence of the past few years, one specific KDE theme stood alone in bringing the best of '90s UI design into the 21st century, and updating it to give everything else a run for its money. This is an ode to Christoph Feck's Skulpture.
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Inspired by ...
by pepo on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 17:03 UTC
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2009-06-19

Thanks Thom for the honorable mention. Skulpture is somewhat inspired by the NeXTStep style, mixed with visions I had when I dreamed of customizable AmigaOS styles (if "sysihack" rings a bell...)

Regarding updates: In the "master" branch support for KWin shadows has been added, but I always had the feeling I was the only one still using the style, so I never made a new release. A Qt 5 version is available in the "five" branch.

And yes, it does not adapt well to color schemes. It basically only works with the color scheme I use (which is Skulpture-Beton).

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RE: Inspired by ...
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 17:30 in reply to "Inspired by ..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Regarding updates: In the "master" branch support for KWin shadows has been added, but I always had the feeling I was the only one still using the style, so I never made a new release.


Maybe this article led to some new downloads and renewed interest - and thus, motivation for an update ;) .

Thanks for commenting!

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RE[2]: Inspired by ...
by zizban on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 18:55 in reply to "RE: Inspired by ..."
zizban Member since:
2005-07-06

Now that it go updated, I'm going to try it. Go OSNews!

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RE: Inspired by ...
by tidux on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 22:10 in reply to "Inspired by ..."
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

I know it'd be a lot of work, but have you thought about creating an Enlightenment version of Skulpture (maybe called Sculpture17) for EFL applications and E17 itself? E17's finally out and there's a dearth of good themes for it - the theme API broke about fifty times over the last few years before it finally stabilized, and so a lot of what was out there is broken.

I'd do it myself but as I have no sense of design and am partially color-blind I'd probably fuck it all up.

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RE[2]: Inspired by ...
by pepo on Fri 4th Jan 2013 03:10 in reply to "RE: Inspired by ..."
pepo Member since:
2009-06-19

You are free to port it to E17 or GTK+ or any other toolkit that I have zero experience with.

I have seen a port to the rather unknown U++ framework at http://www.ultimatepp.org/forum/index.php?t=msg&goto=18450& so I am sure someone can do it for other toolkits.

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