What is this Azurra framework you might ask? It's our in-house development pack to easily create and maintain themes using SCSS. Now everything's ported, but there's a lot of optimisations to do, so we'll attack thos next.
We also added a couple of themes:
- Windows Phone 8.1 Dark
- Windows 10 Acrylic (previously Mobile)
- Windows 7 (previously Se7en, now has a GTK theme)
So university isn't so bad after all.
The theme we were charged woth making has been shipped, and we recycled the SCSS framework we developped to bring some much needed updates to our theme lineup. As of today, the following themes have been ported to the Azurra framework:
What's new is that the SCSS aspect allows for dynamic linking between themes. For example, all XP themes could share the same file for theming a widget (ex. buttons).
When all themes will have been migrated, we're planning on creating a tool for easy theme creation (kind of like oomox).
Themes will be updated on opendesktop.org, but we're going to revamp the website soon after.
There has been some changes in the direction the project will now be taking.
Also, our lead developer leaves for university, and we're uncertain of his capacity to continue development. Our other developers have also taken their distances from the project. It's not looking good, but we'll try our best to keep this amazing project (at least) up and (hopefully) running.
Thanks to all of you for your support.
We're on fire! In the past few weeks, we've added even more themes, pushing our theme count past 50! Here's what new:
Now we will focus on maintaining and fixing some bugs and port B00merang Themes to GTK 3.22, so no new themes planned for the next few months.
Time for the monthly update!
First of all, as many of you noticed, we have released 4 of the 6 themes we promised last year. The iOS 4, Windows 8.1 Metro, Windows Server 2012 and Solaris 11 Nimbus themes are ready to be downloaded! We hope to release the BeOS R5/Haiku and Solaris 10 Blueprint themes in the coming months.
Second, we had an intensive update program that aimed to fix bugs and enhance previously released themes to leverage them for the (now released) Ubuntu 18.04 LTS platform.
Third, we have bundled Gnome-shell themes to a number of previously Cinnamon-only themes (Windows XP, OS X/Mac OS X, iOS).
Last, we're planning on two new themes released with or before the BeOS/Solaris 10 themes.
Thanks to all for your support, and see you next month!
Hello to all,
We've made some changes to the website. Some themes are gone, others are put on hold, other get their own webpages (at last!)
We also made changes to the download method. Preivously, files were downloaded from the Github repository (we'll add a link to each theme should you want to see it on Github). Now, you'll be redirected to opendesktop.org where you'll find the download button to the right of the window. On press, you will be presented a list of related themes, and you'll have to manually select which option you want. Here is an example. I'm trying to download the Longhorn Jade theme:
Why the change? Maintenance. We will now regularly update our opendesktop themes and will not have to manually tweak every link on a new release.
Hope you don't notice the change too much. If you find it too complex or want to suggest changes, please do so in the contact page.
New versions of our macOS themes are available. Please note: most fixes and enhancements concern the GTK 3.20+ versions
Next up for updates are the Windows 10 themes.
Also, we've had some changes on our roadmap:
- No SCSS yet
- Arc-based themes are dead. Complexity killed the project before it even started
- Current codebase recieved serious patching, so may still be good enough for some time
- New themes are stand by (still)
Hope you haven't waited too long.
See you next month
The B00merang Project has some very interesting changes coming in for (hopefully) 2018!
First off, we will move from our current maintenance status and get back at developing! We will start using a new method of building themes (the MTAC pack is therefore abandoned) that will allow a new transparent and hierarchical way of adding and sharing code between themes, therefore making corrections & improvements much faster!
Second, as a result of our previous statement, we will release a brand new theme, named Fresh. It will be the base of all our other themes, so we will put a lot of work to make it a nice and clean theme.
Third, the theme poll results will finally be used to create the themes you guys have voted for! All themes will be made eventually, the poll only decides which ones will come first.
More changes could come as a result of all these changes, but nothing is set in stone. Meanwhile, we invite you to discover our themes and vote for which theme should be next! (results will be posted December 1st)
The B00merang Project is still online even if we have not posted news or updated themes for some time. The issue here is we're short on time and the SASS port will need a complete rewrite of the themes before even starting the port.
Just a small reminder, the Next theme poll is still open, vote for your favorite theme that we'll create!
Small announcement in our planning: we're stopping development on MTAC and will be switching to SASS/SCSS for quicker and easier compilation and updates. This will also allow for enhanced code portability between our 34 (that's right!) themes.
For the next 1-2 weeks our efforts will be focused on adapting what's already available to SCASS and, if possible, add some tweaks and fix some bugs.