Old 01-27-2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hi, this is my dark version of the v5 default theme. It has the same functionality and layouts as the original theme, if you color your tracks, the color is more visible. It's just dark.

Latest update: 04/14/2017
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There are 2 versions now:The Themes are available via ReaPack.

Here are some differences I want to mention:
This has changed:
- if you use the "Dual Pan"-Mode, the color of the right channel is red, the left channel is blue, according to the other pan colors
- the Transport Play/Pause buttons: if stopped, they are "unlit", if on/pause is active, they are "lit"
- the meters are 3-color-style (green/yellow/red)

This has been added:
- Separators in the arrange window and the mixer (Extended only)
- a layout named "Standard bottom" for the Transport Bar, which can be useful when you have the Transport Bar docked at the bottom of the main window. This layout adds a little space below the Play Buttons.
- a drum toolbar button for the MIDI Editor. If you use the "Named Notes Mode" for drums and want a drum icon there, you can take this one.

There is yet a drum icon in REAPER, but since v5.22 there is a nice frame around these Mode-Icons in the MIDI Editor. I added this frame to that toolbar icon, it looks like this:

To use that toolbar button in other themes you have to copy it into your "toolbar_icons"-folder, which can be found under:
Options => Show REAPER resource path in explorer/finder... => Data => toolbar_icons.
You can download it here. (Right click => Save as...)

Change Log:
05/20/2016
- Updated to v5.20 (added new master track layouts)
- minor tweaks in the tcp (if you minimize a folder, the single child tracks are better visible)
- if one of them is selected, there is a little white indication where normally the meter is

07/28/2016
- Updated to v5.22 (added preview)
- some changes as mentioned above

10/03/2016
- some little corrections, added modified midi_note_colormap

12/09/2016
- fixed some png details in MIDI-Editor, changed offline text color

04/14/2017
- reworked colormap for the MIDI-Editor, some changes in the track list of the ME and also the requested separators (Extended version).

That's it, hope you like it!


OVERVIEW: (click picture for full size)


MIXER: (click picture for full size)


ARRANGE AND TCP with "Standard bottom" (click picture for full size)


MIDI-EDITOR (click picture for full size)

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Old 01-27-2016, 12:53 PM   #2
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Hey, this is cool!! Thanks for sharing.
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Another great theme thanks.
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Hey - this is pretty nice. I like it a lot. Thanks.

But I found a lil' bug.

I have Ed's color toolbar installed.

A.) When the mouse pointer crosses a color buttun, I'm getting these little white outlines around the buttons over which the mouse has passed over.



B.) This only happens in full-screen mode.

I'll still use it though, even if this never gets rectified. Because, well, gosh darn it, I just like it.

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But I found a lil' bug.

I have Ed's color toolbar installed.

A.) When the mouse pointer crosses a color buttun, I'm getting these little white outlines around the buttons over which the mouse has passed over.
B.) This only happens in full-screen mode.

Thank you, glad you like it! I installed ED's toolbar and I'm sorry, I can't reproduce the bug. I had to match it to german language first and it works.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:18 PM   #6
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Thank you for the theme! It's even better than original one. I advise you to include my midi note colormap to your theme, because it looks great with dark themes. This is a preview: http://stash.reaper.fm/v/21758/Untitled-1.jpg

And this is the colormap: http://stash.reaper.fm/v/21749/midi_note_colormap.png .
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Old 01-29-2016, 04:48 AM   #7
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Vitalker, thank you! For my private use, I use the colormap from the Circus theme by hopi (http://stash.reaper.fm/theme/1059/CIRCUS%206.0.rar), but I wanted to keep some things close to the original theme. This makes it less insecure for guys who are new to Reaper, if they toggle between the original theme and this one.
But I will check yours immediately, I know your mod of Commala4
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Old 01-29-2016, 05:48 AM   #8
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Absolutely love it - thanks!

Is there any way I can get an 'empty space' folder like this... ?

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Old 01-29-2016, 09:29 AM   #9
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Thank you, glad you like it! I installed ED's toolbar and I'm sorry, I can't reproduce the bug. I had to match it to german language first and it works.
Hey! Today it's fine. (???)

Don't get it... don't care. All is well.

Thanks again for this.

There's no bugs like no bugs.

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Old 01-29-2016, 10:02 AM   #10
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Thanks for sharing your work - looks great
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Old 01-29-2016, 11:55 AM   #11
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But I will check yours immediately, I know your mod of Commala4
Pet, thank you too! I appreciate your warm words! I'm not braging, but my note colourmap is really great for dark themes, maybe it's even the best for this kind of themes.
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Old 01-31-2016, 02:38 AM   #12
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Hey! Today it's fine. (???)
Good! Did you find the reason for that or is it one of the mystic Windows surprises?
Btw, forget the language thing, just forgot to import the keymap...

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Old 02-11-2016, 02:41 PM   #13
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Default edit the track layout

I love it but the flatted color track is better....
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:12 PM   #14
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Sorry, what do you mean by "flatted color track"?
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:37 PM   #15
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Nice work!
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:09 AM   #16
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Updated to v5.20 (see first post)
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:32 PM   #17
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Hey, thanks a lot for sharing this.
It looks great in the eyes from the first moment.

And since the functionality is the same as the original, i think i will stick to it.


And these red and yellow colors in the tracks(mute, solo, etc), they are beautiful.
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Pet - So... obviously I haven't been paying attention to this thread for awhile.

Here's the deal. I just downloaded 5.20. And the problem is still there - but I have some additional details for you:

It does the 'funny graphics thing' on any menu at the top of the screen - not just 'Ed's Toolbar'.

This is me just moving the mouse cursor over the menu bar - no buttons pushed:


BUT... it only does it when REAPER is full screen on my 2560 x 1440 monitor; No problem at all full-screen on my 1920 x 1200.

It's no big deal, but I know how you guys want to see to it that everything's perfecto. And god luv ya' for it.

And thanks for the great work. Really nice theme mod.
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Old 05-21-2016, 06:18 PM   #19
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??????????????????????
ReaperMadness - honestly, I don't have any idea where this comes from. I really want to know what happens there.
When you first reported this in post #4, I checked it with my stuff but the highest resolution I can test are my 17" 1280x1024 monitors connected to a nvidia geforce 660GTX, Win10Pro 64bit. I also looked at it on my old XP-machine with my TV (32" 1920x1080VGA on a ATI Rage 128) - please no comments about my TV! . Looked at it with Reaper in several sizes (full, docked L/R etc.)
All OK, no graphic issues. I suspected the toolbar buttons first, I also have - like you - some RADO buttons in use without any problems.

Hm.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:42 AM   #20
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Awesome job Pet!!! looks awesome!!
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Old 06-22-2016, 12:57 AM   #21
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Love the theme - and I'm currently using it - thank you very much for the hard work!

Question about 2 things:

1) could it be modified where the "gridlines" are a little brighter and more visible?

2) could the background in the mixing panel be made to "alternate" with a lighter shade of gray with every other track?!? (like the original default theme - every other track is either slightly lighter or darker than the track above or below it...)

Thanks again for making a great theme !!!
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Hello OldSchoolDJ,
I'm glad that you like it and use it!

To answer your questions:
1) You can modify the gridlines to your taste with the tweak/configuration window and with help of the element finder. You can find them in the actions window. Search for "theme...".
Run both of them. In the element finder activate "Highlight selected colors..." and in the "Find color" dropdown menu scroll down to "grid...". The one you choose will then be highlighted with a pink color in the tweaker window. Click that pink bit and choose another color.

2) I do not exactly understand what you mean by that. Are you talking about the highlighting of the selected track in the mixer? This can be done by modifying a png that's packed within the theme itself.
Maybe a screenshot could be helpful.

I hope I could help you a bit, let me know how it is going.
Currently I'm working on this theme again, cause I'm not satisfied at all how I tweaked the meters.
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:35 AM   #23
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Thank you so much for the help!!!!!

I started with your advice about the gridlines and using the tweaker / element finder. Once I learned how to use those tools - I figured out how to change the track backgrounds the way I wanted them too. Looking through everything on the list - I just slightly changed the background color of EVEN tracks - and that way they were a little more defined across the screen by being a slightly lighter shade of grey / black. I just wanted a very subtile "striping" effect across the screen where it was easier for my eyes to pick out which track I was on.

Again - thank you so much for your help!!! Great theme - great advice - great education about how more stuff works in Reaper !!!


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I'm glad that you like it and use it!

To answer your questions:
1) You can modify the gridlines to your taste with the tweak/configuration window and with help of the element finder. You can find them in the actions window. Search for "theme...".
Run both of them. In the element finder activate "Highlight selected colors..." and in the "Find color" dropdown menu scroll down to "grid...". The one you choose will then be highlighted with a pink color in the tweaker window. Click that pink bit and choose another color.

2) I do not exactly understand what you mean by that. Are you talking about the highlighting of the selected track in the mixer? This can be done by modifying a png that's packed within the theme itself.
Maybe a screenshot could be helpful.

I hope I could help you a bit, let me know how it is going.
Currently I'm working on this theme again, cause I'm not satisfied at all how I tweaked the meters.
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Old 06-23-2016, 04:52 AM   #24
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You are welcome, I'm glad that you found what you wanted!

I was not shure if you meant the mixer or the arrangement window.

What I forgot to mention is that you have to save the theme after you made the changes...but I guess you figured that out.

As you've seen you can change a lot with that tweak/configuration window.
Btw this gives you the possibility to play around with the tweaker and do crazy things with it just for fun and to learn what is what... as long as you don't save it. Close that configuration window without saving and reload the theme and all is back to normal.

Have fun!
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Hi all,
updated to v5.22 (see first post)
New description to clarifiy what's expecting you.
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Old 08-16-2016, 09:06 AM   #26
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Hello. Would you like to use my colourmap?
Here is the original from the theme and the next screenshot uses my colourmap:




Here is the full rainbow:
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:33 PM   #27
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Hi vitalker,

I confess, I am torn. Your colormap is really cool (I love the gradients) and I tried it the last time you wrote here.
There is one thing that makes me hesitate: I am used to the attribute that something I select is more visible than the unselected. This concerns not only the midi editor, this concerns also tracks, items and so on.
This is what I am used to, my personal workflow (it's hard to make a "I" better visible to underscore it ).
Your colormap is exactly inverted to this (my) habit if I remember correctly. I thought about reverting this but that seemed not that easy (for me) to do. It would take me hours and at the moment I'm a little busy with other things.

But for those who want to change the colormap, there's a solution for this:
In REAPER you can select any colormap you want. (@vitalker, I'm aware you know this but this is for the rest of the world )
How to 1:
In the midi editor => view => color notes by => Load color map from file... => choose a colormap you like
How to 2:
In the preferences go to => MIDI Editor => Default note color map => Browse...

So this is a way for everyone to use his favorite colormap.
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Ahahaha. Sorry. Really I wrote to this thread some time ago.
Ok. What do you mean by inverted? If you can explain, I'll try to make a new colormap.
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:14 AM   #29
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Haha...
But that shows your sense is stable.

By "invert" I meant - and your first two screenshots show it:
Screenshot 1: original: the selected notes are highlighted
Screenshot 2: yours: the selected notes are dark

If you want to change that in a new colormap, go ahead!
Probably I will use it in my "private" theme .

For this mod of the theme I decided not to change too much as I wrote in post #7:
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...but I wanted to keep some things close to the original theme. This makes it less insecure for guys who are new to Reaper, if they toggle between the original theme and this one.
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Ok, got it. You mean selected notes should look like unselected and vice versa?
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:49 PM   #32
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Thank you, will try asap!
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:21 AM   #33
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This is absolutely great. Using it with my win10 dark theme and its all fine, i just changed the vertical bars colors for measures starts, as it was barely visible here.
Thank for the effort, hope this will be "maintained" if it needs to be.

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Thank you geoslake,
I'm pleased you like it.
I am watching if there are changes happening in the default theme and add that. I'm also pondering about making an "extended" version with separators, colored faders and some more layouts, but at the moment I'm alas a little busy with other things.
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Old 09-11-2016, 01:38 PM   #35
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Nice work...My default theme since now!
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Thank you Danihell, I'm glad you like it!
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Hi,
today I uploaded a "new" version with some small color corrections. The edit cursor in the MIDI Editor is now colored the same way as in the arrange window.
And I made some changes to the tracklist colors in the MIDI Editor.

There's a modified midi-note-colormap too.

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Old 11-22-2016, 01:14 AM   #38
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Thanks again for this. Looking great overall, I just changed the timeline font, dont understand your choice there as your font really looks out of place to my eyes (im using Verdana) but its a matter of taste I guess
Also made the cursors a bit thicker.
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Hi geoslake, I appreciate that you still like it.

It's the same font as in the default, but I changed the color a tiny little bit.

In Preferences => Appearance: try to selected "Faster text rendering (reduces antialiasing).

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Old 03-27-2017, 11:17 AM   #40
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Default Love this theme.....

My favorite theme on REAPER. Thank you!

I'd love to see a track and mixer panel that's just blank.... no controls or meters. Something to separate sections in the arrangement window and mixer.
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