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Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

  1. #51


    Posts : 2
    Win8.1 x64


    Happy holidays as well!
    I'm new to these forums, but I really love these themes, and wanted to say thanks!
    I've put some dark red accents on hc-black-red-outline, and it is visually exactly what I've been looking for. (using a dark Chrome and Sublime Text color scheme, screen shot 1 below)
    Click image for larger version

    Unfortunately, I'm having some issues with the implications of high-contrast mode, and I was hoping I could pick your brain about how to solve these: (screen shot 2 below)
    Click image for larger version
    1) I do a lot of CAD, and the color scheme didn't make its way into Solidworks, which is fine, but the white font did - and now I can't read any of the options.
    2) In Microsoft office, I can no longer see colored fonts or highlighted text or cells in a spreadsheet. In Windows Journal, under "Accessibility settings" there is a check box labeled "Show restricted colors when in high contrast mode", and clearing this fixes any issues for that program. I can't find an equivalent for Office.
    3) (vastly less important) It's really hard to tell which programs are open in the task bar. In the screen shot, powerpoint is not open, and the rest are. Changing the "Button background" color option changes this, but also changes the taskbar color, giving the same issue.

    I wouldn't mind installing something to fix these, as the theme is great, but I'd imagine the best solution is to make a not-high-contrast theme that looks the same or similar, but doesn't permeate other software. In the mean time, I'm forced to switch back to a white-background high contrast theme when I use this software.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  2. #52


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Thank you.

    Happy Holidays!
    Welcome to the forums.

    Those are some pretty good notices. I'll try to have a more detailed look tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by split View Post
    1) I do a lot of CAD, and the color scheme didn't make its way into Solidworks, which is fine, but the white font did - and now I can't read any of the options.
    2) In Microsoft office, I can no longer see colored fonts or highlighted text or cells in a spreadsheet. In Windows Journal, under "Accessibility settings" there is a check box labeled "Show restricted colors when in high contrast mode", and clearing this fixes any issues for that program. I can't find an equivalent for Office.
    3) (vastly less important) It's really hard to tell which programs are open in the task bar. In the screen shot, powerpoint is not open, and the rest are. Changing the "Button background" color option changes this, but also changes the taskbar color, giving the same issue.
    You've discovered some of the important drawbacks of High Contrast.

    1. Unfortunately not all programs are able to use High Contrast correctly.
    2. The Text highlight color is INVERTED (!) The automatic color is the main theme's text color - but colored text should remain properly colored (tested on my HC Daybreak and Night Mode) But I also didn't find a checkbox regarding the Office theme behaviour.
    3. This one should be chosen wisely; some of the changes affect multiple items: in this case either one looks good and the other one bad or both half good but visible. The only fix I could quickly come up with is a compromise between the two. But I agree, open programs aren't visible at all... may require some extra testing.

    Regarding point 2: Office; some of the colors/inversions may behave differently depending on the High Contrast base theme.
    For instance I created most of my themes based on the built in High Contrast Black. If you create some themes based on other High Contrast types*, like White, you may expect different outcomes. But still, High Contrast in Office needs some getting used to, especially the default text and backgrounds + print preview...

    *black is equal to 3 in the theme ini:
    Code:
    [VisualStyles]
    HighContrast=3
    ColorizationColor=0X7F000000
    Thanks again for posting.
    Any new themes/findings will be added in this thread.

    Cheers!
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  3. #53


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    I've checked hc-black-red-outline.

    There is unfortunately no fix to the Office issues: I've tested Office 2007 and 2010. I don't have 2013.
    The selected colors of text should get respected, except the inversion of the default color, background and highlights.

    HC black explained: in this case, red outline:
    The taskbar doesn't have options: not-running, running programs have a (white) border, active window program has the different (red) background color.

    Click image for larger version

    Solidworks and CAD in general looks pretty bad in high contrast.
    Also note that 3D lacks something as well, so we'll have to disable High Contrast when using that kind of programs, for now.

    High Contrast, the way it exists in Windows 8 is still new.
    I hope Windows 10 will polish some of the High Contrast rough edges. Theme integration and 3D acceleration should be the main issues.

    Regards,
    Hopachi
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  4. #54


    Posts : 2
    Win8.1 x64


    Wow, thanks for getting back to me so soon. I wasn't 100% sure I based my theme on hc-black-red-outline, so I remade it from hc-black-red-outline. Tt was the same, so it had the same issues. Maybe the font color bug is just with Office 2013 then. Oh well. At least they made it simple enough to switch themes quickly. I can just live with it for now.

    Are there any non-hc dark themes that look similar? Maybe I could customize one of those and skirt the hc issues.

    Thanks again for your time,
    Tyler
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  5. #55


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Hello Tyler,

    A non-hc black theme would require some third-party customization program like WindowsBlinds or custom themes on their own like this one.

    Keep in mind that for standalone non-hc custom themes you'll need to modify / patch system files in order for the themes to work. That could have nasty side-effects on stability, mostly glitches; it's possible that frequent updates reset the theme patching and it would need to be re-applied. There are indeed many awesome themes on DeviantArt.

    Using a dark theme without patching system files is the purpose of this thread: that is however using high contrast, unfortunately whit its own drawbacks. But if HC is improved, most of us would be able to use it for dark themes in all programs.

    If Windows would get a built in dark theme in the future, most of our problems would be over.
    In the meantime we use self-made or third-party themes.

    Cheers!
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  6. #56


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    I like them
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  7. #57


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Nichols View Post
    I like them
    Thank you Noah!
    Welcome to EightForums!
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  8. #58


    Posts : 2
    Windows 10


    Hi!
    I saw on Deviantart some Classic Themes that look awesome on High contrast mode in Windows 8+!
    Anyone with talent can convert some of these?
    chiLL (Classic Theme) by RudeBoySes on DeviantArt
    Dark Classic Theme by slybug on DeviantArt
    Thanks

    PS: I made some raw conversions. Anyone fell free to improve.
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations) Attached Files
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  9. #59


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    AFaustini,

    Welcome to the forums!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Just tested your themes and I really love them both.

    Nice work!


    PS: IMHO those raw conversions are just fine.
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  10. #60


    Posts : 2
    Windows 10


    I saw on google a guy who did this scheme:
    Click image for larger version
    But he didn't provide the themefile. Anyone can make a theme resembling this screenshot?
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