Kempelton 3.0

Get Kempelton on Firefox Add-ons.

It appears that I’m hardly capable of producing a minor update to a theme. I keep finding things to improve until I’ve remade almost every single icon. Together with the need to create lots of new icons for Firefox 3 (a few are still left), this new Kempelton version turned into another massive project which, I think, is another substantial improvement and sets a new standard for native, functional themes.

I’ll introduce some of the changes. Obviously, the unified back and forward buttons have been adapted from the default theme, something that took a lot of effort to do well. The border radius, arrow shapes and obviously, color and gradients are some of the aspects that have been through countless iterations to find the right appearance. There are also hand-tuned active and disabled state images and, a notable usability advantage over the default, a subtle drop-down hover indication.

Should you prefer to use text labels there are simple arrow-only icons for that. Yet another back/forward variation is seen in the library, glass versions to suit the Vista style.

The Home and Downloads icons are now seen from the front, for better visual balance and consistency. The New Window and New Tab icons now lack the plus signs, which seemed kind of superfluous, although I’m not quite sure about this yet.

A smoothly animated activity indicator makes use of the returning capability for alpha transparency.

Kempelton Large 3.0 and an updated SVG set will be out in the next couple of weeks, I estimate. As always, comments are welcome.

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Qute 3.3.2

Qute 3.3.2 for Firefox has been released. This version adds Firefox 3 compatibility, but doesn’t replace the default icons for any new features. I’m not happy with the quality of this release. A proper update necessitates a complete remake, which I’ve begun developing, but the focus of my efforts lately has been Kempelton 3.

Kempelton 2.0 released

So, after many hours of work I have finished, more or less, the Kempelton 2.0 theme for Firefox. For this version, every icon has been recreated from the ground up. This was necessitated by my move from Paint Shop Pro to Inkscape, but the quality has been significantly improved in the process. I have been even more careful in the design than before, paying much attention also to the less frequently visible icons.

Not only is Kempelton 2.0 my best work yet, I’m also making the original vector files available under a Creative Commons license, allowing you to use and modify them, under some conditions. I expect to expand on the number of icons in the future, with new Thunderbird icons for example.