HakiControlLook (how to add to Haiku as shared lib)?


#1

The theme with the gradient on the buttons, the menu in Haiku looks great with the default colors. But with some colors the gradient interferes.
I made a HakiControlLook based on HaikuControlLooks without a gradient.

TestHaiku_FlatControls

This can be clearly seen if you assign CDE colors.

HakiControlLook_flat

If I want to change the display of controls globally (set HakiControlLook), then you need to rebuild the libbe library and replace HaikuControlsLook. Is there any other way now?


#2

Unfortunately, there is no way to change themes on the fly in a preference. That is something that still needs to be implemented.


#3

There’s a TODO in libbe about doing this. Patches happily accepted. I meant to do it some time ago but then got caught up in other things, and I probably won’t get back to it anytime soon…


#4

Yes the plan was to load other ControlLooks as add-ons I think, shouldn’t be too hard to patch.


#5

At least it’s definitely simpler now than it used to be in BeOS, I remember having to patch function prologues, that was really hacky :wink:
For the rest you can use the ThemeManager, and check existing themes :smiley:


#6

It would be great to add addon feature as soon as possible.
I like what Haiku looks like, but I would like to make my ControlLook addon.


#7

Well, for now you can start working on a ControlLook by just replacing be_control_look global variable before creating any BWindows in your own application.


#8

Doesn’t look that much involved, at least for a basic API to change it. Later we can still add a fancier one with enumerator like the decorator one.


#9

Great advice. It’s very easy to test own controls.

HakiGameMDecor2


#10

Oh, I see Dano0 in here! :smiley:


#11

Cool, so you have some material to play there: https://github.com/mmuman/skinobe until we add proper addons.


#12

Btw, I just made a first implementation of ControlLook add-on support. It’s very basic but should be enough for now. Should probably be merged quite soon.


#13

Great news. I will wait for merge with the main branch and a simple addon example.


#14

Maybe a bit off topic, but do you know what the “Shine” does in color prefs? Doesn’t seems to be used. I would love to change all the gradient (bezels) so you can configure a flat look in haiku.


#15

You can give a look at https://dev.haiku-os.org/ticket/5293#comment:22 and https://dev.haiku-os.org/ticket/5293#comment:20


#16

You should now be able to load ControlLook addons properly.
It won’t change live yet, but newly launched apps will use them.
Also, you might still need some private headers, I didn’t check if we ship them outside the source tree yet.


#17

Great job!
I wanted this. Thanks.

It work in night haiku build.


#18

Who does not know, you need to put haiku_extra.hpkg to select other ControlLook. There is already an example of “BeControlLook” with a menu without a gradient.

I’m still training on a simple CDE style. While only buttons are ready.

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#19

It’s just the Be ControlLook that is in the extra package, you can add others in your own packages.


#20

And in non-packaged too, I guess?