Old 07-22-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default Best DARK THEME for Reaper (Windows 7)

I just wanted to share this because i must have died and go to heaven

After struggling with Reaper GUI for several years i think i found the perfect combination to make Reaper look its best.

The Reaper theme used is based of Apple Logic 10.0 GUI which is in my opinion the slickest DARK GUI i have seen in any program ever.

But even if you dont care about Apple this GUI is simply gorgeous DARK THEME to work in and most importantly it "gets out of your way"

I Logic Free.ReaperThemeZip by Blankfiles
https://stash.reaper.fm/theme/1835/I...ReaperThemeZip

My modded version with some minor tweaks
https://stash.reaper.fm/theme/2177/I...ReaperThemeZip

This Reaper Theme will take you 75% along the way. But using DARK THEME on its own with Reaper still leaves some controls bright because they are controlled by OS not Reaper.

So this Reaper Theme is perfectly complemented by DARK Windows 7 theme that turns the *remaining* 25% of GUI dark

Viewlix by barbiturikK
https://www.deviantart.com/barbituri...wlix-420986331

Windows Theme Instructions:
1) First install this http://www.upload.ee/files/3593995/U...tcher.zip.html
2) Download Viewlix theme and copy content of "theme" to -->> C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
3) In windows right click Desktop > Personalize > "viewflix" (optionally reboot to *completely* reload windows with new theme)

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When you combine I Logic Free.ReaperThemeZip and Viewlix windows theme - your Reaper turns into the slickest, completely dark DAW

Couple more fine tunnings:

F11 (Full Screen) to have complete edge-to-edge dark theme
Set windows Taskbar to "Auto-hide the taskbar", "Use small icons", "Always combine, hide labels"
Instead of taskbar use Alt-Tab to switch between Arrange window and all your floating (unpinned) VST windows - very elegant

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below is fullscreen (F11) screenshot of my modded version + Viewlix windows 7 theme

it looks gorgeous on a 30" display (2560 x 1600 px)



EDIT:

OK i just retrospectivelly found out ive been using Free (but limited) version of the "I Logic" theme (called "I Logic Free" that i found on Reaper Stash) - i found it on Reaper Stash FIRST and didnt realise there is a FULL version available by DONATION

So everybody go here https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=163579

DONATE AND GET THE FULL VERSION OF "I Logic" THEME (without my mods since it would be unethical for me to post the FULL VERSION of the theme anywhere)

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Old 07-22-2018, 02:21 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:03 PM   #3
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Hey rvrv

This looks awesome! Thanks for taking the time to post this as I'm a dark theme guy myself and I always wanted to theme windows 7 dark but some of the methods looked pretty sketchy so I never did. Question about loading the theme after installing it in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, how does the theme load? Should I reboot after the install for the theme to take effect?

Thanks again for the theme tweaks, tips and links.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:44 PM   #4
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a) Click on "Options" in the Menu Bar, on top of Reaper's Arrange window.
b) Choose "Themes"
c) Choose iLogic Free Theme.

Outcome:
Reaper will now load the iLogic Free Theme.

Hope this helps !
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:52 PM   #5
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Hey rvrv

This looks awesome! Thanks for taking the time to post this as I'm a dark theme guy myself and I always wanted to theme windows 7 dark but some of the methods looked pretty sketchy so I never did. Question about loading the theme after installing it in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, how does the theme load? Should I reboot after the install for the theme to take effect?

Thanks again for the theme tweaks, tips and links.

Cheers Doc Brown i edited original post and added

3) In windows right click Desktop > Personalize > "viewflix" (optionally reboot to *completely* reload windows with new theme)

Personally i never saw Reaper look THIS GOOD The original theme I Logic Free.ReaperThemeZip by Blankfiles is a MASTER PIECE !!! (kudos to Apple for crafting such balanced look in Logic 10.0)

You can use my modded version (2nd link) as i keep tweaking the ORIGINAL ("I Logic Free") by Blankfiles whenever i find any conflict with the vieflix windows theme or what seems to be minor Reaper v5.x compatibility issue or simply few cosmetic graphic changes

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Old 07-22-2018, 11:10 PM   #6
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One bug i found (not sure what causes it if Reaper, Windows or the Themes) sometimes when you F11 (FullScreen) for the first time, the Reaper Main Menu font turns black and is unreadable on dark grey background - FIX just pres F11 to reload the FullScreen mode and you are good to go until next reboot of PC - you only have to do it once per reboot... not a biggie, i can live with that
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Old 07-22-2018, 11:25 PM   #7
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OK i just retrospectivelly found out ive been using Free (but limited) version of the "I Logic" theme (called "I Logic Free" that i found on Reaper Stash) - i found it on Reaper Stash FIRST and didnt realise there is a FULL version available by DONATION

So everybody go here https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=163579

DONATE AND GET THE FULL VERSION OF "I Logic" THEME (without my mods since it would be unethical for me to post the FULL VERSION of the theme anywhere)

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Old 07-23-2018, 07:02 AM   #8
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Is there any way to increase the side of TCP fonts? The track names look really small on my screen.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:43 AM   #9
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a) Click on "Options" in the Menu Bar, on top of Reaper's Arrange window.
b) Choose "Themes"
c) Choose iLogic Free Theme.

Outcome:
Reaper will now load the iLogic Free Theme.

Hope this helps !
Warm Regards.

Hi vanhaze.

I was asking how to load the windows 7 theme in windows once installed.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:49 AM   #10
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1) First install this https://www.upload.ee/files/3593995/...tcher.zip.html
2) Download Viewlix theme and copy content of "theme" to -->> C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
3) In windows right click Desktop > Personalize > "viewflix" (optionally reboot to *completely* reload windows with new theme)
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:39 AM   #11
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1) First install this https://www.upload.ee/files/3593995/...tcher.zip.html
2) Download Viewlix theme and copy content of "theme" to -->> C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
3) In windows right click Desktop > Personalize > "viewflix" (optionally reboot to *completely* reload windows with new theme)

Yup. I got it installed before work and it seems to be working awesome. I'll have to have a look around when I get home.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:47 AM   #12
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Dark Theme for Windows 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyx1Bs-aCi0&t=79s
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Old 07-23-2018, 11:49 AM   #13
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Great !!!

If you like the free version of the theme "I Logic Free"

Consider donating and purchasing the FULL VERSION "I Logic v1.9" - i already did currently waiting for donwload link from author...
https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=163579
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Great !!!

If you like the free version of the theme "I Logic Free"

Consider donating and purchasing the FULL VERSION "I Logic v1.9" - i already did currently waiting for donwload link from author...
https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=163579
I use another Dark Theme so I only was just curious of how he did the dark Windows them
But I'm always interested in the next Reaper theme to dig into
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I think iam set I think anyone will have hard time finding better looking and more complete themes than those crafted by Blankfiles or albertxxxx... their themes seem to be the all-time most popular around...

I was using various Pro Tools themes from albertxxxx before for quite some time - not becuase iam particular fan of protools but because Avid created pretty usable GUI...

But GUIs from Apple are on another level compared to the rest of the market (MacOS 9, OSX, iOS, Logic, FinalCut), so elegant, so unobtrusive and easy on eyes... so iam glad i can get so close with "I Logic Free" theme (and hopefully even closer with the FULL VERSION of the theme

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Old 07-24-2018, 12:13 AM   #16
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Functionality-wise I don't think anything beats the default Reaper theme, but I might be wrong. Anyway that's why I really like this theme: https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=202903

It's Reaper in the Mass Effect universe
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:04 AM   #17
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For me is Hydra.
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:31 PM   #18
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Hydra is a really nice theme. It was the first one I tried out after the default. I like what he did with the transport on Hydra.
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Really cool. Especiallt Tcp is better than Hydra. I love it. Maybe more layout would be nice.
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Old 07-30-2018, 02:20 PM   #20
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I think iam set I think anyone will have hard time finding better looking and more complete themes than those crafted by Blankfiles or albertxxxx... their themes seem to be the all-time most popular around...

I was using various Pro Tools themes from albertxxxx before for quite some time - not becuase iam particular fan of protools but because Avid created pretty usable GUI...

But GUIs from Apple are on another level compared to the rest of the market (MacOS 9, OSX, iOS, Logic, FinalCut), so elegant, so unobtrusive and easy on eyes... so iam glad i can get so close with "I Logic Free" theme (and hopefully even closer with the FULL VERSION of the theme

I found a show stopper for me if it is indeed a bug. When I try to enlarge plugin's with resizable gui's such as Valhalla reverbs the window will not enlarge but I can drag the corner to make it smaller. If I can't make the gui's larger than that is a no go for me. I'll have to try other plugins to see if it's just Valhalla that won't enlarge.
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Inquasar Dark Matter v.1.0 for me

https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=202903
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no this one is the best

https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=214041



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Old 07-22-2019, 05:33 AM   #23
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I did a darker mod on Albert's Pro Tools theme and then started using the Penumbra dark theme for Windows 10. Great combo for me. Reaper looks amazing with dark menus.
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