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Theme designer manual


July 1, 2002



Themes are reserved to Windows users. It does not apply to Macintosh. On Macintosh, use the "Appearance" control panel to change theme.

It is possible to change the look of system objects (buttons, windows...) that are displayed on screen.
This can be performed through a theme definition, also called "skin".

A theme defines the object look and dimension, the default fonts, the default desktop backgrounds, the text colors and effects, the way windows appear and disappear, as well as their default translucency.

The theme to be used by the application can be selected by the user, among the available theme list. Adjustments can then be made by the user, in order to make it fit his needs.

Theme structure

A theme is a sub-folder (directory) of the "Themes" folder, located at the application level.
Folder name defines the theme name.

Thos folder contains up to three different files:

  • A "setup.txt" file, that describes the theme
When the application is launched, new themes are copied in the preferences shared folder, in order to make them available to all Myriad applications that use this technology.

In order to understand how themes are build, it is recommended to view the default theme that are provided with the application.

Be careful however, the "Classic" theme is special, because it does not contain any graphical element file. It is therefore not recommended to use it as an example.

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