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Creating themes

Postby gjbth » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:21 am

Hello, is it possible for user's to create their own theme for VueMinder.

Do you publish the format of the theme files i.e the .isl files.

It would be great to fine tune the colours and fonts etc. in the interface.

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Re: Creating themes

Postby VueSoft » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:41 am

Yes, it's possible to create your own themes, but you'll probably need Infragistics AppStylist to do it. Here's a link with more info about that program:
http://www.infragistics.com/dotnet/netadvantage/appstylist.aspx

The isl files it generates, and that VueMinder uses, are XML based, so it's possible you could modify one of the existing themes packaged with VueMinder using just a text editor, but to really create a new theme from scratch, AppStylist is needed.

If you do create or modify a theme and would like to share it with other VueMinder users, please let me know. I'll package it with VueMinder, giving you credit for creating the theme and including links to any URL you'd like to promote (in case you have a web page or are a graphic designer).
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Re: Creating themes

Postby gjbth » Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:10 am

Thanks for the reply, I think appstylist may be a bit specialised for me ;) . I will have a look at the files with a text editor and see if I can modify a couple.

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Re: Creating themes

Postby VueSoft » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:44 pm

If you have any questions about what's in the XML theme files, or if you have a concept for what you'd like in a theme, please let me know. I can generate a theme for you, using AppStylist, and send it to you to preview/approve before it goes into next release. For example, another customer requested a dark purple theme, which I've added in release 5.0.0.

There's a lot of capability with AppStylist and I've barely scratched the surface of what it can do. For example, you can assign images to any control, so if you have some really cool looking buttons you'd like, or other images that would look nice in the program, those can be added to a theme file.
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Re: Creating themes

Postby gjbth » Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:37 am

I actually read the others user's request for the purple theme, I think at bdjour.

I am amazed that you have taken the time to generate an individual theme for a specific user. That is outstanding support, I hope the user appreciates your efforts and recommends Vuesoft to her colleagues, as I now do.

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Re: Creating themes

Postby gjbth » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:46 pm

Dan, I have just been trying all the different themes and noticed that in certain themes the calendar view displays a large amount of the event description text directly in the calendar, while some only display the title.

Is there a way to enable/disable this feature in the .isl file or would it require the use of Appstylist to accomplish this. I prefer the LargedateNumbers theme but this only displays the title compared with SimpleAero which displays a large chunk of text.

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Re: Creating themes

Postby VueSoft » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:59 pm

That would require AppStylist, since you'd need to override the default setting of using the Office 2007 style for the Day and Week views. The Office 2007 style mimics the appearance of Outlook 2007, which causes the event description to not be included in the event block in the Day and Week views (just like in Outlook).

I've gone ahead and created a new variation of the LargeDateNumbers theme (attached to this post). This theme overrides the default Office 2007 style for the Day and Week views. To use it, unzip to the location where VueMinder is installed, and then select the "LargeDatesWithDescriptions" theme from the Appearance Options.

Please let me know what you think. If you like it, I'll include it in the next release.
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Re: Creating themes

Postby gjbth » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:20 am

Thanks yet again Dan, I've just installed the new theme, just what I was looking for. :D :D :D

As for including it in the next release, I think the more themes the better, then everyone is sure to find one that suits them.

I think I saw a demo/trial version of Appstylist on the developers website, I was going to D/L it and try modifying a few themes myself but I'm sure I wouldn't have a clue how to use it.

Anyway Thank you again

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