New Default Theme for Phoenix
Tuesday December 24th, 2002
Arvid Axelsson's Qute is now the default theme in Phoenix, replacing the previous Orbit-derived skin. The transition to the new theme is mostly complete but a few changes still need to be made. The new default theme isn't in the latest builds yet, but here's a screenshot of Qute in the most recent nightly to give you an idea of what it will look like. Follow the thread in the Phoenix Themes forum for more details.
Update! The latest Windows nightly now features the new default theme.
Another Update! The latest Linux builds now also feature Qute as the default theme.
#2 I don't like it
Tuesday December 24th, 2002 10:24 AM
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Well, on one hand Qute is definitely well-done artistically... it is polished.
On the other, I don't like it. I'm not much for themes that turn your application into a cartoon (I don't like the default XP theme either). While I congratulate the Phoenix team on their efforts, and realize this is a work-in-progress, I would like to cast my vote for a default theme that still presents the application as a tool, and not as Fischer-Price toy.
I also agree with Kovu that Windows grey should go the way of OEM-case beige.
Just my opinion. You're welcome to agree or disagree with it.