Are the any plans to implement transparency

Asked by Lee Hyde on 2010-12-05

I was just wondering whether you [the developers] had any intention to introduce either a translucent theme or implement optional alpha-transparency for all themes (in a similar vein to Do)?

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2010-12-08
Alberto Aldegheri (albyrock87) said : #1

I think that transculent background reduces the readability of the whole UI.

But, well, we can do that, why not? :)

If you want, you can suggest a mockup for a new theme! :)

Remember that colors of the UI are taken from the Gtk theme in use.

Lee Hyde (anubeon) said : #2

"I think that transculent background reduces the readability of the whole UI."

Do's implementation appears to work quite well with respect to readability, as long as transparency isn't set to 100%. Also, as long as transparency effects only background elements, and not foreground text and UI elements it should look fine.

"If you want, you can suggest a mockup for a new theme! :)"

I'll get on to that tomorrow with luck. I'll post it as a new blueprint.

"Remember that colors of the UI are taken from the Gtk theme in use."

I had no idea of this, I shall have to play around with this now. Am I to assume that the background draws its colouring from the panel/controls colour?

Alberto Aldegheri (albyrock87) said : #3

Lee Hyde, colors are taken from style[BG][normal/lighter/darker], the foreground is style[FG][normal] =)

Alberto Aldegheri (albyrock87) said : #4

Oh, and by the way, maybe I could insert some config option to set the transparency of the bg.

Lee Hyde (anubeon) said : #5

"Oh, and by the way, maybe I could insert some config option to set the transparency of the bg."

I think that would be the best option, as it mirrors what the transparency setting present within Do. I may still work on a specific translucent theme mock-up, as I think a glossy finish would do transparency more justice than the matte finish of the existing themes (although I could be wrong, so if you do implement a transparency option for the background it would be interesting to compare and contrast).

Alberto Aldegheri (albyrock87) said : #6

Lee Hyde, in rev 255 I've implemented a way to style Synapse (no transparency yet) as you want:
you can create your custom gtkrc style for synapse in < ~/.config/synapse/gtkrc > using:
widget_class "*SynapseWindow*" style : highest "your_style_name"

This way you can make your custom color scheme for Synapse.

Remember that Synapse uses the BG[NORMAL] to fill the background :)

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