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Active tab - how to make it stand out better?

Postby Les on Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:26 pm

I'm using the default theme... and it's hard to tell which tab is active.

How can I make the active tab stand out better among all tabs as in for example Google Chrome?

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Re: Active tab - how to make it stand out better?

Postby tito on Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:50 pm

Quick:
open the file "Packages/Theme - Default/medium_dark_selected_tab_bg.png" with Photoshop and draw two white lines on bottom. ( this is what I use, but with soda theme )

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Find your way with that file, or others from that folder.
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Re: Active tab - how to make it stand out better?

Postby skaet on Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:58 pm

One of the unique features of the new default theme is that tabs are integrated better with the code view, making them appear to be seamless. Adding a white line does make it stand out more but I feel that it goes against the intention of the theme. Try a lighter tab outline instead, with a dimmer outline on the inactive tabs.
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Re: Active tab - how to make it stand out better?

Postby tito on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:20 am

The white line maybe looks bad for someone, but feels comfortable when there is very low light.

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Re: Active tab - how to make it stand out better?

Postby tito on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:22 am

...the new default theme is that tabs are integrated better with the code view....

That if you use the desired colour scheme.
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Re: Active tab - how to make it stand out better?

Postby Les on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:25 pm

tito wrote:Quick:
open the file "Packages/Theme - Default/medium_dark_selected_tab_bg.png" with Photoshop and draw two white lines on bottom. ( this is what I use, but with soda theme )

Image

Slow:
Find your way with that file, or others from that folder.


Thanks for the suggestion... obviously you are very familiar with the product.

I'm surprised that there's a ton of discussion about how the logo should be designed, but something as basic as active tab styling is not addressed.
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Re: Active tab - how to make it stand out better?

Postby Les on Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:48 pm

I see that contrast for selected tabs was improved in the recent release. This is great :)

If I may suggest another small tab improvement... It would be nice if we could open a new tab by clicking a "new tab" icon (with a plus sign), see the picture. For me this would work better than typing Ctrl-n, thx.

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