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Customise waveform

Post by romanticdance » Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:55 am

I've loaded a dark theme, which is much better to my eyes.
However, the wave form is a high contrast nasty green.
The green is nearly alright, but the colour and contrast is to much.
Is there a way to change that colour-code?
I tried to rework the images you'll find as the ImageCache.png, but the colour of that wave didn't change, or at least I couldn't find which one is represented.
All resulted in some buttons changed. Not the whole make up of the theme.

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Re: Customise waveform

Post by steve » Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:55 am

romanticdance wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:55 am
The green is nearly alright, but the colour and contrast is to much.
Is there a way to change that colour-code?
The default waveform colours are on the top row, squares 4 to 10, but I don't know if these are still used now that Audacity provides a choice of waveform colours.

The tooltips in "ImageCache.html" (download "Theme.zip" from here: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Theming_HowTo) provides some hints.
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Re: Customise waveform

Post by romanticdance » Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:51 am

Thanks for your reply.
Indeed it's in the colour menu down in the ImageCache.png

Two examples, Dark theme, The is in the same colour now as in Adobe Audition.
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By trial and error multiple times, I found the wave, because there is no indication where it relates to.
It's possible to colour the wave and the maximum top of the wave different.
With a photoshop program or any Photo editor select one of these small boxes entirely and change colours. (see examples)
Beware to copy and safe the original one or change that name.

It's all to be found in the hidden files User/AppData/Roaming/Audicity/Themes/ImageCache.png
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Re: Customise waveform

Post by steve » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:05 pm

When possible, please upload images to the forum rather than linking to external file sharing sites. It is more convenient (and safer) for others on the forum if they can see the images without having to go to another website.
See here for how to upload an image in a forum post: viewtopic.php?f=49&t=64936

romanticdance wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:51 am
By trial and error multiple times, I found the wave, because there is no indication where it relates to.
If you open the ImageCache.html file (see my previous post), there are tips when you hover your mouse pointer over the image, like this:

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Re: Customise waveform

Post by romanticdance » Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:06 pm

Thanks for your reply. Usually you can't upload images in the first two posts or so.
So I dropped the direct link. Didn't see any upload button yet. Sorry about that.

It's not clear where I could find that "clickable" HTML file?
So selecting an image and adding the colour is not possible?
I found the HTML basic ImageCache.png.

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Re: Customise waveform

Post by steve » Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:37 pm

romanticdance wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:06 pm
It's not clear where I could find that "clickable" HTML file?
Download the "Theme.zip" from here: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Theming_HowTo
Extract the contents of the ZIP file somewhere convenient.

The ZIP file contains an HTML file and a PNG file. Open the HTML file with your web browser.
The file is not "clickable", but it has "on hover" text that appears when you position your mouse over the image.

I don't recall who made that HTML file, I think it was a contribution many years ago. It may not be 100% accurate, but I think it is still helpful.
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Re: Customise waveform

Post by steve » Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:40 pm

romanticdance wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:06 pm
Usually you can't upload images in the first two posts or so.
So I dropped the direct link. Didn't see any upload button yet. Sorry about that.
No problem. It was just a hint from me - I'd not noticed that you were brand new to this forum. ;)
The forum software will give you a few more features soon.
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Re: Customise waveform

Post by romanticdance » Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:21 am

Thanks again Steve, I found it and indeed hovering did the trick.
Quite happy now with the new look, much more at ease.
I get sometimes Migraine by high contrast or flashes of bright light.
So dark themes are always my favourite.

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Re: Customise waveform

Post by romanticdance » Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:03 pm

Would it be possible to view the ImageCache.png for the Dark Audicity template*? The one with the brown orange colours?
Can't find it.
*I mean the same selectable image like the standard original blue one.

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Re: Customise waveform

Post by steve » Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:22 pm

The built-in themes don't use a "ImageCache.png". There's just numeric values in various parts of the code, and links to some of these files: https://github.com/audacity/audacity/tree/master/images
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