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Azel

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By SkiesOfAzel   |   
Published: March 28, 2008
© 2008 - 2020 SkiesOfAzel
Latest Update :
28/10/2010 v1.6.0 . This update should have come six months ago, unfortunately at that time i had abandoned Gnome in favor of the more modern (and buggy as i was about to find out) KDE. Anyway, this is mainly a bug fix release, so many long standing problems should now be fixed.

Description :

This theme looks best with the Faenza-Dark icon theme. It's also designed to work with or without the globalmenu hack (see instructions) . If you are a Pekwm user , there is a wonderfull matching theme by Thrynk.

Instructions :

- Extract the archive, go to the gtk folder and install Azel, Azel Original and Azel New through the theme manager.

- If you prefer the gnome standard button placement use the Azel window border. If you prefer buttons on the left (as in the screenshot) use the Azel Original window border and go to the next step. The Azel New decorator works as well for both layouts.

- If you have selected the Azel Original window border , open gconf-editor, go to apps->metacity-> general and change the button_layout to close,maximize,minimize:menu.

- If you are using compiz , open gconf-editor, go to apps->gwd and set metacity_theme_opacity to 1 . Then, go to apps->compiz->plugins->decoration->allscreens->options and set shadow_opacity to 0.85 , shadow_radius to 8.5 , shadow_x_offset to 0 and shadow_y_offset to 4.

- If you prefer emerald to metacity/gtk-window-decorator , go to the emerald folder and install the themes. You can also look here [link] for decorators that have the buttons on the right side.

- If you are using globalmenu, go to your themes directory and browse inside Azel/gtk-2.0/. Open the file gtkrc and scroll down near the bottom till you find the line 'include "tweaks-no-globalmenu.rc"' (without the quotes). Comment out (put a # symbol in front of) that line, uncomment (remove the # from) the '#include "tweaks-globalmenu.rc" line and reload the theme.

- If you prefer the old silver panel, go to your themes directory and browse inside Azel/gtk-2.0/. Open the file gtkrc and scroll down near the bottom till you find the line 'include "panelblack.rc"' (without the quotes). Comment out (put a # symbol in front of) that line, uncomment (remove the # from) the '#include "panel.rc"' line and reload the theme.

- If you are using Ubuntu Karmic x64 and have problems with thunar and huge toolbars, use the included deb or follow the included instructions to compile a fixed version yourself.

- If you are using firefox just use Midori :P . Just kidding ;) . Go to the firefox folder and into ff2 if you are using firefox2 or ff3 for firefox3. In case you are using the hidemenubar extension, there is also the Azel-no-menubar theme included.

- If you are using Mplayer , extract the contents of the Azel-mplayer archive into ~/.mplayer/skins .

Changelog :

- Panel code rewritten from scratch.

- Default button states added.

- Shadow margins fixed.

- Text color on progressbars fixed.

- Better progressbars in treeviews.

- Firefox no longer needs a skin.

- Chromium frame color fixed.

- Changed default icons to Faenza-Dark.

- Support for Nautilus-Elementary.
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anonymous's avatar
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Stradivarius's avatar
Hi,

I hope you will have time to work on the next version of this theme. If so, would you consider to add a new Window decorator with the entire title bar in glossy black?

Thanks in advance.
cybermithun's avatar
recommend a wallpaper please :-)
SkiesOfAzel's avatar
Azel seriously needs some bug fixes but i really can't find some free time for it :(.
SkiesOfAzel's avatar
Thanks, if you like this, you might also like Orta
kai100's avatar
i used your works now over 2 years my friend & and you are one of the best gtk2-maker :thumbsup: :)
SkiesOfAzel's avatar
Thanks ! I am glad you find my work useful :)
malik-trey's avatar
malik-treyProfessional Interface Designer
ohh....nickel cobalt.....nice ;-)
SkiesOfAzel's avatar
You are probably right about the metacity decorator on the second screenshot, i must have seen some pics of it at that time and the idea stuck. It's really a lovely theme but such an obscure name, it took me some time to find out what you meant :P.
alphaquest86's avatar
this is awesome!! was really looking for a dark theme that did hurt my eyes!! But this turned out a billion times better than what i expected!! a tip: the value of a package increases many-folds if you make it easy to install.... here is a suggestion...(not that it is absolutely necessary) write a script (shell script) that helps in installing all the features as your package will only grow!! CheerO!! and really hope this gets even better!! (really need a silver in black iconset)
szerencsefia's avatar
szerencsefiaHobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome themes again. Nice to see how you developed this theme for moder requirements. The panel solution is the most delicious. Well done.
SkiesOfAzel's avatar
Thanks man, i am glad you find my work useful.
Izobalax's avatar
IzobalaxProfessional Interface Designer
Wahey, you're back! Lovely update, hope you're cool, man.

/izo\
SkiesOfAzel's avatar
Glad to see you too, i hear you have been surfing the waves ;).
Izobalax's avatar
IzobalaxProfessional Interface Designer
Heh.

/izo\
xXSADxBUTxTRUEXx's avatar
I just switched to Intrepid, and I love this theme. Clean, simple and easy on the eye.

And because I love 'Elfen Lied' too (and am a dork), I went and found an 'Elfen Lied' wallpaper to go with it..
gamemaniac86's avatar
what fonts and size do you use in this theme??
and how can i install the mac bar style in gnome???

Thanks great job!
spoonman09's avatar
spoonman09Hobbyist General Artist
That's my man! Elfen Lied, mofo!
TheOctoberRain's avatar
sweet theme. nice elfen lied on there =D
szerencsefia's avatar
szerencsefiaHobbyist Interface Designer
Hi Fella,
I wish good food and many women in the army!
Good luck and have fun!
Garfilth's avatar
GarfilthHobbyist Artist
great theme using it now. just one thing, how do you get file manager to look like that? where main tool bar and location bar are side by side. i've tried but cant get it to look like yours. please help. im new to linux, so maybe i've missed something some where.
SkiesOfAzel's avatar
The file manager in the screenshot isn't the default gnome file manager (Nautilus), it's the xfce file manager called Thunar. If you are using Ubuntu Hardy, there is a bug with thunar right now that makes the toolbar icons huge, but tomorrow i will update Azel and i will include a fixed deb of thunar.

Welcome to linux :).
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