Old 02-19-2019, 02:14 AM   #1
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Hello, all! Over the past year I have had 4 ideas for themes,
(one of which was not an idea, but a transmutation of another theme),
and I did not like the response on any of my threads for these ideas.
It just seemed like there was not enough interest to keep working.
In the case of my favorite of the themes, 'Quantum', I was getting feedback
like 'Too hard on the eyes', 'Too busy', etc., So I gave up working on
all of these themes and trashed them along with the already finished 4 themes
that are now old and defunct and too outdated to ever upload for fear of shame,
lol. However, I recently got in a theming mood and started working on a new theme,
and I have too much done to quit. I want to work on it while there is ongoing feedback
and FR's in the thread, so I can tailor it to the needs of the many. I will take FR's
that are not super involved, unless it is something that the theme just cannot do
without, then I will try to execute it no matter the difficulty or time consumption.
I have noticed a trend within the last 2-3 years for themes to be primarily 'flat'.
I absolutely love the work that has been done in this regard, and am thinking of adding
'flat' layouts to this theme, but right now, they are but a fleeting thought.
(Maybe when I am closer to finalizing things.)

Having said that, I want to say that the feel of this theme
is admittedly 'throwback'....and since I feel I am releasing
a throwback theme, and since we are within the realm of music,
I thought it clever to call the theme:
'REAPRISE'. The theme uses the 'Rea' prefix for REAPER that so many
themes used to adorn in the hayday of v3 and v4 theming.

I have created (or started to create), a theme that is simple, largely dark.
It is a medium-sized theme and should be viewable on smaller monitors,
Large monitors and TV's (1080p), I am creating @ 1920x1080 on a 32" screen
with another 23" screen running @ 1600x1200 and am forcing things to respond
well to resolutions well below the latter. I do not have 4k functionality.
In the layout menu I will list the screen resolution requirement of each
layout where it may apply. I also plan on having actual global layouts in this theme.

Please tell me what you think and help guide me to make this a theme I can
be proud of, and one that people will actually use from time to time.
Give me advice, examples, criticism, FR's, etc.
I will not get upset at criticism or dislikes, and I will not ignore
suggestions or FR's. Thank you all in advance for everything and I look
forward to working with you in the near future. I will take request for
advance builds for BT purposes when the theme is a bit closer to not being
an eyesore as a whole. The TCP is not started at all.
Here is the work I have done so far:

Full screen transport, full screen mixer, no icons



Left anchored, scaleable transport, full screen mixer, with icons



Floating compact transport, full screen mixer, icons, unfinished medium sized ch. strip, alternate 'iris-style' fxparm knobs, alternate fader caps



All screencaps feature current default mcp layout, tracking layout,
VCA layout, VCA w/ fader layout.
All recording related buttons on the default layout except for 'recarm'
itself are hidden until 'recarm' is clicked. (Cleanliness).
I am using frameshift on the name backgrounds (5 Panel), for normal,
parent, child, last, record.
There are two instances of fxparm knobs, the 'horizontal-bar' type,
and the contracting-expanding 'iris' style box. There is no actual knob
for send boxes yet just the two-part meter. There are a few other doo-dads
here and there, I would like your input for all facets of this product.
I will post updates with fixes, changes, and new layouts asap and wont
disappear. This theme will be finished and posted, so your input will
not be given in vein.

Thank yous all-around!
Never

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Old 02-19-2019, 07:38 AM   #2
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That's a mighty nice theme you have made there. Not too 3d but a little is ok in my book. With nice clear buttons that 'illuminate' when active! I like it very much.

I like things minimalistic. Plain not boring. Uncluttered and easy to see what's active without looking garish. Compact but readable. Can't wait to try it out!
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:02 AM   #3
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That's a mighty nice theme you have made there. Not too 3d but a little is ok in my book. With nice clear buttons that 'illuminate' when active! I like it very much.

I like things minimalistic. Plain not boring. Uncluttered and easy to see what's active without looking garish. Compact but readable. Can't wait to try it out!
Thank you. Will look forward to your thoughts on updates. Yes, I meant 2d not
3d..I guess....maybe not...no......dumb moment. I guess it is somewhat 3d...
just the highlights and shadows, lighting, etc. I am not an artist and do
not have any training in that respect, so I hope if I do something hideous and
out of keeping with the physics or style, people will call me on it.
I hope others will like it, I know the majority of folks here enjoy the flat themes.
Also my graphical skills are not amazing. I will never compete with the White Ties
and Blankfiles and Jrengs, however, I am inspired by their work and my hope
is to build my skills in graphic design and theming in general,
so that maybe eventually I can make something amazing.

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Old 02-19-2019, 09:44 AM   #4
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It's looking great... please finish it soon :-)
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Fantastic colors. I'm colorblind, but this stands out and are very pleasent.

Please continue and I'm willing to pay for it.

Rock On!
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It's a great combination that looks simple and uncluttered. That's my goal, I want something that has the important stuff to hand with ability to reach the stuff rarely used. Most themes try to add too much jazz to make it look smart and stand out more, but personally I prefer the idea that less is more, if done right

You may not be a graphic designer, but you've done an amazing job with your selection of colours and shapes for this theme! Hope you can finish it soon
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:34 PM   #7
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I just wanted to say that is a tremendously nice looking theme Never, top notch. Since you asked I think I prefer the textured faders. Thank you for this great addition to what helps makes Reaper special.
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I just wanted to say that is a tremendously nice looking theme Never, top notch. Since you asked I think I prefer the textured faders. Thank you for this great addition to what helps makes Reaper special.
Thank you very much, so thats +2 now for the Luca textured meters and
+1 for the smooth faders. (There was one vote changed.)
Azimuth, cool name....the great thing about using a DAW like REAPER
is that YOU never need adjusted any more hahaha !!!
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Wow. Amazing is all I can say. Nice job!
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:21 PM   #10
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Never! Nice work! B)
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Hi never
Well out of those two transport graphics, I do like the first very much, but the second is definitely more visible at a glance, so I would have to choose that
Thanks for giving us a choice
Brilliant work!

Also, I think that the textured faders are the best looking.
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:04 PM   #12
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At last, you've created a thread here )

The theme looks good.
I like it when a theme is well-balanced:
informative and compact.
When all the needed tools (e.g. buttons, controls, numbers (values)) are shown,
everything is readable (just enough contrast, neither too high nor too low),
the selected elements draw a bit more attention, but not "crying out loud" bright,
and you get to see many tracks at once
and concentrate on music (or whatever it is you're doing in a DAW) easily
(not being distracted).

So...
When the whole button is lit you can notice it with a corner of your eye.
And when only a dot-spot not even in the center of a button is lit and you have to distinguish the color of the dot (because there's more to it than just lit-unlit) it's a different story. You have to look, maybe readjust your eyes... It's distracting. I'm pro "the whole button lit" style. Except, maybe, for the Transport buttons. Not a dot either, but a pictogram lit-unlit should be enough.

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How about a darker version of the synthetic fader thumb:

Great. It adds to readability (the white horizontal line is what matters if, at some point, there will be a scale beside it).
And if the vertical white (here) line was only below the fader thumb (and maybe seen through the lower part (half) of it up until the horizontal line), it would add to readability, too.
"From afar" a bunch of faders would look like some graphic EQ bands with an accented top. And graphic EQ bands are readable even although they usually don't have an accented top.

Considering the "Master Send Receive" button
If the next colors don't match:
Master and Mute,
Send and Solo,
Receive and Record (Record Arm),
and if the whole buttons Mute, Solo and Record Arm get lit
and only the letters M, S and R for Master, Send and Receive get lit,
then there'll be no need for corresponding dot-spots either.

About this screen shot:


Track number (4) is harder to read, and "Attack... Release..." on track 6 — almost unreadable.

Is it possible to show value on sends not only graphically but in numbers as well?

Shouldn't the pan... circles (which are really bright) be "lit" only up to (or down to) the pointers?

P.S. If you really like that font ("is it an S or a 5?"),
well, I guess I'll have to learn to live with that )
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Hello, all! Over the past year I have had 4 ideas for themes,
(one of which was not an idea, but a transmutation of another theme),
and I did not like the response on any of my threads for these ideas.
It just seemed like there was not enough interest to keep working.
In the case of my favorite of the themes, 'Quantum', I was getting feedback
like 'Too hard on the eyes', 'Too busy', etc., So I gave up working on
all of these themes and trashed them along with the already finished 4 themes
that are now old and defunct and too outdated to ever upload for fear of shame,
lol. However, I recently got in a theming mood and started working on a new theme,
and I have too much done to quit. I want to work on it while there is ongoing feedback
and FR's in the thread, so I can tailor it to the needs of the many. I will take FR's
that are not super involved, unless it is something that the theme just cannot do
without, then I will try to execute it no matter the difficulty or time consumption.
I have noticed a trend within the last 2-3 years for themes to be primarily 'flat'.
I absolutely love the work that has been done in this regard, and am thinking of adding
'flat' layouts to this theme, but right now, they are but a fleeting thought.
(Maybe when I am closer to finalizing things.)

Having said that, I want to say that the feel of this theme
is admittedly 'throwback'....and since I feel I am releasing
a throwback theme, and since we are within the realm of music,
I thought it clever to call the theme:
'REAPRISE'. The theme uses the 'Rea' prefix for REAPER that so many
themes used to adorn in the hayday of v3 and v4 theming.

I have created (or started to create), a theme that is simple, largely dark.
It is a medium-sized theme and should be viewable on smaller monitors,
Large monitors and TV's (1080p), I am creating @ 1920x1080 on a 32" screen
with another 23" screen running @ 1600x1200 and am forcing things to respond
well to resolutions well below the latter. I do not have 4k functionality.
In the layout menu I will list the screen resolution requirement of each
layout where it may apply. I also plan on having actual global layouts in this theme.

Please tell me what you think and help guide me to make this a theme I can
be proud of, and one that people will actually use from time to time.
Give me advice, examples, criticism, FR's, etc.
I will not get upset at criticism or dislikes, and I will not ignore
suggestions or FR's. Thank you all in advance for everything and I look
forward to working with you in the near future. I will take request for
advance builds for BT purposes when the theme is a bit closer to not being
an eyesore as a whole. The TCP is not started at all.
Here is the work I have done so far:

Full screen transport, full screen mixer, no icons



Left anchored, scaleable transport, full screen mixer, with icons



Floating compact transport, full screen mixer, icons, unfinished medium sized ch. strip, alternate 'iris-style' fxparm knobs, alternate fader caps



All screencaps feature current default mcp layout, tracking layout,
VCA layout, VCA w/ fader layout.
All recording related buttons on the default layout except for 'recarm'
itself are hidden until 'recarm' is clicked. (Cleanliness).
I am using frameshift on the name backgrounds (5 Panel), for normal,
parent, child, last, record.
There are two instances of fxparm knobs, the 'horizontal-bar' type,
and the contracting-expanding 'iris' style box. There is no actual knob
for send boxes yet just the two-part meter. There are a few other doo-dads
here and there, I would like your input for all facets of this product.
I will post updates with fixes, changes, and new layouts asap and wont
disappear. This theme will be finished and posted, so your input will
not be given in vein.

Thank yous all-around!
Never
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