Monday, November 14, 2016

Welcome to RAVEfinity!

Welcome to RAVEfinity! 

Thanks for stopping by!

RAVEfinity is an Open Source Design Project with amazing contributors worldwide. 
We craft carefully designed and Open Source, GUI Themes, Icons Sets & Wallpapers. 
We work mainly with Linux & BSD. But also other platforms for projects like our wallpaper collections.
Our content is truly Open Source. Meaning you can build on and adapt it if you wish.
We always try to add value and care to whatever we touch or base our work on.

Our work aims to empower you to have a unique, enjoyable and personalized experience on Linux or BSD (Or Whatever you use).

We also go out of our way to ensure our themes work on many (Not just 1) GTK desktops like Unity, Cinnamon, Xfce, LXDE, Mate, Gnome & Openbox.

Some of our work is based on other open source work by other amazing artists. We try to always make this evident. And give everyone proper credit.
QUICK 2016 Update!  
The team is hard at work on a new GTK 3 Theme. completely Re-written based on Adwita code. It will keep much of the same look and feel of Ambiance & Radiance Flat but fix and make things look and work a lot better on other Desktops. This is a major project and is taking up nearly all of our time. It's not even funny. Please understand our slow response to messages and updates for other themes.

This year the team will be re-focusing on core themes. Vivacious Colors, Vibrancy Colors and our upcoming GTK3 Theme. Due to time, money and resources we are unsure but we may be narrowing our focus. We will also be making decisions that we feel are correct. Instead of including 40+ variations. We need to trim and narrow our focus to ensure what limited time we do have is well spent. Thanks for understanding. And we deeply apologize if your email or issue report is not responded to super fast Or does not get a reply. We will make a note of it though!

Please have a look around,

And Being an Open Source Project don't forget we welcome you to Bookmark us,
Send us any feedback, Share our site & work and Suggest any Ideas or Fixes you have.
No matter how small.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Icon Theme Vivacious Colors!

We are happy to fianlly be announcing a new GTK Icon Theme. Called Vivacious Colors! Featuring brand new app icons.

Check it out:

Featuring 4 folder colors by default. And 10 more installable via add-on package.

We are stoked to go back to our "roots" and start tweaking and doing our "own icons" (Based on Plasma-Next) Thats how we started in 2009 Tweaking and drawing PNG icons and we are at it again in 2015 this time in lovely SVG!

Friday, May 29, 2015

RAVE Wallpaper Collection X1

RAVE Wallpaper Collection X1

After several mouths of on and off work. We are happy to present a NEW Wallpaper set...

RAVE Cubism Wallpapers is a Vivd, vibrant and bold modern wallpaper set. Based on the idea of multi-color overlapped semi transparent cubes. It is not your average wallpaper design style. We feel the design should fill the screen to create an amazing view. We do not render a little design and have a simple background as we felt this upsets balance and is a little boring.

May 2015 Wrap Up!

May 2015 Wrap Up!

And that’s a wrap! May is nearly over. We have worked extra hard to bring you 15.04/GTK Ports/Updates to Ambiance & Radiance Flat Colors, Ambiance Blackout Colors, Ambiance Blackout Flat Colors. We are happy to have these done and out. A Huge thanks goes to and Umair He really out did himself and helped us get these themes packaged and released within a matter of hours of them being done.

We also had an amazing opportunity and where asked to to collaborate with the Kali Linux team (A Pen and Security Distro). And create a new look and feel for the upcoming Kali Linux. The new build (Coming Soon) Is really amazing and exciting as it uses the GTK 3.14 toolkit and has a slew of amazing tools. We ended up working to create a custom Icon Theme, GTK Theme, GnomeShell and GDM Theme for the new Kali.  

Whats next? We are going back into "Our Cave" to do some R&D and some new stuff. We have prototypes of two new icons themes (no promises about one of them though the dynamics need to work.) And are considering prototyping a new flat Mint-X Theme like theme. And of cource more updates to Vibrancy.

Another thing on the docket is investigating GTK 3.16 Support. We may go independent from stock ambiance and roll our own GTK newer version support. So we don't have to be a build behind. (Stock Ubuntu and Debian are. but honestly they make up a large majority of our user base so its fine in some respects.)

Lots of things to do. On top of this we continue to monitor and fix any issues that may arise.

Thank you to everyone for their support and donations you help us do this! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

May Update 2 2015

May Update 2 2015

It's been a heck of a development cycle in the last few mouths. We finished releasing Ambiance & Radiance Colors 15.04 for GTK 3.14 Ubuntu 15.04, Debian 8. As many have requested and asked we are now working on Ambiance & Radiance Flat Colors. We have one working proto build for one of the colors already (And thats how it all starts) We had to take a little time off and regroup. On what we feel the proper direction and what we should spend time on. During this time we fooled around with some themes ideas we may do later.

So the short and just is we are working on new stuff. Hope to be done in a bit! :) 

Some Quality Issues In Ubuntu 15.04

Some Quality Issues In Ubuntu 15.04

Ubuntu 15.04 was released in late April. Some Long time or power users have gloated there are no new interesting features from 14.04 LTS. Well besides putting menus on the top of windows (And some aren't really a fan of that) And updated versions of apps. We are not here to talk about this. But my personal feeling is you can't expect new stuff added all the time besides updated appps. But Perhaps every year maybe?

I have been using Ubuntu for along time. And I think they do a really great job as does Debian, Arch etc. I just wanted to bring a few issues to people's attention. With Ubuntu 15.04 some quality control seems to have slipped a little bit. When it come to presentation. The Ubuntu Website recommends users use 14.04. And 15.04 is only supported for 9 Mouths. I feel this and the fact that the Paid Full Time Ubuntu developers have been very busy with other things like The Phone/Tablet and Unity 8 (Next). That some things have gotten swept under the rug. And  perhaps a little bit of carelessness or perhaps just everyone was too busy to notice. I Undsertand and they still did a great job but here are some issues I noticed about 5 Mins after using 15.04.

The issues:

The Music Player by default has a long white line in it!
This can be fixed by updating to a newer build of Rhythmbox Via a PPA. But this is not something that should be happening by default.

The Ambiance & Radaince Themes by default in 15.04 are slightly broken. You may notice toolbar areas of the theme no longer give visual feedback of button presses or inactive state. Now Updating GTK themes for new builds can be a pain. And honestly the lovely folks still did a great job. However I am not sure who is actually in charge of the themes these days. It seemed to be alot of community contributors. And if thats the case they did amazingly well. But some things got missed. We have fixed toolbar feedback in Ambiance & Radiance Colors And Flat. And have even attempted to send they fix back upstrem however being no one really seems to be "In Charge" or care about the GTK theme right now nothing has happened.

I guess this is what happens in the non LTS releases? Maybe? You have a great community working really hard but pushing out something that will only be supported for a limited period of time. So this may introduce some carelessness or rushing? I am not sure. I just wanted to bring some of this up. I have reported the appropriate bugs to projects however I can no longer find them on launchpad. (Launchpad bug search is kinda messy with all the bugs it's not their fault).

On another note "Snappy Ubuntu" and Unity 8 seems really cool but kind of worries me. From a theme perspective. I don't know if 3rd party themes will be supported at all. Any insight on this would be great. And I feel this should be part of the discussion early on. However I have a weird feeling its gonna be a "Nope." If so it is really a shame And I hope it will not be that way.

Again just bringing some things up, Lets make sure 16.04 is awesome as 14.04. And don't be afraid to stay on a LTS if you want.

Again I want to thank everyone who worked hard on 15.04. I am not trying to criticize anyone.