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Animus Themes 02282014-1_Beta by killhellokitty Animus Themes 02282014-1_Beta by killhellokitty
Two versions included; Animus, a black notebook and Animus-b, a gray notebook..
Animus is a gray scale theme, no colors are used except for items such as; links and warnings.  However, Animus may be personalized by tinting it with color.  Animus is designed to be easy on the eyes, and to keep focus on what matters.   The design of Animus is minimalist and flat, for those who are familiar with my other works; this is quite a departure.

This is Beta!

Icons: Plateau 0.2 Icons
Based on the Adwaita theme

  • Gtk2 & Gtk3 Themes
  • Metacity/Mutter Themes
  • Xfwm4 Theme
  • Xfce-Notify Theme
  • Special Apps: Nemo-FileManager Pantheon/Marlin-FileManger Granite Unity SpaceFM

  • gtk-3.10.*
  • gtk-2.24.17(or newer)
  • gtk-engine-unico - latest available version
  • pixbuf-engine or the gtk(2)-engines package
  • gtk-engine-murrine-0.98.2(or newer)
  • gtk-engine-mist
  • gtk-engine-equinox

  • Download Animus Theme package from the top of this page. Unzip the archive, and copy the Animus folder to '/usr/share/themes/' for system-wide installation, or to '~/.themes' for individual use installation.

  • Arch Linux & Manjaro
    Install from Arch Linux AUR
    If using yaourt, type in terminal: yaourt -S animus

To adjust tints and fonts open the theme folder and go to the...
  • gtk-2.0 folder and inside locate the 'gtkrc' file and open with your editor of choice. Scroll down to line #12 (gtk_color_scheme = "user_theme_background_tint:#545454").  Now adjust the hex color code to you choosing. Save, and Log-out & In.
  • gtk-3.0 folder and inside locate the user-colors.css file and open with your editor of choice. The rest should be self explanatory.
  •   It is highly recommended that the color(s) you choose be in the same 'ballpark' as the background color #545454. In other words, a medium color tone.  The color(s) you choose will be mixed down within the theme itself (It will not use the exact color you choose!). 
  • Gnome3 users should alt+F2 and enter 'r' to reload Metacity/Mutter with the tint adjustment.
  • Unity and Metacity2 make things much more difficult.  You would need to physically change the color value within the metacity2.xml.  That Is well beyond the scope of this tutorial.
  • Xfwm4 auto-magically applies the user-tint.  Simple re-select the Animus theme in Appearances.

Experiment and have fun!

02-23-2014 First posting.  Rebuilt the xfwm4 theme it is in version 02242014-2
02-25-2014 Xfce-panel and notify reworked.  Calendar re-themed.  Granite, Pantheon/Marlin-FileManger Themed.
02-26-2014 Second Theme, Animus-b using gray instead of black included.  Worked on the Scale-Sliders.  Hover-Button in Gtk2.  Inline-buttons in Gtk2, they were misaligned.  Scrollbar lightened in Gtk2.
02-28-2014 Minor fixes and clean-up: Epiphay(Web) Gnome-Documents Gnome-Contacts Gedit.

license GPLv3
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zhangyaoxing Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Everything else is perfect except the edge of the on/off switch button has a little bit flaw. I loved this theme a lot. trying to make everything else assort the theme, thunderbird, chrome, etc. It would be very nice if we can have an Animus gnome-shell theme.
Cord7 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Another amazing theme. Excellent , as usual , Many Thanks.
killhellokitty Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, and you are very welcome.
romildo Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
gtk-engine-mist is not distributed as an individual package, but gtk-engines does include it. So I suppose the requirement is gtk-engines, and not gtk-engine-mist, right?
killhellokitty Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Correct, depending on your distribution.  I use Arch and Mist is an individual package.
sbstnblnd Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome! thanks for letting me know! 
killhellokitty Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No problem.
mrneilypops Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Is it possible to get an openbox theme version?
killhellokitty Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I am currently working on the delorean theme.  Maybe after that, I dont really know yet. 
Sorry I couldn't offer a more definitive answer.
mrneilypops Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
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