Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

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Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by mischamajskij » Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:21 pm

[EDIT: you can find the last version of this theme in this post] (with updated licensing, too)


Hi all,

I have ported the quite popular Arc-Dark theme to Audacity. Well, as close as I could get.

For many colors in the palette I can't find any real usage by the program. Maybe they've been dropped, but if you notice something magenta, well, it's one of those I could track... so please drop a line here for me to fix the theme by adding it.
Same goes if you have any suggestions on how to improve it.

Feel free to share. Licensing/authors info is included in the png.

Enjoy!
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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by Trebor » Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:24 pm

Red waveform makes it go all 3D for me when selected 8-) ...
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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by mischamajskij » Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:52 am

Mmmh it doesn't pop out on my screen, however I've tried to dim it, changing also the blue and muted waveform colors, because they didn't like the darker shade.

It's still a bit dull against the green waveform, but it's difficult to find a shade that works both against red and green.
Maybe I should try a different approach altogether.

I have also improved the contrast of the selection in the ruler.

Oh and I've found one of those magenta spots and fixed it (line 2 col 6, fill color of seek/scrub arrows)

Thank you for the feedback and please let me know if this works better on your screen.
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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by steve » Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:10 am

While it is pretty to show the level meters in the same blue color as selected buttons, I'm not sure if I like that. I find it a bit "visually confusing" that the same blue highlight color is used to represent two completely different things (selectedness of a control, and signal level).

(I do think it looks very nice, even though I'm not generally a fan of dark themes. Excellent work mischamajskij :))
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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by mischamajskij » Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:17 am

Thank you Steve!

Well it is the same colors of the waveform actually... it's meant to represent that the level in the wave/RMS is the same thing shown in the meter.

(Oh and now I've found out that I haven't updated the meter color in the new version...)

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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by steve » Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:23 am

mischamajskij wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:17 am
Well it is the same colors of the waveform actually... it's meant to represent that the level in the wave/RMS is the same thing shown in the meter.
So it changes if a different waveform color is selected?
(I assume not, unless you have also modified the C++ code)
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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by mischamajskij » Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:02 am

Of course not... I'm assuming that one is the "default" and so it prevails over the other ones.
And green is the color of the third one, and red of the second one, so the original colors may have the same problem...
But I can switch to a different color without problems.
I thing that yet another shade of grey will do...

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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by Trebor » Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:34 pm

mischamajskij wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:52 am
Mmmh it doesn't pop out on my screen,
Maybe it's my astigmatism. Red appears closer to me than blue,
even though they are in the same plane.

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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by mischamajskij » Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:44 pm

Yes, I know about that, that's why I made the selection grey and not blue...
I can't even think of different colors for the selection. A dark shade of blue could work for most people if it's desaturated enough, but it will cause even more problems with astigmatism than grey does...
And, I can't imagine a brown selection with this theme :lol:

Is the new version better?
(I'm not quite satisfied with the green waveform though...)

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Re: Arc-DarK theme (Arc-Dark with DarK icons)

Post by mischamajskij » Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:52 pm

Ok, so here's a new version of the theme.

Fixes:
  • I've finally found a convincing (for me, at least) shade of grey for the selection in waveform (please check all colors on your screen)
  • Colors of the RMS meters are back to green and red (custom shades though)
  • Multi-tool icon reverted to the "original" asterisk shape (was too similar to the "move" tool)
  • Color of scrub/seek arrows fixed
  • Licensing info & tips updated
Comments/requests welcome
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