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Bored with your Theme already - here’s a way to customise your own courtesy of those nice people at IBM

Gabriella Davis  29 August 2008 12:41:55
Personally I've been living in the 'natural' green Theme since they came out but the font is a bit teeny tiny for me - so thanks to Mary Beth Raven and her team and Qian Liang at IBM who developed the original themes we now have the ability to customise those or create our own from scratch.  The tool you need is called 'CSS Inspector' and it's available via the Widget catalog (category 'Theme Tools") - just install it and you're ready to go.  The CSS Inspector shows you the current stylesheet and lets you make and apply changes on the fly as well and export and import from your own designs.

Surely this calls for a community challenge - I'm just a dull admin but there's plenty of you creative designery types out there to really knock out some cool themes in no time.  If you do you can load them up to the public widget catalog and they'll download to the client preferences of anyone who has installed the existing set (just categorise your widget as 'Theme')*.  

* Anyone need a hand uploading to the public catalog let me know.  For instructions on addiing the original themes to your preferences go here

Comments

1Roland Reddekop  29/08/2008 14:17:11  Looks great but how do I distribute themes

Gabriella,

That is a wonderful tool. I like the live preview function. I see there are 4 main actions (apply, restore, export, and load).

Once you've edited a theme the way you like, I assume you export it as a CSS file. How then would you distribute it to a regular user who does not have this widget?

Is there any documentation on how themes are architected. I see that the original notes.css is now in a jar file and there's another JAR that contains the themes from the Themes widget I downloaded. Just a little more info on how this all works would be great.

2Gary Cousins  29/08/2008 15:05:25  Bored with your Theme already - here’s a way to customise your own courtesy of those nice people at IBM

That's really cool. I like the instant effects, the ability to roll back to the original value and the way each item, when clicked on, highlights the associated GUI element in Notes so you know what you're changing.

3Roland Reddekop  29/08/2008 16:39:54  Cool but not sticky

I concur with Gary, but I'm missing the key nugget of info on how to make it permanent. After I make my lovely changes and click on apply, it all goes away when I restart Notes. I suppose the answer is to export the CSS and manually update some Jar file, but its not clear what the best practices are here.

4Gary Cousins  01/09/2008 07:07:35  Bored with your Theme already - here’s a way to customise your own courtesy of those nice people at IBM

Is it possible to make the changes permanent?