created myself this little toolbar to switch quickly between differnt background colors, depending on my mood (only background, grid and axes)
you can import the toolbar via the “toolbar” command and then chose import toolbars from the menu.
it’s been a while since I last checked in V6 WiP but I found numerous things getting in the way when trying to create a proper dark interface. Here’s some of the things I still remember:
I found that quite a bunch of parameters are not accessible at all. One could for instance not make Panel Tabs dark and have them show readable, bright Text with a division of active and inactive Tabs. One also could not make the background of the Layer or Object Properties Editor dark and have fonts and dividers and all other graphics in an inverted, bright colour.
On the other hand it seems to me that various panels are wired different from others. Setting a particular colour parameter to a dark tone has no impact on the older Panel types but believe Box Edit and a few others were affected, so that one ended up with native Editor windows displayed in various colours… All in all quite a mess.
Rhino uses a combination of regular Windows settings and its own settings. Some of the Rhino-specific settings appear to be hard coded.
In the following I have used a modified version of the “High Contrast Black” theme under [WinOS] > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization. That in addition to the colors that can be changed in Rhino.
As you can see, the background color of the tabs for layer and properties remains light as does some parts of the background of the properties box…
I used the idea of wim and tried one of the “high contrast themes” of windows for the Rhino theme change.
The other changes were made by Rhino and changes in windows regestry.
It influenced succesfully the parts you aren’t able to change by Rhino, but now the problem that nobody wants to use the “high contrast themes” from windows only for another Rhino theme
If it is possible to force a individual windows theme for only one application, this may be the solution
I did not find a succesful solution yet, but maybe anyone has an idea how to fix this
As soon as one invested time in that area one could throw the wish for monochromatic icons onto the pile as well. I can’t say that this here looks particularly slick either… :o)
Personally instead of wasting a lot of dev. time in this area I preferred some serious work (post V6) on an all new GUI, which also integrates the Grasshopper canvas (and Cyles + possible 3rd party nodes) in a more natural way. Proper skinning when thought of early in the process would then come for almost free.