How can I get back old GUI icons into new Inkscape or modify the current ones?

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Juhele
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How can I get back old GUI icons into new Inkscape or modify the current ones?

Postby Juhele » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:03 am

Hi,
I am experiencing some troubles with the current gray GUI icons in Inkscape. For example it is hard to distinguish :shock: whether the layer is locked or not etc. I would appreciate the possibility to get back the old icon theme or to be able to modify the current ones (for example to make locked symbol red and unlocked green etc.).

I found "symbolic_icons.svg" in

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/usr/share/inkscape/icons
and it looks the old icons are there too - "icons.svg" but how can I change the icon theme? I tried to edit "symbolic_icons.svg" but there was no change visible in Inkscape after restart.

What am I doing wrong? :cry:

thanks ;)

PS: it is Kubuntu with Plasma desktop
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~suv
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Re: How can I get back old GUI icons into new Inkscape or modify the current ones?

Postby ~suv » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:06 am

Inkscape's icon theme has not changed (it still uses the "old" colorful icons by default) - did you maybe install a custom icon theme for Inkscape in "~/.config/inkscape/icons/"? Or possibly your current desktop icon theme does provide custom icons for Inkscape …

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Re: How can I get back old GUI icons into new Inkscape or modify the current ones?

Postby ~suv » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:19 am

The default icons are those installed as

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/usr/share/inkscape/icons/icons.svg

Inkscape also loads this file - if it exists (it's optional):

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~/.config/inkscape/icons/icons.svg

The icons loaded from ~/.config/inkscape/icons/icons.svg will override the shared ones installed by inkscape itself (this happens per icon name - you can also install a user icons.svg file which contains only a few of the named icons, then the rest will then be taken from the default (shared) one).

Juhele
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Re: How can I get back old GUI icons into new Inkscape or modify the current ones?

Postby Juhele » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:46 am

Strange, this happens by default in Kubuntu (Inkscape 0.91 r13725 from repository) and I think in Windows too (do not have a Win machine just now).

I am sure I did not install anything additional for Inkscape. I have these icons (found that image using Google):

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~/.config/inkscape/icons/icons.svg
and it was empty. Copied there those colored icons "icons.svg" but no effect after Inkscape restart. Also tried replacing "symbolic_icons.svg" with a renamed copy of "icons.svg" - no effect...

~suv
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Re: How can I get back old GUI icons into new Inkscape or modify the current ones?

Postby ~suv » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:01 am

I suspect then that you have a custom desktop icon theme for GTK+ which provides named icons used in Inkscape (they will override user Inkscape icons, as well as the shared ones installed by Inkscape itself). On that screenshot , e.g. most of the toolbox icons (the toolbar on the left) are not the ones from Inkscape's own (alternative) symbolic icons theme. But who knows what recent KDE (or whatever Qt-based desktop you use under Kubuntu) is installing to force "better" integration of Gtk+-based applications … ;-)

I'd be really surprised if Inkscape 0.91 for Windows (downloaded from the official site) out-of-the-box does have symbolic icons (it certainly did not the two times I installed it myself on a Windows machine).

Juhele
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Re: How can I get back old GUI icons into new Inkscape or modify the current ones?

Postby Juhele » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:43 am

Ok,
in my case it looks this way:
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But as you say - at least some icons looks the same as those in system tray. I will look more in detail on it and will see. And tomorrow I will also check the Windows machine.

EDIT: I got it !!! :mrgreen: It was in system settings - something like "GNOME/GTK applications widget style" in English and there as Icon theme the "Breeze" one was selected. Set it to "Gnome" and it is OK.


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