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New Style Tabs

Postby jps on Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:04 pm

I'm looking to update the visual appearance of the tabs in Sublime. While what's currently there is ok, it's a bit dated in some respects - the 3d effect is a bit overdone.

I can come up with something on my own, but for anyone with an artistic inclination, this is a good time to have a say on the evolution of Sublime Text.

Post any mockups you come up with to this thread. Candidates for change is anything on the tab bar, including both the tabs and the buttons on the right hand side. Feel free to add extra elements onto the tabs themselves, or the tab bar.
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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby vim on Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:24 pm

google chrome style is pretty elegant imo.
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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby mvm on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:16 pm

I'm not an artist at all, but here's my opinion. I agree that almost all controls have too 3d look (because of these gradients, i think). I think that both tab bars and scroolbars can be made flat (like in Intellipad and Intype), so they won't distract.

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Sublime already have status bar that is flat,

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So you can do the same thing with tabs.

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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby SteveCooperOrg on Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:32 pm

I'd be interested to see what comes out of this...

Other people have mentioned Intellipad, which ships with the Microsoft Oslo SDK, and that certainly has some nice visuals. It also uses WPF, which is very skinnable, from what I understand. I don't suppose you're writing on .net managed C++? I'm guessing not.

I think the visuals are a very distinctive aspect of sublime, and they're the reason I'm using it rather than one of the more pedestrian editors. Y'know. Where the name is regex matches /(ultra)?(edit|text|note)(pad|mate|ed)(pro|plus)?/ and they are keen on their grey toolbars.

All this is a long-winded way to say; I have no artistic ability, but I like it pretty ;)
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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby corelon on Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:55 pm


I like the way the whole editor looks. A while back I wrote a post concerning the dependency of the editor on 3D acceleration which kind of amazed me. I know from your recent posts that this might be quite difficult to change without rewriting the UI, so I guess waiting for the evolution of VMs (VMware already supports 3D) can bypass the problem. Other than that I feel that the UI is very pretty the way it is and the dark colors help in not distracting me from the text that I am writing. If anything I would suggest to gradually make the UI easily skinnable so any artistic nature in the user base can modify it and maybe lure us into using their own version.

These were my two cents on the subject


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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby tgkeul on Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:15 pm

I like the way the tabs look now. But if you want to get rid of 3D look please do it like mockup1 from mvm.

I don't like the buttons [X] (cross.png) and [V] (downarrow.png) very much because they are to big. Pleaase make [V] a little smaler, maybe as smal as the slider and make [X] optional. I never use [X], I use the context menu of the tab.

But more important than the elegant look of the editor is for me that it never chrashed since I use it. :D
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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby jps on Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:06 pm

For those that are concerned, I'm not planning on changing the look of the editor as a whole, just freshening up what's there already.

re: themeing system: I'd like to see the theming system made more flexible, but there are other priorities I need to work on first. It won't be happening soon.

also, the close button on the right is optional, you can remove it by editing Application.sublime-options, and setting showCloseButton to false.
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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby tgkeul on Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:31 pm

Ah, I didn't notice the close button option.

And I reduced the size of the buttons in Default.sublime-theme using "size.tabMiniButtonSize 16"
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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby myel on Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:42 pm

Take a look at Safari 4 on Windows, it seems like they copied (and improved?) your tabs :).

(i would like sublime to have an safari-like color scheme black/grey/silver. that would look very slick)
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Re: New Style Tabs

Postby eric1235711 on Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:29 pm

I love Sublime's tabs! I can't even imagine what could make it better.

I just can think of "sliding" effect when dragging (like Chrome). But that's only eye-candy.
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