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Vertex - Theme by horst3180 Vertex - Theme by horst3180
Vertex GTK theme contains three variants: Vertex (dark header-bars and toolbars), Vertex-Light (completely light) and Vertex-Dark (completely dark).

This theme supports Gnome 3.10, 3.12, 3.14, Ubuntu 14.04 and Elementary OS Freya. Also the tabs you are seeing in nautilus, gedit, etc. are only included in the Gnome 3.12 and above versions due to the reworked tab system.

For Ubuntu 14.04, please use the 3.10 version and for Elementary OS Freya, please use the 3.12 version.

A Chrome/Chromium theme is included.


gnome-themes-standard package for the GTK3 theme. Murrine and pixbuf engines for the GTK2 theme.

For installation instructions please read the included README, especially the troubleshooting section if you have any issues. If this doesn't fix your problem file a bug report.

If you have problems with sublime text download this link and make sure to read the included instructions first.

If Gnome-Shell crashes with this theme, have a look at READMEs troubleshooting section.

Get the latest version at Github. But beware this contains untested changes and may break.

Other Info

Wallpaper: Spring weather by enioku
Icons used in the preview:
Folder icons: selfmade mod of BeautyFolds by Metalbone1988
Launcher icons: White Pixel Icons by darkdawg

Licence: GPLv3


Initial release

Fixed Synaptic toolbar
Included fix for Sublime Text
Fixed index.theme file

Added Gnome Shell theme

Changed destructive button background color to fit with the Gnome-Shell theme
Improved linked buttons in Gnome-Shell
Panel height now scales with font size
Other small improvements

Better pressed destructive and suggested button border
Improved osd buttons
Hovered primary-toolbar buttons now looks like normal buttons
Better contrast for hovered inactive tab background
Use border images for progressbars for more consistent look
Small fixes all over the place

Added button animations
Reworked selection mode
Nicer searchbars
Improved assets for the dark theme
Some minor tweaks and fixes

Nicer tab borders
Improved assets
Bug fixes

Add Gnome 3.14 support
Add global dark variant (with dark gtk2 theme)
Initial support for Elementary OS Freya (needs some improvements)
Reworked tabs (again) to be consistent across 3.12 and 3.14
Remove nautilus tab hacks
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rkues Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Hello Horst! Me again. I'm finding some minor issues on XUL based applications (Thunderbird, Firefox, etc). Basically, the most annoying of it is the progress bar (when indeterminate - loading, it overflow the rounded borders), but Thunderbird (at least for me) looks awkward (a bit without contrast). I'll probably mod it later to look more like your theme :)

Well, here are some screenshots:

* Loading (bottom right):
* Loading (sending mail):
* Normal progress (sending mail also, looks OK):

Best regards,
mainstreamVerachter Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I've installed the theme under /usr/share/themes and set the permissions recursively to 755 but it doesn't look like it should be. I am running Gnome 3.12 on Arch 3.16.2-1. It must be a Vertex specific problem, because all others work well.
horst3180 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I'm not sure what went wrong there. I'm running the same configuration and it seems to work fine.

Some things you could try to fix this:

1. Remove the folder and copy it again with "sudo cp -r  ...". If you do that the permissions should be right.

2. Install the theme locally to ~/.themes or ~/.local/share/themes. The only problem with that is that gnome-tweak-tool won't find the metacity theme if you copy it to ~/.themes and it won't find the gtk2 theme if you copy it to ~/.local/share/themes (genius). To avoid that you can symlink ~/.themes to ~/.local/share/themes.
mainstreamVerachter Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Same problem. Is there some way to debug this? `journalctl -f` shows the following when I try to load your theme:

Sep 14 10:53:49 elitebook gnome-session[686]: [08:53:48.944954 Info] [GuiViewVirgilio] Screen is composited.
Sep 14 10:53:49 elitebook gnome-session[686]: [08:53:48.944966 Gtk-Critical] IA__gtk_widget_set_colormap: assertion '!gtk_widget_get_realized (widget)

There has to be a bug in the theme, cause every other GTK3 theme works fine.
horst3180 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I still haven't managed to reproduce this bug, but you are right that is has to be something specific to this theme. I don't get any log messages when I apply the theme and there don't seem to be any syntax errors. What you could do is to launch several gtk3 applications from the command line and look for theme related error messges.
I've found the solution for my issue with the Vertex theme. It was a "unfortunate series of events". Your theme depends on the Default (/usr/share/Default/) theme, that is not installed with gnome-themes-standard on Arch. I removed this theme some time ago without having trouble, but now i know that i shouldn't have removed it. Sorry for the inconvenience.
mainstreamVerachter Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I've run the gtk3-widget factory with the debug-switch set to all `GTK_DEBUG=all gtk3-widget-factory` and made a log. Unfortunately the log is to big for ~4MB, but I couldn't find anything special in it. If I can find a solution I will let you now.
PS: Do you plan to publish the theme on github?
horst3180 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Yup, I added a link to github in the description. I had to clean the repo a bit before posting.
michaelserious Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Best Gnome Shell and GTK3 theme I have ever seen, period. I am really looking forward to the 3.14 version and appreciate all the work you've done on this one.

I am not sure if this is the best place to report bugs with the theme but here is what I've noticed so far with the latest version from 9-6-14

I noticed in Geary and in Gnome Web, the buttons with Vertex-Light are grey with white text (thus hard to read) --

The save dialog in gEdit has an issue, the buttons are not aligned properly, the button itself is cut off --|

Third issue may be related to first.. in LibreOffice when you use the File Edit View menu, the selected menu item is white when highlighted --

Hope this helps!
horst3180 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Hi, glad you like it.

I already tried to fix the Geary and Gnome Web bug, but nothing works. For some reason these buttons use the white color for pushed buttons and not the dark color for normal buttons as they are supposed to.

The Gedit issue should be fixable and will be resolved with the next update.

The libreoffice issue is a bug in the application. It uses the same color for the selected menubar item and the selected menu item. I could make it black, but the selected text in the menu would also be black.
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