[Ardour-Dev] A3 background colours on faders etc.

John Rigg ardev3 at jrigg.co.uk
Sun Mar 17 14:12:37 PDT 2013

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 05:43:44PM +0000, John Rigg wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 05:04:28PM +0000, John Rigg wrote:
> > I'm having problems with eye strain working in Ardour 3 due to the low contrast between the gray
> > backgrounds on faders, clocks, plugin areas etc. and what appears on the foregrounds. Some of
> > these can be changed in the theme manager, but others can't. Is it possible to edit a file
> > to change all these backgrounds from mid-gray to black? If I have to hard code it and recompile,
> > that's an acceptable solution to me. 
> > 
> > To save time is anyone able to point me towards which files need editing?
> > 
> > BTW I have a colour blind colleague who finds this to be a worse problem than I do. He doesn't
> > have the same problem with Ardour 2.
> After poking around in the source code I think I can alter this to my requirements. The comments
> about low contrast and eye strain when working long hours still stand though. Maybe a "Darker"
> theme could be provided in addition to the existing Light and Dark ones, with black backgrounds
> as in Ardour2 (or even 0.99 ;-).

I got it to look like a more sophisticated version of 0.99 just by changing line 10 in
gtk2_ardour/ardour3_ui_dark.rc.in and recompiling.

#@color bg #54555d

Changed to:
#@color bg #000000

It would need further tweaking to make it more usable, but I think it looks kind of cool.
It's probably not to everyone's taste, but at least the fader backgrounds are now black :-)


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