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QtCurve, color scheme, and Plasma theme.  Hex is flat, textured, and aims to be clear and easy to use.

The plasma theme is heavily based on Caledonia by Malcer:…

*It may be necessary to restart any running apps after enabling.

I recommend using FLattr icons:…

   ***ARCH USERS***

QtCurve version 1.8.18-1 has been causing problems with this theme.  It's necessary to downgrade to a previous version for this to work.


2.1 Minor update

- fixed readability of text entries in plasma theme.
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willgath Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Hi garthecho,

Running ArchLinux, I'm experiencing an issue with your theme. After I selected the Windows Decoration as QtCurve, the windows decorations (the border of the dialog windows actually) become transparent, only the default buttons defined by QtCurve are visible (they are not the one from your theme). 

Like you asked, I downgraded as far as I could (QtCurve 1.18.5) and I've still the same problem. Any idea?
Lesik2008 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
Had the same problem on Arch Linux. Disabling desktop effects removed it.
garthecho Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hmmm.. I haven't seen that yet.  Does the problem go away if you select a different color scheme?
willgath Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Indeed you were right.

I selected a color scheme provided with QtCurve itself, and when I tried to apply the QtCurve Window Decoration, the border are still transparent.

I'm gonna reboot. Since I haven't rebooted this computer for a long time, while several KDE related libs have been updated in the meantime.
willgath Featured By Owner Edited Jun 19, 2014
Ok I rebooted.

The windows decoration are now applied with successful -->

3 problems though:

- the icons in the KDE menu do not appear (seems to be fixed after yet another reboot and icon cache flush);
- the color of the menu bar is different from the rest of the theme (I needed to reconfigure the QtCurve theme to fix that)
- When the windows are maximized, I have a thin transparent layer between my top bar and the window. Seems it is related to the "desktop theme" since, the problem doesn't appear with another, like the default Air.
garthecho Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
From what I'm seeing something must still not be right with the version of QtCurve that you're using.  As for the transparent line between windows and panel, it's intentional.  You're seeing the faint white line on the bottom of the panel.  Glad you have it fixed for the most part.
willgath Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Do you know where can I change this white line at the bottom of the panel? I'm using the QtCurve configuration wizard available at Common Appearance and Behavior > Application Appearance > Style > QtCurve > Configuration...

Regarding the problems, since my current install is > 2 years, I'm currently installating a fresh KDE ArchLinux virtual machine to see if I can reproduce the following aforementioned problems:
- the transparent window decoration
- menu bar in a different color
- and absence of icon in the application menu

Keep you updated.
garthecho Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Cool.  Hope that does it.  For the white line, you'll have to use Inkscape to edit panel-background.svg in .kde/share/apps/desktoptheme/Hex/widgets/.  Just use the "node" tool to select the lines and delete them.
Dablim Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you make this without QtCurve?
garthecho Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Not sure I follow you.  Do you mean for Gnome?
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