Simple Machines is extremely proud to announce the addition of a new default theme for SMF 2.0. Codenamed "Curve", the new default theme is the culmination of our efforts to offer a more semantically correct default theme. In addition, with a heavier reliance on CSS for positioning and styling, Curve should help both experienced and amateur theme designers, as well as inexperienced forum admins more easily create customized themes. It will also allow greater freedom for theme designers to create impressive CSS-based themes.
Some of Curve's main features include:
- A fresh and smooth design that is easy on the eyes
- Expandable css-based drop-down menu capability on the Board Index, Profile, Moderation, and Administration pages
- Better semantic use of tables and other XHTML tags.
- Increased use of CSS for positioning and styling of elements
In an effort to provide a better theme to our members, the SMF team has also invited a small number of theme, HTML and CSS designers to participate in the design, bugfixing, and polishing stages of Curve development. The invitees include several well known and talented theme designers.
As some of our members may remember, some time ago, we posted a topic inquiring which of the bundled SMF themes our members use as their default. After evaluating these numbers, we have decided to bundle both "Curve" and "Core", the current SMF Default Theme, with SMF 2.0. The older default themes, "Babylon" and "classic" will still be maintained by the team and will be made available via our Theme Site, but will be removed from the SMF download package. This will help minimize the size of the SMF 2.0 download archive in the future.
Curve is tentatively scheduled to be available with the release of SMF 2.0 RC2. While we currently do not have a timeframe for RC2's release, we continue to work diligently to finish it as soon as possible.
For now, please enjoy a few early screen shots of Curve in action!