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Old 30. Nov 2010, 01:52 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Do you have Emerald theme manager installed yet?
Apparently not. I typed Emerald in the software manager and came up with a theme but not something called "Emerald Theme Manager". Is this what I need to install?

I found this site and I tried the copy/paste but it didn't appear to do anything...

http://www.pcmoder.com/Forum/index.php?topic=46.0
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Apparently not. I typed Emerald in the software manager and came up with a theme but not something called "Emerald Theme Manager". Is this what I need to install?http://www.pcmoder.com/Forum/index.php?topic=46.0
Try the lower case emerald and see what happens.
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Under Preferences, I now have Emerald Theme Manager. I've downloaded 3 themes. When I go to "Preferences" and "Emerald Theme Manager" I can see the 3 themes, but not any kind of button to "apply the theme".

I've also followed MC's advice about finding the properties of Claws Mail but I can't for the life of me figure out how to add it to Cairo. I tried adding to my "Mail" applet that is already there, but can't figure that out either.

I apologize for being such a newb.

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Try the lower case emerald and see what happens.
I found it under lowercase "emerald" and it is installed. However, I cannot find it listed on my start menu other than under preferences. Once I go into the Emerald preferences, I see 3 themes that I've downloaded, but no apparent way to "apply" the theme.
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Under Preferences, I now have Emerald Theme Manager. I've downloaded 3 themes. When I go to "Preferences" and "Emerald Theme Manager" I can see the 3 themes, but not any kind of button to "apply the theme".

I've also followed MC's advice about finding the properties of Claws Mail but I can't for the life of me figure out how to add it to Cairo. I tried adding to my "Mail" applet that is already there, but can't figure that out either.

I apologize for being such a newb.



I found it under lowercase "emerald" and it is installed. However, I cannot find it listed on my start menu other than under preferences. Once I go into the Emerald preferences, I see 3 themes that I've downloaded, but no apparent way to "apply" the theme.
Just clicking on the theme should change to it instantly so long as the "emerald --replace" command has been activated first.

With Cairo, first just have a look at the icons presented by default and delete any you don't want (right-click, "remove this launcher", and then hit the green tick). You can modify these to point to something else but it's maybe easier to make new ones to start with.

To create a new launcher right click on the dock hit "add" then "add a custom launcher". When the config window opens type the name of the program (as you want it to appear) where it says New Launcher, and then type the command to launch it where it says "your command". Leave the MainDock path alone at the bottom unless you're creating sub-docks or extra docks, but this can come later if you ever need it.

Now all you're left with is to define the icon image file path for it to display in the dock.
This is what I've done because I've found it the easiest, and also these icons to be the best I've seen.

Download this icon file and extract it somewhere - I just created a sub folder in "Home", "Themes" for "Icons".

http://tiheum.deviantart.com/art/Faenza-Icons-173323228

In here you will find most of the icons already for the programs you need (Apps) or if one doesn't exist you can use the icon from something else to suit. Just click the "open" alongside "image's name or path" in the Cairo window and navigate to the icon you wish to use.

Presumably you've already found out how to move the dock position and change the size of the icons but if not let me know. You can also reduce the mouseover area sensitivity so you don't get too much text shadow when you move from icon to icon which I find a useful feature.

If you're wondering why you're seeing this now, it's because shopping has been deferred until Saturday now Another catastrophe at the University requires my wife's presence so this morning is no longer free
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Old 30. Nov 2010, 07:57 AM   #55 (permalink)
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Under Preferences, I now have Emerald Theme Manager.

I found it under lowercase "emerald" and it is installed. However, I cannot find it listed on my start menu other than under preferences. Once I go into the Emerald preferences, I see 3 themes that I've downloaded, but no apparent way to "apply" the theme.
This is where it should be - see my other post.
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Thanks a lot for this detail which is helping me now to understand a bit more about what these components are and what they do
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Just clicking on the theme should change to it instantly so long as the "emerald --replace" command has been activated first.
Neither does it work for me. Have Compiz, CompizConfig Settings Manager and Emerald installed, and the command you mentioned entered into the box.

The only thing that works for me now is the default Openbox Configuration Manager.
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Neither does it work for me. Have Compiz, CompizConfig Settings Manager and Emerald installed, and the command you mentioned entered into the box.

The only thing that works for me now is the default Openbox Configuration Manager.

Weird. I can't think of anything else that I did to achieve this so long as the Window Decoration option is enabled in Compiz and the emerald --replace command was activated.

Only other things I can think off from an uneducated perspective are a local video type incompatibility or the manner in which the themes were "imported" into Emerald after downloading them? Mine are stored in Usr name / Themes / Emerald Themes
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I installed lxde in Peppermint and ran a session under lxde. It didn't help resolve the transparency panel either, though earlier the Openbox session worked perfectly.

Apparently the issue of panel transparency that doesn't work correcly has also been reported on the Lxde Forum, in which some suggested that it could be due to the newer version of file manager PCManFM.
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Apparently the issue of panel transparency that doesn't work correcly has also been reported on the Lxde Forum, in which some suggested that it could be due to the newer version of file manager PCManFM.
In the Peppermint session, finally I can make the panel transparent with some tweaks here:
  1. Install feh from Software Manager
  2. In terminal, enter sudo leafpad
  3. Open up this file /etc/xdg/lxsession/Peppermint/autostart and edit as follow:
    • Comment out by adding # in front of @pcmanfm --desktop
    • Add a new line: @feh --bg-scale /usr/share/peppermint/wallpapers/peppermint-wisp-wide.png
  4. Save the file, log out and log back in.

Now if you select "Solid color (with opacity)" in Panel Preferences and adjust the opacity level, the panel is then transparent.

From here, the suggestion that PCManFM is affecting the panel transparency is quite true.
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