[Qgis-developer] Icon theme update

Tim Sutton lists at linfiniti.com
Tue Apr 16 05:14:22 PDT 2013


On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM, Larry Shaffer <larrys at dakotacarto.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Since adding back the old default as a 'classic' theme choice is fairly
> straightforward, only taking about an hour to do, I suggest the following:
> It isn't done for a couple of weeks.
> Here's my reasoning. If we are all looking at only the new default theme and
> helping develop that into a complete and cohesive look for 2.0, then those
> who are working on it will benefit greatly by the entire dev community's
> focus.
> I also think Robert's and other's reworking of the default icon set to
> address color and useability concerns needs the full focus and support of
> the community for it to have a good chance at success. If right before GUI
> freeze (~ 2 weeks), the new theme is assessed and there is still a
> consensus, or maybe a vote, that there should be a second project-supported
> choice, then the 'classic' theme can readily be put back in.
> Please let me know what you think of that approach.

My 2c. I was also hesitant about switching to the new GIS theme - I
have ~ten years of using the old theme so it was hard to make the
switch. However the last few months I have been using exclusively the
GIS theme and I must say you will get used to it and start to
appreciate it for its visual consistency. I think there are a lot of
benefits to having only one theme - some of which Larry had described
above. Also we will have less 'stuff' in our source tree, QGIS will be
readily identifyable in screenshots, screencasts and publications etc
- it will go a long way to creating a unified image and brand for our

Sure I would like the colours on the icons to be a little brighter and
there are probably other things that can be improved, but I think
having one officially maintained and supported icon set makes a lot of



> Regards,
> Larry
> On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 2:18 AM, Nathan Woodrow <madmanwoo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Don't be sorry, everyone's opinion should be heard. I have mixed
>> feelings, the old theme seems to kidish but the new one is too gray.
>> Now is a good time to look at which icons are causing the most issues
>> and revamp them.
>> Sent from some fancy phone looking thingo
>> From: Régis Haubourg
>> Sent: 16/04/2013 6:06 PM
>> To: qgis-developer at lists.osgeo.org
>> Subject: Re: [Qgis-developer] Icon theme update
>> Larry_S wrote
>> > Some time ago, devs voted to move to the 'gis' theme as the default,
>> > i.e.
>> > not just the one selected by default but also the only theme supported
>> > by
>> > the project. Even after this update, you may notice the icons are still
>> > hodge-podge with inconsistent ones needing work. Due to lack of
>> > developers
>> > to maintain multiple project-supported themes, it is best to have only
>> > one,
>> > so that a concerted effort can be made to keep it complete and cohesive.
>> >
>> > Does mean that we can use themes in QGIS 2.0?
>> >>
>> >
>> > No theme support code was removed, only the gis theme condensed upon the
>> > current default (because many default icons are still used) and old
>> > project
>> > themes removed. However, there has been talk of removing all theme
>> > support,
>> > but I can't speak to the state of that decision.
>> >
>> > I like to revive my nkids theme for QGIS 2.0 as option for Mac OS X
>> >> QGIS, is this possible?
>> >>
>> >
>> > I'm not entirely sure, but to use a different theme than the default,
>> > you
>> > will need to add it to the appropriate source directories, edit the .qrc
>> > files and compile the source again. For example, nkids has been in the
>> > source themes directory for awhile, but not choose-able in the gui
>> > because
>> > it is not been made part of compiled-in resource system.
>> >
>> > I did add some code to push any old saved theme choice over to the new
>> > default, so if you did add a revamped nkids theme, maybe considering
>> > giving
>> > it a new name as well.
>> Hi Larry,
>> it's a total surprise to me, since I thought I was following list
>> intensivly. I remember voting against gis theme, but majority did choose
>> as
>> default. That's fine, I'm OK with the vote. But I was thinking having the
>> choice to switch back to classic theme !
>> I submitted both themes to users and all of them in my corp wanted to keep
>> classical one. By myself, I really have visual difficulties with gis theme
>> (to much blue-grey, very few pixels to distinguish functions, overly
>> complicated icons..)
>> Moreover, I must say I've not been able to fund anything for months in
>> project due to the lack of visibility. Please think of us and let us see
>> more clearly where we can help the projects.
>> Sorry for that message, but these last minute surprises really starts to
>> be
>> a problem to me.
>> Régis
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