[Preview][SMF 2.1]Operating System Based SMF Themes

Started by TwitchisMental, March 05, 2022, 10:54:30 AM

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TwitchisMental

Well I have been having fun with this so far, so I am going to make it my next project.

I am making a theme pack with the design colors based on various different Operating Systems. I am not going to be making a theme based on every Operating System under the sun though . I will be choosing really colorful Operating Systems.

These will all be built upon my Orangey theme.

So far I have planned Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Windows XP, FreeBSD,Hot Dog Stand Windows 3.1, and Mac OS X. This list could expand.

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TwitchisMental

With a little bit of research and tinkering... I made the category bar look like a Windows XP taskbar for my Windows XP theme :D .

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gevv

Hi,

Ubuntu theme eye strain.  Background color can be darker.

just idea :)
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TwitchisMental

Quote from: gevv on March 05, 2022, 04:11:47 PMHi,

Ubuntu theme eye strain.  Background color can be darker.

just idea :)
you are the expert
All feedback is welcome. I am by no means an expert lol.  What specifically is causing eye strain?

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gevv

Hi,

it looks better when the background color is darker (in my opinion)

+ white sections light yellow
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mickjav

Quote from: gevv on March 06, 2022, 02:40:22 AMHi,

it looks better when the background color is darker (in my opinion)

+ white sections light yellow

No A Fan of that lol

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Quote from: TwitchisMental on March 05, 2022, 01:47:37 PMWith a little bit of research and tinkering... I made the category bar look like a Windows XP taskbar for my Windows XP theme :D .

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Here have my suffering... https://github.com/XinYenFon/winXP

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Quote from: TwitchisMental on March 05, 2022, 01:47:37 PMWith a little bit of research and tinkering... I made the category bar look like a Windows XP taskbar for my Windows XP theme :D .

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That reminds ne of windows 3.1 Good Old Days Lol

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TwitchisMental

So I don't know how far I will really go with this XP theme... but I just had to do this lol.

I made a windows xp taskbar with start button lmao.

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TwitchisMental

Changed the body background color for the OpenSuse and Ubuntu themes. I think it makes it pop more.

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Antechinus

You mean it will distract attention from the forum content and focus it more on the background, thus causing internal conflict in anyone trying to read posts.

I don't agree with gevv's suggestion of colours, but I do agree with the basic principle. Personally I find themes much easier to use in practice if the body background on desktop is a darker shade that "blends into the background" rather than trying to make things "pop".

There's a difference between making something that just looks cool, and making it easy and pleasant to use. My 2c. :)

(Incidentally, translucent themes are a great example of this problem. I've seen plenty that look cool, and have even made some myself, but they tend to be an absolute bastard to use for any length of time.)

TwitchisMental

Quote from: Antechinus on March 07, 2022, 04:05:13 PMYou mean it will distract attention from the forum content and focus it more on the background, thus causing internal conflict in anyone trying to read posts.

I don't agree with gevv's suggestion of colours, but I do agree with the basic principle. Personally I find themes much easier to use in practice if the body background on desktop is a darker shade that "blends into the background" rather than trying to make things "pop".

There's a difference between making something that just looks cool, and making it easy and pleasant to use. My 2c. :)

(Incidentally, translucent themes are a great example of this problem. I've seen plenty that look cool, and have even made some myself, but they tend to be an absolute bastard to use for any length of time.)
I mean to be fair, the body background is still a darker shade :P. If you get distracted by a plain background color well that is all on you haha :P.

Joking aside, I felt like the background was a bit to dark, now it is just a bit to light.  Middle grounds will need to be found haha. Thank you for the feedback.

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Antechinus

I don't get distracted by a plain background colour (ha ha). I get distracted by a background shade that is too light in comparison to the forum content (ha ha). It's a question of balance, not of colour per se (ha ha). Which I thought I had made clear (ha ha).

TwitchisMental

Quote from: Antechinus on March 07, 2022, 04:19:55 PMI don't get distracted by a plain background colour (ha ha). I get distracted by a background shade that is too light in comparison to the forum content (ha ha). It's a question of balance, not of colour per se (ha ha). Which I thought I had made clear (ha ha).

Well do you think either of these two would be better choices as far as the body background color goes?

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Antechinus

I'd go with something like the green. I think it's a better fit with the rest of the theme.

TwitchisMental

Been pretty busy as of late, but I got some time to fiddle with the XP theme some more.

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TwitchisMental

Alright I am pretty much done with the Ubuntu and OpenSuse inspired themes.  Windows XP one is slowly getting done.  The Windows 3.1 HotDog theme is probably the next one I will start one.

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TwitchisMental

MY EYES OH GOD MY EYES HAHAHAHAHAHA

I give to you.. the start of the 3.1 HotDog Stand Theme -

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Yes I still have a lot left to do, but it has begun XD.
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Dave J

I like the XP theme, that's very good  ;)

Are you planning on sharing soon?
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Quote from: Dave J on April 24, 2022, 06:28:05 AMI like the XP theme, that's very good  ;)

Are you planning on sharing soon?
Honestly I have put this project on the back burner for a few reasons.

The Ubuntu and OpenSuse ones are basically ready to be released. The licensing and such on using their logos is a bit of a bugger, but I can easily just not use their logos .

The other issues are just personal and mental ones.

I do plan on finishing these and sorry for the wait.
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Quote from: TwitchisMental on April 24, 2022, 12:43:58 PM
Quote from: Dave J on April 24, 2022, 06:28:05 AMI like the XP theme, that's very good  ;)

Are you planning on sharing soon?
Honestly I have put this project on the back burner for a few reasons.

The Ubuntu and OpenSuse ones are basically ready to be released. The licensing and such on using their logos is a bit of a bugger, but I can easily just not use their logos .

The other issues are just personal and mental ones.

I do plan on finishing these and sorry for the wait.


Thank for the reply
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TwitchisMental

I know it has been a minute since I gave an update, but I have uploaded the Ubuntu Inspired theme. I did remove the Ubuntu logos from the icons.

After the trials of the SMF Customization Team it should be downloadable soon.

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Thanks Twitch, I'll wait in eager anticipation for the XP theme
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I forgot, will review tomorrow night probably

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TwitchisMental

Ubuntu Inspired has been officially released - https://custom.simplemachines.org/index.php?theme=2998 .

The OpenSuse and Windows XP variants will be around the corner.

The others may be put away for a later time. I do have some fresher theme ideas in mind for the future.
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Quote from: TwitchisMental on June 10, 2022, 03:14:02 PMUbuntu Inspired has been officially released - https://custom.simplemachines.org/index.php?theme=2998 .

The OpenSuse and Windows XP variants will be around the corner.

The others may be put away for a later time. I do have some fresher theme ideas in mind for the future.

Thank you Twitch, that will make 4 of your themes on my site once XP is insatlled...it could almost be a demo site for your themes ;)
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Quote from: Dave J on June 10, 2022, 05:15:40 PM
Quote from: TwitchisMental on June 10, 2022, 03:14:02 PMUbuntu Inspired has been officially released - https://custom.simplemachines.org/index.php?theme=2998 .

The OpenSuse and Windows XP variants will be around the corner.

The others may be put away for a later time. I do have some fresher theme ideas in mind for the future.

Thank you Twitch, that will make 4 of your themes on my site once XP is insatlled...it could almost be a demo site for your themes ;)
Good to hear :).
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OpenSuse Inspired has now been uploaded and awaiting the trials :D .

Windows XP should be around the corner... :).
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Quote from: TwitchisMental on June 12, 2022, 01:17:49 PMOpenSuse Inspired has now been uploaded and awaiting the trials :D .

Windows XP should be around the corner... :).

Just an update on the XP theme.

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TwitchisMental

The Windows XP Theme has been uploaded and is awaiting the trials.

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