Old 01-27-2012, 05:22 AM   #1
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Reaper V4 theme: I feel a nagging sensation about the track highlight not being bright enough and having trouble seeing it, even though when I look directly AT it, it seems ok.

The selection highlight should be clear enough that I can see it even if I am not looking at it.

If you make a selection of files in MS or Apple file browser, but then look at a different window on the other side of the screen, the contrast of the selection range in these file browsers can still clearly be felt.

Reaper V4 theme has Light-Shade-of-Gray vs. Lighter-Shade-of-Gray to designate the selection.
Out the corner of my eye, they blur into eachother.

My FR is that the V5 theme has a crisp, clear track-selection highlight.

Thanks for your consideration,
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this would be really good!
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:44 PM   #3
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???
It very clear here - but my monitor Contrast and Brightness settings are turned down (38% and 41%).
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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Hi,

Reaper V4 theme: I feel a nagging sensation about the track highlight not being bright enough and having trouble seeing it, even though when I look directly AT it, it seems ok.

The selection highlight should be clear enough that I can see it even if I am not looking at it.

If you make a selection of files in MS or Apple file browser, but then look at a different window on the other side of the screen, the contrast of the selection range in these file browsers can still clearly be felt.

Reaper V4 theme has Light-Shade-of-Gray vs. Lighter-Shade-of-Gray to designate the selection.
Out the corner of my eye, they blur into eachother.

My FR is that the V5 theme has a crisp, clear track-selection highlight.

Thanks for your consideration,
lum
Hi,

U know this is "easily" changed by u no? Go to Reaper Resource path /Color themes ....Make a copy of The default theme...rename it to include a period before the word "Zip".
Now extract it there as u would any Zip file...U now have a folder and a theme file. 2 of the images in that folder are called....mcp_bgsel.png and tcp_bgsel.png. Those are the images for selected tracks backround in the mixer and the tcp respectivly.

open those .pngs up in gimp or whatever and darken them or change them however...and then save it back to where i t came from..
U can do this while Reaper is still open{so u can see ur results} BUT u have to change or reload the theme once.
Before Reaper i dint even know what a png was...so thats y i call it easy.
if u know graphic stuff, u could make it so a spotlight "shines" on ur selected track.

Tip..if u dont already know^^..In Preferences /Appearence/Theme Editor... at the bottom right is a button called Theme Element finder...in that box u can see a list of all the "pngs" that are used in that theme. Try going thru that list..u may become "hooked"

hope this helps..

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:06 PM   #5
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The track highlighting is ok. It's a compromise in my opinion but it's far from what it should be, which is clear and easy spot.

What good examples of track highlighting from other themes do we have ?
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:14 AM   #6
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This problem is aggravated when track backgrounds are colored: It is impossible to tell if a coloured track is selected just by looking at it in the mixer.

Thus we need a dedicated indicator such as a narrow white band at the bottom of each selected track.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:26 PM   #7
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This problem is aggravated when track backgrounds are colored: It is impossible to tell if a coloured track is selected just by looking at it in the mixer.

Thus we need a dedicated indicator such as a narrow white band at the bottom of each selected track.
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Plz see answer above^^

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Old 05-12-2013, 01:44 PM   #8
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Hi,

Reaper V4 theme: I feel a nagging sensation about the track highlight not being bright enough and having trouble seeing it, even though when I look directly AT it, it seems ok.

The selection highlight should be clear enough that I can see it even if I am not looking at it.

If you make a selection of files in MS or Apple file browser, but then look at a different window on the other side of the screen, the contrast of the selection range in these file browsers can still clearly be felt.

Reaper V4 theme has Light-Shade-of-Gray vs. Lighter-Shade-of-Gray to designate the selection.
Out the corner of my eye, they blur into eachother.

My FR is that the V5 theme has a crisp, clear track-selection highlight.

Thanks for your consideration,
lum
Yep. Even though this is quite an easy fix (if you know how), it is the one aspect of the default theme that rally irks me. Perhaps someone could post a link to an improved version in this thread for easy access?
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:57 PM   #9
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Don't know so much about the mixer but in the arranger view I have found building an empty border around the tcp can be helpful. The tracks appear more separated and the selected track pops a bit better.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:01 AM   #10
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Hi,

Reaper V4 theme: I feel a nagging sensation about the track highlight not being bright enough and having trouble seeing it, even though when I look directly AT it, it seems ok.

The selection highlight should be clear enough that I can see it even if I am not looking at it.

If you make a selection of files in MS or Apple file browser, but then look at a different window on the other side of the screen, the contrast of the selection range in these file browsers can still clearly be felt.

Reaper V4 theme has Light-Shade-of-Gray vs. Lighter-Shade-of-Gray to designate the selection.
Out the corner of my eye, they blur into eachother.

My FR is that the V5 theme has a crisp, clear track-selection highlight.

Thanks for your consideration,
lum
It was my first struggle with Reaper - took an evening to get it usable.

You want the active - now playing items - on each track to be easily spotted.

And which track is the active track as well.

You have to get into color settings which takes a while understanding it all. Some of the additive parameters for color as well finally did the trick for me. Some detective work.

To spot active item allowing a fat colored line on top was helpful for me as well. There is a on/off for that.

I wonder if the default theme really was made by anyone doing recording with Reaper.
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Try this theme
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=118222

but sometimes... I have a green track... selected becomes yellow... this happens also on the default theme.

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Plz see answer above^^

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This should be core functionality, the above answer is not very useful and doesn't work if the track panel background is coloured.
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Don't know so much about the mixer but in the arranger view I have found building an empty border around the tcp can be helpful. The tracks appear more separated and the selected track pops a bit better.
Care to elaborate? Please?

I want something like this but also on my TCPs/MCPs... Is this possible in other themes? Default Analog in my case. I would like to disable the change in brightness to go along with this, as a selected dark red track looks a lot like an unselected light red one. Or maybe tone it down a little anyway. I'd be happy just with the border.


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Old 05-13-2013, 06:53 AM   #14
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Play around with the shading and fill modes to find something you like. I like Unselected to be 0.

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Care to elaborate? Please?

I want something like this but also on my TCPs/MCPs... Is this possible in other themes? Default Analog in my case. I would like to disable the change in brightness to go along with this, as a selected dark red track looks a lot like an unselected light red one. Or maybe tone it down a little anyway. I'd be happy just with the border.

I just went into the default theme file and edited the tcp_*.png files.
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Use a certain program for that? Did it give results kind of like what is shown in the link I posted? Sounds kind of spooky. Theming noob. I'll take a look at what Guido said...

edit- It's all right to leave it at that Amazed. Don't bother unless the answer is easy.

Were you answering me James? Does that stuff affect the TCP/MCP panels? Not home now.

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Were you answering me James? Does that stuff affect the TCP/MCP panels? Not home now.
oh booger.... lol thought you guys were talking about the media, not the track.

I don't use colored track panels, I color the track label. I find colored track panels hideous, except in a few themes.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:47 PM   #18
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I tend to agree concerning the default theme. Shocking vile colors. Don't much care for the gray tracks either. Gives me a headache. It doesn't bother me with Default Analog's black backgrounds.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #19
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I tend to agree concerning the default theme. Shocking vile colors. Don't much care for the gray tracks either. Gives me a headache. It doesn't bother me with Default Analog's black backgrounds.
Also see this.
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.p...06#post1178306
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:25 PM   #20
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All right. Thanks. Maybe I'll try that sometime. That tcp png looks baffling to me. I see there's also some separate files for the number section in TCP and the name section in MCP. Was tempted to try the _xxx trick on those, but chickened out. Some people shouldn't mess around too much. I got my hands full of other difficulties. Undo is driving me nuts about now.

Sorry lum, but I guess this is a discussion thread and different people want different things. Hopefully some day there will be a few more easy to manage options in this department. At least something that could set it off a little regardless of color scheme.
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This is somewhat related. I wondered if anybody would know how to accomplish this:

Is it possible to have something similar to "Big Clock" but instead it displays the name of the selected track? Obviously, I would only want it to display a name if only one track was selected. If more than one track is selected, it could be blank, or something else.

The idea here is to get a Faderport setup with its pan knob quickly selecting different tracks with the name of the selected track showing up nice and clear.
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