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Re: Suggesting a solution for the ever last icon size ugliness in Kicad for Linux


In my last ppa automatic build the problem is now quite bad !

Kicad has lost his icon (in the linux ubuntu left bar) and now it has
the very old one. Eeschema has completely lost the icons (gray
question mark). The other kicad programs seems to still have the old
low-resolution icon.

Adam, any thought ?

Best regards

On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM, Fabrizio Tappero
<fabrizio.tappero@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear George,
> G'Day ! I see you are the maintainer of the Debian/Ubuntu PPA for
> Kicad and I was wondering if you could give us a little help. We are
> experiencing an icon problem with ubuntu and (I guess) other
> linux-based distribution and I am not really sure how to fix it.
> The problem is that the kicad icon and kicad tools icons (eeschema,
> etc) do not appear with right resolution in Ubuntu/Unity left nav. bar
> or in the alt-tab bar.
> Synaptic tells me that the only icon installed with kicad seems to be:
> /usr/share/pixmaps/icon_kicad.xpm
> which is actually 128px but still not visualising well in Ubuntu/Unity
> left nav. bar.... wrong format? wrong location?
> Where are the other icons? eeschema icon for instance? kicad is made
> of a group of 6 executable.
> So that you know, the latest kicad version has a large set of icons
> (that I made) in various formats. You find them here:
> http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~kicad-testing-committers/kicad/testing/files/head:/bitmaps_png/icons/
> Please let us know what we should do to fix this icon visualisation
> problem. Naturally I can generate any icon at any resolution/format.
> Also, since we are here, how do I get synaptic to retrieve a kicad screeshot?
> Thank you in advance for your help
> Fabrizio
>> On Oct 28, 2012 2:12 PM, "Fabrizio Tappero" <fabrizio.tappero@xxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>>> Hello Guys,
>>> I'd like to point out a problem with icon visualisation in Linux.
>>> Please refer to the attached image "kicad_icon_problem.png". The
>>> problem appears in both Alt-Tab switch window as well as in the Linux
>>> navigation bar. In my case you can see the Ubuntu Unity bar.
>>> the problem is due to the fact that we are using 26 px icon images for
>>> a navigation bar that would comfortably use 128 px images. So:
>>> I have modified the script file:
>>> bitmaps_png/icons/mk_icn.sh
>>> and run it to generate 128 px icons in ".ico" format. I attach here
>>> the new folder:
>>> bitmaps_png/icons
>>> Could somebody please replace the old icons folder with the one in
>>> attachment. Just in case Windows users need smaller icons (which I am
>>> no sure it is the case), I have left "icon_kicad_64.png" and
>>> "icon_kicad_64.xpm".
>>> Also, It would be great if the Ubuntu package guy which I might
>>> remember being Adam could please make sure that the new icons ".ico"
>>> are used in place of the old ones.
>>> I of course remain available for the implementation of any suggestion
>>> on this matter.
>>> Have a great day
>>> Fabrizio