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Old 01-27-2019, 04:28 AM   #184
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Originally Posted by Evan View Post
It should be possible to provide (satisfactory) intermediate scaling options by the devs. Scaling the assets down (200% -> 130%) should be relatively easy to do with good results.
Originally Posted by EvilDragon View Post
...and is already possible.
I'm digging in possible ways of adapting Reaper GUI/themes to my needs (4K 42" monitor). What I did so far:

1. manipulating with global_scale parameter in rtconfig file.

In DefaultCammala5 200% I changed 2.0 to 1.3 .

Some most elements have been scaled down (incl width of tracks in TCP or pan knobs). Other haven't: volume sliders, some fonts. Graphical layout got distorted.

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In Default 5 Dark Extended I added global_scale line = 1.3 (there was no one initially)
Again, some elements were not scaled up, like volume sliders. Pan knobs turned into more square shape. Some things went unaligned.

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In both cases toolbar icons are not scaled.
For unknown reason volume sliders are being not scaled, in addition being moved horizontally out from their position defined by background graphics.

2. I was also playing with "Scale UI elements" option. But it doesn't work for some themes. I did back-to-back comparison, confirmed that this configuration parameter doesn't work when a theme sets the global_scale parameter.

Checking with Default 5 Dark Extended (which has no global_scale set in theme), setting "Scale UI elements" to 1.3 gives the same result (glitches-wise) like adding global_scale =1.3 described above.

At this point I'd like to react on @EvilDragon's response quoted above: what is possible? It seems, that adding global_scale to theme, effectively locks ability to scale the theme down to a user needs. On the other hand, scaling (either using global_scale or preferences option) has serious issues. Then question is, where the root cause lays: in a theme, letting theme creator to improve it, or in Reaper code.

Last edited by MaXyM; 01-27-2019 at 04:36 AM.
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