[Bf-committers] UI changes from cycles branch

Christopher Allan Webber cwebber at dustycloud.org
Mon Oct 24 22:42:18 CEST 2011

Maybe it's just me but this feels like a serious downgrade.  I really
admired the way the blender 2.5/6x UI looked in that it had a kind of
sheen and niceness that you don't see in many applications.  A friend of
mine described it like "you can tell the Blender developers spent a lot
of time thinking about making the 2.5X series pretty, it's almost like a
throwback to a demoscene application in that way."  I agree... it did
feel that way.  But a lot of this sheen now seems gone in these
revisions, largely because of the removal of embossing and the muting of
the icons... it feels a bit sad to me, honestly!

Brecht Van Lommel <brechtvanlommel at pandora.be> writes:

> Hi,
> Panel headers a bit darker now and increased button embossing:
> Before: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19452
> Latest: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19501
> I also like the icons to be a bit more muted, again to avoid them
> grabbing attention too much with highlights. For me this is what
> really finishes it off, to make the interface nice calm, but maybe
> this is considered too dull.
> http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19500
> Brecht.
> On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 2:05 PM, Brecht Van Lommel
> <brechtvanlommel at pandora.be> wrote:
>> Updated with some changes:
>> Before: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19452
>> Previous: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19453
>> Now: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19477
>> * Area embossing back, more subtle & fix it being drawn wrong with 1
>> pixel offset
>> * More space in panel headers
>> * Darker arrows on menu button
>> * Screen splitting widget with grippers
>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 1:21 AM, Brecht Van Lommel
>> <brechtvanlommel at pandora.be> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Here's a patch with a subset of the UI changes in the cycles branch
>>> that I'd like to merge into trunk. Are there any objections to this?
>>> Before: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19452
>>> After: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19453
>>> Patch: http://www.pasteall.org/25777/diff
>>> I don't think they would need any documentation updates, it's just
>>> small things that wouldn't confuse anyone in screenshot:
>>> * Remove emboss on areas and regions
>>> * Remove button emboss
>>> * More subtle colors and gradients on buttons
>>> * Black arrows on menu button
>>> * Panel header changed look & smaller
>>> * Screen splitting widgets look
>>> * Toolbar/properties expand button look
>>> Not included:
>>> * Droid sans font, was not received very well for the few days it was in trunk
>>> * Contrast reduction on icons
>>> * Auto hide scrollers (later, is unfinished)
>>> I'd still like to change the font in trunk, but it seems hard to get
>>> an agreement on this. Some tests:
>>> Lucida Grade (mac ui font, non-free):
>>> http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19454
>>> Ubuntu font: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19457
>>> Droid Sans font: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=19458
>>> Thanks,
>>> Brecht.
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