Hi I’m Ray.
I am new here. Just started using Audacity on a Mac.
It is a nice program. And I love it is open source.
It is Ugly.
I’m artist and graphic designer.
The dark mode is kind of ok…
The standard appearance looks like I am back in the nineties.
In a cellar with a computer nerd.
Is there a way i can contribute for designing a more up to date logo or UI?
While I quite like Audacity’s “retro” look (I passionately dislike the ubiquitous fashion for dark grey), I can see why many find it ugly
Audacity is built using WxWidgets, which is a toolkit that allows Audacity to run on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). The clear open source licensing of WxWidgets was an important factor for choosing WxWidgets. While WxWidgets provides one of the most flexible and comprehensive cross-platform toolkits, with licensing terms that suit open source projects very well, it has unfortunate got a reputation for producing ugly GUIs. Improving the appearance of a Wx app involves a lot of programming. Do you code?
Thanks for the reply’s.
I am not a coder, but i know some who can really code.
They are musicians as well so I’ll ask for some help.
I’ll have a look at the wxwidgets and maybe dive into it.
Had a quick look.
I never knew this wxwidgets is responsible for the looks of the programs.
In my professional life I had some “interesting discussions” about the appearance of things, but no one ever told me this.
There are this parallel worlds of Technicians and Designers existing in the same space.
This fascinates me…
@steve Do you know if the white/light grey lines(giving the widgets a 3d/emboss/raised look), I marked above, is something which can be done something simple about in ex. the manifest files used when building Audacity?
(Btw. our Blender+Audacity tool, seems to have been completely broken within the latest releases of Audacity, however I don’t have time to investigate now)