Orta Cinnamon Light 0.6.3

Score: 10
Last edited: 2 years ago

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Orta Cinnamon Light is a port of Gnome Shell Orta written by *half-left.

The original Orta was written by SkiesOfAzel.

Wallpaper Drink Linux created by DavidOteroNavarro

Please report issues at the github https://github.com/mordant23/cinnamon-theme-orta.

Installation

You can install from the repository https://launchpad.net/~mordant23/+archive/themes.

sudo apt-apt-respositry ppa:mordant23/themes
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install orta-cinnamon-light-theme
 
You can also install from the zipball.
 
Extract zip file to the themes directory. Theme directory is usually:
 
/usr/share/themes for system wide installation or
 
~/.themes for individual installation
 
After installation, use Cinnamon Settings to choose Orta.
 
To Do
Theme modal dialogs
Theme notifications
Theme Looking Glass
Integrate theme with gtk3 orta
 
Changelog
0.6.3 2012-02-10
  * themed workspace switcher
  * applied dalcde's patches for panel button padding and alt-tab
  * matched alt-tab theme to Gnome Shell Orta's alt-tab
  * changed panel background and foreground colors to match gtk2 Orta
themed workspace switcher
applied dalcde's patches to fix panel button padding and themed alt-tab
matched alt-tab theme to Gnome Shell Orta's alt-tab
changed panel background and foreground colors to match gtk2's colors
 
0.6.2 2012-02-09
Fixed installation instructions  and other housekeeping in README
 
0.6.1 2012-02-09
Initial release
 
License GPL3

About The Author

mordant23

I've used linux more off than on for far longer than he would care to admit. It's only recently that I rediscovered my love for  tweaking my operating system until everything is just right and then do one tweak more. My goal is to achieve beauty with a combination of elegance and function.

Cinnamon themes is my first venture into offering something for the software eco-system. I would love nothing more than to see how other people use it and to get feedback on how to improve it . In other words, screenshots of your desktop with my theme are very welcome. If you find my themes or applets useful enough to include in your software package please let me know! I'd love to see the results.

2013-12-03 Updated my beloved clove-black theme to compatibility with Cinnamon 2.0

2012-03-03 I had to put my Cinnamon activities on hold for a few weeks as I the deadline for my job search approached rapidly. Thankfully that's no longer a concern. I believe that my dabblings with Cinnamon helped convince my new employer to extend the offer. Actually, I don't just believe it. I know it. Thank you Clem and everyone else who have contributed to make Cinnamon such a wonderful playground for us. Now that I am employed I intend to continue to work on my projects here, but I've learned that a new job is a surprisingly stressful time to work on side projects. So I make no promises but I look forward to completing them.


16 comments

  1. RJVB says:

    2 years ago

    Very nice. I coupled this with the 'original' Orta theme (installed according to the manual instructions at http://skiesofazel.deviantart.com/art/Orta-184118297) which gives an Orta option in the 'Window theme' menu of the 'Other Settings'. This has to be done before installing the Cinnamon theme (or else Orta disappears from the Cinnamon theme list?!)

  2. Verix says:

    2 years ago

    Very cool indeed. My only complaint so far is the very heavy highlight of items in the menu.

  3. mordant23 says:

    2 years ago

    @glebihan

    "when a submenu is opened, the heading appears in red "
    Lol. You're right. That's not intentional. That's an artifact from when I try to figure out what the selectors in the default cinnamon template do. Some of them don't work the way you expect them to, so I make the color bright red. I'm supposed to then change the color back, but I obviously missed that one. Thanks to dalcde, that issue has been fixed.

  4. mordant23 says:

    2 years ago

    @bimsebasse Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate constructive criticism because it helps me figure out on which features to concentrate. Feel free to add more comments here, or better yet post the issues on the github.
    Can you give me your Cinnamon version, your distribution (including version) and your fonts? I've noticed that some themes have that jump that you've mentioned occur on older versions of Cinnamon or when certain fonts are used. I don't get the jumps on Cinnamon 1.3.1 on Mint 12.

    " I suggest using the default Cinnamon theme as a template and then apply Orta menu and calendar styling element by element finding the culprits in the process"
    That's a great suggestion and it's exactly the work steps that I took. The red popup submenu that you see is a relic of my process to discover what that property does. That has been fixed in the github. " The gnome shell theme is really cool and I don't understand why you don't just copy everything that can be copied? "At first I thought it would be that easy, but gnome-shell and cinnamon css properties and how the two desktop handles them are different enough that porting a theme is not trivial. When I ported things over from the gnome-shell version to the cinnamon version I wanted to make sure that I made the changes one at a time to make it easier to debug and to understand what changes were made. I've found that the problem with mass copying traits is that it leads to problems when trying to debug. Since I'm also using this as an opportunity to deepen my understanding of cinnamon theming, I also didn't want to just copy thingw willy nilly. The gnome-shell version of Orta also doesn't theme items such as looking glass (lg). At least that's the case on my version of gnome-shell. Do you have suggestions for extensions for gnome shell that would use the on screen keyboard or modal dialogs? I haven't found anything that I can use to test those properties of the gnome-shell extension, so I would love suggestions. Again, thanks for the feedback. If you look at my github, you'll see that the notifications and modal dialogs are on the to do list. I'll add the on screen keyboard as well.

  5. mordant23 says:

    2 years ago

    Sorry about not responding. I had to put this project on the back burner while I was in the home stretch of the job search deadline. Fortunately, the job search is over and I believe that my dabblings with Cinnamon helped seal the deal. Actually, I don't just believe it. I'm certain of it. I would love to say that now that I have a job, I'll be able to pick up this project to and complete it. I've learned over the years though that a new job is a very unpredictable and stressful time to also work on side projects and it's hard to keep promises. With all of that said, I look forward to completing this.

  6. bimsebasse says:

    2 years ago

    - the menu jumps when you hover on categories and the calendar jumps when you change month, this happens when bordered elements aren't aligned with non-bordered elements. I suggest using the default Cinnamon theme as a template and then apply Orta menu and calendar styling element by element finding the culprits in the process. - the popup submenu heading is screaming red (FF0000?) - the font size of the panel and font size of popups are very different and it looks a bit weird and inconsistent (maybe just me!) - the workspace switcher doesn't look orta-ish - the on screen keyboard, modal dialogs and notifications are unstyled (i.e default Cinnamon theme styling) - the original gnome shell theme has gradient panel and popups, it looks better than ungradiented light grey - the panel status buttons ought to have the same selected effect as the panel buttons The gnome shell theme is really cool and I don't understand why you don't just copy everything that can be copied? That'll give you modal dialogs and notifications and lg and on screen keyboard in about 2 minutes.

  7. dalcde says:

    2 years ago

    @glebihan Made a github pull request to solve that problem.

  8. glebihan says:

    2 years ago

    Great theme ! I've noticed one missing style : when a submenu is opened, the heading appears in red (for example, in the volume control applet, when you click on "Launch player" it becomes red). I guess that isn't intentional ;) Apart from that, 5 stars for me too !

  9. mordant23 says:

    2 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I released this even though I consider it still in beta because I wanted to get more experience working in a collaborative, open source environment. Your responses help me focus on what you find important. @Ominara I'm glad you enjoy it. It's been an interesting challenge for me, since it was sparked by a request by someone on Linux Mint's forum. Hopefully you'll like it even more when it's complete. @dalcde Thank you for the fixes. I'll take a look at them. Your comments reminded me that I forgot to add the link for the github issue page for this theme. Those are two issues that were on my plate to fix. The gaps with the panel buttons, i.e. menu, calendar, etc. is a relic from Gnome Shell Orta but it doesn't look good on Cinnamon's panel. Alt-Tab I just haven't gotten to yet. I'll incorporate your fixes later today. @ clem Thanks for the compliment. It means a lot coming from someone who designed a very elegant desktop environment. I'm curious. What bothers you about the popup menus? It'd like to see if there's a way to improve it while staying true to the original Orta theme.

  10. clem says:

    2 years ago

    5 stars from me. It's not 100% complete and I'm not mad about the popup menu styles (within applets content), but the panel and the window list look absolutely fantastic. This theme has a lot of potential, congratulations!

  11. Ominara says:

    2 years ago

    like it... good job

  12. dalcde says:

    2 years ago

    The Alt-Tab switcher also doesn't look good. I edited it so that it is white (with the same gradient as the run dialog). Here's the file: http://pastebin.com/KkSYq4dy

  13. dalcde says:

    2 years ago

    Your theme leaves a huge gap between the menu button and the "Desktop" button (and at other places as well). I've edited the cinnamon.css posted it here: http://pastebin.com/xacgcxXQ

  14. mordant23 says:

    2 years ago

    Oh, and the ppa is correct. The packages are still being built by launchpad. They should be up within a few hours. Again thanks for the feedback. It's important to know so I can improve my workflow.

  15. mordant23 says:

    2 years ago

    Thanks for pointing it out MartinB. That's what you get when you cut and paste without thinking. ;)

  16. MartinB says:

    2 years ago

    Great the theme looks awesome great job!! hehe the ppa you provide in the installation segment is for a different theme, and the command has a litle mistake... xD not a big deal I just wanted to point it out.