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GNOME Shell - Alternative by half-left GNOME Shell - Alternative by half-left
This is an alternative to the default GNOME Shell theme. Features the following changes.

Personal design changes mocked up for upstream.
Optimised for low resolutions.
More space for high resolutions.
9pt font size(default is mostly 10.5pt).
Ubuntu font enabled.
Consistent looking.
New switch design.
Panel translucency

Faience icon theme.


Wallpaper by dokt.


Notes

At high resolutions like 1920x1080 and above the fonts will be small. A good font hinting setting and anti-aliasing setting like Rgba will really help.

Instructions:

Please avoid a manual install and use the GNOME Tweak Tool, it's much easier.

You can use the gnome-shell theme extension for easier switching of themes.

GNOME Tweak Tool

Make sure you have user-theme-extension installed. Load the GNOME Tweak Tool and go to Shell Extensions and click the "Use Theme Extension" switch. Now go to "Theme" and click the Shell Theme box and locate your theme zip. Now you can select the theme in the dropdown box. Make sure you selection the right version for the GNOME version you have, otherwise the theme will not show properly.

If you run GNOME 3.4, just extract the 3.4 version to ~/.themes


License: GPL

Compatibility: GNOME 3.2/3.4

Update 1.1 - 16th March 2012

- Improved switches.
- Improved scrollbar.
- Fixed alignment of notification message.
- Reduced workspace controls' visibility by a small amount.

Update - 14 April 2012

- Added GNOME Shell 3.4 compatibility.
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:iconcentos2:
centos2 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Hello, do you plan to update this theme to be compatible with latest Gnome?
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nope, don't use GNOME anymore.
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:iconstingbl:
StingBL Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Too bad...this is the only netbook-optimized theme as far as I know :(
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You can use it at any resolution, just might be a bit too scaled on large screens or very high resolutions.
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:iconstingbl:
StingBL Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Yeah, sure!
What I was trying to say is that this theme is/was perfect for netbooks and without support for newer versions of Gnome there aren't other themes optimized for small screens.
This is a theme not only beautiful, but extremely useful too.
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah well, GNOME just change their UI too much, it's like supporting alpha software, at least KDE4 maintains compatibility with themes.
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:iconnickcolley:
nickcolley Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love this for my netbook! Thanks.
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:iconlostforsaya:
lostforsaya Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
very cute! thank you for share
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:iconsamir-gasymov:
samir-gasymov Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Very nice!!
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks.
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:iconsiavashm31:
siavashm31 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Thank you for the great job, It's awesome.
But I have a big problem which even forced me to work in Ubuntu instead of GNOME 3. When I change my theme to this theme (or any other theme rather than the default GNOME 3) I can't see any text in my notifications, It makes a big problem when I receive a chat message, cause there is no text and instead I have just the icon and a very small bobble which I can't see any text in it. This happens for all the notifications :(

Is there any fix to this problem???

Thanks
Sia
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Ubuntu 12.04, GNOME 3.4
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's weird, don't quite understand why that is.
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:iconsiavashm31:
siavashm31 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
So i thought others also have the same issue, so it's only me, any advice for it?
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Had no reports like that, no
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:iconmagthe:
magthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I see exactly the same issue when using this theme on my systems. Another issue is that some dialogues aren't correct, e.g. the unlock key dialogue, where the tick box to select to always unlock the key is missing.

ArchLinux with Gnome 3.6
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:iconilnanny:
ilnanny Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great for my eeepc :D
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:iconvitago:
vitago Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Two days ago I installed ubuntu but we will need time to cope,so I use your works are excellent Thank you... :+fav:
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:iconcentosster:
centosster Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Hello, this is great, thank you. Although I think that "chat theme" in the right bottom panel is inverted - my messages are highlighted, instead of other's. Or is this intentional?
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Intentional though you could swap it around in the gnome-shell.css.
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:iconcentosster:
centosster Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Thanks, I just switched colors and I'm happy with it. :)
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:icongothspark:
Gothspark Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
this theme look nice but sadly for me the icons does not show in the apps tab :( is there a fix ?
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Are you using the right version?
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:icongothspark:
Gothspark Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
i guess that no because i have gnome 3.2.1
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:iconsteerpike7:
Steerpike7 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
You probably needs to use the 3.2 version. It loads 3.4 by default. Unzip the theme, then go into the folder and re-zip the folder called Alternative (leaving out Alternative 3.4). Load that new zip file into gnome tweak tool and it should work.
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No, it will load both themes into the gnome tweak tool, so just pick the right one from the menu.
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:iconscrolling:
scrolling Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
I had the same problem, but I did what Steerpike7 said and now is fixed! :D
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah, seems it's not loading both versions into the gnome-tweak-tool.
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:iconshippd:
ShippD Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
looks amazing man
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks. :)
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:iconshippd:
ShippD Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
You are welcome
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:icondarkness-evolution:
Darkness-Evolution Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Soy nuevo en que Sistema Operativo se ocupa eso y en donde y con que se instala, gracias.
I am new to OS handles that and where and how it is installed, thanks.
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:iconcneo97:
cneo97 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I hate how much screen space Adwaita takes, so I fracking love this one. It's elegant, nice to see and space-efficient. 100% winning.
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, glad you think so. :)
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:iconnicknackgus:
NickNackGus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am viewing this on an HD monitor I got yesterday (1920x1080). Since this preview didn't fit on my screen, I burst into laughter after reading that it was designed for low resolutions. Rest assured, I believe that it would work beautifully on a netbook/tablet (smartphones are WAY out of reach), and it looks just as good at greater-than-high-definition. IMAGE EDITOR NAME HERE must have had trouble stitching this together, and I've made larger images, too!
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yep, works good on both but smaller than the default at high resolutions because of the low resolution optimisations I made. I use it at 1920x1080 and it seems fine once you get used to the slim look.
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:iconscionicspectre:
ScionicSpectre Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like this idea- just the little changes someone might want. Nothing crazy and weird. :)
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, yep that's the idea. :)
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:iconangrypsyco:
angrypsyco Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Whoa! My new favorite theme :)
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:)
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:iconexarobibliologist:
exarobibliologist Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
This makes me very happy! It's my current theme, and I don't think I'm going to change it any time soon...
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Glad to hear. :)
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:iconramstal337:
ramstal337 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Great job, favourited.
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:iconbimsebasse:
bimsebasse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Excellent touch-up job! The on-switch is very nice. Which wallpaper is that btw?
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks. The link to the wallpaper is in the description. :)
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:icontherealpadster:
theRealPadster Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice :)
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks. :)
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:iconveeradesigns:
veeradesigns Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Awesome ,I ♥ it :0
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:iconhalf-left:
half-left Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Glad you do. :)
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:iconveeradesigns:
veeradesigns Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:)
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:iconkumaraatish:
kumaraatish Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I think this is really good. I have 1366x768, so this theme works really well for me. I have a few themes which I like, for eg. Holo, unfortunately they do not look very good on my resolution despite being pretty decent themes.
This looks clean and well thought about. However, I have one question - how can I completely hide the workspace bar on the right and possibly make its background transparent?
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