Monochrome toolbar icons - why?

Asked by Iain Mcvey on 2018-10-12

After a recent update to inkscape (to 0.92), on my Ubuntu machine (18.04), the toolbar icons all went monochrome The icons.svg file in the .config/inkscape/icons folder has color icons in it. I have replaced the icons.svg with assorted different icon sets, both in the config file in my home folder, and in /usr/share/inkscape. but my toolbars are still monochrome.

How do I get some color back into my Inkscape

Interestingly - same version on Inkscape on windows has colorful toolbars. And before you ask, I took the icons.svg from the windows install and put in the config folders on the Ubuntu machine. The toolbars remained stubbornly grey.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

It's a problem with Ubuntu devs (previously, I thought it was Linux Mint, but I was wrong) thinking everyone wants their icons for Inkscape, so everything looks nicely uniform. They did not take into account that people may want to choose their own style.

The only way to fix this is to use a different theme for your desktop icons, in the Ubuntu settings.

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #2

(well, or to remove the icons from the Ubuntu default icon set...)

Iain Mcvey (chembloke) said : #3

I'm all for clean looking uncluttered UI's, but Inkscape has a lot of features so there are a lot of items in the toolbars, and making all the toolbars grey so they look like they're disabled doesn't seem to be a good way to improve usability. or aesthetics.

Oh well, what better way to spend Saturday evening, than tinkering with Ubuntu themes.

Iain Mcvey (chembloke) said : #4

Using gnome-tweaks in the appearance tab, I changed the icons from "POP" (I'm using POP-OS) to "LoginIcons". Now the toolbars on everything are back to being colorful with associated improvement in ease of use.

Still curious to understand why it was decided that making everything gray would improve the usability.

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #5

You'll need to ask Ubuntu (or whoever provides the main icon theme you were using) about that... I fully agree with you that this was not one of their best ideas.

It took me quite some time to figure this out for the first person who asked this here, and I'll have the pleasure of seeing it on my own machine soon enough...