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From OmPrakash Muppirala <bigosma...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: NEW SKINS FOR FLEX (DESKTOP COMPONENTS)?
Date Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:53:30 GMT
On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM, garethdanielsmith <
garethdanielsmith@gmail.com> wrote:

> In my opinion the default appearance of Spark components in Flex could be
> greatly improved.
>
> As an example, the Ext JS (AKA Sencha) javascript framework has many
> components very similar to the ones in Flex, indeed Ext has billed itself
> as
> a Flex replacement. Ext has a gray theme (amongst others) that is very
> alike
> in color scheme to Flex
> (
> http://docs.sencha.com/extjs/4.2.1/extjs-build/examples/build/KitchenSink/ext-theme-gray/#progress-bar-pager
> ),
> but somehow everything looks nicer in Ext. Both Ext and Flex make use of
> gradients and alternating colors in grids and icons and drop shadows and so
> forth, but they are used more tastefully in Ext.
>
> In my experience it is possible to get Spark looking very nice, but this
> generally requires lots of tweaking of
> paddings/margins/colors/fonts/layouts. My experience with Ext has been that
> the defaults generally look good.
>
> Personally a prettier default theme for Flex would be a major incentive for
> me to use it in new development.
>
> This is just my 2 cents/pennys of course - I am aware that no-one has any
> obligation to do the large amounts of work required to make Flex prettier.
>
>
This shouldn't be very hard to implement codewise.  The biggest hurdle,
IMHO is to get a designer type person or a developer with a good eye for
graphic design to come up with an overall look and feel.

For example, we are trying to change the default look of the Flex mobile
app.  The hardest part is creating the visuals.  Luckily, Android makes the
default visual assets available on the dev site.  After that it is just a
matter of using the right tools to convert the formats (from AI to FXG,
CSS, etc.)

Another good example is the skinning work that the Fuse Collective folks
did for the Apache Flex logo and the Installer skins.

Are there designer folks who want to help out here?

Thanks,
Om


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